My latest Science Not Fiction post addresses the “My body, my choice” mantra in relationship to transhumanism. Somatic rights and the freedom of bodily determination are at stake:
Because you have the right to do something, you are also responsible for the results of that decision. For example, if you choose to do drugs, […]
Researchers are starting to figure out which piece of our brain lets us know our body is our own:
In the new study, the researchers used a “body-swap” illusion, in which people experienced a mannequin to be their own, in combination with functional magnetic resonance imaging. Participants observed touching of the mannequin’s body […]
Prosthetics and artificial organs become so high quality that they surpass the performance, durability, comfort, and safety of natural human biology. As a result, humans are genetically engineered to be born without arms and legs to reduce the need for elective amputation surgery.
Definition of an Unthinkable here.
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The Irish Council for Bioethics has a well designed and marvelously informative pdf entitled “Euthanasia: Your Body, Your Death, Your Choice?” It’s one of the most lucid explanations of the big questions in three pages I’ve seen. A sample:
Body schema is hard to explain. It’s not how your body is qualitatively. That’s just a set of numbers (height in inches, weight in pounds, BMI, physical age, bone density, vision quality, how much you can lift, etc.). Body schema is the way your brain interprets those numbers and projects a subjective idea of how […]
A hidden cost of the Agricultural Revolution (both the original 10,000 yrs ago and the one this century) is that human beings varied their diet without being able to vary their digestive system. Things like the caveman diet, paired with genetically modified food may allow more food to be fine tuned for our fickle […]
I am not an expert on copyright. I’m the opposite of that. But Dave Fagundes at PrawfsBlawg is something of an expert, and was recently exploring the copyrighting of a nose job. In the process, he meandered into transhumanist territory.
Nose jobs, it seems to me, may well lack originality in the majority of cases. […]
Robin Hanson dredges up fears I keep trying to bury:
There are (at least) two ways to implement a (Star Trek style) transporter:
A space-time wormhole takes you “directly” from here to there, or We scan you, send the info, make a new copy at the other end, and destroy the original.
A similar […]
Ann Friedman at GOOD asks the critical question :
Fifty years after the invention of the birth-control pill, we are all so busycelebrating our contraceptive options—and defending our access to them—that we tend to forget how few we have. The basic science behind most contraception remains virtually unchanged since the 1950s, when researcher […]
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