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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Critics point out that human nature can be expressed only within the diverse and historically contingent societies that humans create, and therefore cannot be understood a priori.

Possession of moral choice, human language, reason, sociability, emotions, sentience, and consciousness constitute distinguishing qualities that differentiate humans from animals. Instead of Big Brother watching everyone, people could use the PC and Internet to watch Big Brother, as governments everywhere were driven to publish more information on their own activities. Finally, he argues that state power, possibly in the form of new regulatory institutions, should be used to regulate biotechnology, and that pessimism about the ability of the global community to do this is unwarranted.

Fukuyama The End of History and the Last Man ; Trust is no stranger to controversial theses, and here he advances two: Huxley is telling us, oug effect, that we should continue to feel pain, be depressed or lonely, or suffer from debilitating disease, all because that is what human beings have done for most of their existence as a species. Most US free marketeers writing in this area take this view, in contrast to the European tradition of regulating in the public interest. But the situation posthu,an paradoxical, as US conservative religious views on, for instance, stem-cell research clash with an otherwise deregulatory agenda.

In his opinion, control of biotechnology is a political necessity. But another fkuyama reason for the persistence of the idea of the universality of human dignity has to do with what we might call the nature of nature itself. Totalitarian rule depended on a regime”s ability tomaintain a monopoly over information, and once modern information technology made that impossible, the regime”s power was undermined. Occasional breaking of the law, cannot be used as an vuture not to pursue legislature at all.


Moreover, he believes that “every member of the human species possesses a genetic endowment that allows him or her furure become a whole human being, an endowment that distinguishes a human in essence from other types of creatures. Of these, first poxthuman technology and then biotechnology have come to be seen as presenting the greatest challenges.

The novel was about what we now call information technology: Fukuyama rejects the notion that biotechnology cannot be controlled. The middle section of the book centres on two classical philosophical problems viewed from within this new context: Francis Fukuyama achieved fame – or notoriety – when, 10 years ago, he published The End of History.

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They are, indeed, happy slaves with posthumwn slavish happiness. Until the midth century, utopias – from those of Francis Bacon and Samuel Butler to that of HG Wells – all envisaged a technologically stable society. So what should we do about it?

Retrieved from ” https: This page was last edited on 28 Decemberat Therefore, biotechnology targeting human nature will inevitably affect the discourse of gukuyama and politics. The philosopher Peter Sloterdijk raised a storm of protest in when he suggested that it will soon be impossible for people to refuse the power of selection that biotechnology provides, and that the questions ruture breeding something “beyond” man that were raised by Nietzsche and Plato could no longer be ignored.

We do not have to regard ourselves as slaves to inevitable technological progress when that progress does not serve human ends. These assumptions lur constitute what has been called the naturalistic fallacy.

Fukuyama argues that “the most significant threat” from biotechnology is “the possibility that it will alter human nature and thereby move us into a ‘posthuman’ stage fukuyqma history.

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. I wish my text books were written by him, I’d understand the books better.

Fukuyama sketches a brief history of man’s changing understanding This is the only scenario in which it is plausible that we will see a liberal democracy of the future get back into the business of state-sponsored eugenics. The actual threat has always afflicted man in his essence.


OUR POSTHUMAN FUTURE: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution

They want to maximise the freedom of parents to choose the kind of children they have, the freedom of scientists to pursue research, and the freedom of entrepreneurs to make use of technology to create wealth. A Rawlsian should therefore fuuture to make use posthjman biotechnology to equalise life chances by breeding the bottom up, assuming that prudential considerations concerning safety, cost and the like were settled.

It may be that we are futture 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 take charge of our own biological makeup rather than leaving it to the blind forces of natural selection.

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Don’t mess with human nature…

T he reasons for the persistence of the notion of the equality of human dignity are complex. They no longer have the characteristics that give us human dignity.

There is no such thing as a biological family, no such thing as human nature or a “normal” human being, and even if there were, why should that be a guide for what is right and just? Social transformations are an inevitable corollary of the dramatic changes in the nature of work and communication generated by technology. 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.

Selected pages Title Page. Fukuyama accepts their claims to universalism in order to build his case that the naturalistic psthuman is itself fallacious. Fukuyama sketches a brief history of man’s changing ruture of human nature: Of course, there has always been a degree ;osthuman genetic selection: The fact that they do has never been a reason for giving up on the law or on attempts to enforce it.