Feeling More Like Myself
This chapter demonstrates how the enhancement debate embodies Me Medicine at its most questionable. “Enhancement” is defined as any medication designed to improve individual human performance, created through science-based or technology-based interventions. Physical and cognitive enhancement technologies are based on the idea that an individual is obliged to create the best possible version of himself, as well as a responsibility to produce the best children. However, even adversaries of enhancement technologies rely on the language of individuality, arguing that the child’s autonomy is jeopardized in the enhancement process. In relation to this debate, the chapter focuses on two main areas: neurotechnologies, particularly those affecting the cognitive function, as well as neurotransmitters; and genetic engineering, specifically germline genetic modification.
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