If love needs drugs, is it still love?
In a week in which the US mourns the 50th anniversary of the death of John F. Kennedy, Dr Who fans are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the cult TV series. The timing is not particularly sensitive, but tonight the BBC presents a special episode, “The Day of the Doctor.”
Should we take pills to rid ourselves of helpless passions?
Drugs could be used to reverse homosexual inclinations.
Some sentences could be worse than death.
A British neuroscientist has spoken enthusiastically about the possibility of performing a head transplant for patients with debilitating illnesses.
A conference to be held at Yale University in December brings together animal rights activists and fans of human enhancement who are interested in the rights of robots and aliens.
Is moral bioenhancement the answer to the dark clouds gathering over the future of humanity?
The canary is dead. Now, what about the coal mine? After Lance Armstrong’s confession to Oprah Winfrey in a 90-minute television that he won all of his seven Tour de France titles with the help of performance-enhancing drugs, will cycling become drug-free?
What happens if soldiers are taught to ignore compassion?
Two utilitarians slug it out over enhancing morality.
The bioethics angle in Cloud Atlas.
A new book by Ingmar Persson and Julian Savulescu, Unfit for the Future, fills in the case for biomedical moral enhancement which they have been making in journal articles recently
In a practice called boosting, paralympic athletes subject their body to extreme pain to raise their blood pressure and heart beat.
The dream of achieving biological immortality may have taken a big step forward. A 31-year-old Russian billionaire, Dmitry Itskov, claims that his research team will be able to transplant a human brain into an artificial body by 2020, And by 2045 he is sure that he will be able to create hologram avatars with the same capabilities as the humans in the James Cameron film.
Hollywood takes a definitive look at genetic enhancement in the latest instalment in the Bourne series, The Bourne Legacy – to be released next week.
The London Olympics have arrived and with them come familiar controversies over drug cheats. IOC President Jacques Rogge said yesterday that tests had identified more than 100 cheats in the lead-up to the Games. Years of tough restrictions appear to be bearing fruit, with fewer scandals every time the Olympics are held.
The near frontier of human enhancement is coffee on steroids: the drugs of the future that will make you smarter, sharper and quicker. This is misguided and risks being unethical, argue four German ethicists in the latest issue of the Journal of Medical Ethics.
Two Oxford bioethicists have proposed a novel solution to the scourge of 50% divorce rates – use love drugs to keep the flame of love alive. Writing in New Scientist, Julian Savulescu, of the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and Anders Sandberg, of the Future of Humanity Institute, argue that evolution made humans unfit for lifelong marriage.
Modest proposals, in sense given the phrase by the great 18th century satirist Jonathan Swift, are flavour of the month in the bioethics community.
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