NYU Professor: To Stop Climate Change, We Must Genetically Engineer Humans – Make Shorter, Induce Allergies to Meat & Medicate to Create ‘Empathy’


Via: http://gizmodo.com/meanwhile-in-the-future-to-stop-climate-change-we-mus-1733583113

NYU Professor Center for Bioethics & philosopher Matthew Liao

Listen To Audio: We talk about breeding people to be shorter, something Liao says could reduce our carbon footprint. Smaller people require less energy and use fewer resources, Liao argues. But selecting for height genetically would be a nightmare, according to the most recent paper that Maxmen found there are 697 genes involved in height. Since there’s not a good way to select for height genetically, another method Liao talks about in his paper is using treatments that cause babies to be born light — to have a low “birth weight.” But that comes with a set of very real dangers to the baby, and few mothers would opt to take that risk. Not to mention set their kid up for society’s bias against people (particularly men) who are shorter.

Another modification that Liao proposed was an induced allergy to meat, to help people reduce their consumption of animals. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United States 14.5% of all greenhouse gas pollution comes from livestock. So the idea here is to make people allergic to eating meat. The problem is that there’s no real way to control the severity of the allergy, and the two proteins that Liao talks about targeting (BSA and alpha-gal) are both found in all kinds of places like milk, eggs, dogs, cats and pork. People allergic to alpha-gal seem to be able to eat poultry and fish, but if they were to eat pork or lamb or beef the allergic reaction includes everything from hives to gastrointestinal upset, to anaphylactic shock. Not something most people would want to sign up for.

The last modification that Liao talks about: empathy. You might remember that just a few weeks ago we talked about empathy on this very podcast! And you might remember that empathy is actually a really hard thing to define. Liao’s idea is to give hormones like oxytocin and seratonin to people, and to perhaps decrease someone’s testosterone. But those hormones have all kinds of effects, and can change people in really profound ways beyond making them a little more amenable to negotiating.

Liao is very clear that he has no plans to force anybody to be shorter or to take Modafinil. But eugenics actually didn’t start out as something that was forced on people — many of the early eugenics proponents were all about choice. Francis Galton, the cousin of Charles Darwin, saw the idea of selective breeding as something that would become a “civil religion.”


Flashback 2012: Meet Man Who Wants to Engineer a Master Climate Race?! NYU Prof. Matthew Liao: Humans genetically engineered to combat global warming — ‘Pharmacological enhancement’

NYU Prof. S. Matthew Liao of Center for Bioethics promotes ‘solution of human engineering. It involves the biomedical modification of humans to make them better at mitigating climate change’ – ‘We shall argue that human engineering potentially offers an effective means of tackling climate change…the possibility of making humans smaller. Human ecological footprints are partly correlated with our size…a more speculative and controversial way of reducing adult height is to reduce birth weight…Pharmacological enhancement of altruism and empathy…could increase the likelihood that we adopt the necessary behavioural & market solutions for curbing climate change’

Fmr. Harvard U. Physicist Dr. Lubos Motl Compares NYU Prof. Matthew Liao to Nazis: ‘It only differs from the most perverse medical plans during Nazi era by one detail’ — ‘Mr Liao and his thugs want to exterminate mankind as we know it’

Liao’s ‘human engineering’ co-author Anders Sandberg: ‘People seem to assume we are some kind of totalitarian climate doomsters who advocate biotechnological control over people’ – Co-author Rebecca Roache: ‘Our normally unflappable bioethicist colleagues were shocked by the idea of human engineering, so the wider public was bound to find it ghastly’

Be Afraid, Very Afraid! Prof. Liao wants to drug the public to make them more compliant with his ideology. ‘Pharmacological enhancement’: ‘Test subjects given the posocial hormone oxytocin were more willing to share money with strangers…Also, a noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor increased social engagement and cooperation’

NYU Bioethicist S. Matthew Liao again suggests ‘voluntarily’ medicating the public and shrinking humans to make them care more about global warming – Liao: ‘The stuff that we looked at are things we currently already can do. So they are not meant to be very farfetched scenarios. They are meant to be realistic. — ‘Screen for embryos that are expected to be shorter. Another possibility is you can get hormone treatments…We can use that technology to have smaller children’

Master Climate Race: NYU Bioethicist S. Matthew Liao: ‘If you can give something like oxytocin to people, then maybe they’ll be more willing to cooperate, to care more about the environment’

Liao ‘also said taking drugs like Ritalin to enhance cognition may help with the global population problem, since there’s a link between cognitive ability and lower birthrate.’

Analysis of NYU Prof Liao: ‘He has absolutely no idea that he is either immoral or out of his mind. He is clearly both’ [email protected] – ‘Liao’s effort to change history, whatever the motivation or lack of underlying knowledge, cannot be abided…It is simply the publication of an academic paper that presages the death of science, and indeed the death of reason, in the West’

NYU Bioethicist Prof. Liao on Eating meat: Seeks to ‘Make ourselves allergic to those proteins…unpleasant reaction…The way we can do that is to create some sort of meat patch’ – ‘Kind of like a nicotine patch where you put it on before you go to dinner go out to restaurant and this will curb your enthusiasm for eating meat’

Liao ‘also said taking drugs like Ritalin to enhance cognition may help with the global population problem, since there’s a link between cognitive ability and lower birthrate.’

