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Better than human : the promise and perils of enhancing ourselves

Author: Allen E Buchanan
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2011.
Series: Philosophy in action.
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In Better than Human, philosopher-bioethicist Allen Buchanan grapples with the ethical dilemmas of the biomedical enhancement revolution. Biomedical enhancement revolution. Biomedical enhancements can make us smarter, have better memories, be stronger, quicker, have more stamina, live much longer, avoid the frailties of aging, and enjoy richer emotional lives. In spite of the benefits that biomedical enhancements  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Allen E Buchanan
ISBN: 9780199797875 0199797870
OCLC Number: 697974198
Description: vi, 199 pages ; 19 cm.
Contents: Breathless optimism, hysterical loathing --
Why evolution isn't good enough --
Changing human nature? or, Unnatural acts, and not just with sheep like Dolly --
Playing God, responsibly --
Will the rich get biologically richer? --
Is enhancement corrupting? --
The enhancement enterprise.
Series Title: Philosophy in action.
Responsibility: Allen Buchanan.
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In Better than Human, philosopher-bioethicist Allen Buchanan grapples with the ethical dilemmas of the biomedical enhancement revolution. Biomedical enhancement revolution. Biomedical enhancements can make us smarter, have better memories, be stronger, quicker, have more stamina, live much longer, avoid the frailties of aging, and enjoy richer emotional lives. In spite of the benefits that biomedical enhancements may bring, many people instinctively reject them. Some worry that we will lose something important--our appreciation for what we have or what makes human beings distinctively valuable.

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