Beyond Human

Beyond Human is an informative and accessible guide for all those interested in the developing sciences of genetic engineering, bio printing and human cloning.

Beyond Human

Beyond Human

Beyond Human is an informative and accessible guide for all those interested in the developing sciences of genetic engineering, bio printing and human cloning. Illustrating the ideas with reference to well-known science fiction films and novels, the author provides a unique insight into and understanding of how genetic manipulation, cloning, and other novel bio-technologies will one day allow us to redesign our species. It also addresses the legitimate concerns about “playing God”, while at the same time embracing the positive aspects of the scientific trajectory that will lead to our transhuman future.

Is Human Cloning in Our Future Theories About Genetics

This book finally makes it possible for them to access the latest information about genetic engineering, stem cells, heredity, and the idea that humans may be able to manipulate the process of reproduction to create the offspring they ...

Is Human Cloning in Our Future  Theories About Genetics

Is Human Cloning in Our Future Theories About Genetics

Even the most reluctant readers are likely curious about cloning and the scientific future of human evolution. This book finally makes it possible for them to access the latest information about genetic engineering, stem cells, heredity, and the idea that humans may be able to manipulate the process of reproduction to create the offspring they desire. It even covers hot button issues like eugenics and the genetic modification of plants and animals used for food. With vivid, full-color artwork and fascinating sidebars and fact boxes throughout the uncomplicated, fascinating text, this book will find a perfect home in any collection.

Science Fiction the Evolutionary Mythology of the Future

In the concluding summary at the end of the book, the whole period of science fiction from Wells to Stapledon is interpreted ... especially the lead scientist, admire the alien, since they view it as more evolved and superior to humans.

Science Fiction  the Evolutionary Mythology of the Future

Science Fiction the Evolutionary Mythology of the Future

An in-depth history of science, primarily covering the 1930s, from Superman to Olaf Stapledon’s Star Maker. The book examines science fiction literature, art, cinema, and comics, and the impact of culture, philosophy, science, technology, and futures studies on the development of science fiction. Further, the book describes the influence of science fiction on human society and the evolution of future consciousness. Other key figures discussed include apek, Hamilton, “Doc” Smith, Campbell, Lovecraft, C. A. Smith, and Williamson.

Beyond Ethics to Post Ethics

out the 21st century, many humans will find themselves deeply integrated into systems of machines, ... Broderick points out that many of the seemingly implausible predictions of early science fiction writers have, indeed, come to pass, ...

Beyond Ethics to Post Ethics

Beyond Ethics to Post Ethics

Is moral goodness really so desirable in the way that its proponents through the ages would like us to believe? For instance, in our time, there is even this latest version of the popular moral idea shared by many, when Dalai Lama suggested that “[w]e need these human values [of compassion and affection]….Even without religion,…we have the capacity to promote these things.” (WK 2009) The naivety of this popular moral idea can be contrasted with an opposing (critical) idea advocated not long ago by Sigmund Freud (1966), who once wrote that “men are not gentle creatures who want to be loved, and who at the most can defend themselves if they are attacked; they are, on the contrary, creatures among whose instinctual endowments is to be reckoned a powerful share of aggressiveness. As a result, their neighbor is for them…someone who tempts them to satisfy their aggressiveness on him, to exploit his capacity for work without compensation, to use him sexually without his consent, to seize his possessions, to humiliate him, to cause him pain, to torture and to kill him. Homo homini lupus.” Contrary to the two opposing sides of this battle for the high moral ground, morality and immorality are neither possible nor desirable to the extent that their respective ideologues would like us to believe. But one should not misunderstand this challenge as a suggestion that ethics is a worthless field of study, or that other fields of study (related to ethics) like political philosophy, moral psychology, social studies, theology, or even international relations should be dismissed. Needless to stress, neither of these two extreme views is reasonable either. Instead, this book provides an alternative (better) way to understand the nature of ethics, especially in relation to morality and immorality—while learning from different approaches in the literature but without favoring any one of them (nor integrating them, since they are not necessarily compatible with each other). This book offers a new theory to transcend the existing approaches in the literature on ethics in a way not thought of before. This seminal project is to fundamentally alter the way that we think about ethics, from the combined perspectives of the mind, nature, society, and culture, with enormous implications for the human future and what I originally called its “post-human” fate.

Technophobia

In this timely new book, Daniel Dinello examines “the dramatic conflict between the techno-utopia promised by real-world scientists and the techno-dystopia predicted by science fiction.” Organized into chapters devoted to robotics, ...

