After Group 2’s presentation on human enhancement, I came to the same conclusion I usually do about most ethical topics: they must be dealt with case-by-case. Of course that is probably just because of my moderate nature—I don’t like to have clear-cut situations. I am a firm believer in discussion and whether or not we pursue human enhancement should be discussed thoroughly every time an ethical question arises. Some cases are clear: if cancer treatments can be created through biotechnology that does not consist of taking poison then it should be our priority to do so. Allowing a parent to choose the aesthetic features of their children is an example of enhancements we should not employ as there really are not any tangible benefits to society or the individual.
Kind of brings me to my whole thought on the matter of enhancement: we already do it. I did not want to get into this in class due to time so here’s a good place to put my thoughts. Our only purpose, with comparison to the rest of nature, is to reproduce and raise our young to the point that they can reproduce. I am ignoring the fact that a lot of animals do not raise their young. So is it much more to say that we should do everything in our power to make life easier for the next generation? This, of course, is not always the case as with pollution or big-bank CEOs. Curing and treating disease is just one way we do that. So, in this regard, medicine is natural. Biotechnology is just an extension of medicine that involves new science. As history tells us, new science can appear to be bad and unnatural. Therefore, it is safe to say human enhancement already happens. For example, vaccines enhance our ability to develop immunities to disease.
However, there must be a limit. That limit should be heavily discussed by both sides of the issue. Thinking that aging is a disease is probably up there on craziest things said. Could write a book about why not dying is actually a bad thing. I’ll go with just saying that over-population is enough evidence against it. Also, I firmly believe that enhancement in sports beyond proper nutrition and hard work is wrong. I think that the flaws in athletes are what make the sport worth watching. It is nice to see great performances every now and then but everyone being perfect would take away the point of watching. Sorry, Matthew.
Guess that is just my idea on the matter: Beat the topic down with discussion until a course of action can be made.