Genetic Enhancements? Huh!
Human Enhancement? Huh!
I had not heard of the topic of this Roland’s Ramblings until my friend, Dennis Wilburn, recently brought it to my attention when he asked if I had ever heard of “Human Genetic Enhancements: A Transhumanist Perspective.”
Over at Wikipedia, I read:
“Transhumanism, abbreviated as H+ or h+, is an international intellectual and cultural movement that affirms the possibility and desirability of fundamentally transforming the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to extend the lifespan and to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities.”
That is just the first sentence. Click on over to read the entire Transhumanism article on Wikipedia.
The National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, starts out an article with:
“In general, genetic enhancement refers to the transfer of genetic material intended to modify nonpathological human traits. The term commonly is used to describe efforts to make someone not just well, but better than well….”
Click on over to read the entire Genetic Enhancement article on genome.gov.
Then, back over to Wikipedia again I read:
“Human enhancement refers to any attempt to temporarily or permanently overcome the current limitations of the human body through natural or artificial means.”
Click on over to read the entire Human enhancement article on Wikipedia.
Uh, wait! It may not all be a bed of roses. Over at HowStuffWorks, there is an article that caused me to raise an eyebrow. Go on over to read:
“Could genetic enhancement eventually make humanity dumber?”
Oh, yes! Let me get back to the actual question that Dennis Wilburn asked of me. There is a web page you should read, and then, you just might wish to go to the homepage of its author, Nick Bostrom, that is contained in an embedded link at the top of the web page.
Oh! You want me to show you where to find that web page? Well, okay. Just click on its title to open a new browser window in which you can read all the whole article.
Oh! The title. Well, the title of the web page is, none other than:
Human Genetic Enhancements: A Transhumanist Perspective