Dr. Gregory Stock's levelheaded look at the hotpoints where tech and ethics connect (or short circuit) have made him a popular guest on TV and radio. He directs the Program on Science, Technology, and Society at UCLA.
Bestselling author and lecturer Gregory Stock examines the evolutionary significance of technological progress. His 1993 book, Metaman, looks (optimistically) toward a future where the symbiotic relationship between human culture and technology increasingly resembles a "superorganism" that can respond, as a whole, to crises like global warming. 2003's Redesigning Humans poses the alluring -- and sometimes frightening -- possibility that human biology will soon become customizable: no mere question of availability, but a matter of personal choice.
Stock's other work includes Engineering the Human Germline, which looks at the implications of controlled evolution, and a set of perpetually-bestselling tabletop conversation-starters, the flagship of which is The Book of Questions.
"Stock sees the cloning controversy as a distraction from issues of real importance, such as balancing offspring trait selection against eugenics. [He writes with] the clarity and precision of a philosopher."Rob Lightner
“The lines are going to blur — and they already are, between therapy and enhancement, between treatment and prevention, between need and desire.”
“What if we could unravel aging and understand it — begin to retard the process or even reverse it?”