Recently we were host to Professor Julian Savulescu, who’s talk on the need for moral enhancement of the human race sparked much conversation among the attendees. (See Alex’s comment on the previous post on this and at the end of the talk in the video for some Q&A). It’s this very conversation that Savulescu and others in practical ethics community seek to promote. To arrive at coherent system of ethics requires many voices to be heard. It’s important too that those voices come with nuanced approaches to frequently complex issues because black and white responses are all too often ill-considered and polarising.
We hope you enjoy this talk (in 2 parts) but remember it is just the tip of the iceberg in what can be learned in this area. Savulescu has spent years considering the matters he raises in depth which can be seen in his books Unfit for the Future and Human Enhancement (editor). We encourage the reading of these, the Expanding Circle by Peter Singer and a few of the neuroscience books that are coming out examining how our ethical brain works. Embiggen Books would like to thank Adam Ford in helping to make the night happen.
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Lastly we’d like to point the reader to a video of Peter Singer and Sam Harris in conversation engaging with the naturalistic fallacy that Savulescu makes reference too in answering the first question after his talk.