Can we construct the Superhuman?

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Invited talk for the British Association of Sport & Exercise Medicine, FA Centre, Oct, 2013

Invited talk for the British Association of Sport & Exercise Medicine, FA Centre, Oct, 2013

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  • 1. British Association of Sport Exercise & Medicine #BASEM2013 Can we construct the superhuman? @andymiah
  • 2. Can we construct the superhuman?
  • 3. Can we construct the superhuman?
  • 4. Can we construct the superhuman?
  • 5. Can we construct the superhuman?
  • 6. beyond human
  • 7. enhancing evolution moral responsibility Truthconstruct the Can we superhuman? (the American way) Justice
  • 8. Can we construct the superhuman?
  • 9. Visualization of the Mens 100m sprint from 1896-2012 Olympics New York Times,
  • 10. Ageing as a disease Well-being Can we construct the superhuman? Culture of body modification Health-extension
  • 11. Can we construct the superhuman?
  • 12. a) Is it technically feasible? b) Is it morally permissible?
  • 13. Side effects Research on healthy subjects a) Is it technically feasible? Diminish biological diversity Undermining evolutio
  • 14. Creating injustice Distorting social order Compromising doctor/patient relationship b) Is it morally permissible? Playing God Diminish role of merit Increased medicalization Zero-sum game Global injustice misconstrue ‘progress’ Utopian naivity coercive
  • 15. Human existence has been defined by tampering with biology, especially our biology, for better or worse. Stelarc, Exra Ear, Ear on Arm, 2008
  • 16. TRANSHUMAN b) super height health-span life-span intelligence memor drugs y leg lengthening ii) Teleportation TRANSHUMAN a) PGD (non-disease) cosmetic surgery i) flight HUMAN ENHANCEMENT CONTESTED VALUE ACCEPTED VALUE innoculations ritalin flouridization of water
  • 17. What is the proper role of health enhancing technology ? Does this role change when it is utilized in specific practices such as sport? If so, in what ways? Isn’t (sports) medicine always making us well for something? This may be include daily trials and tribulations, or the achievement of specific goals, which are in excess of reasonable functioning
  • 18. We need a new set of ethical principles for an era of human enhancement
  • 19. We need a World Pro-Doping Agency to invest into better human enhancements
  • 20. Who are the superheroes of this new generation?
  • 21. The Creative Futures Institute download our app @CreativeFutur