Technophobia

Technophobia

Techno-heaven or techno-hell? If you believe many scientists working in the emerging fields of twenty-first-century technology, the future is blissfully bright. Initially, human bodies will be perfected through genetic manipulation and the fusion of human and machine; later, human beings will completely shed the shackles of pain, disease, and even death, as human minds are downloaded into death-free robots whereby they can live forever in a heavenly "posthuman" existence. In this techno-utopian future, humanity will be saved by the godlike power of technology. If you believe the authors of science fiction, however, posthuman evolution marks the beginning of the end of human freedom, values, and identity. Our dark future will be dominated by mad scientists, rampaging robots, killer clones, and uncontrollable viruses. In this timely new book, Daniel Dinello examines "the dramatic conflict between the techno-utopia promised by real-world scientists and the techno-dystopia predicted by science fiction." Organized into chapters devoted to robotics, bionics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, biotechnology, nanotechnology, and other significant scientific advancements, this book summarizes the current state of each technology, while presenting corresponding reactions in science fiction. Dinello draws on a rich range of material, including films, television, books, and computer games, and argues that science fiction functions as a valuable corrective to technological domination, countering techno-hype and reflecting the "weaponized, religiously rationalized, profit-fueled" motives of such science. By imaging a disastrous future of posthuman techno-totalitarianism, science fiction encourages us to construct ways to contain new technology, and asks its audience perhaps the most important question of the twenty-first century: is technology out of control?

Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction in Literature

And the cortical stacks of Richard K. Morgan's “Takeshi Kovacs” sequence allow the consciousnesses of individuals to be ... fiction by focusing on artificially created entities that move beyond human intelligence but do not evolve ...

Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction in Literature

Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction in Literature

This dictionary covers the history of Science Fiction in literature through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 300 cross-referenced entries including significant people; themes; critical issues; and the most significant genres that have formed science fiction literature.

The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction

It is a story composed in the space of the postmortem, a scene of writing that takes place after science fiction has ... Many nonfiction texts embraced by real-life advocates of posthuman engineering—whether they prefer the name of ...

The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction

The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction

The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction encompasses the genre's development in a wide array of media that includes literature, film, comics, and television.

Cirpit Review Monographs n 3 2016

In terms of the science fiction genre, the focus of the cautionary tale typically focuses on the ambivalence of the ... and beyond, and how these technologies will impact on our cultural worldview and the future evolution of humankind.

Cirpit Review  Monographs n  3     2016

Cirpit Review Monographs n 3 2016

This book is a tributes to Scott Thomas Eastham from his family, former students and colleagues at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand, where he lectured in the department of English and Media Studies for 19 years.

Space Time and Aliens

considered unlikely, but again the subject of much science fiction. ... Moving beyond the planet may mean producing ... An understanding of human cultural evolution is essential to understanding ourselves and our future, and it will be ...

Space  Time  and Aliens

Space Time and Aliens

In this comprehensive and interdisciplinary volume, former NASA Chief Historian Steven Dick reflects on the exploration of space, astrobiology and its implications, cosmic evolution, astronomical institutions, discovering and classifying the cosmos, and the philosophy of astronomy. The unifying theme of the book is the connection between cosmos and culture, or what Carl Sagan many years ago called the “cosmic connection.” As both an astronomer and historian of science, Dr. Dick has been both a witness to and a participant in many of the astronomical events of the last half century. This collection of papers presents his reflections over the last forty years in a way accessible to historians, philosophers, and scientists alike. From the search for alien life to ongoing space exploration efforts, readers will find this volume full of engaging topics relevant to science, society, and our collective future on planet Earth and beyond.

Seeds of a New Birth

Seeds of a New Birth is the first book in Orrin Jason Bradford's Kindred series, science fiction technothrillers with a hint of romance.

Seeds of a New Birth

Seeds of a New Birth

Unlocking the Potential of the Human Mind Scientific Breakthrough... Or a Really Bad Idea? Research geneticist and biogenetic engineer, Lionel Adams is onto something hot --the key to unlocking the vast reserves of the human mind. Everyone is interested in it. Bio Vita Tech, the research lab he works for, is excited about the possibilities and the potential mega-profits. So are their foreign competitors who are counting on their inside man at Bio Vita to deliver Adam's secret into their hands. Everyone seems to want a sample of Adam's formula, except his college buddy, Flip MacDougal, who makes a surprise visit to Bio Vita to play a practical joke on his old friend. Unfortunately, it's Flip who ends up with the sample. His world is turned upside down as he struggles and maneuvers his way through the trouble he has gotten himself into as he unwittingly spreads his "gift" to others. "Seeds of a New Birth" is a technological thriller with a hint of romance (and yes, even sci-fi erotica) about a future where the highly volatile formula of biogenetic engineering coupled with corporate and personal greed threatens the course of human evolution and perhaps mankind's very existence. Grab your copy today.

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