The future of human evolution

As our understanding of human genetics grows, and as we increasingly gain the ability to reprogram life itself, Harvey Fineberg considers the possibilities of self-directed evolution:

Bioethicist Arthur Caplan, whom I’ve written about before, explores the ethical implications:

His full talk here. (Michael Sandel offers a rebuttal; if pressed for time, you can skip ahead to clip 10 — an argument on “humility, responsibility, and solidarity” — and watch from there.)

Lots of food for thought. Yet another reminder that we’re living in incredibly interesting times, and it’ll take all our best and clearest thinking to weather the quandaries and dilemmas ahead.


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