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How Discourse on Moral Bioenhancement and Bioethics Has Evolved Since Their Inception

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posted on 2024-06-17, 19:19 authored by John Anderson
This paper aims to analyze the discourse around transhumanist ideologies. Transhumanism encompasses a wide range of perspectives and scientifically backed theories regarding the future of humanity and the self-directed technological evolution of the species. Transhumanism is an important lens through which to view the evolutionary potential of our species as many transhumanist intellectuals believe that collaboration with modern and future technology can solve many long-running problems in this world. Since transhumanism encapsulates a vast range of topics and ideas, this project will focus particularly on the limitations of the physical and cognitive human condition and how medical advancement has impacted and will continue to impact the capacities of humanity using technology. Thus, the controversial transhumanist topics that this paper will aim to analyze are bioethics and moral bioenhancements considering the societal effects of biopower and biopolitics. Will humanity be receptive toward technological advancements as our self-directed evolution grows more radical and further from the traditional biological nature of humanity? This question will be answered by analyzing how receptive and accepting people have been to these transhumanist ideologies in the past. Throughout history, some have been resistant to change, to evolution, and to technology while others have been accepting and encouraging. This controversy has been observed with certain historical and modern medical and biological advancements such as vaccines, pharmacology, genetic engineering, cosmetic surgery, and elective physical and cognitive enhancement by means of technology.

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eng

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  • Master of Professional Communication

Program

  • Professional Communication

Granting Institution

Ryerson University

LAC Thesis Type

  • MRP

Thesis Advisor

Bob Clapperton

Year

2022

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