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Selective Breeding Should Be Implemented in Humans

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Started: 7/8/2016 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 3 months ago Status: Debating Period
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Overpopulation and birth disorders are becoming more and more common. Selective breeding should be implemented.


Ignoring the obvious ethical problems of such a regime, the issue with selective breeding is that it would end up being obsolete within a few decades. Overpopulation has been caused by the rapid industrialisation of many nations at once. China, India and to a lesser extent, the South American states have all had technological revolutions in recent years and thus have caused massive increases in life expectancy, but without giving people good reasons to stop having as big a family as possible. However, as these countries continue to modernise, which they will in the next few decades, having a large family will prove a burden to most families. This will cause the population to level out at around 9 billion, which with a few advances in technology that can be expected by then could be manageable for the world. If selective breeding were to be implemented now, as soon as the problem sorted itself out naturally governments across the world would be able to control the reproduction of all people under their control, with no reason to do so other than their own personal desires.
Debate Round No. 1


XD yeah other than the ethical reasons. Thanks for accepting my debate.

Lets look at the Pros and Cons of selective breeding.

1. Diseases can be eliminated
2. Populations can be easier maintained
3. Genetic planning can create stronger, healthy, and smarter humans.
4. More advances in genetics and science can be made
5. People can live life worry free of pregnancy and abortions would no longer happen
6. Adoptions would occur much more frequently which would provide well needed homes to children.

1. Ethics

The pros just out way the cons. Ethics are what hold back people from doing great things.


Let's go through some of those pros.
1. No, diseases wouldn't be eliminated. GENETIC diseases would be. And while there are some genetic disorders that really should be wiped out (cystic fibrosis for example) the effect they have on populations are minimal, at least when compared to "regular" diseases such as malaria. Some people are naturally immune to these types of disease, but they are few and far between, so in order to create a population of solely immune people over 99% of the population would have to be sterilised everytime you wanted to eliminate a single strain of disease. What's more, this process would take so long that by the time you had bred out a single strain, a new one would almost certainly have cropped up.
2. OK I'll give you that one.
3. Remember how I said that in the time it took to eliminate one disease through a breeding program another will have popped up? Well so long as it can infect one of the new humans, it can infect them all. And if you are continually mixing the same types of DNA (stronger, faster, smarter) then it becomes increasingly likely that no one would be immune to it as everyone's DNA is pretty much the same. Having variety in a population is what keeps it safe from epidemics and such a controlled population removes variety.
4. Again, I'll give you this point.
5. You know what's a really good way to prevent a pregnancy and way cheaper than controlling the fertility of an entire nation? Birth control. Surely the best way to prevent unwanted pregnancies is to give women the option to not get pregnant when they have sex. And on the topic of abortions, the highest rates of abortions happened around a hundred years ago, when if you got pregnant before marriage you would be ostracised from society and would most likely end up in poverty. In this society you are proposing, people would most likely still have sex anyway but now if they get pregnant they have to turn to illegally set up clinics which history has shown have a much higher death rate than official clinics.
6. Wouldn't a selectively bred population not have children in need of adoption as every child born (legally) would have a family by default?
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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by prodigyofaristotle 3 months ago
XD yeah this was a fun debate. Would not let me put round 3 debate :(
Posted by DavidMancke 3 months ago
That is eugenics, Herr Himmler.
Posted by minddrag 3 months ago
vi_splex I actually laughed for a full minuite
Posted by vi_spex 3 months ago
yea me and your girlfriend..
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