From neurobiology to genetics to information technology, we're now living at a time of rapidly unfolding revolutions in science.
These discoveries are not just changing the way we live and die, but have the potential to explode old ways of looking at ourselves. Neuroscience is taking away the illusion of an essential self. Genetics has shown us just how close we are to other life forms, how we've even incorporated DNA from unexpected places into our own, and become inextricably dependent upon it. In the race to build computers that can think like humans, technology continues to raise new questions about what we are; and indeed what we are not.
As scientific understandings continue to seep into culture, what impact will they have on our view of what it is to be human?
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