Dr Daniel Cebo

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Location: Berlin, Germany
Work interests: contemporary science, digital humans, immortality, bioterrorism
Affiliation/website: Independent Scientist
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Preferred contact language(s): english
Contact: cebodaniel@t-online.de
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Category: Contemporary Science, Future Science

In Defense of Posthuman Dignity

By Dr. Daniel Cebo, 2020-08-10
In Defense of Posthuman Dignity

In this brief article, I am critically present of bioconservative intellectuals who believe that enhancing human capacities and extending the human healthspan would ruin our dignity.
Positions on the ethics of human enhancement technologies can be identified as ranging from transhumanism to bioconservatism. Recognizing the possibility of post-human dignity undercuts an important objection against human enhancement and removes a distortive double standard from our field of moral vision. Such an approach is not antagonistic to medicine and science. The posthuman and transhuman enhancement also raises questions about the value of dignity because of its roots in humanism. Bioconservatives (whose ranks include such diverse writers as Leon Kass, Francis Fukuyama, George Annas, Wesley Smith, Jeremy Rifkin, and Bill McKibben) are opposed to the use of technology to change human nature. A central idea in bioconservativism is that human enhancement technology will undermine our human dignity.
I defend posthuman dignity while critiquing Leon Kass's bioconservative position. Instead, it places a priority on improving the circumstantial dignity of all human beings, especially those who live without their basic needs being met. Their inherent dignity places a moral obligation on those with resources to help them. This indicates the importance of developing gratitude for human nature and avoiding an endless pursuit of perfection. Justice for all humans based on their inherent dignity is proposed as a significant argument against the ethics of transhuman enhancement.
My pilot transhumanism project aimed to distinguish two common fears about the post-human and argue for the importance of a concept of dignity that is inclusive enough to also apply to many possible post-human beings. To forestall a slide down the slippery slope towards a debased ‘post-human' state, bioconservatives often argue for broad bans on otherwise promising human enhancements.