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Bioethics in the Age of New Media$
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Joanna Zylinska

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262240567

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262240567.001.0001

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A Different History of Bioethics: The Cybernetic Connection

A Different History of Bioethics: The Cybernetic Connection

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Bioethics in the Age of New Media

Joanna Zylinska

The MIT Press

This chapter describes the cybernetic connection of bioethics. For a long time, social and political groups have been involved in discussing the ethics of various concepts such as abortion, doping, cosmetic surgery, and genetic experiments. In this chapter the author puts forward a debate as to whether the bioethics for humans, animals, and machines will be the same. Further, the chapter argues that human beings are not the central point of focus in the biosphere, and that, instead, they are a part of the ecology in which they have to live in a symbiotic manner with all other life forms. Cybernetics and systems theory led to the development of intrinsic and foundational humanism. The chapter discusses how cybernetics advocates information, control, and communication, which jointly lead to the synthesis of the organic and mechanical worlds.

Keywords:   cybernetics, organic, symbiotic, animals, humanism

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