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Human – The Final Frontier : Biotechnology of (Dis)Creation and Arrival of Posthuman


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Nikodem, Krunoslav. (2008). Human – The Final Frontier : Biotechnology of (Dis)Creation and Arrival of Posthuman. Filozofska istraživanja, 28(1). pp. 209-221. ISSN 1848-2309

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The starting hypothesis of this paper is creation of posthuman (post biological) intelligent life forms as a main goal of contemporary biotechnology and bioscience development. With that human category become postevolutional “final frontier”. Namely, in the postmodern sociocultural context, contradictious attitudes about necessity of posthuman for human survival is forcing by modern bio-techno-scientific system. Possibilities of posthuman life development are opening many questions, controversies, promises and fears. From the beginning of human societies (communities), one of the basic human fears was fear of “intelligent other” existence (from titans, gods, women, cyborgs to super race of genii). On the other side, the basic promise, resulting from application of biotechnological and bioscientifical researches, is promise of “this-worldly” immortal life. In that context, this paper is analyzing human-post human differentiation and possible problems in the development of post human life forms.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: biotechnology, bioscience, human, posthuman, final frontier
Subjects: Philosophy
Departments: Department of Sociology
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2016 10:42
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2016 10:42

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