Abstract Archive

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When Nature isn't wise: evolutionary medicine and human enhancement

Authors: A. Sandberg, N. Bostrom

Human beings are a marvel of evolved complexity. Such systems can be difficult to improve upon. When we manipulate complex evolved systems which are poorly understood, our interventions often fail or backfire. It can appear as if there is a "wisdom of nature" which we ignore at our peril. Sometimes the belief in nature's wisdom -- and corresponding doubts about the prudence of tampering with nature, especially human nature -- manifest as diffusely moral objections against enhancement.

Keywords: evolution enhancement, "changed trade-offs", "value discordance", "evolutionary restrictions",