This story belongs in the Fri Nite Frite file, except it’s real. James Barham tells us of a serious proposal to shrink humans, to better cope with climate change. In “Mad Scientists, Then and Now” (Evolution News & Views, May 18, 2012), he explains,
People are too big. If we want to save the planet, we must shrink ourselves.
That’s the message of a recent Atlantic article entitled “How Engineering the Human Body Could Combat Climate Change.” The piece reports on a proposal — to be published soon in an environmental ethics journal — to meet the challenge of climate change (if such it be), not by transforming the earth and its climate, as some have suggested, but rather by reengineering human beings themselves.
In a nutshell, the reasoning in this essay goes like this: …
In short, you shall be Tinkerbell or something:
And if you don’t like it, you are a denialist.
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