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Humanity's End: Why We Should Reject Radical Enhancement

Nicholas Agar


Proposals to make us smarter than the greatest geniuses or to add thousands of years to our life spans seem fit only for the spam folder or trash can, yet these are what contemporary advocates of radical enhancement offer in all seriousness. They present a variety of technologies and therapies that will expand our capacities far beyond what is currently possible for human beings. This book argues against radical enhancement, describing its destructive consequences. It examines the proposals of four prominent radical enhancers: Ray Kurzweil, who argues that technology will enable our escape fro ... More

Keywords: radical enhancement, technology, radical enhancers, Ray Kurzweil, human biology, Aubrey de Grey, anti-aging therapies, longevity escape velocity, Nick Bostrom, morality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780262014625
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014625.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Agar, author