Why Upgrading Your Brain Could Make you Less Human

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In this essay for Aeon, Michael Bess presents some of the ways future brain-enhancing technologies could be dehumanizing. 

“But if we’re not careful, we ignore the fact that these ‘products’ are altering key aspects of a human being’s selfhood. Without realising it, we drift into an instrumental mode of thought, which would reduce a person to the sum total of her modified or unmodified traits. We could lose sight of the individual’s intrinsic value and dignity, and start comparing people as if they were used vehicles in a car lot.”

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