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Truly Human EnhancementA Philosophical Defense of Limits$
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Nicholas Agar

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262026635

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262026635.001.0001

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Radical Human Enhancement as a Transformative Change

Radical Human Enhancement as a Transformative Change

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(p.1) 1 Radical Human Enhancement as a Transformative Change
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Truly Human Enhancement
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Nicholas Agar

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262026635.003.0001

This chapter describes a collection of technologies that may soon radically enhance human capacities. Radical enhancement improves significant attributes and abilities to levels that greatly exceed what is currently possible for human beings. Radical enhancement should be distinguished from moderate enhancement. The chapter introduces the concept of a transformative change as a means of understanding the human significance of radical enhancement. A transformative change alters an individual’s mental or physical characteristics in a way that causes and warrants a significant change in how that individual evaluates a wide range of their own experiences, beliefs, or achievements. I offer the case body-snatching in the movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers as an example of a transformative change. Radical enhancement can be a transformative change.

Keywords:   Transformative change, Radical enhancement, Moderate enhancement

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