New Atlantis Editor in Technology Debates


Published on August 26, 2003

Eric Cohen, editor of The New Atlantis and director of EPPC’s program on Biotechnology and American Democracy debated questions of biotechnology and ethics in a four-part series presented by U.S. News & World Report online. He faced off against Simon Smith, editor of Betterhumans.com.

Part 1 – August 26, 2003

“We must confront and recognize the ways we have lessened, or might lessen, ourselves through our own technological achievements and pursuits.”

Part 2 – August 27, 2003

“Less obvious, if more profound, are the ways the goods of human life are inextricable from our being mortal beings — beings who pass through the stages of life; who are touched by fragility and hardship; who live urgently, not putting off everything important until the endless tomorrow; and who commit themselves to another person until ‘death do us part.'”

Part 3 – August 28, 2003

“The problem, however, is that the body may be more than a machine, and our longings and aspirations more than a ghost in that machine.”

Part 4 – August 29, 2003

“I am not so eager to gamble the distinctive love and excellence of human life in the vain hope that post-humanity will be better.”


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