Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
Kass set forth his basic ethical views in Toward a
More Natural Science, which I highly recommended here in 1985.1 In that book, and in this new volume, Kass passionately
argues that in achieving what we seem to want, including much better health,
a much longer life, and psychological pleasure, we will find ourselves "dehumanized."
He thinks we are inexorably slipping toward Huxley's brave new world, in which
rigidly class-constructed humans are artificially gestated while being conditioned
to be content with their lot in life. Our reductive science, which concentrates
on how living things work rather than on what they are, will inevitably lead,
Kass believes, to
Annas GJ. Ethics. JAMA. 2003;289(21):2869-2870. doi:10.1001/jama.289.21.2869