A brave new world: Understanding the ethics of human enhancement

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For the past two decades a debate has raged in academic philosophy and bioethics about the rights and wrongs of using drug therapies, genetic interventions, mechanical augmentation and other medical procedures to enhance human physical and mental capacities above the normal upper limits for our species. Many ‘bio-conservative’ opponents of human enhancement argue that it is morally wrong to alter human nature, to ‘Play God’, or to ‘seek mastery of ourselves’, even if attempts to do so are likely to benefit humanity as a whole.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-7
Number of pages5
JournalAQ: Australian Quarterly
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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