The Battle for the Future
Stock (Gregory)
Source: More & Vita-More - The Transhumanist Reader, Part VII - Chapter 30
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Editors’ Abstract1

  1. Biophysicist Gregory Stock, author of several books on biotechnology and our future, and a participant in Extropy Institute’s Biotech Futures conference in 1999, has examined in depth genetic engineering as a crucial technology for the biological path to transhumanist2 goals. (Others emphasize pathways based on information technology or nanotechnology.)
  2. In an excerpt from his 2002 book. Redesigning Humans: Our Inevitable Genetic Future, Stock asks whether there must be a battle over the use of technologies such as germline manipulation and in-depth embryo3 diagnosis.
  3. Stock contends that the discussion about human enhancement is not about medical safety, the wellbeing of children, or protecting the human gene pool; it's really about "about what it means to be human, about our vision of the human future."
  4. That is why critics like Leon Kass, formerly on the President's Council for Bioethics, urges "the wisdom of repugnance" more than he relies on specific, fact-based arguments.



In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 1: Taken from "More (Max) & Vita-More (Natasha) - Transhumanism: Biopolitics and Policy - Introduction".


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  2. Mauve: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); © the author(s)



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