After the Genome
A Language for Our Biotechnological Future
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Baylor University Press
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We are indebted to Wake Forest University and Baylor University for pro-viding funding that made possible this book, as well as a conference that was held at Wake Forest University, April 11–13, 2013, based on the chap-ters contained in this book. Funding sources from Wake Forest University included the Provost’s Fund, the Department of Communication, the Cen-...
Editors’ Introduction: A Language for Our Biotechnological Future: Rhetoric, Religion,Science, and Ethics
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The rapidity with which biotechnological advances appear and make their way into our lives is changing not just the ways we experience life, but also how we understand ourselves. Many of these same technologies promise, or perhaps threaten, to change the nature of what it means to be human. in its 2003 report titled Beyond Therapy: Biotechnology and the Pursuit of Happi-...
1. Faith in Science: Professional and Public Discourse on Regenerative Medicine
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Despite public and media fascination with the concept of regenerative medi-cine, it is essential that its progress from bench to bedside proceed methodi-cally, with care and circumspection. Five scientific strategies for regenerative medicine are described and discussed in the first part of this chapter. The second part considers two issues. One issue is whether the implications of ...
2. From Arrowsmith to Atwood: How Did We Cometo Disrespect Science?
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A ragged fourteen-year-old girl who has just buried her mother drives the wagon. in the back lie her fevered father and her younger brothers and sis-ters. The father urges her to head to Cincinnati, where they have a relative who might take them in, but the girl replies, “nobody ain’t going to take us in. We’re going on jus’ long as we can. Going West! They’s a whole lot ...
3. The “Warfare” of Science and Religion and Science’s Ethical Profile
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As science grows so also does its public responsibility, but some habits of communication that foster its advancement also diminish its ability to rise to this challenge—of addressing the ethical pressures that science and tech-nology bring upon our world. My aim is to put this problem in historical perspective. i mean to argue two points: first, that scientists often mani-...
4. Is There a Human Nature? An Argument Against Modern Excarnation
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Utopian dreams die hard, this despite the brutal debacles of the twentieth century, undertaken in the sure and certain promise that an earthly uto-pian order was available to us if we were dedicated and ruthless enough to do what was necessary to achieve it. The totalitarian impulse lies behind utopian visions—this impulse does not exhaust what utopian dreams are all ...
5. Crossing Frontiers of Science: Trespassing into a Godless Space or Fulfilling Our Manifest Destiny?
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...in their introductory essay, the editors of this volume turn our attention to the way President George W. Bush’s Council on Bioethics characterized a conflict between science and religion, with the pioneers of biotechnol-ogy pushing limits to cross thresholds, while a religiously oriented ethics constrains the Promethean project by asking us to appreciate the giftedness ...
6. The Angels and Devils of Representing Prozac
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What does it mean, for instance, that my burgeoning contemplative bent does not come directly from God but from Prozac? Might this mean that Prozac is For a period of three years my wife and i had what is usually referred to as a “long-distance relationship.” My wife began a neurology residency at the University of California, San Diego, just as i began a tenure-track position ...
7. “Leave your Medicine Outside”: Bioethics, Spirituality, and the Rhetoric of Appalachian Serpent Handlers
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A lot of people don’t understand us. We are just normal people but we On August 6, , Melinda [Duvall Brown] was bitten by a black tim-ber rattler during services at the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus name in Middlesboro, Kentucky. She was twenty-eight years old and the mother of five. Before she reached for the serpent, she had begun to speak in ...
8. Biovaluable Stories and a narrative Ethics of Reconfigurable Bodies
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The dream is very old. The ancient historian Thucydides describes the curi-ous effect that plague in Athens had on those who survived it. They realized they were now immune, unlikely to contract the disease again, and if they did, unlikely to die. These people then generalized that sense of immunity. Thucydides writes, “They themselves were so elated at the time of their ...
9. Blacks and the Language of Their Biotechnological Future
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...in their introduction to this volume, the thoughtful editors suggest a defini-tion that has biotechnology promising to renew damaged organs, restore lost vision or mobility, and extend life itself. So on its face, the promise stands for an almost majestically positive article of faith about what the future will hold. And yes, there is something religious sounding about the ...
10. Bioethics, Economism, and the Rhetoric of Technological Innovation
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The topic of this volume, “A Language for Our Biotechnological Future,” invites us to explore the rhetorical system within which biomedical technol-ogy is depicted, and to reflect upon what the rhetoric reveals about ourselves and our society. However, we do not talk about biotechnology in a vacuum. Other discourses are already in place and shape the way we think about both ...
11. Technologies of the Self at the End of Life: Pastoral Power and the Rhetoric of Advance Care Planning
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Following the Patient Self-Determination Act (PSDA) of 1990, health care providers and advocacy groups stepped up their efforts to persuade Ameri-cans to specify their end-of-life treatment preferences through advance health care plans before the onset of incapacitating illness.1 nearly thirty years later, in the midst of a protracted debate about his proposed health ...
12. Suffering and the Rhetoric of Care
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Writing in the 1950s, biologist Jean Rostand (1894–1977) imagined an experimentally produced homo biologicus who might say of himself the i am the product of carefully selected semen irradiated with neutrons; my sex was predetermined and i was incubated by a mother who was not mine; i was given injections of hormones and DnA during gestation, and ...
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Page Count: 331
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Studies in Rhetoric and Religion
Series Editor Byline: Martin J. Medhurst, Editorial Board Chair