Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Baby farming

I've always been intrigued by the baby farming of Brave New World and other fiction. It seems to me that specialisation and the corresponding efficiency have potential benefits to offer in this realm of human activity (it is one of the very few remaining human activities that hasn't fully succumbed to specialisation). But one lingering concerns I've had is whether a uniformity of service results in a uniformity of the new humans produced, which likely to seriously detriment the functioning of society.

One possibility would be for this activity to be undertaken by numerous private sector (and third sector) entities who would compete with each other to attract business and would adopt innovative (and hence diverse) approaches to child-rearing.

This raises the question of who the service is being provided for. If humans can be conceived and gestated in vitro (not currently feasible, but likely to be with advances in science), and then raised entirely in baby farms, there are no parents (or even adopted parents). So who is the service being provided for? The answer can only be society.

Perhaps the amazing revelation from looking at child rearing in this fashion is that parents throughout the world are effectively providing a free service to society by creating and nurturing the next generation.

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