We are over crowded. A low IQ person is more likely to have low IQ children than a genius. It is possible but unlikely one of their children might be a genius but statistically near 0. If we were not over crowded and all unskilled jobs are being automated I don't think paying money for this would be wise. Because of the way things are this would be an investment in the future. We could cut down on future welfare costs.
The planet is overcrowded - let's get rid of some of us - left handers? Low IQ's. People between 5ft 8 inches and 5 ft 9 inches? Well, I;m waiting for a lot of abuse from the low IQ people who no doubt take a great deal of interest in this argument
If we weed out low IQ's from society, Then who will pull the weeds from the gardens, Pound nails to create buildings and do that rote labor that doesn't require high intellect? There are many dimensions of intellect beyond traditional IQ measure - art, Music, Physical beauty/prowess, Spiritual aptitude. Smarter society doesn't necessarily equate to one that is desirable or worthwhile.
If you support the idea of weeding out people of lesser intelligence then society as a whole would become equal. Smarter people would no longer be smarter than others. A job you would qualify for based on your intelligence level would no longer be there since everyone would be just as smart. Also, intelligence is not an indicator of ideals. For example, just because someone may support abortion rights doesn't necessarily make them any more or less intelligent than those who may argue against abortion rights. Also, where do you draw the line? Eradicate those with an IQ of 150 or less? When that happens you have to draw a new standard. Can you imagine a garbage collector with that kind of IQ. There will always be jobs for unskilled laborers. Then of course what about the more intelligent people in society who are lazy? What do we do with them?
Proposing low IQ levels should be weeded out through sterilization reeks of WWII Germany. Yes, the prerequisite of voluntary is provided. But what sort of IQ level are we discussing? Many people who have intellectual disabilities are under the guardianship of the state or family members who make their medical decisions. In that situation, someone else would be making the decision to permanently alter another individual, and sometimes that person would be an agent of the state. This plot sounds remarkably like the beginning of Brave New World.
Low IQ is a natural normal condition of the human race. There are going to be those that are gifted with high intelligence due to genetic predisposition, as well as, luck. Unfortunately there are others that have been affected by recombinant dna distribution, trauma at birth or chromosomal abnormality. Just because someone has low i.Q does not mean that their children will have the same affliction. Most children born with low IQ are usually born to average or above average intelligent individuals, so the argument to voluntarily weed them out is barbaric, inhumane and unnecessary. It hints of Hilter's master race agenda and should not be entertained.
The recent suggestion to interrupt natural selection by voluntary sterilization of those with low IQ's not only shortsighted, but potentially disastrous to the future of humanity's impact on our planet. When assessing the impact of asinine suggestions such as this, one must examine past excursions into humanity's attempts to alter the natural genetic database that evolution has provided.
Absolutely not. Various studies have been done to see if intelligence is related to genetics. At most it was found that about fifty percent of genetics influences your IQ. A great deal of your IQ is determined by your environment. Sterilizing those with lower IQ levels is not going to make a super intelligent society. You instead might be preventing an Albert Einstein from being born.