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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

Wednesday, 21 May, 2008

Today’s words are chosen only because they are recent, and make perfect sense. I’m quite sure that such ideas have been expressed before, but nonetheless I am quoting these (mostly because I can’t be bothered looking for others):

“Athletes are already posthuman cyborgs and we celebrate this. It is likely that greater use of this technology will seep into other aspects of culture, as we begin to embrace more and more enhancements. Sports might soon become peculiar for resisting such developments and, in the meantime, will be placing athletes at greater risk by forcing them to enhance behind closed doors.” – Andy Miah, “Engineering Athletes, The Sun News (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA), 18 May 2008

Makes perfect sense to me. Although, I am concerned that an enhancement ban in sports, which would naturally be followed by a strong anti-enhancement campaign to discourage illicit use of such technologies, would result in an anti-enhancement attitude in the general public. Such an attitude is already prevalent concerning steroids, where parents are wary their children being prescribed corticosteroids because of warnings about anabolic steroid usage (despite the fact they are different steroids). And there would be no ‘legitimate medical use’ claim to fall back on (except perhaps if gene-doping campaigns were affecting gene-therapy acceptance).

Sport is a necessary area for performance-enhancements to be developed, tested and accepted.

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