Human Enhancement

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My research interest in human enhancement began as an undergraduate, studying the science of sport, where it became apparent that elite athletes were outlyers in our trajectory towards enhancement. Not only did some of them break the rules of their community to pursue victory, they were also accompanied by an entire world of experts whose job was to help them transcend human limits.

This work very quickly grew into a broader focus on the ethics and cultural study of human enhancement. At the turn of the century, the human genome project and the growing shift in language within research and medicine to think of aging as a disease rather than just something that people encounter as they grow old, focused my work on the range of ways that humanity could be made more resilient and more biologically adapable by way of human enhancements.

Over the years, I have written about various kinds of enhancement, from memory deletion to genetic modification and I’ve published in journals of law, philosophy, cultural studies, sociology and science. After completing my PhD on Bioethics & Sport in 2002, I undertook a Master degree in Medical Law, which really brought home how crucial it is for these discussions to borrow from different disciplinary insights. Since then, I have been involved with a range of international projects, focused on human enhancement.

To see more of my contributions on this area, take a look at this category on Human Enhancement. 

Key recent publications

Miah, A. (2014) Bioarte: Actuacion Transhumana y Posthumana, in Figueroa Sarriera, H.J., Gordon Lopez, A., and de Rivera, A. Teknokultua Entre Dos Siglos: Technociencia, Arte, y Cultura, Madrid, Catarata, p.79-99.

Miah, A. (2013) Justifying Human Enhancement: The Accumulation of Biocultural Capital, in More, M. & Vita More, N. (Eds) The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future, Oxford: Wiley Blackwell.

Miah, A. (2011) Ethical Issues Raised by Human Enhancements, in: Gonzalez, F. Ethics and Values for the 21st Century, BBVA Spain, 199-233 [Also in Spanish].

Miah, A. (2011) The Future of Musical Intelligence, in Miranda, E. Mozart Reloaded. Sargasso Publishing.

Miah, A. (2011) Physical Enhancement: The State of the Art, in Savulescu, J., Meulen, R.T., & Kahane, G. Enhancing Human Capacities. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, pp.266-273.

Miah, A. (2011) Bioethical Concerns in a Culture of Human EnhancementIn Bouchard, C. & Hoffman, E. Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine, Genetic and Molecular Aspects of Sport Performance. Lausanne, International Olympic Committee, 383-392.