- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Bodley Head (3 Feb. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847921523
- ISBN-13: 978-1847921529
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.5 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,083,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Unnatural: The Heretical Idea of Making People Hardcover – 3 Feb 2011
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"A brave, sane and intellectually nimble account of a topic which only gets more ambiguous with each scientific advance. Unnatural is fascinating and engaging, and a polemic only for cool heads and open hearts when dealing with issues of such serious and profound complexity" (Stuart Kelly Scotland on Sunday)
"This is a fascinating book" (Jonathan Rée Evening Standard)
"Unnatural is a beautifully-written, deeply-intelligent book that will force every reader to rethink at least some of their preconceptions" (Jim Endersby Sunday Telegraph)
"Ball's thoughtful book is a reminder that as we try and deal with how to enable and assist people into being, we need to understand and then conquer our fears surrounding the very idea of making people" (Manjit Kumar Guardian)
"Meticulous, witty and sometimes provocative" (Patrick Skene Catling Sunday Times)
A fascinating exploration of the cultural history of 'anthropoesis' - the creation of artificial people - what it tells us about our views on life, humanity, creativity and technology, and the soul.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Later focusing on IVF whilst looking forward to the possibility to cloning, Ball manages to put the rhetoric to one side and look objectivity at the merits and fears associated with these developing technologies. Catholic doctrine is also examined here - although without the arrogance or bile associated with other scientific writers. As a PhD student of cell biology and biochemistry, I can also applaud Ball's clear and precise explanations regarding the scientific aspects of IVF and cloning.
A truly necessary book - I'd advise anyone to read it before they consider opening their mouth and airing an opinion on reproductive technology.