At the same time, I am reluctant to co-opt Aquinas's perfectionism in support of human enhancement
through medical or surgical intervention.
We naturally face the specter of the old eugenics movement here, and some effort in the book is spent distinguishing human enhancement
Both Harris and Savulescu approach the ethics of human enhancement
from a consequentialist perspective.
All six sites registered significant concern about the effectiveness of government regulations for human enhancement
The most comprehensive volume yet on the science and ethics of human enhancement
But he could just as well be describing the entire field of organic human enhancement
Mehlman outlines a compelling case for why banning human enhancements
would be ineffective and, most likely, more harmful to society than beneficial.
Two additional chapters address concerns regarding human dignity and biotechnological hubris, but perhaps the strongest section of the book comes in chapter 6: "Biotechnology, Human Enhancement
, and the Ends of Medicine.
Reproductive cloning might be considered a dual-use technology by those who consider fertility treatment to be a good thing and human enhancement
to be a bad thing.
And a Swansea academic is to play a major part in the House of Commons' Science and Technology Committee public inquiry into the use of human enhancement
technologies (HETs) in sport.
Gregory Stock also sees radical human enhancement
as inevitable, but first through the genetic manipulation of our biology rather than from enhancements from computer/information technology.
On an individual basis, one could argue that we can easily accommodate such changes, but how does the biotechnological reconstitution of embodied processes affect the cultural meanings we attach to things like childbirth, human enhancement
or the cultural significance of life itself?