Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution

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Macmillan, May 1, 2003 - Science - 272 pages
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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 sketches a brief history of man's changing understanding of human nature: from Plato and Aristotle to the modernity's utopians and dictators who sought to remake mankind for ideological ends. 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 Future, one of our greatest social philosophers begins to describe the potential effects of genetic exploration on the foundation of liberal democracy: the belief that human beings are equal by nature.

 

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In his dense, well-researched new book, political scientist Fukuyama (The End of History) correctly predicts monumental forthcoming changes through biotechnology, raising challenging social ... Read full review

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I'm an undergraduate student witha a double major:Biomedical Laboratory Science and Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology. I have to say that I hae used this book for both of my majors in more than three classes and it explains thins very well. I wish my text books were written by him, I'd understand the books better. 

Contents

A TALE OF TWO DYSTOPIAS
v
SCIENCES OF THE BRAIN
18
NEUROPHARMACOLOGY AND THE CONTROL OF BEHAVIOR
41
THE PROLONGATION OF LIFE
57
GENETIC ENGINEERING
72
WHY WE SHOULD WORRY
84
BEING HUMAN
103
HUMAN RIGHTS
105
HUMAN DIGNITY
148
WHAT TO DO
179
THE POLITICAL CONTROL OF BIOTECHNOLOGY
181
HOW BIOTECHNOLOGY IS REGULATED TODAY
195
POLICIES FOR THE FUTURE
203
NOTES
219
BIBLIOGRAPHY
243
INDEX
257

HUMAN NATURE
129

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Francis Fukuyama teaches at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Trust, The End of History, and The Last Man, among other works. He lives in McLean, Virginia.

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