The new Bionic Woman (played by Michele Ryan) improves on the original conceits. Besides getting a bionic arm, ear and legs, she gets a bionic eye, “Matrix”-style kung fu skills and a dystopic urban setting. Her campiness has been rewired into a platform for exploring existential meta-questions, like: Is it creepy to be entirely rebuilt by your boyfriend (even if he is a brilliant bioethicist/surgeon)?
Replaceable You - Autografting, allografting, xenotransplants, implants, tissue engineering.
Is It Safe for a Biologist to Support Cryonics Publicly?
A lot of people say to me, “Well, hang on. It’s a hard enough battle as it is, trying to get this radical life extension field to work. It was a pretty damn controversial field as it stands. You know, supporting cryonics publicly as well, surely you’re making life even harder for yourself.” I respect this argument very strongly, but I feel from experience that propounding a point-of-view that is extreme but is logically coherent is actually more productive in the long-run than propounding a point-of-view that is mealy-mouthed. What I am trying to say in this slide is that you should not treat the battles that you fight, in terms of controversy, as being independent from each other. Expediency, the attempt to sound reasonable but to pull the wool over people’s eyes, that tends to get spotted these days.
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