Enough : Genetic Engineering and the End of Human Nature

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Sometime in the next few years, some scientist may reprogram a human egg or sperm cell, make a change in the genetic instructions carried by that cell, a change that will be passed on down into eternity. The scientific expertise exists to do this, as does the motivation: to erase the chance of inheriting a disease, to improve the intelligence or the stamina or the beauty of a child. On the brink of an era that may be defined by genetic engineering, McKibben asks: should this happen? He argues that genetic engineering and the technologies that lie beyond it will launch us free of our past, of our humanity, of meaning. We are sleepwalking towards a future that will take us far away from all we have known: ENOUGH is our wake-up call.show more

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 153 x 234mm | 605g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747565368
  • 9780747565369
  • 2,188,916

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"Bill McKibben has produced a book that is both a sequel and an equal to his brilliant "The End of Nature," "Enough" is an ambitious and important book." --"Los Angeles Times Book Review" "Without question, this is one of the most important books of the year. McKibben deserves to be read, to be discussed, to be heard." --San Diego Union-Tribune "[A] brave and luminous book . . . Bill McKibben understands genetics--but he knows poetry, too." --David Gelernter," Wired" "Bill McKibben has done a top-notch job of researching and writing about one of the most important topics of the current age. "Enough" is an important book and needs to be read by everyone with an interest in keeping the human future human." --"The Weekly Standard" "Fiercely important . . . the most thought-provoking piece of non-fiction I've read in a long time." --"The Globe and Mail" (Toronto) "In this wise, well-researched, and important book, Bill McKibben addresses the burning philosophical question of the new century, and the one that counts for the long haul: how to control the technoscientific juggernaut before it dehumanizes our species." --E. O. Wilson, author of "The Future of Life" "In "Enough," McKibben shines his powerful light on another momentous change that is upon us: the ability to re-engineer ourselves and therefore the very meaning of human identity. If he is right, then humankind stands on a moral and existential threshold--or cliff. We would do well as a society to weigh his bracing argument before taking another step." --Michael Pollan, author of "The Botany of Desire"show more

About Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is the author of THE AGE OF MISSING INFORMATION and THE END OF NATURE, and writes regularly for THE NEW YORKER. He is a contributor to THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS, THE NEW YORK TIMES and ROLLING STONE.show more

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