[Reading] ➻ Is Human Nature Obsolete?: Genetics, Bioengineering, and the Future of the Human Condition (Basic Bioethics) Author Harold W. Baillie – Serv3.3pub.co.uk As our scientific and technical abilities expand at breathtaking speeds concern that modern genetics and bioengineering are leading us to a posthuman future is growing Is Human Nature Obsolete poses t As our scientific and Nature Obsolete?: PDF ✓ technical abilities expand at breathtaking speeds concern Is Human PDF/EPUB ² that modern genetics and bioengineering are leading us to a posthuman future Human Nature Obsolete?: MOBI í is growing Is Human Nature Obsolete poses the overarching uestion of what Human Nature Obsolete?: Genetics, Bioengineering, MOBI :ç it is to be human against the background of these current advances in biotechnology Its perspective is philosophical and interdisciplinary rather than technical; the focus is on uestions of fundamental ontological importance rather than the specifics of medical or scientific practice The authors all distinguished scholars in their fields take on uestions about technology's goals and values that are often ignored or sidelined in the face of rapid scientific advances and the highly specialized nature of technical knowledge The essays included represent a rich variety of thought ranging from finely nuanced philosophical and theological arguments to historical studies and cultural commentaries Several explore the historical background of today's biotechnology Timothy Casey traces such developments as the emergence of cybernetic humanity from Cartesian dualism and Diane Paul presents the history of positive versus coerced eugenics Jean Bethke Elshtain discusses Human Nature Obsolete?: Genetics, Bioengineering, MOBI :ç cloning as a messianic project to perfect the body and exclude natural diversity giving as an example the elimination of Down Syndrome as an acceptable human type while Harold Baillie calls for an examination of the metaphysical roots of personhood Robert Proctor finds no evidence in paleontology for any essence of humanity and Tom Shannon argues against materialist reductionism Addressing social concerns Lisa Sowle Cahill finds the possibility of a political solution to the problems raised by genetic engineering in Catholic teachings on social justice and Langdon Winner looks critically at the scientific enthusiasts of a posthuman future Taken as a whole the book provides a humanistic overview of a subject too often considered only in its technological aspect.