About the Author
The author of this blog is a science-geek/nerd and neuroscience grad student. As for irrelevant stuff, the author is a young, middle-class, Australian Caucasian male and professes to be an atheist and a utilitarian.
The author is approving of the transhumanist point of view (though reluctant to be described as a transhumanist until the term gets a solid meaning of its own). His focus is on the B and C parts of NBIC, and therefore he:
- Approves the use of modifications into the genome of human somatic cells for therapeutic, cosmetic, psychological and physical benefits.
- Approves the use of germline genetic engineering and pre-implantation selection for enhancement of offspring.
- Approves the use of embryonic stem cells and therapeutic cloning for both therapy and, if possible, enhancement.
- Approves the use of reproductive cloning, even without the consent of the person being cloned.
- Approves the use of prosthetic, cybernetics and neurotechnology to repair, augment and enhance the human body or brain.
- Approves of the use of nanotechnology to cure and enhance the human body and brain.
- Approves of using performance-enhancing drugs, if safe, for performance enhancement in sport, business and education. This includes intelligence-boosting drugs (nootropics).
- Approves the creation of human-human and animal-human hybrid embryos through transgenic manipulation or embryo fusion, for research and, if proven safe, reproductive purposes.
- Disapproves of the patenting or ownership of genetic material, even including novel genetic material.
- Disapproves of any restrictions of the above that are not based on concerns regarding informed consent. Even an unsafe and usually ineffective enhancement should be available to those who knowingly choose it.
The author also wishes to remain anonymous for now, due primarily to the animosity of his close family towards human enhancement technology (the animosity of everyone else, however, is welcomed). The name ‘Josh’ will do for now.