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Hoosier Musings on the Road to Emmaus

Friday, June 18, 2004

Monogamy vaccine?

What do you think of this? I can see it now: before the wedding, head off to the doctor-- blood test for the marriage license, and then an anti-promiscuity shot...

Thanks to Mark for letting me know about this bit of research.

3 Comments:

Blogger Reverend Ref + said...

Hmmm. So what happens if you lose your partner (name your circumstance: death or divorce)? Would you need a procedure to remove the gene that made you monogamous to the original partner; or, if a replacement is needed, can you overcome the monogamous gene? If it can be overcome, does it really work? And (in a modified version of a coffee cup someone near and dear purchased for me) what's the point?

June 18, 2004 10:14 AM  

Blogger Clueless Christian said...

My guess is that it simply reduces impulsivity (and passion) the way Ritalin does for ADD. There is a reason most kids stop the meds at age 18 (when they can do so without parental consent). They usually feel drugged out on it.

And now by inserting a gene one can diminish the human experience further. A genetic shackle instead of either a chemical one or a voluntary commitment.

There is much to be said for the old prayer book line "whose service is perfect freedom".

Shari

June 18, 2004 1:17 PM  

Blogger Dawgdays said...

If I thought my partner needed the gene, what would be the point?

"I think you're gonna cheat on me, so you gotta get this shot."

I don't think so.

Besides, we'd miss out on the celebrity escapades. "Who's J.Lo married to this week?"

June 19, 2004 9:51 PM  

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