Better than human [[electronic resource] ] : the promise and perils of enhancing ourselves / / Allen Buchanan
New York, : Oxford University Press, c2011
1 online resource (208 p.)
Philosophy in action : small books about big ideas
Medical innovations - Moral and ethical aspects
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Cover; Contents; Preface; 1. Breathless Optimism, Hysterical Loathing; 2. Why Evolution Isn't Good Enough; 3. Changing Human Nature? Or: Unnatural Acts, and Not Just with Sheep Like Dolly; 4. Playing God, Responsibly; 5. Will the Rich Get Biologically Richer?; 6. Is Enhancement Corrupting?; 7. The Enhancement Enterprise; References; Index
Is it right to use biomedical technologies to make us better than well or even perhaps better than human? Should we view our biology as fixed or should we try to improve on it? College students are already taking cognitive enhancement drugs. The U.S. army is already working to develop drugs and technologies to produce ""super soldiers."" Scientists already know how to use genetic engineering techniques to enhance the strength and memories of mice and the application of such technologies to humans is on the horizon. In Better Than Human, philosopher-bioethicist Allen Buchanan grapples with the