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Brave new worlds : staying human in the genetic future

by Appleyard, Bryan.

Format: Print Book 1998
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction QH442.A67 1998
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  QH442.A67 1998
Breakthroughs in biology and genetics raise issues that concern us all -- so claims this elegant stiletto of a book

Physics has ruled the world for the last four decades, giving us nuclear weapons, computers, and space flight. But the real power, both financial and political, has now passed to biology and its explosive implications of gene therapy, cloning, and eugenics. Physics may have vast implications for the human race, but only genetics has implications for what it means to be human.

Brave New Worlds is a primer for reclaiming the knowledge and power that is rightfully ours. In eminently clear, witty prose, Appleyard explores the promise and the danger of genetic manipulation. From here, he forges a link between a scientific juggernaut and its moral and ethical implications. Only by making this connection, Appleyard insists, can nonscientists accept responsibility for grave decisions that have no historical precedent. In the end, Brave New Worlds is a public appeal, a plea to realigntechnological advances with human values.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In a less-than-subtle anti-science polemic, London Times columnist Appleyard (Understanding the Present) addresses some of the myriad ramifications of our expanding knowledge of genetics. "Concealed within the knowledge we are now acquiring are insights that may be profoundly socially divisive and which could overthrow the basis on which the wealth and stability of Western democracies are constructed," is one of his many pronouncements. Appleyard adequately explores some of the obvious ethical implications sure to be present in a future in which our genetic makeups are known to all and possibly open to manipulation: selective abortion of fetuses not to the liking of prospective parents; the refusal of insurance companies to cover individuals with genetic predispositions for certain disorders; the inevitable quagmire in the criminal justice system when criminals argue that their genes forced them to act in an antisocial manner. His main point, however, is that the social implications of science are far too important to be left solely to the scientists. But try as he might to whip this thesis into a controversy, most readers will find it a straw man, as few scientists disagree with Appleyard's view. There are many, however, who would argue strenuously with his overly simplified attacks on scientists and the scientific method‘for example, that "[i]n order to become scientific, we must become inhuman." Try telling that to Einstein, Tagore or Bohm. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Genetic engineering.
Genetic engineering -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Publisher New York :Viking,1998
Language English
Description 198 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-186) and index.
ISBN 0670869899 (alk. paper)
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