Ethics & Public Policy Center

New Atlantis Editor in Technology Debates

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

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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