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Challenging Nature The Clash Between Biotechnology and Spirituality

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ISBN-10: 0060582685

ISBN-13: 9780060582685

Edition: N/A

Authors: Lee M. Silver

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Stem cell research, genetically modified crops, animals developed with personalized human organs for transplantation, and other previously inconceivable biotech applications could increase the quality of all human lives and maximize the health of the biosphere. But ironically, as the science becomes more precise and transparent, it also becomes more contentious. In Challenging Nature, Silver argues that although they seem to have little in common, Christian fundamentalists opposed to embryo research and New Age organic food devotees are both driven by a deeply rooted fear that biotechnology-in some guise-challenges the sovereignty of a higher or deeper transcendent authority. In the short…    
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Book details

List price: $15.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 8/7/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Prologue
Spirits
Soul and Spirit Stories
Science, Faith, and Religion
Spiritual Categories
A Scientific Critique of the Soul
The Origin of Spiritual Beliefs
Human Beings
Not Quite Human, but Not Quite Not
The Embryonic Soul
The Politics of Cloning
Counting Souls
Human-Animal Combinations
Mother Nature
Metaphor and Reality
Darwin's Unwanted Explanation
Organic, All-Natural Food
All-Natural Medicine
Biotechnology and the Biosphere
In the Service of Humankind
The Battle for Mother Nature's Genes
Paradise Lost and Gained
The Final Chapter?
Culture, Religion, and Ethics
Technology
Magic and the future of the Hurrion Soul
Acknowledgments
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index