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Jonathan Anomaly

Jonathan Anomaly wrote Creating Future People while he was a visiting scholar at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Oxford University. Most of his research has focused on collective action problems raised by the use of new biomedical technologies. Dr. Anomaly is also interested in how genes and cultures interact to drive the rise and fall of civilizations.

Personal Interests

    In his free time, Anomaly enjoys finding new places to surf and spending time with friends and family.




Routledge Handbook on Human Enhancement

The Ethics of Genetic Enhancement

Published: Jan 01, 2024 by Routledge Handbook on Human Enhancement
Authors: Jonny Anomaly and Tess Johnson

The desire to transform ourselves into something better is as old as humanity. But the ability to use genetic technology to enhance our capacities is new. We ask whether there is any deep difference between treating diseases and enhancing existing capacities. We end by considering how to think about human enhancement from a social standpoint, where each person's choices has effects on the human population as a whole.

Bioethics and the Holocaust: an anthology

Race, Eugenics, and the Holocaust

Published: Jan 27, 2022 by Bioethics and the Holocaust: an anthology
Authors: Jonathan Anomaly

This chapter focuses on how the Holocaust shaped the concepts of race and eugenics in bioethics, and in modern discourse. Along the way, it explores how the Holocaust shaped modern taboos related to human genetics research.


Cognitive Enhancement and Network Effects: How Individual Propserity Depends on Group Traits

Published: Feb 01, 2020 by Philosophia
Authors: Jonathan Anomaly and Garett Jones

We argue that the case for using embryo selection to increase intelligence is strengthened by the fact that it has positive network effects. These network effects include increased cooperation in collective action problems, which contributes to social trust and prosperity.


Great Minds Think Different: Preserving Cognitive Diversity in an Age of Genetic Selection

Published: Jan 28, 2020 by Bioethics
Authors: Anomaly, Gyngell, and Savulescu

Decisions to manipulate polygenic psychological traits will be much more ethically complicated than choosing Mendelian traits like blood type. We discuss these complications and end by defending the principle of regulatory parsimony, which holds that when legislation is necessary to prevent serious harms, we should aim for simple rules that apply to all, rather than micro‚Äźmanaging parental choices.

Public Health Ethics

The Future of Phage: Challenges of Using Phage Viruses to Treat Bacterial Infections

Published: Jan 02, 2020 by Public Health Ethics
Authors: Jonathan Anomaly

As resistance to traditional antibiotics continues to spread around the world, there is a moral imperative to facilitate research into phage therapy as an alternative treatment. This essay reviews ethical questions raised by phage therapy, and discusses regulatory challenges associated with phage research, and phage treatments.

Ethics and Drug Reistance

Antibiotics and Animal Agriculture: The Need for Global Collective Action

Published: Jan 01, 2020 by Ethics and Drug Reistance
Authors: Jonathan Anomaly

The use of antibiotics in animal agriculture is steadily increasing. The European Union and a handful of wealthy countries have implemented policies to scale back the use of antibiotics, recognizing its role in the global rise of antibiotic resistance. To minimize the careless use of antibiotics around the world, we need multi-lateral coordination between states on some common standards for the use of antibiotics in animals.


Conformity in the Cathedral - Benson Center for Western Civilization

By: Jonathan Anomaly

Causes and Consequences of Ideological Conformity in American Universities


The Wild Ethics of Human Enhancement - Chris Williamson Show

Published: Sep 27, 2023

Designing Supermen - podcast with Louise Perry

Published: Sep 09, 2023