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Biotechnology by Sean D. Sutton
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Mar 27, 12

bookshelves: politics, philosophy
Read from February 29 to March 27, 2012, read count: 1

This is a great collection of essays concerning biotechnology. Leon Kass's opening essays is good, but a little overwrought in some places. Bailey makes a good argument for transhumanism, but is immune to the demographic crisis (Cf. Longman's article in Family Studies: "Missing Children"). Bailey also is a little too libertarian for my tastes, but oh well. Silver makes a better case for transhumanism.

Larry Arnhart, the Darwinian, writes the best essay in the book, as he argues quite effectively that nature will ultimately win out and man cannot abolish his natural confines. Dr. Arnhart understands that technology can be used for good and ill, something I think St. Augustine's understanding of the will better elucidates (Cf. "On the Free Choice of the Will," Book II, C. 15). Ultimately, happiness comes from living out who we are by nature, not trying to use technology to bring about a "happy state."

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