Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age

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Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age

Postby Brandon » Sun Dec 02, 2007 1:51 pm

This is a wonderful book by Bill McKibben. It discusses the movement known as “Transhumanism.” Mr. McKibben starts out by explaining how the proponents of this movement plan to bring about a complete transformation of the human species into something entirely “posthuman.” He discusses the science being used to attempt this, namely germ line genetic engineering, robotics, and nanotechnology. He discusses the dangers involved and the high we would have to pay. He intelligently tackles many of the objections and arguments that transhumanists often raise. Most importantly, he demonstrates that their claim that posthuman singularity is inevitable is false. He presents real examples from the present and the past to prove this. He also discusses the meaning that human life gives us, how we will lose that if we go around tinkering with our genes and bodies, and then discusses why it is okay to simply say, “enough, I am happy as a mere human person.”
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Re: Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age

Postby Carl_Reginstein » Sun Dec 02, 2007 5:48 pm

Brandon wrote:This is a wonderful book by Bill McKibben. It discusses the movement known as “Transhumanism.” Mr. McKibben starts out by explaining how the proponents of this movement plan to bring about a complete transformation of the human species into something entirely “posthuman.” He discusses the science being used to attempt this, namely germ line genetic engineering, robotics, and nanotechnology. He discusses the dangers involved and the high we would have to pay. He intelligently tackles many of the objections and arguments that transhumanists often raise. Most importantly, he demonstrates that their claim that posthuman singularity is inevitable is false. He presents real examples from the present and the past to prove this. He also discusses the meaning that human life gives us, how we will lose that if we go around tinkering with our genes and bodies, and then discusses why it is okay to simply say, “enough, I am happy as a mere human person.”


Sounds like a book I'd enjoy. Thanks Brandon!
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Postby Brandon » Mon Dec 03, 2007 1:21 am

I think you’d enjoy. McKibben presents an intelligent, persuasive, and at times humorous, case against Transhumanism/Posthumanism and for simple humanity.
Be sober and watch: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour.

- 1 Peter 5:8

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