Sunday, April 29, 2012

Philosophy Wire: Shrinking hearts, the story of modern civilization…

layered-heart-5Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2012-04-29]: A medical trial using electricity to shrink the hearts of patients with heart failure is about to start in Liverpool. It will involve electrically stimulating one of the nerves leading to the heart, which it is hoped could shrink the heart and improve life expectancy [source: BBC News]. Many people say that modern technology has lead to dehumanization. Shrinking hearts are the most elaborate way to verify those fears in a tragically weird way. In some years we will live for 200 years, but without a heart… (or has that happened already?)

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