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The Ethics of Human Life Extension: The Second Argument from Evolution

Gyngell, Christopher


One argument that is sometimes made against pursuing radical forms of human life extension is that such interventions will make the species less evolvable, which would be morally undesirable. In this article, I discuss the empirical and evaluative claims of this argument. I argue that radical increases in life expectancy could, in principle, reduce the evolutionary potential of human populations through both biological and cultural mechanisms. I further argue that if life extension did...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Medicine and Philosophy: a forum for bioethics and philosophy of medicine
DOI: 10.1093/jmp/jhv027


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