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Book Review: "Enough: Staying Human In And Engineered Age" Written By Bill Mc Kibben

2160 words - 9 pages

Over the years humanity has experienced a significant increase in the world population, and today that number continues to rise. With an increase in people, the demand for food goes up tremendously. Agricultural science has continuously developed new technologies that have enhanced the efficiency and value of agricultural production. Although the enhancements increase the production of agricultural goods, it’s important to understand the impacts it has on our environment and food system. In this book review, I will discuss both the cultural and natural dimensions of Agricultural Biotechnology, and how it relates to our current problems in Human Relations. I will also provide personal insights and feelings in regards to the book titled Enough: Staying Human in and Engineered Age written by Bill Mckibben. I will discuss the dynamics of the book and present specific evidence and quotes from the book to support my statements and feelings I have toward the book.
I chose to do a book review on the book titled Enough: Staying Human in and Engineered Age written by Bill McKibben because I believe it is relevant to what I’ve been learning in Current Problems in Human Relations course. In this book, the author, Bill McKibben discusses different components of new technological advancements such as, the current development of biotechnology, genetic engineering, nanotechnology, and the creation of robotic technology, and he fears that if these new technologies are not controlled, they will most certainly change our natural way of life. Bill McKibben argues that we all have the ability to limit ourselves and realize when something is good and when something is bad or wrong. “We need to do an unlikely thing: we need to survey the world we now inhabit and proclaim it good. Good enough. [….] We need to declare that we have enough stuff. Enough intelligence. Enough capability. Enough. (McKibben, 2003, p. 109).” Once we have come to the realization that we are satisfied with what we already have, we can then assert that we have enough stuff to survive. At this point, we can think of the many things we can do as human beings to make our world a better place to live in, rather than trying to keep up with the newest technological advancements.
Throughout the book, Bill McKibben takes a closer look into the possible consequences brought forth by these new technologies, and his perspectives really had me thinking about the prospects of our future. For an example, when Bill McKibben discussed genetic engineering, I was aware of what it was, but I was unaware of the severity and extent of it. It was hard for me to fathom parents wanting to alter their child’s DNA in order to increase their child’s chances of a successful future. Not only is this unethical in my eyes, but it doesn’t give a fair shot to the children whose parents could not afford to alter their DNA. The GenPoor, as McKibben (2003) refers to the “individuals who are not financially able to afford...

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