What is the true definition of humanness? With the fast growth of technology it is now developing a new definition to the human identity today.
But the real question which challenges the 21st century is the Christian belief that we are supposedly made in the image of God which should not be altered or tested. ( Lewis. C.S. 2006)
Novelist C.S. Lewis famously wrote that although technology seems to have increased the human races’s capability to subdue nature; ‘what we call man’s power over nature turns out to be a power exercised by as men over other men with nature as its instruments’ (Lewis C.S. 2006).
Moreover theorist Petra Rinkel (Rinkel. P 2009) also believes that in the future neyrotechnogies will alter humaness. This interposition may be seen as self actualisation or more so a personal identity. She continues on by explaining that this depends on the simple concept of the relationship between an individual and society; i.e. an individualist vs society aswell as human and technology i.e. alienation vs enhancement.
This moves me on to the point of cognitive enhancement. Whilst it can be said that certain forms of drugs empowers or uplifts a persons own specifics cognitive abilities, intensifying by brain implants interfaces, signifying to construct straight links to the individual’s mental ability.
The way in which cognitive enhancements manipulate the functioning of a human brain and mind means that the individual’s identity somewhat changes. A clear example of this is a mental illness called ADHD characterised be impulsiveness and various amounts of hypertactivity. All these symptoms are part of our humaness as we go through these behavioural patterns from time to time, however there are some people who impulsively suffer from this where by they have no control over their behaviour and taking medication is a form of controlling them mentally and physically. Hence why some might see this as a form of taking away humanness away from an individual! But surely if it helps them to a certain degree it can be justified? Many believe that tampering with what we call human nature can be, meaning if it helps lives then it can be part of what we define as humanness.
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