Self-eugenics: the creeping illusioning of identity from neurobiology to newgenics

Winter 2006

Stafford identifies the biomedical reconceptualisation of the organism by computational science and ‘knowledge engineering’ as a synthetic medium. She explores our attitudes to the body in areas from genetics to consciousness and how they are influenced by this, specifically with regard to the use of performance-enhancing technologies and the culture of self-perfection. The article concludes by suggesting Gunther von Hagen’s ‘Bodyworlds’ exhibition as representative of self-perfecting therapies, and thus transcendence seeking.

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