So our final judgment on "what’s wrong" with Huxley’s brave .. Excerpted from OUR POSTHUMAN FUTURE by Francis Fukuyama. Francis Fukuyama’s Our Posthuman Future fears that biotechnology will make monsters of us. Steven Rose weighs the evidence. The power to genetically enhance future generations could be a boon for humanity – or it could lead to an era of violent rebellion against the.

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In another work The Great Disruption: Please try again later. Perhaps it was the second English book he ever bought me. In the end, maybe it doesn’t matter. The Christian tradition maintains that man is created in God”s image, which is the source of human dignity. To reorient contemporary debate, Fukuyama underlines man’s changing understanding of human nature through history: Would the state step in and provide this service for everyone? Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Fukuyama makes a good non-religious case that there is something special about being human that we may lose as transhumanist and posthumanist phi Although written over 10 years ago, it is even more important today to consider the things that Fukuyama writes about as science and technology continues to barrel forward into the future with seemingly little or no barriers.

Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution by Francis Fukuyama. Futre implicit message is that unfettered scientific inquiry will lead to developments we will come to deeply regret. Some on the left have begun to make the case for genetic engineering.


Thankfully many endnotes list only source notes, however they have the added feature that the endnote pages, rather than simply showing the number of the chapter they refer to, instead display the actual name of the chapter, making things so much easier on the reader, because every page he is reading has the chapter name along the top of it.

In his opinion, control of biotechnology is fuluyama political necessity. They may, in short, feel themselves to be fukujama, and unlike aristocrats of old, their claim to better birth will be rooted in nature and not convention.

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If that assertion sounds self-evident, it’s not. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. What we may be witnessing is not just the end of the Cold War, or the frajcis of a particular period of post-war history, but the end of history as such Francis Fukuyama achieved fame – or notoriety – when, 10 years ago, he published The End of History.

Fukuyama is currently the Bernard L.

Gung-ho geneticists promise to encode human life on a CD, to create designer babies, to extend human life indefinitely. An evolution from carbon to silicon-based life isn’t unthinkable. Huntington and Harvey C. But this revolution has only just begun; the daily avalanche of announcements of new breakthroughs in biomedical technology and achievements such as the completion of the Human Genome Project in the year portend much more serious changes to come.

As Fukuyama notes, “There are very few domestic political issues today in our rich, self-satisfied liberal democracies that can cause people to get terribly upset, but the specter of rising genetic inequality may well get people off their couches and into the streets. Many assume that the posthuman world will look pretty much like our own – free, equal, prosperous, caring, compassionate – only with better healthcare, longer lives, and perhaps more intelligence than today.


Given the thunder-clap impact of Fukuyama’s most famous work, “The End of History,” it’s reasonable to assume that many will heed the warning implicit in such pronouncements.

Unnatural selection

Modern thinking is misguided about “human nature”, the only remedy being a return to pre-Kantian thinking about essences etc. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. This book covered some of the philosophical and ethical issues related to biotechnology and biomedical sciences.

Much of this hostility is driven by the stronger environmental movements in Europe, which have led the campaign, for example, against genetically modified posthumman. This is true not only in the case of overtly functional things like cars, screwdrivers, and smart phones but even things that have no functional value.


It is interesting to think that changes in biotechnology, namely human cloning, DNA recombination and other could have political consequences. Having encountered numerous references to this book in other discussions of contemporary bio-technologies, I felt it was time to actually read the book.