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It's OK to Believe in Both Creation and Evolution

D. R. Cruise

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Chapter 8. Taking Charge

We have put one foot across the threshold. We have touched that foot to the floor. We are now shifting our weight forward so that we can pull the other foot across the threshold.

What is the threshold we are crossing? Take a deep breath. We are taking charge of our own evolution! [more]

8.1 New methods

(1) Abortion (already in use)
(2) Sterilization (already available)
(3) Genetic Counseling (in readiness)

(4) Genetic engineering (in the wings) and
5) Cloning (already talked about) [more]

8.2 The tools

Before turning to the consequences, let us discuss the tools. Presently, the most widely used tool of modern human eugenics is abortion. [more]

8.3 Sterilization

The next eugenic tool on our list is sterilization. Sterilization is legal. Anyone can request an appointment with a doctor and get a vasectomy, or a tubal ligation, depending on which procedure is appropriate. [more]

8.4 Genetic Counseling

Interestingly, abortion and sterilization will not be the only suggestions in their repertory. Counselors will also be giving mating advice. Selective mating can eliminate the appearance of certain defects, at least, in the next generation. [more]

8.5 Genetic Engineering

The next eugenic tool that we consider is genetic engineering. The promises and possible pitfalls of this technique are less known. Therefore, time will pass before it comes into widespread use. [more]

8.6 Cloning

Cloning is asexual reproduction. A new individual emerges, without a sperm uniting with an egg. The new individual has genetic code that is identical to the individual from which he sprang. [more]

Can a child be cloned from a mature human, just like taking a cutting from a mature plant? It is a more involved process, but there remains little doubt that it can be done, if not now, then soon. The only remaining questions are, why do it, and should we do it? [more]

Cloned individuals are not truly new. Cloning has all the evolutionary disadvantages of immortality without individuals actually experiencing immortality. It is a lose-lose situation. [more]

8.7 More dangers

The eugenics discussion in this book is divided between Chapter 8 and Appendix B. This chapter contains mostly prose and the appendix contains mostly technical and mathematical details. The reader is encouraged to examine Appendix B in detail. [more]

8.8 Barnyard strategies for humans

Let us briefly consider two examples that fit the notion, which we strictly cannot call, eugenics. These are: (1) fast track for the elderly and (2) general population control. [more]

8.9 Calling for the question

Let us return to the specific question introduced in this chapter. Should the human race take charge of its own evolution?

God may punish us if we take charge of our evolution. Also He may not, either because He does not choose to, or because He does not exist. But in that case it is still possible that the evolution process itself will punish us! [more]

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