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The shattered self : the end of natural evolution, Pierre Baldi

Label
The shattered self : the end of natural evolution
Title
The shattered self
Title remainder
the end of natural evolution
Statement of responsibility
Pierre Baldi
Title variation
End of natural evolution
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Annotation
Member of
Cataloging source
N$T
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Baldi, Pierre
Dewey number
599.93
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
English
LC call number
QH442
LC item number
.B355 2001eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2001 K-431
  • QH 442
NLM item number
B177s 2001
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  • Human Genome Project
  • Human Genome Project
  • Genetic engineering
  • Genetic engineering
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Bioethical Issues
  • Genome, Human
  • Projet sur le génome humain
  • Projet sur le génome humain
  • Human Genome Project
  • Génie génétique
  • Génie génétique
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Ethics
  • Genetic engineering
  • Genetic engineering
  • Genetik
  • Ethik
  • Aufsatzsammlung
  • Mensch
  • Klonierung
  • Ich-Identität
  • Transgener Organismus
  • Genetische manipulatie
  • Kunstmatige intelligentie
  • Ethische aspecten
Summary expansion
Throughout history, we have selected and manipulated the genomes of plants, animals, and even ourselves. Until now, however, such control could be exerted only at the level of the entire organism. Scientific and technological advances now allow us to manipulate genomes directly at the level of single genes and their constituents, with a speed and precision that far exceed what natural evolution has been able to achieve over the past 3.5 billion years. These advances open new possibilities for medicine, biotechnology, and society as a whole. We already have in vitro fertilization and animal cloning; in the future human cloning and the exploitation of embryonic stem cells, among other capabilities, may be routine. At the same time, we are developing machines that will surpass the human brain in raw computing power and building an interconnected world of information-processing devices that makes science fiction pale in comparison. In this book Baldi explores what it is about these phenomena that makes us so uneasy--the shattering of the human self as we know it. Through evolution our brains have been wired to provide us with an inner sense of self, a feeling that each of us is a unique individual delimited by precise boundaries. We have also been wired to reproduce ourselves in a certain way. Baldi argues that this self-centered view of the world is scientifically wrong. Its past success lies in its being an adequate model during our evolutionary bootstrapping: a world without molecular biotechnology, human cloning, and the Internet. Eventually we must come to terms with the fact that genomes, computations, and mind are fluid, continuous entities, in both space and time. The boundary between the self and the world has begun to blur and ultimately may evaporate entirely. Baldi offers not predictions but an open-eyed exploration of our current state of knowledge and the possibilities that lie ahead
Label
The shattered self : the end of natural evolution, Pierre Baldi
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
"A Bradford book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • Human cloning
  • 6.
  • Siamese twins
  • 7.
  • Manipulating DNA
  • 8.
  • Computers
  • 9.
  • The last fronier: the brain
  • 1.
  • 10.
  • Ethics and what can go wrong
  • 11.
  • The information space
  • Introduction
  • 2.
  • Science today
  • 3.
  • Molecular biology
  • 4.
  • In vitro babies
Control code
49569405
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 245 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780262025027
Lccn
00048183
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
9780262267632
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 6209
  • 9780262267632
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)49569405
Label
The shattered self : the end of natural evolution, Pierre Baldi
Publication
Copyright
Note
"A Bradford book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • Human cloning
  • 6.
  • Siamese twins
  • 7.
  • Manipulating DNA
  • 8.
  • Computers
  • 9.
  • The last fronier: the brain
  • 1.
  • 10.
  • Ethics and what can go wrong
  • 11.
  • The information space
  • Introduction
  • 2.
  • Science today
  • 3.
  • Molecular biology
  • 4.
  • In vitro babies
Control code
49569405
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 245 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780262025027
Lccn
00048183
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
9780262267632
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 6209
  • 9780262267632
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)49569405

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