Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age

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St. Martin's Press, Feb 1, 2004 - Science - 271 pages
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Passionate, succinct, chilling, closely argued, sometimes hilarious, touchingly well-intentioned, and essential." --Margaret Atwood, The New York Review of Books

Nearly fifteen years ago, in The End of Nature, Bill McKibben demonstrated that humanity had begun to irrevocably alter and endanger our environment on a global scale. Now he turns his eye to an array of technologies that could change our relationship not with the rest of nature but with ourselves. He explores the frontiers of genetic engineering, robotics, and nanotechnology--all of which we are approaching with astonishing speed--and shows that each threatens to take us past a point of no return. We now stand, in Michael Pollan's words, "on a moral and existential threshold," poised between the human past and a post-human future. McKibben offers a celebration of what it means to be human, and a warning that we risk the loss of all meaning if we step across the threshold. Instantly acclaimed for its passion and insight, this wise and eloquent book argues that we cannot forever grow in reach and power--that we must at last learn how to say, "Enough."

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Review: Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age

User Review  - Debra Daniels-zeller - Goodreads

This book is about nanotechnology, biotechnology, robots and a computer generated future. I picked the book up at the library because I'd never read anything by Bill McKibben, so this was my ... Read full review

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User Review  - AG - Goodreads

I liked this book, but I think it's all too easy to miss the point. I was continually reminded of the movie Gattaca, which should be required viewing for anyone who picks this up. Gattaca mines a lot ... Read full review

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Bill McKibben writes regularly for The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, Natural History, The New Republic, and many other publications. His first book, The End of Nature, was published in 1989 after being excerpted in The New Yorker and was a national bestseller. His other books include The Age of Missing Information, Maybe One, and Long Distance: A Year of Living Strenuously. He lives with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, and daughter in Vermont.

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