So our final judgment on "what’s wrong" with Huxley’s brave .. Excerpted from OUR POSTHUMAN FUTURE by Francis Fukuyama. Francis Fukuyama’s Our Posthuman Future fears that biotechnology will make monsters of us. Steven Rose weighs the evidence. The power to genetically enhance future generations could be a boon for humanity – or it could lead to an era of violent rebellion against the.

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Today, the “genetic lottery” guarantees that the son or daughter of a rich and successful parent will not necessarily inherit the talents and abilities that created conditions conducive to the parent’s success.

The bad old form of eugenics discriminated against the disabled and the less intelligent by forbidding them to have children. And insofar as human biotechnology threatens to interfere with that human nature, it is essential that it be regulated.

A decade after his now-famous pronouncement of “the end of history,” Francis Fukuyama argues that as a result of biomedical advances, we are facing the possibility of a future in which our humanity itself will be altered beyond recognition.

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Just five years afterin a series of dramatic events that would earlier have seemed like political science fiction, the Soviet Union and its empire collapsed, and the totalitarian threat that Orwell had so vividly evoked vanished. View Full Version of PW. Many assume that the posthuman world will look pretty much like our own – free, equal, prosperous, caring, compassionate – only with better healthcare, longer lives, and perhaps more powthuman than today.

Throughout, Fukuyama avoids ideological straitjackets and articulates a position that is neither Luddite nor laissez-faire. Indeed, this is one of the few things in a politics of the future that people are likely to rouse themselves to fight over. Fukuyama sketches a brief history of man’s changing understanding of human nature: It could be one in which any notion of “shared humanity” is lost, because we have mixed human genes with those of so many other species that we no longer have a clear idea of what a human being is.


They will look, think, act, and perhaps even feel differently from those who were not similarly chosen, and may come in time to think of themselves as different kinds of creatures.

Should we just retreat behind the mantra – originated by physicists who worked on the hydrogen bomb – that science is progress, and cannot fkture will not be halted? This may one day include not only characteristics such as intelligence and beauty, but behavioural traits such as diligence, competitiveness and the like.

They feel themselves, in other words, to be lucky, and they are capable of feeling sympathy for people who are less fukuayma than themselves.

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Since the novel”s publication, there have probably been several million high school essays written in answer to the question, “What”s wrong with this picture? User Review – Flag as inappropriate I’m an undergraduate student witha a double major: In his dense, well-researched new book, political scientist Fukuyama The End of History correctly predicts monumental forthcoming changes through biotechnology, raising challenging social, political My library Help Advanced Book Search.

There is no “nature” outside social context, and within the limits of evolved human biology the societies that we have created are extraordinarily diverse.

This page was ouur edited on 28 Decemberat Fukuyama refers to the irreducible totality of these qualities as “Factor X”, “the complex whole” as opposed to “the sum of simple parts”, which forms the foundation of human dignity. Only slightly more soberly, psychopharmacologists offer the prospect of tailor-made drugs to ease the mental pain of living, enhance intelligence, and control disruptive behaviour.

T he reasons for the persistence of the notion of the equality of human dignity are complex. Fukuyama argues that the ability to manipulate the DNA of all of one person’s descendants will have profound, and potentially terrible, consequences for our political order, even if undertaken with the best of intentions.

Unnatural selection

Partly it is a matter of force of habit, and what Max Weber once called the “ghost of dead religious beliefs” that continues to haunt us. It is posthumzn to see what”s wrong with the world of Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution is a book by Francis Fukuyama.


Fukuyama defines human nature as “the sum of the behavior and characteristics that are typical of the human species, arising from genetics rather than environmental factors. As one of the characters notes, “The Controllers realized that force was no good,” and that people would have to be seduced rather than compelled to live in an orderly society.

Those ends are not rigidly determined; human nature is very plastic, and we have an enormous range of choices conformable with that nature. With at least a half century separating us from the publication futuure these books, we can see that while the technological predictions they made were startlingly accurate, fukhyama political predictions of the first book,were entirely wrong.

We should be warned by the example of Sir Ernest Rutherford, who knew more about the structure of atoms in the early decades of the past century than anyone else, but still insisted that the prospect of atomic power was “moonshine”. His claim is that a substantive human nature exists, that basic ethical principles and political rights such as equality are based on judgments about that nature, and therefore that human dignity itself could be lost if human nature is altered.

But if we do, we should do it with eyes open.

It may be that we are somehow destined to take up this new kind of freedom, or that the next stage of evolution is one in which, as some have suggested, we will deliberately opsthuman charge of our own biological makeup rather than leaving it to the blind forces of natural selection.

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