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Mirashi Sushrut Mirashi ENGW 1111 NUID: 001414169 Professor Clark  October 10, 2018 Enough Response Summary Draft Technology is a human created phenomenon that, ever since its creation, has been growing at an exponential rate. Thanks to the recent development in biotechnology as every day passes the line between technology and humanity blurs. Enough, by Bill McKibben, is a book which seeks to question the direction humanity is taking technology, or vice versa. It discusses several topics such as genetic engineering, genetically modified offspring and the ethicality and morality of gene modification with the human race. While it may seem that the book is a discussion of these topics it is more often than not a forum for McKibben to deliver his anti-gene modification agenda to the book’s readers. He constantly highlights the negative impacts of gene modification. McKibben attempts to get his point across to the reader but heavily relies on personal anecdotal experience and often fails to make sound logical arguments. Even though he does make several valid and pertinent points, their relevance and importance are often masked by the lack of structure in his writing which at times leads the reader to be confused. In the book, McKibben states that the essence or the humane part of sports will morph into something synthetic. Racing and competitive sports will lose the element of “the test, the challenge, the celebration that athletics represent” (McKibben 6). He states how if children’s features are modified genetically then celebrating ‘human excellence’ would become 1
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Mirashi pointless and it would simply be a competition of who had the better biotech sponsor. Sports would essentially become meaningless as the meaning and passion and hard work would be replaced with genetic engineering. According to him racing will become about who is the better engine rather than the better athlete (McKibben 5). We will not know if an athlete’s success is due to his “hard training” and “character” or because the gene pack inside him is “pumping out more red blood cells” than his opponent. The difference between human grit and engineering excellence will essentially be unidentifiable.
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