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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User Review  - puttocklibrary - LibraryThing

I liked this book, but I think I would have liked it more if I read it closer to when it came out. Its about 10 years old now, and sometimes while reading it felt dated, which took away from some of ... Read full review

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User Review  - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing

McKibben's call to arms against genetic engineering falls flat at times as his fear overcomes his facts in some places. All too often it reads simply as an anti-intellectual call to arms to rise up ... 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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