World Peace Is Possible - Part 5
How would humans reproduce without men?
So far in this article series about world peace we’ve talked about a world without men, explored emotional engagement with violence, shared the belief that the marriage between violent men and the knowledge explosion is unsustainable, and claimed that violent men can’t be fixed.
In this article let’s explore a rather obvious but important question. In a world without men, how would the human species reproduce?
DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that I am in no way an expert on human reproduction, and this article should be seen only as a way of documenting and sharing what I’m learning.
While there appear to be some quite interesting developments underway in the realm of human reproduction, for our purposes such technical advances may not be necessary if we are flexible and adapt the “world without men” concept a bit. So before we dive in to exploring emerging biological research, and Phil shows how little he really knows about that, let’s start with the simplest method of human reproduction in a world without men.
While we’re waiting for science to make reproduction without men accessible and safe, we can edit the “world without men” concept to a less ambitious “world with far fewer men”. It would after all only take a tiny number of men to provide sperm to a huge number of women.
Let’s be clear, the goal we’re aiming at is world peace, a radical reduction in violence. Our purpose is not hating men or conducting a holy jihad against them. So if a world with far fewer men proves to be a more practical and realistic way to achieve a radical reduction in violence, there’s no good reason to reject this outcome.
So now that we have one simple method of human reproduction available in a world with far fewer men, it might be interesting to learn what kind of technical solutions science may be working on. If nothing else, such developments are intriguing.
Perhaps you can jump in to this discussion in the comments below to help educate us, as the subject of reproduction without men is mostly new to me. And some of the articles I’m finding seem likely to be out of date. To get us started here are some links to what seem to be relevant articles.
National Public Radio: A NPR story entitled “Making Sperm, No Men Necessary” claims that “Last year, (2003) scientists proved that they could not only create sperm in a petri dish, but also use that sperm to fertilize a mouse egg.”
Futurism.com: Here’s an article called “Pregnancy Without Men? New Research Lets Us Make Babies From Skin Cells” asks if babies could one day be made with skin cells.
Mirror.com: This article says, “Scientists claim they can create babies without men by injecting eggs with artificial sperm”. According to the article, “a team from China claims they have created healthy mouse babies by injecting laboratory-made sperm into eggs to produce mouse offspring.”
Government: Here’s an article for academics. There’s a LOT here, more than I can digest. The article concludes “Currently, genetically related artificial sperm cannot yet be used in humans to achieve pregnancy and the live birth of genetically related offspring”.
As best I can tell so far, science is making progress converting skin cells in to sex cells. This seems to be well underway in mice, but is not yet anywhere near ready for humans.
Most of the articles I’m finding seem to be about ten years old, so there must be much more to the story by now. I’ll keep digging and update this article as I learn more. If you’ve written article on these subjects please send me a link. Thanks!
I’m posting this today mostly to:
Claim reproduction in a world with far fewer men is already possible, no new technology needed.
Ask your help in developing our understanding of these emerging reproductive technologies.
The bottom line seems to be that 1) humanity can still reproduce in a world with far fewer men, and 2) science may someday make men unnecessary for reproduction, but we aren’t there yet.
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