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Citizen Cyborg : why democratic societies must respond to the redesigned human of the future

Author: James Hughes
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Westview Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A loose coalition of groups - including religious conservatives, disability rights advocates, and environmental activists - has emerged to oppose the use of genetics to enhance human beings. And with the appointment of conservative philosopher Leon Kass (an opponent of invitro fertilization, stem cell research, and life extension) to head the President's Council on Bioethics, and with the recent high-profile
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James Hughes
ISBN: 0813341981 9780813341989
OCLC Number: 56632213
Description: xx, 294 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Tools for a Better You --
Better Living Through Science and Democracy --
Controlling the Body --
Living Longer --
Getting Smarter --
Being Happier --
The New Biopolitical Landscape --
From Future Shock to Biopolitics --
Cyborg Citizenship --
Defenders of Natural Law --
Left-Wing BioLuddites --
Upwingers, Extropians and Transhumanists --
Freedom and Equality Among the Cyborgs --
Democratic Transhumanism --
Transhuman Democracy --
Defending the Future --
A Sexy, High-Tech Vision for a Radically Democratic Future.
Responsibility: James Hughes.
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Argues that technologies pushing the boundaries of humanness can radically improve our quality of life - IF they are controlled democratically and made equally available in a liberal society  Read more...

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