• by Bill McKibben
  • Narrated by Bill McKibben
  • 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

We are on the verge of crossing a line - from born to made, from created to built. Sometimes in the next few years, a scientist will reprogram a human egg or sperm cell, spawning a genetic change that will be passed down into eternity. We are sleepwalking toward the future, and it's time to open our eyes. Bill McKibben, examines the dangers inherent in an array of technologies that threaten not just our survival, but our identity. Imagine a future where lab workers can reprogram human embryos to make our children "smarter" or "more sociable" or "happier." Some researchers are doing more than imagining this future; they've begun to plan for a not-very-distant day when people merge with machines to create a "posthuman" world. Enough examines such possibilities, and explains how we can avoid their worst consequences while still enjoying the fruits of our new scientific understandings. McKibben argues that only by staying human can we find true meaning in our lives. A warning against the gravest dangers humans have ever faced, this wise and eloquent work is also a passionate defense of the world we were born into, and a celebration of our ability to say, "Enough."


What the Critics Say

"Readers will come away from his latest brilliantly provocative work shaking their heads at the possible future he portrays... This is a brilliant book that deserves a wide readership." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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The world is fine. Why try to improve it?

A collection of shaky arguments about why Bill thinks "the world is just fine the way it is."

The connectedness arguement:
I feel connected in some way to all of humanity. If we meddle with our progeny on a molecular level will they still feel connected?

The devaluation argument:
If we tinker with our kids to give them a hightened intelligence or physical edurance etc. doesn't that in some way devalue any contributions they make?

The commodity argument:
Sure we can erradicate cystic fibrosis, but because the same technology can be used to potentially make superficial alterations (such as height, hair color etc) we should not use the technology because those uses are illegitimate.

Bill borrows heavily from other writers who are more technically knowlegeable on the subject. I found Lee M. Silver's "Remaking Eden" somewhat meatier if not a bit more fanciful toward the end.
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- Ross

Well read, well thought out

Bill McKibben takes on the topic of genetic modification, nanotechnology and robotics and sets them contextually in the scheme of human development. He alleges that we are at the elbow of a geometric expansion of technology, and at the verge of taking a huge and dangerous step with the modification of not only human genetics but with the manipulation of all matter on earth. For those who are wondering if cloning is a good idea, if genetically "improving" humans is near at hand, and for those interested in having children, this is a must-read book and/or must-listen audiobook
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- A Writer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-02-2003
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio