Paul Krugman, Scotland, Ireland discussed on Pantsuit Politics

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A history like the science was out there but it wasn't right quite to the masses yet. I believe that is where we are with crisper. So if you do not know at crisper is gene editor. It gives scientists the ability to edit are actual genes so the the possibilities with that with genetic conditions like endless right. But the problem was they were having to like slice. Dna tissues insert like using basically like tina tan molecular scissors. And get the crisper in there. Well that's hard that's difficult do will now researchers have been able to inject crisper into the blood just into the blood of people born with a disease. This was a. I listened to a guy i think. He was in scotland or ireland. It was passed down and it just it started basically just breaking down your body this particular genetic condition. He couldn't walk his dog. They inserted the crisper into his blood and now like three of these people who volunteered for this trial. The their body says shut off production of that particular toxic protein. And so they're better. It's amazing it's a miracle. So like i just feel like we're seen with crisper like it's there. We see that it's going to change. Everything is not available to the masses yet. But it's going to happen and it's gonna be a game changer. I love all of this. In what i would like to propose alongside. It is a program across the united states. Were every adult takes an ethics class. Because i think that as we have these amazing medical developments are reactions are either going to be jubilation without questions. Which i understand and i am grateful for these advancements as well or fear and i think what we really need is to chart a path where we start to speak the language of ethics kind of consistently across our society. This is another learning for me from covid. nineteen a lot of the questions that code presented. We could not resolve with what we knew as a society and so instead we went to fear in one corner or another right fear of something. And so i think we just. We really need a robust discussion of ethics. Not to all agree on how we use these technologies or when they're but to speak a common language about what we're trying to do and how we prioritize it. Oh yeah don't get it twisted. This is powerful technology. Powerful technologies can also be dangerous. I really really wish. I don't know maybe i should write. If i had senators i would actually listen. Try this maybe rand. Paul would listen. I really wish that we would learn from our mistakes with reproductive technologies which we just treated like the wild wild west the doors wide open and said do what you will and now we have people out there with like one hundred twenty five half siblings. I really wish we would take the european approach that we would have like ethics commissions that would have medical ethicists that would have philosophers that would have religious figures on them so that that could come tackle these questions and put some guidelines and regulations in place. Because letting this run. Wild is not gonna be awesome. Awesome my gut instinct. Historical insight spidey sense. Whatever you wanna call it. I really wish that we would not. I'm not hopeful. That's not really the american way. We really liked the doors wide open but it is a very very powerful technology and we are going to have to think carefully. And i don't want this to just tear us apart culturally. I wish we'd have some leadership at the medical ethical level. But we'll see what happens. His conversations driven by fear also a not awesome way to do any kind of problem solving. We've spent a lot of time on the past and the future in this segment so let's dive into the present now. We're going to be sharing our conversation with paul krugman. Paul is a nobel prize winning economist and author an op. Ed columnist for the new york. Times he has been called the mick jagger of political and economic punditry so he seemed like the right person to sit down and discuss what is going on with our economy and try to answer some questions that we hear from you often. Why.

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