Fooling With Mother Nature
Hastings Center Report. 1990 Jan/Feb; 20(1): 17-21.
Gaylin's cautionary essay discusses the dangers of using modern technologies to condition and modify human behavior. While arguing that the risks of high technology are overstated and the dangers of low technology developments often are overlooked, Gaylin warns against approaches to controlling behavior that reduce heterogeneity and freedom. He sees the mutability of human nature, our freedom from "instinctual fixation," as one of the most valuable facets of human behavior. He argues that the capacity to modify ourselves should be used to effect changes that would encourage and guard the emergence of valued human attributes such as autonomy and a developed conscience. (KIE abstract)
Artificial Organs; Autonomy; Behavior Control; Biomedical Technologies; Children; Conscience; Dehumanization; DNA; Eugenics; Freedom; Genetic Intervention; Human Characteristics; Nature; Organ Transplantation; Philosophy; Recombinant DNA Research; Research; Risks and Benefits; Social Impact; Surgery; Technology; Theology; Transplantation; Values;