Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Philosopher argues for guided evolution: Guided by technocrats

According to Anjana Ahuja’s “Enhancing the Species in Timesonline”:
The whiteboard in John Harris’s office declares: “John is cool.” Many hold a different opinion of one of the most controversial philosophers in Britain. Here are some of his views: abortion and euthanasia are both fine, desirable even; parents should be allowed to create designer or cloned babies; there’s nothing wrong with a drug-fuelled Olympics; scientists and medics should strive to make us immortal, even on a crowded planet; our bodies should be routinely plundered after death for organs, even if the dead and bereaved do not wish it; it is morally justified to compel people to participate in scientific trials, just as we compel them to do jury service.

Well, read it for yourself and see what you think. I think it’s theatre of the absurd. We are living in a world where we can’t prevent people from dying of malaria or getting murdered by terrorists. This stuff would only make things worse.

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