Between Different Human Enhancement Paradigms: the Role of Nano and Neurotechnology

Laura Yenisa Cabrera

    Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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    Abstract

    Human enhancement has been a much debated topic in the last decade. Different values and visions underlying our understanding of human enhancement (HE) can have a significant impact on the way that converging technologies such as nanotechnology and neurotechnology (NNT) are used to improve the human condition. More however could have been done to find ways to use the discourse of HE to promote the usage of new technologies towards improving the human condition in a pragmatic, feasible and more ethical way. The aim of this thesis is to contribute and bring new insights to this quest. In order to do so, the two predominant understandings of HE, namely the biomedical and the transhumanist, are analysed. Both of these HE understandings hold a view about the individual as isolated and abstract, which has led NNT to be focused on individualistic-types of interventions, in particular interventions aimed at directly changing the individual's body and mental features. The biomedical understanding is oriented towards developing or improving medical-related interventions, whereas the transhumanist understanding is more focused on developing radical and often disruptive high-technological interventions, which often are risky and expensive.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • Charles Sturt University
    Award date01 Oct 2011
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    Publisher
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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