11_15_07 - Ethical Concerns about Enhancements Destroying...

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Ethical Concerns about Enhancements Destroying human nature? o Nature is intangible Inequality and unfairness Complicity with suspect norms (social norms that reinforce social equality such as race, gender, class) o People who are taller in this society have more social privileges (suspect norm that can be changed by enhancement drug) o Viagra o Stronger is better—HGH, steroids o Race—skin whitening. People make choices to engage with technology to escape social norms. By making these choices, social norms and the inequality in them are reinforced. Individual vs. Social good o Escaping stigma=reinforcing social inequalities Corporate driven norms Medicalization - process by which more and more problems of everyday are defined as medical entities (without any unique expertise) Two Processes 1) Conditions-medical meaning 2) Medical practice to eliminate experiences defined as “deviant” o Sexual dissatisfactions become “sexual dysfunctions” o Biological explanations, not social
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