Consumer's Guide to Brave New World

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In addition to explaining the science of stem cells this highly readable and carefully researched book reports on the gargantuan "Big Biotech" industry and its supporters in the universities and in the science and bioethics establishments. Smith reveals how this lobby works and how the ideology of "scientism," mixed with the lure of riches, threatens to impose on society a "new eugenics" that would dismantle ethical norms and compromise the uniqueness and importance of all human...
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San Francisco, California, U.S.A. 2004 Hardcover New 1893554996. 219 pages--Interior text is clean, tight and unmarked. From the publisher's description of the book: "Cloning ... researchers claim to have cloned an embryo that is mostly human, but also part animal. Biotech companies brag about manufacturing human embryos as 'products' for use in medical treatments. Echoing long discredited master-race thinking, James Watson, who won a Nobel Prize for co-discovering the DNA double helix, claims that genetically enhanced people will someday 'dominate the world. ' Events are moving so fast--and biotechnology seems so complicated--that many of us worry that we can't have an informed opinion about these issues that are remaking the human future before our very eyes. But now Wesley J. Smith provides us with a guide to the brave new world that is no longer a figment of our imagination but right around the corner of our lives. Smith starts with the basic questions. What are stem cells? What is the difference between e Read more Show Less

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Overview

In addition to explaining the science of stem cells this highly readable and carefully researched book reports on the gargantuan "Big Biotech" industry and its supporters in the universities and in the science and bioethics establishments. Smith reveals how this lobby works and how the ideology of "scientism," mixed with the lure of riches, threatens to impose on society a "new eugenics" that would dismantle ethical norms and compromise the uniqueness and importance of all human life.
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Ever since the cloning of Dolly in 1997, critics have warned that human society has begun sliding down the slippery slope to posthumanity. In a rather repetitious and bland look at the moral questions arising out of biotechnologies such as cloning and stem cell technology, Smith (The Culture of Death: The Assault on Medical Ethics in America) does offer some helpful insight into the practices themselves. Much like Leon Kass, the chairman of the President's Council on Bioethics, and Francis Fukuyama (Our Posthuman Future), Smith argues that any medical or scientific development that diminishes human dignity-"the intrinsic worthiness of embodied human life"-ought to be avoided, regardless of the good it promises. Smith contends that the technologies are not in and of themselves pernicious; rather, the political, ideological and entrepreneurial promotion of any scientific advance, he asserts, can lead us to ignore its dangers (for instance, producing a hybrid pig-human embryo). Smith opposes human reproductive cloning and embryonic stem cell technology. On the other hand, he argues that some advances, such as adult stem cell technology and umbilical cord blood/stem cell technology (which has been used to treat sickle-cell anemia), should be embraced. Along the way, Smith makes some mistakes-Joseph Fletcher, for example, is not the "patriarch of bioethics"-and his case has been stated better and more forcefully by others, notably Kass. (Nov.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781893554993
  • Publisher: Encounter Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Pages: 219
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Biotech new world 1
Ch. 2 The great stem cell debate of 2001 19
Ch. 3 Reproduction as replication 49
Ch. 4 The foot in the door to brave new world 69
Ch. 5 Political science 93
Ch. 6 Will humans remain human? 127
Ch. 7 Food for thought 157
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