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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.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Buchanan, Allen E., 1948-
Better than human.
New York : Oxford University Press, ©2011
(DLC) 2010052276
(OCoLC)697974198
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Allen E Buchanan
ISBN: 9780199797998 0199797994
OCLC Number: 756484811
Description: 1 online resource (vi, 199 pages).
Contents: 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.
Series Title: Philosophy in action.
Responsibility: Allen Buchanan.

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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 w.

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