More Human Than Human Essay

2314 Words Nov 11th, 2011 10 Pages
Daylan T Boutte
D. Compton
English 101-A51
Essay
15 February 2011
More Human than Human Technology has advanced by leaps and bounds over the past twenty years. What was once considered science fiction is now yesterday’s headlines. In just a hundred and fifty years we have gone from the first combustion-powered motor vehicle to space exploration and now we are managing our lives from handheld mobile devices. So let’s face it, technology evolves at a faster rate than humans. In fact it moves at such a rapid pace that it may even surpass our moral compass in its application. In the essays, Cure or Quest for Perfection? by Goodman and Designer Genes by McKibben the authors present the possibility of genetic testing and cloning
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499). She doesn’t give the reader and fact, statistics or polls to support her argument, just her own opinion. Although she is leading the reader to believe that she condones therapeutic cloning, she leaves them with a moral question. What about the embryo? This controversial science uses early-stage embryos in their research. This opens the door to a flood of questions like, “Is an embryo an unborn child (Goodman pg.499)? Does life being at conception? “Does this cluster of cells have equal or greater moral weight than a suffering adult” (Goodman pg. 499)? Questions like these and more are not only being asked by bioethics groups but religious groups as well.
Goodman uses Pathos throughout her whole essay. If her readers have a sick child or relative they will identify with her argument emotionally. Rhetorically speaking in cases of morals and ethics this would be the best way to deliver your argument. These question focus more on the readers’ perception of life and its complexities and are not easily supported by statistics or facts. Everyone views and perceptions are unique to themselves. Therefore the argument will affect them differently. Goodman implies this when she states, “In the bioethics debate that goes on inside our own heads, most Americans sense that the embryo is neither a child

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