Soul Making and Genetic Engineering: Can we design
the perfect human?
The text raises the issue of 'soul making' and presents as
a thought experiment the question of whether God could have made humans "good"
by nature. While this question is merely hypothetical, we can inquire about the
possibility of using genetic engineering to create the perfect human. Some modern
geneticists believe that beyond selecting for physical traits such as eye color, our
genetic code is also responsible for many aspects of our personality and those intangible
characteristics often attributed to our character or 'soul.'
Use the Internet to explore these questions.
A. Do you think it will ever be possible to genetically
manipulate baby's intelligence, personality traits and character?
B. If we could use genetics to create a baby that would
have an innately "ethical" personality, should we?
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