By Simon Young, Aubrey de Grey, Robert A. Freitas
Author note: Forwards via Dr. Aubrey de gray, Robert A Freitas
Publish yr note: First released September thirtieth 2005
The debate in regards to the ethics of human biotechnology or genetic engineering is among the most vital cultural problems with our time. 'Transhumanism' is the philosophy that almost all of all helps genetic technological know-how and biotechnology, but the general public is aware little approximately this rising philosophy. Transhumanism proclaims unequivocal aid for the try to do away with sickness, defeat loss of life, and improve the physique and brain past the constraints of the age-old human situation. In Designer Evolution, Simon younger provides a polemical espousal of transhumanist philosophy and a trenchant assault on its critics, the 'Bio-Luddites'.
the writer demands a rejection of premodern superstition and post-modern nihilism in favour of a renewed trust in human growth via medical rationality. In an age whilst cynicism, fatalism, and nihilism are rife, Designer Evolution will re-ignite a sense of optimism concerning the way forward for our species. it is a concise, reader-friendly creation to a very important philosophy that may develop into tough to disregard as advances in biotechnology more and more declare the headlines within the coming a long time.
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The explosion of scientific knowledge will create New Enlightenment—a renewed faith in the ability of our species to comprehend the universe and progress beyond the limits of the human condition. Through Superbiology we will enhance our bodies and minds. Through nanotechnology we will eradicate the scourge of poverty and hunger. The “tragedy of the human condition” will come to an end . . And then we can truly say a New Age has begun. 23. THE STRENGTH TO DREAM And what then? Liberated from biological slavery, an immortalized species, Homo cyberneticus, will set out for the stars.
Scientific American (September 2003), p. 104. 2. Protato: New Scientist (January 2, 2003). Chapter 2 ECOISTS The Sanctity of Nature It is nature, not society, that is our greatest oppressor. 3 billion people from organic farms. —Norman Borlaug, foreword to The Frankenfood Myth: How Protest and Politics Threaten the Biotech Revolution (2004) By Eco-fundamentalism—or Ecoism for short—I mean extreme ideology of the Green or environmentalist kind. Ecoism is the belief in the primacy of nature over humans.
I’m only human”; “the human predicament”; “the tragedy of the human condition”: they all tell the same truth—that humanity is a disease state from which to be cured! What is “the human condition” but an affliction? What is a human being? A weak mind in a decaying body, a bundle of primitive emotions, and a brief life in the knowledge of inevitable death—extinction for the rest of eternity! ” We did not ask to be programmed for selfdestruction. Why, then, should we accept death, disease, and decay like some helpless sheep?