Humanity 2.0: What it Means to be Human Past, Present and Future Paperback – 6 Oct 2011
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'Fuller is the closest thing to a Foucault writing today in the English language.' - Metascience
'Takes the debate up a level (if not several levels) in terms of active and considered engagement with the future.' - BioCentre, http://bit.ly/rthOsV
'This is a brave and interesting book, which combines discourses that should mutually engage, but normally do not: biological and theological discussions of "humanity", discussions of transhumanism and evolution, and the policy discussions of convergent technology. Connecting them provides an opportunity to rethink the category of the human. Steve Fuller grasps this opportunity with gusto, in an accessible and wide-ranging overview.' - Professor Stephen Turner, University of South Florida, USA
'Humanity 2.0 offers a wide-ranging and timely account of the next stage of technoscience: the development of a new stage of humanity. Fuller bridges the concerns of science studies and science policy, exploring the historical and philosophical currents underlying the creation of a new biotechnological species, and highlights how the technoscientific industrial complex seeks to construct a new humanity as both product and consumer.' - Robert Frodeman, Director, Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity, University of North Texas, USA
'Our understanding of humanity is sure to evolve in the course of this century, and this book enables us to think critically about our prospects.' - The Scientific and Medical Network Review
"Humanity 2.0 can be considered a milestone in Fuller's work." - Francis Remedios, LSE Review of Books
Interview with Steve Fuller: http://www.exponentialtimes.net/videos/steve-fuller-humanity-20
An ambitious and groundbreaking examination, by leading scholar Steve Fuller, on both historical definitions of, and the future for, what it means to be humanSee all Product description
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Unfortunately, this case falls into the latter catagory.
Cute cover, sexy title.
However, the book itself does very little to discuss the subject of humanity's next techno-enhanced incarnation, its effects upon society and the ethical problems such a sea-change would bring. Which is a pity.
What it does do, at great and witheringly detailed length, is provide a history of sociology's past and present, which is I suppose, useful, and make rather incoherrent arguements concerning science and Abrahamic religion, which, at least in my opinion, is not.
There are better books if you want to read about evolution vs. intelligent design, and better books if you want to read about a possible reapproachment of science by theism.
Not very good. Sorry.
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