Author Affiliation: Rockefeller University,
New York, NY.
In retrospect, I realize that it was with some reluctance that I had
accepted the commission to compose a futuristically oriented presentation.
In part, had I not used up a self-imposed lifetime quota that goes back over
nearly 50 years? In part, it might expose questionable error or redundancy
in the exercise. Was there anything more to be said that had not been explored
many times over? Molecular biotechnologies had reached such a state of potential
power that there might be no limit to the possible. Did that need further
recitation? It then occurred to me that however problematic the product, there
might be merit in a process (call it a game) that would stretch my own imagination,
and that of readers.
Lederberg J. Metaphysical Games: An Imaginary Lecture on Crafting Earth's Biological Future. JAMA. 2005;294(11):1415-1417. doi:10.1001/jama.294.11.1415