Prof. Liao upset about ‘a torrent of outrage and abuse was being directed towards him online…terms such as ‘eugenics’, ‘Nazis’ and ‘eco fascists’ were quickly being bandied around’ – ‘Human engineering’: ‘The modifications discussed included: giving people drugs to make them have an adverse reaction to eating meat; making humans smaller via gene imprinting and “preimplantation genetic diagnosis”; lowering birth-rates through “cognitive enhancement”; genetically engineering eyesight to work better in the dark to help reduce the need for lighting; and the “pharmacological enhancement of altruism and empathy’

Warmist Bill McKibben rejects ‘Bioethics’ Prof. Liao’s master race: ‘Worst climate change solutions of all time — I’m with @climatedepot on this one’

Analysis of Prof. Liao: ‘Why pull punches when it comes to saving Mother Earth: If men are bad for the planet, why not suggest getting rid of the bearers of Y chromosomes?’ – Flashback 1984: Futurist Graham Molliter in article on how to feed an allegedly overpopulating world envisioned ‘an outer-limits scenario: using genetic engineering to produce smaller people–who need less food’

Read now: Prof. Liao’s personal blog: Liao brags that ‘Drudge Report also has a link to the interview’ on his new paper

On Liao’s blog, he asks for volunteers for ‘open peer commentaries’ on his Brave New World paper on ‘human engineering’ (accepts blog comments)

Update: Another warmist proposes ‘genetically altering’ humans – ‘What if we put aside the ethical issues’ and allowed ‘genetic researchers to make us more resistant to the effects of climate change?’ – ‘Greener Ideal’ website article ‘Surviving Climate Change – By Genetically Altering You’ – By Jordan Green – February 25, 2014



37 Responses

  1. Need more proof that this whole manmade global warming/climate change nonsense has a hidden agenda behind it, EUGENICS & human depopulation of the planet? I have been shouting this was the case, for years. Folks like this nutcase want to rid the planet of everyone except themselves, of course.

  2. What a shock. A guy named “Matthew Liao” wants to make the human race shorter.

    Poor Matthew. Not only is he probably only 5’5″ tall and obsessed with stature, he’s also completely out of his mind, which means he fits in perfectly at the thoroughly mediocre academic cesspool known as NYU.

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    2. Yes. Hes the same guy who owns Muricans in theri own educational system. The problem is not th educational system, the problem is Muricans 😉

  3. “This is an announcement from Genetic Control – It is my sad duty to inform you of a four foot restriction on humanoid height”

    Genesis – “Get ’em out by Friday” (1972)

    But they set the line in 2012, so they were out by three years.

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  4. 93% of professors at our once revered institutions of higher learning are either progressive nut jobs like this, or extreme liberals – anybody see a problem with that – no wonder are young people are all about moral relativism, and think science will save them..

  5. I say we institute an anti-Nobel award and the first recipient will be Liao. Second, lets eliminate federal funding for NYU because they hired this guy. Just that one action justifies the loss of federal funding!

  6. Yes, “the wider public” DOES “find it gastly”. So you’d better figure out a way to bioengineer revulsion out of humanity first you crazy little man.

  7. Nah, there is a conceptually easier, and proven way to reduce CO2 production from the population.

    A Nazi concentration camp with gas chambers could run about 6,000 murders per day at peak. That means to return the world to pre-industrial level population of 1B, we need about 650 such camps to operate over about 5 years.

    Let’s put Liao first to make sure the gas is working.

  8. If this deranged fellow weren’t so serious, the entire premise would be hilarious. Sadly, he is and there are many like him running amok in the hallowed halls of higher learning, brain washing the next generation of useful idiots. I’v spent many an hour conversing with professors of this ilk, all of which have nothing but contempt for human beings. Humanity is a parasite in their eyes, they of course are excluded from being parasitical, since they see their existence as necessary in order to point out the scourge of man on Mother Earth.

    People like this can only be stopped if we’d quit sending our children to universities pushing an anti-human curriculum. Please thoroughly check the curriculum of your child’s university before you send them your child or dollar one.

  9. A much simpler approach to all this is just lower the birth rate. Non born humans use up no resources and take up no space and cost society nothing. If the amount of energy used per person does not change then halving the number of people will cut energy usage roughly in half.

  10. There are professors working to cure cancer, there are professors unlocking the secrets of the universe, Professor Liao is not one of them!

  11. I see that Pee Wee Herman finally got that PhD from the on-line Mbuti correspondence school in the Congo. Looks like it might have been a ‘joint’ degree in psycho-pharmacology and applied Animism.

  12. I actually like his Theory 🙂 That explains why Chinese tend to perform better while whites are like after 2 mins “I am tired” while a Chinese person is going on 10 mins and is still going. It’s funny to see Chinese outperform everyone in everything and I see this in a work place all the time. Muricans are too lazy to even think about what is 7 times 7

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