Human Genetic Enhancements: A Transhumanist Perspective

  title={Human Genetic Enhancements: A Transhumanist Perspective},
  author={Nick Bostrom},
  journal={The Journal of Value Inquiry},
  • N. Bostrom
  • Published 2003
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • The Journal of Value Inquiry
1. What is Transhumanism? Transhumanism is a loosely defined movement that has developed gradually over the past two decades. It promotes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and evaluating the opportunities for enhancing the human condition and the human organism opened up by the advancement of technology. Attention is given to both present technologies, like genetic engineering and information technology, and anticipated future ones, such as molecular nanotechnology and artificial… 
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