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A few of humankind's maximum instruments were cast within the examine laboratory. Who may possibly argue that clinical advances like antibiotics, blood transfusions, and pacemakers haven't more suitable the standard of people's lives? yet with every one new technological leap forward there comes an array of results, straight away anticipated and unpredictable, valuable and unsafe. Outcry over contemporary advancements within the reproductive and genetic sciences has published deep fissures in society's notion of biotechnical development. Many are involved that reckless technological improvement, pushed by way of consumerist impulses and grasping entrepreneurialism, has the capability to noticeably shift the human - and never for the higher sturdy. "Biotechnology and the Human solid" builds a case for a stewardship deeply rooted in Judeo-Christian theism to responsibly interpret and verify new applied sciences in a fashion that solutions this predicament. The authors together realize people now not as self reliant beings yet as ones dependable to one another, to the area they stay in, and to God. They argue that to question and critique how fields like cybernetics, nanotechnology, and genetics may possibly have an effect on our destiny isn't anti-science, anti-industry, or anti-progress, yet quite how to advertise human flourishing, logic, and sturdy stewardship. a man-made paintings drawing at the considered a doctor, ethicists, and a theologian, "Biotechnology and the Human stable" reminds us that even though expertise is a robust and infrequently awe-inspiring instrument, it really is what lies within the center and soul of who wields this instrument that actually makes the variation in our international.

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16334$ $CH2 03-23-07 13:34:32 PS PAGE 23 24 CHAPTER TWO Second, in Monsma’s definition, technology involves persons exercising freedom and responsibility in response to God. This notion is set against technological determinism. We are not governed by technologies; we make choices about technology. 27 These choices are informed by our values, our notions of right and wrong, our understandings of justice, and our social preferences. Third, according to Monsma, technology is a transformational project.

The denial of everything transcending experience means inevitably—though ways are found to hedge on this—the denial of truth. —Richard Weaver, Ideas Have Consequences BIOTECHNOLOGY: The term conjures up visions of science fiction to some, and to others it suggests the ultimate postmodern hope for human beings to remake themselves according to their own design. Others are cautiously optimistic about the benefits of the emerging biotechnologies, seeing the potential for good but recognizing the prospects for creating a world in which we do not want to live.

Once that decision was made, it set wheels in motion (no pun intended) that continue to this day. Now, more than a half century later, the consequences of our decision includes both benefits and burdens. For instance, because the highways permit interstate trucking, most of us enjoy fresh produce year round. But it is also the case that nearly every American owns at least one car, which he or she drives daily. It is also true that we face unprecedented air pollution. It is also true that we cannot survive (at least currently) without massive amounts of petroleum.

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