30. The Battle for the Future

  1. Max More and
  2. Natasha Vita-More
  1. Gregory Stock

Published Online: 11 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118555927.ch30

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future

How to Cite

Stock, G. (2013) The Battle for the Future, in The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future (eds M. More and N. Vita-More), John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118555927.ch30

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 29 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118334294

Online ISBN: 9781118555927

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Keywords:

  • genomics;
  • germline manipulation;
  • human enhancement;
  • in-depth embryo diagnosis

Summary

As advances in genomics and in vitro fertilization unite to bring us such technologies as germline manipulation and in-depth embryo diagnosis, must there be a battle over their use? Policymakers might, after all, acknowledge the arrival of these technologies, accept that people differ in their attitudes toward them, realize that society will adjust as it has to past advances such as the birth-control pill, and support efforts to minimize risks and maximize benefits. Unfortunately, that scenario is unlikely. The current discussion about human enhancement is not what it seems, however. It is not about medical safety, the wellbeing of children, or protecting the human gene pool. At a fundamental level, it is about philosophy and religion. It is about what it means to be human, about our vision of the human future. The chapter discusses threat of human enhancement as well as protecting the human race.