Human engineering

Human engineering has very conspicuously achieved a lot.   From expansive bridges and undersea tunnels to space stations and complex urban environments, copious evidence testifies we know what we are doing.   No doubt our ancestors would have viewed the modern smartphone as nothing short of magic.

However, achievements are less startling in the arena of organic life.   Here we have engineered little or nothing from scratch; instead, we try to fix what we perceive as problems.   Illness, injury, aging and even death and genetics have been addressed, but results are patchy at best.   For example, many drugs only treat one problem whilst creating many others euphemistically termed side effects.

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