A foray into the poetry of transhumanism
Now for something completely different – at least for BioEdge: bioethics-inspired poetry. Johann Roduit sent us some thoughts in verse about “enhancement, transhumanism, immortality … “ Dr Roduit is Managing Director of the Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine, at the University of Zurich, in Switzerland.
A creature of clay. I am
Shattered so easily.
Facing Pompeii's destiny.
A man of steel. I desire
An artificial heart.
Chasing the philosopher’s stone.
A ghost in a shell. I become
Deprived of my flesh.
Dissolving under Icarus’ sun.
A creature of steel. I remain
Hoping for the Potter’s breath.
“Digital Dust” was first published in the journal Medical Humanities.
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