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Originalaufgabe: Textproduktion: Comment "Elective Performance Enhancement Surgery For Athletes"


Task

  1. In his book Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution, Francis Fukuyama1 raises the broader issue of performance enhancement: “The original purpose of medicine is to heal the sick, not turn healthy people into gods.” Benedict Carey: Brain Enhancement Is Wrong, Right? In: The New York Times from March 9, 2008

Discuss the statement and refer to dystopian models of society discussed in class.
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  1. One person who posted anonymously on the Chronicle of Higher Education2 Website said that a daily regimen of three 20-milligram doses of Adderall3 transformed his career: “I’m not talking about being able to work longer hours without sleep (although that helps),” the posting said. “I’m talking about being able to take on twice the responsibility, work twice as fast, write more effectively, manage better, be more attentive, devise better and more creative strategies.” Benedict Carey: Brain Enhancement Is Wrong, Right? In: The New York Times from March 9, 2008

Discuss the statement and refer to dystopian models of society discussed in class.                                                                                                                                                                                            (35 BE)

 

Annotations:

1      Francis Fukuyama – professor of political science at John Hopkins University

2      Chronicle of Higher Education – a newspaper/website on college education

      3      Adderall – a frequently used amphetamine

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