Institute of Ideas and Prospect present
A PUBLIC DEBATE:
A Posthuman Future from the end of history to the end
of human nature?
Examining the social and political implications of human genetics.
Francis Fukuyama, author of The End of History, and now Our
Gregory Stock, author of
Redesigning Humans and former biotechnology advisor to President
(Both books are published by Profile
Books, May 2002)
Chaired by Jonathan Dimbleby
Panel of discussants:
Bryan Appleyard, Sunday
Times and author of Brave New Worlds: Genetics and the
Mike Dexter, Director of
the Wellcome Trust
Raanan Gillon GP, Emeritus
Professor of Medical Ethics at Imperial College London
What is going to happen
to equality of opportunity when a non-musically enhanced child
aspires to be a musician, which has become not just the territory
of a guild of musicians, but of a subspecies of musicians whose
total genetic identity is tied up in that form of life?
Enhancement is not wrong,
and when such possibilities become safe and reliable, large numbers
of people will seek them.
When it comes to children, I
trust the judgment of individual parents more than that of political
or judicial panels.
Date: Thursday 30 May
Time: 7.00pm (doors open from 6.00pm)
Location: Logan Hall, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford
Way, London, WC1H
Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions). For disabled
access telephone in advance.
Telephone: (10am-8pm, Monday-Friday):
0207 269 9230/9229/9227/9220
Post/fax booking form: www.instituteofideas.com
Supported by: The Wellcome
Trust, Discovery Networks Europe, and Novartis
In association with: Profile
Books, the British Association, Cheltenham Festival of Science,
Imperial College of Science and Technology, Naked Science at the
Science Museum, the Royal Institution and the Social Issues Research