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Transhumanism and the Terry Schiavo case - Elf M. Sternberg
Transhumanism and the Terry Schiavo case
Okay, eventually I'll have said enough about this. Unless something more outrageous comes up, go read Hilzoy's analysis on Obsidian Wings about the case. That and Majikthise more or less say what I want to say about the present.

But what interests me more is that the Schiavo case represents one of a series of important battles in the rights of posthumans. Congress has chosen to intervene in someone's right to control the disposition of their own anatomy. In this case, the issue is one of decline; in the case of transhumanism the issue is one of enhancement.

As Congress evermore tightens its panopticon opinion of what you do with your body, as it works to limit tatooing and body piercing and what will ultimately biophysical enhancements, as groups agitate to make salt a controlled substance, I wonder if we aren't going to reach a state where every meal will require a prescription and any chance of improvement will be squashed as inegalitarian.

Current Mood: thoughtful thoughtful
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quaryn_dk From: quaryn_dk Date: March 23rd, 2005 11:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay, I get to be the first to mention "Harrison Bergeron" (the reference to "squashed as inegalitarian" made me think of it).
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