Thursday, December 21, 2017

The morality of genetic human enhancement

The blurb for the video:

Author Jeremy Lent discusses the moral complexities arising from the possibilities of human genetic enhancement, in this talk given to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Sonoma State University, September 26, 2017. The affluent echelons of society will soon have the capability to use genetic engineering to enhance their offspring. What are the moral implications? Lent discusses topics from his writings to explore this question. In The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity, he discusses the possibility of TechnoSplit—humanity splitting into two separate species. In his sci-fi novel, Requiem of the Human Soul, he offers a future scenario of the next 150 years where this actually happens. "Shifting Baseline Syndrome" describes how, from one generation to the next, the baseline that people take as norms shifts imperceptibly, but profoundly. In this talk, Lent takes us on a journey into a future of a bifurcated human species, recognizing that the ethical perspectives are complex and moral judgements are not always easy to make.

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