Recent scientific advances have made it possible to do the unthinkable - clone, design our own babies, genetically enhance soldiers, and wipe out entire populations with a simple airborne chemical. Such technology means that nature no longer follows an inevitable course, and that our decisions have unprecedented power.
This book introduces many of the most significant scientific advances of recent years including:
1) The environment, poverty, and food modification
2) Genetics and eugenics
3) Modern medical technology
4) Transhumanism - improving the species
5) The dehumanizing effects of technology and asks us to stop and think about what they mean for us
New technology has developed so quickly that we havent had time to consider all of its ethical implications. But not to do so is to risk our own humanity.
Professor John Bryant is Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at the University of Exeter. He has written several academic books and articles as well as Life in Our Hands: A Christian Perspective on Genetics and Cloning (IVP).
Essential reading for everyone concerned about the deepening chasm between scientific and technological possibilities and ethical, humane and just conduct.
- Professor Allan Chapman, History of Science, University of Oxford