Thursday, November 01, 2007

Rapture - How Biotech Became The New Religion

I've mentioned this before, but I think there are changes on the horizon that are going to make today's "culture wars" over things like stem cells and abortion look like childish pursuits in comparison.

So I've been on a tear trying to catch up on the who, the how, etc, and so have been trying to fit in a few books on transhumanism. This book covers the personalities behind these changes - the people on the fringe, the authors that inspired them, and the people in mainstream science that are on the forefront of manifesting these things.

It tends to jump around a bit more than I'd like, but it does try to cover a lot of territory in just over 200 pages, so that may be why. Given the range trying to be covered, it could have been doubled in size, I think.

Interestingly, the book talks about Venter a lot, and he was just on the Colbert Report this week. Go figure.

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