Designer Evolution: A Transhumanist Manifesto

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Prometheus Books, Sep 25, 2009 - Medical - 417 pages
Forewords by Dr. Aubrey de Grey (Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge) and Robert A. Freitas Jr. (Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Molecular Manufacturing) "A rare and uplifting vision of the biological future we can and should create for ourselves." - Dr. Gregory Fahy, Chief Scientific Officer, Vice President, 21st Century Medicine The debate about the ethics of human biotechnology or genetic engineering is one of the most important cultural issues of our time. "Transhumanism" is the philosophy that most of all supports genetic science and biotechnology, yet the public knows little about this emerging philosophy. Transhumanism declares unequivocal support for the attempt to eliminate disease, defeat death, and enhance the body and mind beyond the limitations of the age-old human condition. In Designer Evolution Simon Young presents a polemical espousal of transhumanist philosophy and a trenchant attack on its critics, the "Bio-Luddites." The author calls for a rejection of premodern superstition and postmodern nihilism in favor of a renewed belief in human progress through scientific rationality. In an age when cynicism, fatalism, and nihilism are rife, Designer Evolution will rekindle a feeling of optimism about the future of our species. This is a concise, reader-friendly introduction to a vitally important philosophy that will become difficult to ignore as advances in biotechnology increasingly claim the headlines in the coming decades.
 

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I heartily agree with Young when he says that _Homo sapiens_ (or elements thereof) should use science to control its own future evolution so as to foster the emergence of a successor species, one that ... Read full review

Contents

FOREWORDS
9
INTRODUCTION
15
PROLOGUE
27
THE BIOLUDDITES
47
The Equality of Man
62
The Malleability of Man
69
The End of the World
78
TRANSHUMANISM AS A TOTALIZED PHILOSOPHICAL SYSTEM
87
Nurethics
199
Neuropolitics
263
Evolutionary Neuropsychology of Art
299
The New Music of the Spheres
317
TRANSHUMANISM AS EVOLUTIONARY EXISTENTIALISM
365
APPENDIX
373
Three Logically Incorrect Arguments
374
GLOSSARY OF NEOMEMES
377

Metaphilosophy
89
Neuroepistemology
94
Neuromotive Psychology
116

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Simon Young (Brighton, East Sussex, UK), the son of pioneering cybernetician and science writer J. F. Young, is an accomplished pianist who has performed throughout Europe. For more on Designer Evolution visit Simon Young's Web site at:
www.designerevolution.net

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