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The Proactionary critical debates the idea that of remodeling human nature, together with such thorny subject matters as humanity's privilege as a species, our potential to 'play God', the concept that we would deal with our genes as a capital funding, eugenics and what it can suggest to be 'human' within the context of dicy medical and technological interventions.
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There is no doubt that the scale and scope of ‘big business’ has contributed significantly, especially in the twentieth century, to fuelling scientific ambitions and human aspirations, often in the face of active resistance from academia. And no doubt much of the resulting research – ranging from molecular biology to organizational sociology – has advanced the public good. e. where the state does not play an active role in overseeing intellectual property transactions) may eventuate in corporate ownership of even human reproductive capacities.
But the motto in all these cases is the same: ‘No pain, no gain’. However, as the provocative self-styled ‘black swan detector’ Nicholas Taleb (2012) would put it, well-bounded disciplines (à la Kuhnian paradigms) and well-managed firms can easily turn ‘fragile’ in a technical sense: their reliability depends on the extent to which they control their environments and hence focus on ‘known unknowns’ but not ‘unknown unknowns’. The ‘known unknowns’ are captured by the classic laboratory set-up, in which variables are clearly identified and experimental outcomes are explicable in terms of them, albeit in ways that may falsify the hypotheses under consideration.
1956). Their work left the impression that the sect had developed a defence mechanism, ‘sweet lemons’ as Elster (1983) memorably called it (the converse of ‘sour grapes’), which allowed them to cope with the falsification with minimal adjustment to their core beliefs. However, closer attention to the details of the sect’s behaviour suggests that its members engaged in what metaphysicians call a ‘modal’ analysis of their beliefs – that is, the sect interrogated what remained possible, impossible, necessary and contingent within their belief system after the falsification.