This post from Sci-Fi Standpoint. I wonder about gene-modifying out such a fundamental part of human nature, not that I’m happy about these nasty characteristics… it’s a bit like getting rid of competitiveness, stress or aggression. None of them are nice things, but their elimination could have serious unintended consequences. Try the Vonnegut classic ‘Harrison Bergeron‘ for a dystopian projection of the attempt to iron out all human differences and make everyone ‘equal’.

I know Banks isn’t saying this exactly, and I love the idea in principle of getting rid of –isms, I’m just a little skeptical.

Still, anything we can do to bring on The Culture gets my vote.