Science debate: Should we embrace an enhanced future?
“To write this article, I drank a beverage containing an effective cognitive enhancer – something that helps me – almost daily – to focus.
In my pocket, I carry an extension of my memory, on which I made notes for this very story.
Caffeine and smart phones might not strike most people as human enhancements, but in changing how we use our bodies and brains, they are exactly that. They improve our subjective wellbeing and facilitate our meeting day-to-day life goals.
The rather more futuristic-sounding concept of transhumanism – the idea that every human should have the right to enhance themselves beyond the so-called “norm” through science and technology – was the subject under scrutiny at a debate this week at the British Science Association Festival in Brighton…”
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