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Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future

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Argues that technologies pushing the boundaries of humanness can radically improve our quality of life - IF they are controlled democratically and made equally available in a liberal society
ebook, 315 pages
Published May 14th 2014 by Not Avail (first published October 26th 2004)
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Mark Niemann-Ross
Consider this book in two parts: A discussion of the sociology of trans-humanism, and the biased opinions of the author.

The sociology discussed is GREAT. James Hughes does an invigorating job of exploring the rough edges we will face as more trans-humans appear.

The opinions, however, are shrill, outdated and suspect. Hughes has an axe to grind and drags the reader through his interpretation of events, pundits and opinions. This is not a balanced discussion, we are only treated to a one-sided vie...more
New technologies are coming in the near future that have the potential to radically change what it means to be human. This book looks at why democratic societies must respond to things like cloning, genetic engineering and nanotechnology, instead of pretending that they don’t exist.

What the author calls "bio-Luddites" are opposed to such new technologies, because they feel that mankind should be happy with its 70 (or so) years of life, characterized by increasing bodily disfunction in its later...more
Enlightenment,nonfiction,political science,transhumanism,enhancement
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