[quote="AlTheCollegeGal, post:7, topic:295791"]
Considering that I had a philosophy class discussion about Savulescu, I am obliged to observe his grave error: where exactly does he draw the line? According to the article, Savulescu sates "Indeed, when it comes to screening out personality flaws, such as potential alcoholism, psychopathy and disposition to violence, you could argue that people have a moral obligation to select ethically better children." However, latent alcoholism does not necessarily constitute an alcoholic, and furthermore, there are many individuals with impact who were alcoholics. Ernest Hemingway, Alexander the Great, Ulysses S. Grant, and Edgar Allen Poe to name a few were alcoholics. gooseberrybush.wordpress.com/2010/09/20/famous-alcoholics-addicts/
Just think how drastically society would change based on if these individuals were not allowed to live. From creating genetically pure offspring, eugenics delves into that which is intrinsically evil to explore: the bestowing of the title "creator" to fallible, imperfect humans. Where would the limits to this extensive power end, and would it end at all? What would stop an individual from weeding out the individuals with superficial traits that the parents do not desire? Brilliance derives from difference. Without individuals who do not fit the mold, so to speak, society would devolve into little more than what Hobbes has coined as his social contract theory. Human life would be brutish and short, animalistic in nature from lack of moral sense.
I don't see the reasoning behind any of your statements. We still do not fully understand how our DNA works. After the "Junk DNA" fiasco, genetic switches were mentioned and one biologist said, "We don't know what turns them on or off."
Genetic engineering is still in the realm of science fiction if not science fantasy. It would be a tragedy if an engineered child was born who developed other problems due to our lack of knowledge. The brain cannot be broken down into plug this in and plug this out. It's not that simple.
Brilliance does not always derive from difference. Personal lifestyle choices have no causal relationship with brilliance - not in a scientifically measurable way. Alcoholics make for good writers? None of the artists or writers I work with are alcoholics.