As his peer-reviewed study puts it, “Pharmacologically induced altruism and empathy could increase the likelihood that we adopt the necessary behavioral and market solutions for curbing climate change.” He emphasises there would be no coercion. The drugs would merely help those who want to be climate-friendly behaviour but lack the willpower.
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'
'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'
Motl: 'I am totally disgusted by this stuff and by the fact that NYU & Oxford harbor scumbags...It only differs from the most perverse medical plans during the Nazi era by one detail: the Nazis at least wanted to create a race that had some qualities according to some rather sane criteria (well, in some cases, at least). Instead, Mr Liao and his thugs want to exterminate the mankind as we know it and create a sea of short stinky junk losers similar to themselves'
'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'