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. Is a baby whose personality has been chosen from a gene supermarket still a human? If we choose what we create what happens to morality? Is this the end of .
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A decade after his now-famous pronouncement of “the end of history,” Francis Fukuyama argues that as a result of biomedical advances, we are facing the possibility of a future in which our humanity itself will be altered beyond recognition.
Fukuyama fhkuyama a brief history of man’s changing understanding of human nature: Fukuyama argues that the ability to manipulate the DNA of all of one person’s descendants will have profound, and potentially terrible, consequences for our political order, even if undertaken with the best of intentions.
In Our Posthuman Futureone posthumzn our greatest social philosophers begins to describe the potential effects of genetic exploration on the foundation of liberal democracy: The genius of Our Posthuman Future is that it brings home just how important [these issues] will be in our immediate future for ordinary people.
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Rarely has someone entering the policy arena so eloquently and precisely laid out the case for political control of emerging technology. For anyone seeking an ideal entry into the biotechnology debate, Fukuyama’s book is it.
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Please try again later. I’d expect a title like “Our Posthuman Future – Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution” to substantially address the consequences of the biotechnology revolution for our posthuman future. This text does neither. Furthermore I’d expect a writer with such stunning credentials to bring a better informed less error-ridden perspective to these complex issues. Again, prepare to be disappointed: Modern thinking is misguided about “human nature”, the only remedy being a return to pre-Kantian thinking about essences etc.
That any notion of human rights and ethics must be founded on a concept of human nature. Though the subject of a should-be text on the pedantics of contemporary rights talk, this would be allowable if his arguments were compelling and clearly written, and if additionally these points were then leveraged to comprehensively describe what life and policy might look like in a future where the implications of biotech development at all touches on these points.
Unfortunately, we are instead gifted an open window into a confused mind struggling with fundamental concepts surrounding “human nature” and its connection to human rights and ethics huge can of Renaissance-grade worms thereonly to inevitably fail in the basic task of describing in any way what precisely human nature consists: Moving from the botched philosophical underpinnings of the author’s position, perhaps he’ll redeem himself with an imaginative and informed description of how we as a future society and as a species might address the inevitable realities of genetic modification for enhancement very interestingor even just for treatment a bit tired?
Again the text unquestionably fails to deliver. Instead we are treated to an unflinchingly conservative position that the only way to combat negative outcomes is to pass the burden of biotech research regulation to political bodies which will be successful in hedging these outcomes to the degree that they are successful in orchestrating global consensus to outlaw biotech research.
Nothing imaginative here, just the usual fear mongering. Personally I’m shocked that someone with such stellar credentials could turn out such impoverished thinking and writing. I was assigned this book for a class and enjoyed it immensely. There were many aspects of biotechnology that I had never taken the time to familiarize myself with but this book answered a lot of my questions.
What is “human nature”? And will failure to initiate widespread government oversight of scientific research that could change this definition open a Pandora’s Box of dire consequences? Fukuyama suggests that failure to impose substantial government dictates over the “when’s” and “how’s” of future research centering on the human body and mind will precipitate a significant sea change in the inherent nature of our species, how we interact with one another, and a potential threat to Liberal Democracy.
The implicit message is that unfettered scientific inquiry will lead to developments we will come to deeply regret. While Fukuyama correctly illustrates the “easy fixes” that our society has latched onto Prozac, Ritilin: Who said freedom to choose would mean wise choices?
If one accepts the premise that human nature is fixed in an eternal quest for freedom, self-development and dignity and is manifested in superior intelligence, then one would want to remove any artificial roadblocks to creating the maximum environment in which these attributes could flourish. How else to explain the demise of almost all competing political models to Liberal Democracy? Yet, Fukuyama proposes a step backward, based on what appears to be a fixed, non-elastic definition of human nature.
Were a caveman to be plopped down in the late 20th Century and witness the first heart transplant, would he recoil in disgust and declare the practice inimical to the basic fabric of human existence? Does that mean, with the limited intelligence of a less developed brain – but with a brain nonetheless and all basic body parts and feelings that “Modern Man” exhibits – that the caveman would be right?
I don’t believe anyone would answer in the affirmative. As dispassionate and thoughtful as Fukuyama’s work appears on the surface, his call to action would have us expand the yoke of State control at a time when his beloved model of Liberal Democracy is finally expanding across the globe, toppling barriers to the practical application of human intelligence everywhere.
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