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3.6  ·  Rating details ·  362 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
"Imagine a future where lab workers can reprogram human embryos to make our children "smarter" or "more sociable" or "happier." Some researchers are doing more than imagining this future; having worked such changes on a wide range of other animals, they've begun to plan for what they see as the inevitable transformation of our species. They are joined by other engineers, w ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 2nd 2003 by Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated (first published January 1st 2003)
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Scott Lerch
This book gets 3 stars for effort but for the most part McKibben fails miserably at convincing me we need to put restrictions on our technological growth as a human race to somehow preserve our humanity. Most of McKibben's arguments seem to be gut reactions to the ickiness of germline genetic engineering and the horrible inequalities it will produce. Some of that I can definitely agree with, however, to say humans are good enough right now seems ridiculous when we have some many obvious flaws. I ...more
Aug 30, 2016 marked it as xx-dnf-skim-reference  ·  review of another edition
Interesting. Accessibly and gracefully written. I did deeply skim the whole thing... but I wish I'd read it when published. If I'm actually going to spend more than 1/2 hr on the subject, on an issue that is relevant to technologies that are changing/ growing so very fast, I want it to be something less than 13 yrs old!

(I'll check if the author has anything newer that interests me, and I'll also check TED talks etc.)
Alisa Kester
Feb 27, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Couldn't read past the first few chapters because I kept wanting to disagree with all the author's conclusions. And I wouldn't have minded if we'd just had *different* beliefs, but when it's a problem of him not having basic logic...well...that's just too aggravating even for me!
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a cautionary book about the exponentially advancing disciplines of genetic engineering, robotics, and nanotechnology that have the potential of bringing about changes at the very core of human physicality and psychology. McKibben takes us on an eye-popping tour of the very frontiers of the cutting edge of science. He tells us that some truly remarkable technological feats might very much take place in our own lifetimes, if not in a a decade or so. He then warns us that not all inventions ...more
Liz McLellan
This is a terrific read, very well written.
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book, but I think it’s all too easy to miss the point. I was continually reminded of the movie Gattaca, which should be required viewing for anyone who picks this up. Gattaca mines a lot of the same territory, although it deals more with questions of discrimination and perceived inferiority than what it means to be human.

The other major point being made here is beautifully summed up by Jeff Goldblum’s character in Jurassic Park (also required viewing), which is that just because you
Aug 16, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up because I'd heard Bill McKibben speak and I was impressed by his lovely prose and his humane concern about the economic and technological threats to life as we know it. Everything in Enough is consistent with my first impressions. What I didn't expect was that I'd find his central arguments entirely unpersuasive. It's true that genetic engineering and nanotechnology raise serious questions that are worth our careful attention, and that the explicit goals of those few who hope fo ...more
Debra Daniels-zeller
This book is about nanotechnology, biotechnology, robots and a computer generated future. I picked the book up at the library because I'd never read anything by Bill McKibben, so this was my introduction. I found it a bit heavy with the metaphors and I get all the reasons for being human but Mckibben has overlooked a huge factor in our computer generated future where parents can pick character traits, diseases are cured and robots take care of everything and that is a big gap in incomes. The gap ...more
Sep 01, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I've been on a nonfiction kick of late, I guess because of the AP Language workshop and finding that this is the wave of new literature - ie, not literature. I also have been hunting for diverse and contemporary works to present to my class on the classical topics, so I picked up a few randoms - Enough, I thought, would work nicely with Walden - it's basically one man's rant (this is the danger of non fiction - and speaking of Enough, McKibben ...) against cloning and genetic design and robot ...more
Apr 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A more lucid and convincing look at the dangers of genetic engineering may exist, but I have to think I’d be hard pressed to find it. In brief, McKibben constructs a damning argument against engineering as the end of what we currently define as “human.” To be human is to experience, question and push the unknown. To be engineered takes that essential, but nebulous, factor out of the human experience. How good of a baseball player can you become? Don’t turn to practice and repetition to find the ...more
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Bill McKibben is the author of Eaarth, The End of Nature, Deep Economy, Enough, Fight Global Warming Now, The Bill McKibben Reader, and numerous other books. He is the founder of the environmental organizations Step It Up and, and was among the first to warn of the dangers of global warming. In 2010 The Boston Globe called him "probably the nation's leading environmentalist," and Time maga ...more
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