How Engineering the Human Body Could Combat Climate Change

The Atlantic |March 12, 2012

By Ross Andersen

The threat of global climate change has prompted us to redesign many of our technologies to be more energy-efficient. From lightweight hybrid cars to long-lasting LED’s, engineers have made well-known products smaller and less wasteful. But tinkering with our tools will only get us so far, because however smart our technologies become, the human body has its own ecological footprint, and there are more of them than ever before. So, some scholars are asking, what if we could engineer human beings to be more energy efficient? A new paper to be published in Ethics, Policy & Environment proposes a series of biomedical modifications that could help humans, themselves, consume less.
Some of the proposed modifications are simple and noninvasive. For instance, many people wish to give up meat for ecological reasons, but lack the willpower to do so on their own. The paper suggests that such individuals could take a pill that would trigger mild nausea upon the ingestion of meat, which would then lead to a lasting aversion to meat-eating. Other techniques are bound to be more controversial. For instance, the paper suggests that parents could make use of genetic engineering or hormone therapy in order to birth smaller, less resource-intensive children.

1 Comment on "How Engineering the Human Body Could Combat Climate Change"

  1. Humanists, humanitarians, and philanthropists in all walks of life have always sought out various scientific and technological ways to improve upon the psycho-physiological “limitations”, as they phrase it, of the human mind and body. Transhumanist thought is an extension of this human way of thinking. Amoung them all there is little, or no, regard for the Lord God, the Creator, and the divine promises made by the Lord God of supernatural ressurection as exemplified by Jesus The Christ, or of the promise to “…make all things new…” at the “end of days”. Instead, these men seek to create their own future, without divine grace. Those who do not agree with them, who no longer think like them, are viewed as a threat mainly because they oppose their latest “mandates”, or the use of their latest sci-tech “innovations”, and now their new security “solutions” being openly discussed, especially concerning “transactions” using the Internet, to positively identify individual users “anytime, anywhere”. Beyond this though they intend on making human beings an integral part of their computerized systems by placing “on” humans a brain-computer interface that will provide a direct “always on” link. Imagine how easy it will be to manipulate and control their “human resources” then!

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