"O-no: Ring-shaped bagels at the House cafe in Camberwell, south London was told to take down the Olympic-themed display by southwark Borough Council".  Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2175817/Bakers-churches-use-Olympics-rings-NOT-prosecuted-says-minister.html

“O-no: Ring-shaped bagels at the House cafe in Camberwell, south London was told to take down the Olympic-themed display by southwark Borough Council”.
Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2175817/Bakers-churches-use-Olympics-rings-NOT-prosecuted-says-minister.html

Olympics, genetic engineering and the future

So the Olympics is here again! My girlfriend is enamored with the divers and swimmers, and after seeing their physiques, I can see why! The scandals have also started, with accusations of drug usage and heightened emotions as countries vie for the gold medal.

I admire the high points of the Olympics, as you can see the great success of an athlete who has worked hard their entire life, and finally makes it to the top spot. It’s also heartbreaking to see when another athlete has worked just as hard, but is just a few tenths short. Their effort is in no way diminished, but there can only be three.

Success at the Olympics comes down in part to hard work, effort, and determination, and if we’re honest, we also need to admit that it also comes down in part to the genetic lottery of life. If you look at the different body types of the top athletes in different sports, it’s clear that genetics also plays a large role in whether someone will be successful or not. The drug testers are getting better at ferreting out performance-enhancing drugs, but I wonder what happens when genetic engineering becomes more commonplace and parents (indeed, maybe even governments) start breeding children specifically for the Olympics, with increased stamina, strength, and perseverance. Would the officials be able to tell the difference? After all, if you go with modest enhancements, how is it any different than what would have come about through random chance and interaction between sperm and egg? Is it better to have a choice, rather than to leave it all to chance?

What are your thoughts? As a species, we move ever forwards to greater mastery of our domain and further progress in our war against misery and disease, and we have made great advancements through programs such as vaccination, improved sanitation, anti-biotics and so on. While some of these advancements come with their own pitfalls, it’s hard to say that they have been bad on net. What will people be saying in 50 years from now, when designer babies and extensive genetic engineering will probably be commonplace? It will modify our world further, but maybe this is just one more step on a long journey that started many thousands of years ago, when we started to plant seeds and selected them for desirable properties, such as yield and taste. The future just puts more science and ability into the equation.

The Olympics might not be as fun to watch, though, when everyone can become a superstar athlete!

Here’s some Olympic reading to get you through the week ahead:

Career

Government

Miscellaneous

Personal Finance

Carnivals

Have a great week ahead. :)

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Kevin has left the office, and he is currently fighting the rat race by working on his own business. He enjoys exploring unvisited places around the world and gaining new experiences. He believes that by properly managing our energy and time, we can learn to invest our lives wisely.

17 Comments Kevin on Jul 31st 2012

17 Responses to “Olympic Reading for your Week”

  1. Wow, did you participate in all those Carnivals? If so, amazing!

    After I got rejected from my first one three years ago, I haven’t submitted to another since. Maybe I can get included in the Yakezie Carnival now :)

    Best, Sam

  2. krantcents says:

    Thanks for the inclusion, I really appreciate it. Whether you win an Olympic medal or not, you learn a lot from working toward a goal.

    • I agree. Hard work always pays off even if you don’t get a medal in the end. Whenever I bust my ass for something I usually have found benefit.

      Thanks a bunch for the inclusion. I really appreciate it.

      Hope you have a good week.

  3. thx for the link Kevin!

    I hope all his well for you!

    cheers,

    Mike.

  4. B Simple says:

    Appreciate you including my link this week.

  5. It’s amazing that every year there are new records being set by athletes. Just when you think that someone has pushed the edge of human potential, someone else goes a step forward.

  6. Kevin says:

    Thanks for the comments, all. Also agreed that you can learn a lot from working toward a goal, and even if you don’t hit ultimate success, it doesn’t mean that it was a waste of time.

  7. I totally agree with krantcents !! It’s the preparation that is more important.

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