How to Grow a Human - Adventures in Who We Are and How We Are Made

Author(s): Philip Ball

Science

A cutting-edge examination of what it means to be human and to have a 'self' in the face of new scientific developments in genetic editing, cloning and neural downloading.


After seeing his own cells used to grow clumps of new neurons - essentially mini-brains - Philip Ball begins to examine the concepts of identity and consciousness. Delving into humanity's deep evolutionary past to look at how complex creatures like us emerged from single-celled life, he offers a new perspective on how humans think about ourselves.


In an age when we are increasingly encouraged to regard the 'self' as an abstract sequence of genetic information, or as a pattern of neural activity that might be 'downloaded' to a computer, he return us to the body - to flesh and blood - and anchors a conception of personhood in this unique and ephemeral mortal coil. How to Build a Human brings us back to ourselves - but in doing so, it challenges old preconceptions and values. It asks us to rethink how we exist in the world.


Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780008331818
  • : HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • : Harper Element
  • : March 2020
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Philip Ball
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 384