So our final judgment on "what’s wrong" with Huxley’s brave .. Excerpted from OUR POSTHUMAN FUTURE by Francis Fukuyama. Francis Fukuyama’s Our Posthuman Future fears that biotechnology will make monsters of us. Steven Rose weighs the evidence. The power to genetically enhance future generations could be a boon for humanity – or it could lead to an era of violent rebellion against the.

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Of course, there has always been a degree of genetic selection: He is on less firm ground when dealing with genetic claims, where he accepts at fukugama value the rather suspect evidence for so-called “smart” or “aggressive” mice engineered by adding or removing DNA from their genomes.

Fukuyama recognizes that translation of human nature into rights is difficult, but possible through a rational discussion of human ends.

It could be one in which any notion of “shared humanity” is lost, because we have mixed human genes with those of so many other species that we no longer have a clear idea of what a human being is. Many assume that the posthuman world will look pretty much like our own – free, equal, prosperous, caring, compassionate – only with better healthcare, longer lives, and perhaps more intelligence than today. It poshhuman impossible to know which of these two scenarios – one of growing genetic inequality, the other of growing equality – will come to pass.

There is no such thing as a biological family, no such thing as human nature or a “normal” human being, and even if there were, why should that be a guide for what is right and just?

Unnatural selection

Most biotech is done in the US, and outside federal laboratories it is largely unregulated. But the notion of enhancement may become too attractive to forgo; it may prove difficult to enforce a rule preventing people from enhancing their children; or the courts may declare that they have a right to do so.


Books of the Week. And insofar as human biotechnology threatens to interfere with that human nature, it is essential that it be regulated.

Some of us have been saying this for years, but it is encouraging that the political economists have eventually caught up. Fukuyama refers to the irreducible totality of these qualities as “Factor X”, “the fukyama whole” as opposed to “the sum of simple parts”, which forms the foundation of human dignity.

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But the situation is paradoxical, as US conservative religious views on, for instance, stem-cell research clash with an otherwise deregulatory agenda. I’m an undergraduate student witha a double major: More By and About This Author. I have to say that I hae used this book for both of my majors in more than three classes and it explains thins very well. Check date values in: Should we just retreat behind the mantra – originated by physicists who worked on the hydrogen bomb – that science is progress, and cannot and will not be halted?

The genetic lottery is judged as inherently unfair by many because it condemns posthmuan people to lesser intelligence, or bad looks, or disabilities of one sort or another. The aim of this book is to argue that Huxley was right, that the most significant thr.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Throughout, Fukuyama avoids ideological straitjackets and articulates a position that is neither Luddite nor laissez-faire. Certainly, no one ever got elected to Congress on such a platform. By this I mean not just fighting metaphorically, in the sense of shouting matches among talking heads on TV and debates in Congress, but actually picking up guns and bombs and using them on other people. This article needs additional citations for verification.

They will look, think, act, and perhaps even feel posthuuman from those who were not similarly chosen, and may come in time to think of themselves as different kinds of creatures. This is not, as one might have imagined, because the world has been anything but stable in the past decade. Nuclear weapons, nuclear power, ballistic missiles, biological and chemical warfare, illegal human organ trade, neuropharmacological drugs, genetically modified foods, human experimentation have been the subject of effective fujuyama political control.


In any event, as philosophers posthuma Hume onwards have pointed out, one cannot derive an “ought” from an “is”. Indeed, this is one of the few things in a politics of the future that people are likely to rouse themselves to fight over. References to this book Transpositions: Today, the “genetic lottery” guarantees that the son or daughter uor a rich and successful parent will not necessarily inherit the talents and abilities that created conditions conducive to the parent’s success.

They are, indeed, happy slaves with a slavish happiness.

OUR POSTHUMAN FUTURE: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution

Fukuyama defines fukiyama nature as “the sum of the behavior and characteristics that are typical of the human species, arising from genetics rather than environmental factors.

Although refreshingly sceptical about the claims made for the power and scope of such drugs, he rightly argues that at the least they are harbingers of increasingly effective new generations of psychochemicals.

That moral order did not completely break down in the west in the wake of the destruction of consensus on traditional religious values should not surprise us either, posthumaan moral order comes from within human nature itself and is not something that has to be imposed on human nature by culture.