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                        Technology and Human Responsibility
    
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    Issue #102     A Publication of The Nature Institute     February 16, 2000
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                Editor:  Stephen L. Talbott (stevet@netfuture.org)
    
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    CONTENTS
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    Editor's Note
    
    Quotes and Provocations
       Tinkering with Ourselves
    
    The Many Voices of Destiny (Stephen L. Talbott)
       When the stones themselves threaten to cry out
    
    On the New Eugenics (Stephen L. Talbott)
       What is it that people do?
    
    DEPARTMENTS
    
    Correspondence
       Solutions as Problems (Alexander Carpenter)
       Technologists May Be Impervious to Rational Argument (Van Wishard)
       We Need More Than a Loving Discourse (Raul Huerta)
    
    Announcements and Resources
       Wild Duck Review
    
    About this newsletter
    
    
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                                  EDITOR'S NOTE
    
    The next couple of issues I'll be giving you a little respite from the
    "ubiquitous technology" series.
    
    Whether or not you can read the review of Martha Beck's Expecting Adam in
    this issue, don't deny yourself the experience of the book itself.  It is
    a revelation I would put in the same class as Jacques Lusseyran's And
    There Was Light (NF #92), utterly different as the two books are.  They
    are both about unexpected grace arriving in the form of "disaster".
    
    SLT
    
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                             QUOTES AND PROVOCATIONS
    
    
    Tinkering with Ourselves
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    It's easy to wonder whether the more extreme visions of a genetically
    engineered society are mere shock tactics to encourage the sale of books,
    or instead the best indication we have of a deep cultural current whose
    drift is so far recognized only by a few.  But without doubt the holders
    of these visions claim to descry something deep and significant, reaching
    all the way to the roots of our own identity.  It seems foolish not to
    take at least occasional note of their words.
    
    With that in mind, I offer here a brief collection of extreme visions.
    They were gathered by Richard Hayes, an environmental activist and
    doctoral candidate in Energy and Resources at the University of
    California, Berkeley.  These quotations appeared along with an interview
    of Hayes in the Summer, 1999 issue of Wild Duck Review.  (If you
    are as benighted as I have been and do not know about Wild Duck
    Review, please see the notice about it in "Announcements and
    Resources" below.  It is a remarkable publication that will doubtless
    appeal to a high percentage of NetFuture readers.)
    
    Lee Sil