With great power comes great responsibility: facing the challenges posed by the prospect of human enhancement
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Advancements in modern science are rapidly making possible the ability to enhance our species in various ways. This leads to the inevitable questions: Should we enhance our species? and, if so, in which ways? This is the subject matter of a collection of new essays, The Ethics of Human Enhancement: Understanding the Debate. The book consists of 17 chapters. The first chapter is introductory in nature and serves to acquaint the reader with some of the issues that are explored in more detail in subsequent essays. The rest of the book is divided into two sections. “Section 1: Understanding the Debate” is intended to lay out the basic issues so that the reader can understand the debate, and “Section 2: Advancing the Debate” is intended to take the debate in new directions. The most consistent theme throughout the text focuses on the juxtaposition of liberal and conservative positions on human enhancement. In general, conservatives oppose enhancement and liberals favor it.
Chapter 2, the...