The Reversal Test: Eliminating Status Quo Bias in Applied Ethics*

  title={The Reversal Test: Eliminating Status Quo Bias in Applied Ethics*},
  author={Nick Bostrom and Toby Ord},
  pages={656 - 679}
Suppose that we develop a medically safe and affordable means of enhancing human intelligence. For concreteness, we shall assume that the technology is genetic engineering (either somatic or germ line), although the argument we will present does not depend on the technological implementation. For simplicity, we shall speak of enhancing “intelligence” or “cognitive capacity,” but we do not presuppose that intelligence is best conceived of as a unitary attribute. Our considerations could be… 
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