'Modify humans' to combat climate change

Probably has a fairly large carbon footprint

I had to check my calendar to make sure it wasn’t April 1 when I read this:

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. 

“Less resource-intensive children”?? But it’s OK because it would all be voluntary (for now, that is):

Neither Liao or his co-authors,  Anders Sandberg and Rebecca Roache of Oxford, approve of any coercive human engineering; they favor modifications borne of individual choices, not technocratic mandates.

And if you believe that the eco-totalitarians will exercise restraint when it comes to their crusade to “save the planet”, then more fool you.

Congratulations to the authors of this paper for once again exposing the dangerous dictatorial instincts of extreme greens.

Read it here (h/t Marc Morano)


  1. Cyndi Rose via Facebook says:

    Let’s just find a nice island somewhere for all these nutjobs. No electricity or running water, no cars, just simple living.

    • Vivienne says:

      Excellent idea Cyndi.

    • Let them have running water, send them to Greenland, the global warming mecca, where run off from the glaciers are going to keep them happy for years to come. Also it is a balmy -45F there at the moment.

  2. Philip Thomas via Facebook says:

    Make them more intelligent so they can ignore it completely.

  3. Utter madness!

  4. We’re do u actually get all this information? X lol

  5. Dave Gardner via Facebook says:

    Nah… just change the “dress code” … 😉 (Who in the world, except for extreme nut-jobs, wears a suit and tie in the tropics… who in the world, except for those same nut jobs, wears a suit and tie in arctic temps? Suits and ties are dumb clothing.) … just saying. Don’t need to re-engineer humans. Just re-engineer the buildings and dress codes.

  6. dont forget cyndi, no other animals either for them to blame the polution on either. I mean, they blame cows and our meat eating society for alot of the polution as well right?

  7. Lou Windsor via Facebook says:

    Can we modify the ‘scientists’ to STFU?

  8. one way ticket to the moon so they can start ther ideal colonies

  9. Colin S Tonks via Facebook says:

    Through the natural process of evolution, humans will continue to ‘morph’ according to environmental change, as they always have over the past 1.5million+ years. It is not a change that will occur overnight, but will take many thousands of years to notice any discernible morphological change.

  10. I propose that we start by modifying the authors.

  11. Ray Anderson via Facebook says:

    This is what passes for religion now-a-days..Dumber than dirt.

    • The Loaded Dog says:

      Yes, and if you don’t have the “willpower” to sanctify yourself you can just take a fricking pill.


      No sorry, completely believable coming from these BONEHEADS..

  12. Reminds me of the witch trial in Monty Python & The Holy Grail where one of the peasants claimed to have been turned into a “newt”. Wondering if these fanatics want to turn all us peasants into newts?

  13. Last week scientists wanted after birth abortions to be allowed, even if the baby was born healthy, now they want to modify humans.

    But there is a common denominator amongst all this scientific trash and that is groups of low IQ scientists are rising to the top in Science Idol. Science fiction is the new norm in post modern science. We are past peak intelligence, brain size is diminishing.

    • The Loaded Dog says:

      “We are past peak intelligence..”

      And people are worried about peak oil…sheesh.

  14. Oh, that’s just…too…frightening, unbelievable. Wait, there are no words. The people that come up with this crap need to be modified themselves, or perhaps they already are.

  15. sean2829 says:

    I think there might be an easier solution, more on the line of animal husbandry than genetic engineering, but it could work out better. A law should be made than tall good looking men could no longer marry and have children, only short ugly guys. (I know this sounds self serving but bear with me.) By allowing only short ugly guys to marry and have children, you can use this reproductive selection process to make smaller people and at the same time reduce the incentive for women to have reproductive sex going forward. As the population of short ugly guys increases over time, more women will voluntarily forgo having children at all further reducing the world’s population. This could work!

  16. puts me in mind of a short verse I wrote once- God and evolution got it wrong, human beings don’t belong!

  17. puts me in mind of a short verse I wrote once- God and evolution got it wrong, human beings don’t belong!

  18. I have a cricket bat near my front door (I love cricket).

    But if anyone comes and tries to modify me, it will be the cricket bat that modifies them.

    ie F**K OFF, morons !!!

    gees, maybe someone needs to go and modify these low-life non-intellectual degenerates.. right now !!!

    Sorry, but I am getting thoroughly sick of this type of idiocy !!

  19. Rick Bradford says:

    Professor Liao is my nomination for the 2012 Josef Mengele Award

  20. Owen Morgan says:

    What with this and the recent “Massacre of the Innocents” business, I wonder if Oxford University realises what kind of impression it is making with these disastrous associations. What will its next stunt be: to set up a Pol Pot Memorial Professorship?

  21. Baldrick says:

    The last time humans used eugenics to create the Übermensch things ended in tears.
    Junk science at its best!

  22. I suppose there are already drugs that might be belief-inducing. You might think that antidepressants induce new beliefs about self worth, or about the personalities of other people.

    Liao: That’s right. That’s a great analogy. If you’re very pessimistic about the world, and you take a drug that will cause you to develop a more positive outlook, then in some sense those are beliefs that you already desired. In a case like that the ethical issues might fall away on account of the fact that you previously desired those beliefs, and that you’re aware of the consequences of taking the drug. We would want as much transparency as possible with these technologies so that people are aware of the consequences of using them, and that includes empathy-increasing drugs, which, if they had the kind of effects you’re suggesting, would require warning labels at a minimum”

    If you can’t win em with reason, drug them.

  23. The green extreme insanity, just keeps on growing, like a rampant cancer.

  24. Bryan Harris says:

    What kind of a world are these insane alarmists trying to build – this is worrying enough, but don’t be surprised if this concept of altering the human race, to fit in better, to cause less issues, doesn’t escalate wildly.
    When are they going to understand that for man to survive and conquer the problems of life, he must be free to achieve his potential…and by genetically modifying him and drugging him to be suitably submissive, they reduce man to the level of an obedient animal.

  25. John A. Gundersen says:

    It has been quite clear for some time now that we are dealing with eco-loons, misanthropic scoundrels, anti-energy wastrels, hippies and controlfreaks dressed up as environmentalists…

  26. Boiling Frog says:

    Of course the Green Slime already is in favour of full-term abortion and increased euthanasia to rid the world of human “parasites”.
    Nothing surprises me with this mob anymore. I wonder if the good medicos can come up with a cure for greenaphobia?

  27. The greenies are fed bullshit by false scientist that fabricate data to suit their funding purposes. When the truth is, The sun is getting hotter and no-one can do anything about it. The amount of carbon in this atmosphere is near nil. In fact 0.039% which is for every 1million parts of air there is only 390parts of carbon. Mars has 95% co2 that is 950,000 parts of co2 per million and the Climate on mars is near freezing. Venus has 96% and it’s 400degs C. You want to know the difference between these two are. It’s the distance of the sun. But wait if co2 is the main cause of heating on earth, shouldn’t Mars be an inferno with that much co2. It’s always been the sun. that drives climate change. We must also have an effect as well but it would only be 0.039% effect compare to the suns effect!!

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