May 4, 2011 | Posted By David Lemberg, M.S., D.C.
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Philip Ball is the author of the new book, Unnatural: The Heretical Idea of Making People. Unnatural is published by The Bodley Head, a division of Random House. Philip Ball is a freelance writer. He previously worked for over 20 years as an editor for the international science journal Nature. His book Critical Mass won the 2005 Aventis Prize for Science Books. Philip’s other books include Bright Earth: The Invention of Colour and The Music Instinct.

In our 5-3-2011 BIOETHICS TODAY conversation, Philip Ball discusses

  • The relevance of the idea of artificlal procreation for society today
  • In vitro fertilization, embryonic stem cell research, cloning
  • The intrusions of myth and legend in policy discussions involving research in the fields of reproductive medicine and regenerative medicine
  • Our fears and assumptions about making people using artificial means – "anthropoiesis"
  • How the term "unnatural" may be a moral judgment, involving both metaphysics and a "perpetually uneasy relationship with techne"
  • Should limits be imposed on technology?
  • Considerations of human uniqueness and the context for the emergence of new technologies

The Alden March Bioethics Institute offers graduate online masters in bioethics programs.  For more information on the AMBI master of bioethics online program, please visit the AMBI site.

1 comments | Topics: Genetics , Philosophy , Reproductive Medicine , Stem Cell Research


John Kaplan

John Kaplan wrote on 05/11/11 3:25 PM

Fascinating and thoughtful interview. Anthropoiesis will be my new word for the day.

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BIOETHICS TODAY is the blog of the Alden March Bioethics Institute, presenting topical and timely commentary on issues, trends, and breaking news in the broad arena of bioethics. BIOETHICS TODAY presents interviews, opinion pieces, and ongoing articles on health care policy, end-of-life decision making, emerging issues in genetics and genomics, procreative liberty and reproductive health, ethics in clinical trials, medicine and the media, distributive justice and health care delivery in developing nations, and the intersection of environmental conservation and bioethics.