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Unnatural Selection: The Challenges of Engineering Human Nature and Lifespan

Edited By: P Healey and S Rayner

224 pages, Photos, figs


Hardback | Dec 2008 | #175507 | ISBN-13: 9781844076222
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This book, written by a range of experts in science and technology, bioethics and social science, examines the range of technological innovations offering lives that purport to be longer, stronger, smarter and happier and asks whether their introduction is likely to lead to more fulfilled individuals and a fairer world.

'Big changes are coming in every aspect of our lives. Should and will we embrace or reject them? (This) well-chosen collection of short but eye-opening essays will help you decide which choice is made.' Gregory M. Fahy PhD, cryobiologist, biogerontologist and former Director of the American Aging Association 'The whole idea of human enhancement divides people. The cautious emphasize the dangers of the techniques themselves, and the social and political consequences of allowing individual choice and commercial interests to prevail. Enthusiasts point out that humans have always striven to enhance human capabilities and extend lifespan. Isn't it unethical not to seek to improve on nature? This book deepens the debate, with perspectives from diverse disciplines and cultures explaining what the technologies are, what they might achieve and the societal consequences on a global scale.' Dr Mairi Levitt, Department of Philosophy, Lancaster University


Introduction * One World or Several? * The Nature of Human Natures * Longer? * Stronger? * Smarter? * Happier? * Fairer? * Governable? * Postscript: Choosing our Biological Future * Index

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Peter Healey is a Research Fellow at the James Martin Institute, Said Business School, University of Oxford. Steve Rayner is James Martin Professor of Science and Civilization at the Said Business School and Director of the James Martin Institute for Science and Civilization, University of Oxford.

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