Annalee Newitz has a new piece up on io9 critiquing the anti-aging/immortality argument. Is brief, incisive, and clear: take 3 minutes and read the whole thing.
Her four points, summarized:
1. We will no longer be human.
2. Whatever body you’re in, there you are.
3. Our augmented bodies and minds will be hackable.
Sally Satel has a pretty good survey of the field of bioethics over at American Enterprise Institute. While I am no fan of AEI, I have to admit Satel’s piece is actually quite fair. Her section on conservative bioethicists is harsh and clear. Her critique of both liberal and conservative bioethicists came down to […]
Francesca Minerva (what a cool name) at Practical Ethics gets into the sticky morality of adopting embryos:
[I]f the main concern of couple who adopt embryos is to save as many embryos as possible because they consider them as morally valuable as already born children, why shouldn’t they adopt children who are already born? […]
From Chance to Choice: Genetics and Justice is a landmark text in bioethics. In nearly every work I read on enhancement, genetics, reproductive freedom, or health care, Buchanan et al. are in the bibliography. Written by four top bioethicists in 2000, FCtC is an effort to carefully investigate the questions and debates that had been […]
See-through tech makes our lives…easier?
The above image is of a transparent goldfish engineered to allow the little guy to serve as a living anatomy showcase, saving millions of his (or her? does anyone here know how to sex a goldfish?) brethren from going under the knife. [Gizmodo]
Alternatively, William Saletan […]
After kicking Kass to the curb Obama has selected Amy Gutmann, the president of the University of Pennsylvania, to head a new bioethics council. The whole set up looks extremely promising:
Bioethical, social and legal questions relating to genomics and behavioural research are all on the commission’s agenda. So are issues of intellectual property, scientific […]
Transhumanism is a weird area of study and a complicated field to try to get your head around. Pop Transhumanism is shifting it’s focus a bit and I’m looking more intensely at specific issues of ethics within the modification of human beings. Don’t worry, now that I’m back from my international travels there will be […]
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