Enhancement Fit for Humanity
Perspectives on Emerging Technologies
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This book explores what constitutes an enhancement fit for humanity in the age of nanotechnologies, biotechnologies, information technologies, and technologies related to the cognitive sciences. It considers the influence of emergent technology upon our understanding of human nature and the impact on future generations. Drawing on the Catholic tradition in particular, the book gathers international contributions from scientific, philosophical, legal, and religious perspectives. Together they offer a positive step in an ongoing dialogue regarding the promises and perils of emergent technology for man’s integral human development.
Table of Contents
Preface: The Challenge of Imperfection
Introduction: An Interdisciplinary Reflection on the Impact of Emerging Technologies on Humanity
Part I Scientific Perspectives on Emerging Technologies
1 Emerging and Convergent Technologies: The State of the Art in Therapeutics
2 Cognitive and Memory Neuroenhancement
3 Emotional Neuroenhancement: State of the Art and Future Perspectives
4 Enhancement and Doping in Sports
Part II Philosophical Perspectives on Emerging Technologies
5 Anthropological and Neuroethical Elements of the Pursuit of Neurocybernetic Immortality in the Global 2045 Initiative
6 For and Against Human Enhancement
7 Human Nature and the Philosophical Challenges of a Post-Human Society
8.Towards the Abolition of the Idea of Human Nature and the Ushering in of another "Advent of a New Man"
9 Healthier than Healthy: The Moral Case for Therapeutic Enhancements
10 Resisting the Temptations of Perfection
11 From Gender to Transgender and Transhumanism
12 A Thomistic Assessment of Contemporary Transhumanism as a Postmodern, Secular, Liberal Movement
Part III Social and Legal Perspectives on Emerging Technologies
13 Which Juridic Norms Should Regulate New Converging Technologies?
14 The Impact of Neurotechnologies on Human Rights and Justice
Part IV Religious Perspectives on Emerging Technologies and Transhumanism
15 Buddhist Reflections on the Development of Biotechnology
16 Islam and Transhumanism
17 Questions and Answers on Human Enhancement in the Jewish Tradition
Michael Baggot is Assistant Professor of Bioethics at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome, Italy.