This thread is inspired by the CRISPR thread in which we have found a drastically simpler way to modify genetic structures.
Putting aside the moral objection and practical application, let’s just say that we decided to manufacture ALL new humans to be beautiful. They’d maintain their differences in skin tone and facial composition, but they’d all be defined by our generation as beautiful people. My question would be - would there be some sort of loss of perspective in terms of desire? Our base instincts naturally signal that someone is extremely attractive. Does this get lost if everyone is extremely attractive? Or does this generation walk around in constant awe of how beautiful everyone is?
What if this advantage is applied to another trait, one that is not immediately apparent. If everyone is built to be super smart, would they still consider the lower end of the spectrum to be unintelligent? Or would they recognize the inherent intelligence of everyone? How about personalities? What if everyone exhibited various degrees of kindness? How long would it take in each of these situations for a social order to be reassessed and reapplied?
Mods - feel free to move this, as there may not be an academic answer, but I would assume that there has been some sort of research and experimentation on at least a portion of this notion.