Finally I came across the Netflix documentary on CRISPR and DNA editing of 2019 “Unnatrual Selection” and it made me write this article.
I’m a big believer in biohacking, but what surprises me is what Josiah Zayner expresses in the documentary: “We want to be able to change DNA, but we don’t know where it would lead.” That is the question I try to answer as best I can: Where does it lead to?
What is CRISPR? A technology that enables gene editing. It is a way of finding a specific piece of DNA in a cell. After that, the next step in CRISPR gene editing is usually to change that part of the DNA.
It is expected that CRISPR can cure many DNA-related diseases, such as cancer, blindness or even a cure for aging. It can also change your appearance. Do you want to look like your favorite superhero or maybe is the animation movie character Shrek more favorable?
I think the foundation of life is already perfect. There are some challenges to overcome, such as cures for disease, or even aging, and perhaps changing appearance. The diversity would be fantastic, But if you continue to change and ‘improve’ DNA, I think you’ll run into the following problem.
Once you start creating superhuman with unimaginably high intelligence, the end is near. First, it’s no fun being that intelligent, I think. And secondly, I think you’re going to be very bored. Another problem is the connection with other beings. The ‘wavelength’ will be too different to communicate. The essential imperfections in man will also be disturbed. You don’t need the other and a collaboration is no longer necessary.
So changing DNA could mean the end of life because that reason for being is gone. If you think life is all about love and loving each other. Need and complement each other. Being together and working together. So there is a great risk that the meaning will be lost. When the meaning of life is gone, life is also gone in my opinion.
Still, I don’t think we should slow down progress in biohacking, because biohacking should me more accessible to the common man and we don’t want the rich or politicians to define our DNA. At the moment, biohacking is illegal in Europe. Maybe you think this is a good idea, because biohacking is hazardous? I don’t think that, because it’s slowing down progress and politics sticking their noses in everything without knowing what they’re doing. And sometimes, if they know what they’re doing, they have a hidden agenda or wrong intentions. You may be wondering why you are so skeptical of politicians? I think they screwed up themselves, how many times have they broken your trust?
So my summary of this story is that I think biohacking is a good thing once we learn and know where to stop. Biohacking should be accessible to the common man and not just to the rich. I hate politicians, in general, especially in Europe, but mostly because of the regulations here.