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By Allen Buchanan

Is it correct to take advantage of biomedical applied sciences to make us larger than good or maybe probably higher than human? should still we view our biology as mounted or should still we strive to enhance on it? students are already taking cognitive enhancement medications. The U.S. military is already operating to strengthen medicines and applied sciences to supply "super soldiers." Scientists already understand how to exploit genetic engineering concepts to augment the energy and thoughts of mice and the appliance of such applied sciences to people is at the horizon.

In Better Than Human, philosopher-bioethicist Allen Buchanan grapples with the moral dilemmas of the biomedical enhancement revolution. Biomedical improvements could make us smarter, have greater thoughts, be more advantageous, speedier, have extra stamina, dwell for much longer, steer clear of the frailties of getting older, and revel in richer emotional lives. regardless of the advantages that biomedical improvements could convey, many folks instinctively reject them. a few fear that we are going to lose whatever important-our appreciation for what we've got or what makes humans distinctively necessary. Others imagine that biomedical improvements will simply be to be had to the wealthy, with the end result that social inequalities will worsen.

Buchanan indicates that the controversy over enhancement has been distorted by way of fake assumptions and deceptive rhetoric. To imagine in actual fact approximately enhancement, we need to recognize that human nature is a combined bag and that our species has many "design flaws." we must always be open be open to the opportunity of changing into higher than human, whereas by no means underestimating the hazards that our makes an attempt to enhance may perhaps back-fire.

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