By Simon Young, Aubrey de Grey, Robert A. Freitas
Author note: Forwards through Dr. Aubrey de gray, Robert A Freitas
Publish yr note: First released September thirtieth 2005
The debate concerning the ethics of human biotechnology or genetic engineering is likely one of the most vital cultural problems with our time. 'Transhumanism' is the philosophy that the majority of all helps genetic technology and biotechnology, but the general public is familiar with little approximately this rising philosophy. Transhumanism broadcasts unequivocal help for the try and cast off sickness, defeat loss of life, and increase the physique and brain past the restrictions of the age-old human . In Designer Evolution, Simon younger offers a polemical espousal of transhumanist philosophy and a trenchant assault on its critics, the 'Bio-Luddites'.
the writer demands a rejection of premodern superstition and post-modern nihilism in favour of a renewed trust in human growth via clinical rationality. In an age whilst cynicism, fatalism, and nihilism are rife, Designer Evolution will re-light a sense of optimism in regards to the way forward for our species. this can be a concise, reader-friendly creation to a very important philosophy that may turn into tricky to disregard as advances in biotechnology more and more declare the headlines within the coming many years.
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There is no reason to suppose that we will not go on to identify the genetic program for death. Research is well underway. Breakthroughs have been made. The mechanisms by which cells wear out, and the chemicals which extend their life, have been identified. The life span of simple organisms has been increased. Let us heed the words of Dr. Aubrey de Grey, immortologist at Cambridge University: “If my plan works in the timeframe I have mentioned, no one presently under thirty in wealthy nations need have a life expectancy under about 1,000 years.
Initial success will be found among the ten thousand or so diseases caused by mistakes in single chemical sequences, such as the horrors of muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis. In time, the polygenetic disorders will follow—lifethreatening conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes, and hypertension will become things of the past. Next to fall may be the psychological disorders—from schizophrenia and psychosis, to depression, anxiety, and related conditions such as alcoholism, anorexia, and bulimia—all potentially curable by the Superbiology of the future.
Designer Evolution: A Transhumanist Manifesto by Simon Young, Aubrey de Grey, Robert A. Freitas