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Randomness = Love?

6/11/08
I'm totally on a bioethics kick recently. One of the things that's come up in genetic engineering discussions over and again is the idea that a parent who makes some selections (sex or hair color or something) with regard for their child will be an unfit parent because they will view their child as a commodity or something.

This just looks like a bad argument to me. I can't think of any strong reasons to suspect that having a child with randomly assorted genes will be treated better by their parents or that the 'naturalness' of it all has anything to do with parenting ability. There are plenty of parents who do it the old fashioned way and still end up treating their children horribly. If there's no correlation between the two then what is the argument about?
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John Howard said...

Randomness can't be avoided, it's more about why than why not.