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- DescriptionProposals to make us smarter than the greatest geniuses or to add thousands of years to our life spans seem fit only for the spam folder or trash can. And yet this is what contemporary advocates of radical enhancement offer in all seriousness. They present a variety of techlogies and therapies that will expand our capacities far beyond what is currently possible for human beings. In Humanity's End, Nicholas Agar argues against radical enhancement, describing its destructive consequences. Agar examines the proposals of four prominent radical enhancers: Ray Kurzweil, who argues that techlogy will enable our escape from human biology; Aubrey de Grey, who calls for anti-aging therapies that will achieve longevity escape velocity ; Nick Bostrom, who defends the morality and rationality of enhancement; and James Hughes, who envisions a harmonious democracy of the enhanced and the unenhanced. Agar argues that the outcomes of radical enhancement could be darker than the rosy futures described by these thinkers. The most dramatic means of enhancing our cognitive powers could in fact kill us; the radical extension of our life span could eliminate experiences of great value from our lives; and a situation in which some humans are radically enhanced and others are t could lead to tyranny of posthumans over humans.
- Author BiographyNicholas Agar is Reader in Philosophy at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
- Author(s)Nicholas Agar
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication28/09/2010
- SubjectScience: General & Reference
- Series TitleLife & Mind: Philosophical Issues in Biology & Psychology
- Place of PublicationMassachusetts
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintBradford Books
- Weight454 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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