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Humanity's End: Why We Should Reject Radical Enhancement

Nicholas Agar

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262014625
eISBN:
9780262289122
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262014625.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Proposals to make us smarter than the greatest geniuses or to add thousands of years to our life spans seem fit only for the spam folder or trash can, yet these are what contemporary advocates of ... More


Radical Enhancement and Posthumanity

Nicholas Agar

in Humanity's End: Why We Should Reject Radical Enhancement

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262014625
eISBN:
9780262289122
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262014625.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter addresses an implication of radical enhancement that is obscured in some of the more lighthearted presentations of the idea. Radically enhanced beings are not only significantly better ... More


The Future of Our Species

R. S. Deese

in We Are Amphibians

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780520281523
eISBN:
9780520959569
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520281523.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The Darwinian revolution of the nineteenth century lent a new sense of plasticity to our conceptions of human nature, and helped clear the way for such concepts as eugenics and biotechnology. While ... More


Truth

Andrew Briggs and Michael J. Reiss

in Human Flourishing: Scientific insight and spiritual wisdom in uncertain times

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
October 2021
ISBN:
9780198850267
eISBN:
9780191885488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198850267.003.0005
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

It is not easy to ascertain what is true, whether we are talking about science, religion or everyday life. Issues raised by such films as The Truman Show and The Matrix and Nick Bostrom’s simulation ... More


The Arts and the Age of the Chip

Steven J. Osterlind

in The Error of Truth: How History and Mathematics Came Together to Form Our Character and Shape Our Worldview

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780198831600
eISBN:
9780191869532
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198831600.003.0017
Subject:
Mathematics, Logic / Computer Science / Mathematical Philosophy

This chapter provides the capstone to this book’s argument that humankind has adopted quantification as a worldview. It describes how quantification has permeated our lives, far beyond just academic ... More


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