Humanity's End: Why We Should Reject Radical Enhancement by Nicholas Agar

By Nicholas Agar

Proposals to make us smarter than the best geniuses or so as to add hundreds of thousands of years to our lifestyles spans appear healthy just for the junk mail folder or trash can. And but this is often what modern advocates of radical enhancement supply in all seriousness. They current a number of applied sciences and remedies that may extend our capacities a ways past what's at the moment attainable for people. In Humanity's End, Nicholas Agar argues opposed to radical enhancement, describing its harmful effects. Agar examines the proposals of 4 popular radical enhancers: Ray Kurzweil, who argues that expertise will allow our get away from human biology; Aubrey de gray, who demands anti-aging remedies that might in attaining "longevity break out velocity"; Nick Bostrom, who defends the morality and rationality of enhancement; and James Hughes, who envisions a harmonious democracy of the improved and the unenhanced. Agar argues that the results of radical enhancement can be darker than the rosy futures defined through those thinkers. the main dramatic technique of improving our cognitive powers may in reality kill us; the novel extension of our lifestyles span may possibly put off reviews of significant worth from our lives; and a scenario during which a few people are noticeably more suitable and others aren't may lead to tyranny of posthumans over humans.

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