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The Catman Cometh

Among the Transhumanists.

Jun 26, 2006, Vol. 11, No. 39 • By WESLEY J. SMITH
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But, as Roseanne Roseannadanna used to say, "If it's not one thing, it's another." Even if cancer is eradicated and the aging process slows, other afflictions will do the job. Just read the headlines: After 25 years, we still can't cure AIDS. Antibiotics are beginning to fail. That endlessly incipient bird flu pandemic could actually appear. All of the fantasizing about living forever and morphing into "post-biological units" won't change the hard fact that we are born to die. Far better, then, to embrace our fully human lives than to seek in vain for a post-human future that will never come.

Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture. He is the author of Forced Exit: Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide, and the New Duty to Die.