Re: SOC/BIO: Leon Kass against post-humanity

From: Damien Sullivan (
Date: Thu May 17 2001 - 23:56:26 MDT

On Thu, May 17, 2001 at 07:12:20PM -0400, wrote:
> Very well worth reading, Leon Kass continues as one of the most eloquent of
> the leading luddites:

"But sometimes we come to
   a clear fork in the road where decision is possible, and where we know
   that our decision will make a world of difference--indeed, it will
   make a permanently different world. Fortunately, we stand now at the
   point of such a momentous decision. Events have conspired to provide
   us with a perfect opportunity to seize the initiative and to gain some
   control of the biotechnical project. I refer to the prospect of human
   cloning, a practice absolutely central to Huxley's fictional world."
Ya gotta laugh. Cloning is actually pretty amazingly low on the extropian
shopping list. I mean, I get excited about attempts to ban it, but only
because it's so dumb. It's hardly central to the extropian view, and if he
thinks it is...

"No friend of humanity cheers for a post-human future."

Mmm, tautology. Or begging the question, I'm not sure which.

-xx- Damien X-)

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