The haphazard re-engineering of human nature

It seems feasible that over the coming century human nature will be scientifically remodelled. If so, it will be done haphazardly, as an upshot of struggles in the murky realm where big business, organized crime, and the hidden parts of government vie for control. If the human species is re-engineered it will not be the result of humanity assuming a godlike control of its destiny. It will be another twist in man’s fate.

John Gray, Straw Dogs, p. 6. This reminds me Rebecca Solnit’s recent essay, which begins:

In or around June 1995 human character changed again. Or rather, it began to undergo a metamorphosis that is still not complete, but is profound – and troubling, not least because it is hardly noted.

She goes on to discuss the ways in which technology has changed us. She notes that this technology is under the control of big business and is being monitored by government spooks. If we are in fact witnessing a significant change in the human species then Gray describes the mode of that change quite well.

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