by Dr. Charles Sabillon
The future for sex looks bright but one of
the options is clearly the best.
There are two options for the future of
humanity with respect to sex.
The first and most obvious, for it is
already under way, is one in which technology increasingly eliminates the
negative effects of copulation. That would be done by creating a more
potent contraceptive technology, by elaborating more powerful medicines to
deal with sexual diseases, and by restoring sexual abilities with
This option would allow people to have
their cake and eat, for it would permit an ever growing amount of sex
while having less of its negative side effects.
The other option is one in which genetic
engineering would reconfigure the genetic code of people so that they
would have a much lower sexual appetite.
This second option seems as the less
exciting of the two, but in reality it is not. We can already take a
glimpse at how it would look because there is a small percentage of the
world population that already has that encoding.
There is a tiny share of individuals that
is naturally born with a very low sexual appetite and usually goes for
years without any sexual activity. In spite of that, they don't have a
feeling that they are missing on the best in life. The biochemistry of
their brain simply releases less of the substances that generate the
strong sexual craving that most people experience and as a result they do
not feel bad about being lonely.
Studies show that there is a link between
intelligence and sexual activity: the higher the level of education, the
lower the sexual appetite. High school drop-outs are on average the most
promiscuous, then come those with a high school diploma, then those with
an undergraduate degree, then those with specializations, and then the
This last group usually has more than ten
years of university education. They are spontaneously driven towards
knowledge and spend most of their time delving into books while neglecting
their social and sexual life. Their life seems dull, but it is not. Their
lower sexual activity does not carry with it less fun for they find it
more entertaining to learn science than to party.
As paradoxical as it might seem,
reconfiguring the genetic code so that the world population would be more
like scientists, would actually run in parallel to the demands of
religions. Religions have always opposed sex, deeming it as evil and
immoral. They have also opposed science because this last has the habit of
debunking all their ludicrous ideas. However, for once, science and
religion could be singing the same song.
As unromantic as a sexless world would
seem, such a place would be a much better one.
The fact is that at present there are a
zillion diseases that are incurable or are only partially curable. Those
diseases make life miserable for billions of people and the only one that
can come to their rescue is science. In a world with many more scientists,
the rate of medical progress would be much faster.
For those who insist that a sexless world
would be a boring one, it is worth remembering that when people suffer
from diseases, it is very hard to have sex or to love or to undertake any
other form of entertainment.
What this world needs is more scientists
and not more promiscuous politicians, sportsmen, singers, actors or
workers. Scientists are the most valuable resource of our specie because
they are the only ones that make progress possible with their inventions.
Therefore, a world in which the majority of
the population would deploy most of its time into trying to figure out how
to cure diseases would be a much better place than the existing one. At
present, men spend most of their time trying to seduce women and women
spend most of their time trying to make men fall in love with them. That
ultimately leads to nothing.
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About the Author
Charles Sabillon did High School in Texas
and has undergraduate degrees in Philosophy, Economics and Law as well as
a masters and a doctorate in International Relations. After the PhD, he
undertook post-doctoral research in the fields of History, Economics, and
Ecology. He has taught Economic History at a university in Switzerland and
speaks fluently English, Spanish, French and German.