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20-11-2019 | Discussion Note | Issue 3/2019

NanoEthics 3/2019

Altered Mortality: Why the Quest for Immortality is Regaining Visibility in the Media

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NanoEthics > Issue 3/2019
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Mirko Daniel Garasic
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Abstract

Media carry the message of the scientific community into the wider world, though sometimes it would be more appropriate to say: of a certain scientific group. For the field of bioethics, this is particularly true. From films such as Gattaca to TV series like Black Mirror, the relationship between science and science fiction appears evidently bidirectional. This relationship is not new of course, but this paper discusses quasi-science-fictional experiments such as that of Sergio Canavero and the recent TV series Altered Carbon through the lenses of the philosophical background they both rely on: immortality is achievable—and it should be sought with vehemence. At least by the rich.

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