Contemporary Scientific Progression And Discourses

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Contemporary scientific progression and discourses allude to the emergence of an increasingly technological future. Implicit within this notion is the premise that emerging technologies can be used to open new frontiers that benefit and promote human advancement. Intuitively, this stipulation can be extrapolated to medicine where present technologies play a critical mantle in upholding the therapeutic and traditional aims of medical doctrine. But beyond conventional medical applications of technologies, many have begun to recognize their underlying potential for not only treatment, but enhancement of our present biological state. Humanity has now reached a critical moment in its existence where the prospect of emerging biotechnologies…show more content…
Indeed, ethical concerns regarding the wisdom of such pursuits are of fundamental importance. For this reason, our later discussion will encompass this notion of an intrinsic human dignity and its significance towards human rights. What is Transhumanism? Transhumanism, at its core, represents an ambitious aspiration to improve the biological and dispositional nature of human existence through application of both present and future technologies. It is a movement that is partially derived from humanism in the sense that humanist ideology emphasizes rational and scientific discourses to affirm and enrich human value. Here, humanist ideologues fundamentally seek “the utter transformation of the world to fit human needs” [5]. Transhumanist thinkers possess homologous sentiments, but qualitatively differ by accentuating the potential to become more than human. Transhumanism not only seeks to use rational methods to improve the human condition and the external world, but transhumanists also endorse the feasibility and desirability of enhancing the human organism itself. Its advocates call for the wide-spread availability of biotechnologies and the permissive use of such technologies to augment existing human capacities. In due course, it is anticipated that such enhancements would make us, or our descendents, vastly superior “posthumans” who possess, in addition to existential longevity and immunity to disease states, greater intellectual and
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