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Humanity's end : why we should reject radical enhancement

Autor: Nicholas Agar
Editora: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2010.
Séries: Life and mind.
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"Arguments against radical enhancement have too often in the past been characterized by irrationalism and mysticism. Nicholas Agar presents the first cogent case for the rationality of opposing radical enhancement. Moving easily between science and philosophy, he argues for a species-relative conception of valuable experiences, according to which we have a strong reason to remain human. This central claim is
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Agar, Nicholas.
Humanity's end.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2010
(OCoLC)761390358
Tipo de Material: Recurso Internet
Tipo de Documento: Livro, Recurso Internet
Todos os Autores / Contribuintes: Nicholas Agar
ISBN: 9780262014625 0262014629
Número OCLC: 521733534
Notas: "A Bradford book."
Descrição: viii, 219 pages ; 24 cm.
Conteúdos: What is radical enhancement? --
Radical enhancement and posthumanity --
The technologist : Ray Kurzweil and the law of accelerating returns --
Is uploading ourselves into machines a good bet? --
The therapist : Aubrey de Grey's strategies for engineered negligible senescence --
Who wants to live forever? --
The philosopher : Nick Bostrom on the morality of enhancement --
The sociologist : James Hughes and the many paths of moral enhancement --
A species-relativist conclusion about radical enhancement.
Título da Série: Life and mind.
Responsabilidade: Nicholas Agar.

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