How to grow a human: Reprogramming Cells and Redesigning Life

How to grow a human: Reprogramming Cells and Redesigning Life

Philip Ball  (Author)
A cutting-edge examination of what it means to be human and to have a ´self´ in the face of new scientific developments in genetic editing, cloning and neural downloading.

After seeing his own cells used to grow clumps of new neurons – essentially mini-brains – Philip Ball begins to examine the concepts of identity and consciousness. Delving into humanity´s deep evolutionary past to look at how complex creatures like us emerged from single-celled life, he offers a new perspective on how humans think about ourselves.

In an age when we are increasingly encouraged to regard the ´self´ as an abstract sequence of genetic information, or as a pattern of neural activity that might be ´downloaded´ to a computer, he return us to the body – to flesh and blood – and anchors a conception of personhood in this unique and ephemeral mortal coil. How to Build a Human brings us back to ourselves – but in doing so, it challenges old preconceptions and values. It asks us to rethink how we exist in the world.
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  • Product code: 9780008331818
  • Barcode: 9780008331818
  • Added: May 8, 2020
  • Author: Philip Ball
  • Publishing company: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Year of publication: 2020
  • Language: English
  • Book format: Paberback
  • Pages: 384

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