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RSA Thursday: Enhancing Evolution the ethical case for making better people

John Harris will talk about the way in which biotechnological interventions could allow us to live longer, healthier and even happier lives.

We are delighted to welcome leading bioethicist, John Harris, to talk about the issues raised by his new book “Enhancing Evolution”, in which he defends biotechnological interventions that could allow us to live longer, healthier, and even happier lives by, for example, providing us with immunity from cancer and HIV/AIDS.

In fact, Harris advocates far more than therapies designed to free us from sickness and disability. He raises the possibility of influencing the very course of evolution to give us increased mental and physical powers - from reasoning, concentration and memory to strength, stamina, and reaction speed. Harris’ contention is that it is not only morally defensible to enhance ourselves, in some cases, it's morally obligatory.

Chaired by Oliver Morton, Chief News and Features Editor at Nature

Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions.

Book your free place online or by emailing lectures@rsa.org.uk or by phoning 020 7451 6868.


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Date and Time:

18 October 2007 at 1:00 pm


1 hour



8 John Adam Street
+44 20 7451 6868

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