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Moral Enhancement

Executive Director of the IEET, James Hughes, discuses moral enhancement with Adam Ford of The Rational Future published on April 4th of 2014.

James Hughes Ph.D., the Executive Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, is a bioethicist and sociologist at Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut where he teaches health policy and serves as Director of Institutional Research and Planning. He holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of Chicago, where he also taught bioethics at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. Dr. Hughes is author of Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future , and is working on a second book tentatively titled Cyborg Buddha


The concept of "Moral Enhancement" always makes me leery, because it necessarily entails there being someone to *decide* "moral". Giving someone the keys to *enforce* their ideas thereof is not to be trusted.

I tend more toward the "polite society" form of enforcing moral behavior (as in the old saying, "An armed society is..."). A society of superbeings will not likely tolerate a victimizer among them, nor will they tolerate the dominion of self-styled "betters" whose monopoly on power allows them to decide what is "right".
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