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Comment: Re:What's the big deal with intelligence? (Score 1) 366

by kaatochacha (#48196767) Attached to: Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

I'd prefer a happy kid who's satisfied with working his "dead-end job" and generally satisfied with his life, than a kid who's a real hard charging go-getter asshole.
In fact, I'm almost comfortable making the argument that we should be scanning for the asshole gene, and eliminating it.

However, society needs a few assholes to keep things moving.
Society also needs, in vastly greater quantities, happy satisfied people who aren't always pushing ambition to it's limit. Though I'm sure someone somewhere will refer to them as sheeple and downplay their importance.

Comment: Re:Scarier still.... (Score 1) 366

by kaatochacha (#48191461) Attached to: Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

Thanks for that honest appraisal,
This is what scares me about when we begin mucking around with our genetic code to fish for better results: there are often unknown reasons for some of it. If people were MEANT to all be geniuses, we would have evolved that way a long time ago with it being such a huge advantage. Odds are, success in some areas means possibly shorting some other area: sociability, physical health, mental wellness, lack of imagination, etc.

Comment: Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (Score 1) 602

by kaatochacha (#48006407) Attached to: The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

I have to laugh a bit about all the stories on CFLs being so horribly toxic. My Dad's always telling stories about how, when he was a kid, he and his brothers would play with mercury they borrowed from a school lab, cleaning pennies with it, etc. This is all barehanded, no gloves or anything.
He's currently 78 and probably twice as smart as I am.

Nothing happens.