The Family, Where to? From the „Solid” Perspective to „Liquid” Perspective

Loredana VLAD

Abstract


The development of techniques and technologies nowadays offers multiple options on how we wish to live our lives, to improve the unwanted aspects of our bodies, to edit our genes in order for our offspring to be more resistant to diseases or to prolongue our lives by loading our consciousness into a digital device. The new technologies and the emergence of the Internet changed the way in which the individual relates with the others. The access to information is much easier, and this aspect led to a change in the individual’s behaviour, the family also suffering transformations. For example, the social networks and the dating websites offer the individual the possibility to choose a partner based on characteristics such as the zodiac sign, hair or eye color, preferences, etc. In our paper we wish to analyse the transformations that might take place in the family considering the new scientific discoveries in reproduction in the transhumanist context. One of the scenarios who sparked controversies is the fact that due to the new medical technologies, there might be possible to create individuals from cells harvested from two persons of the same sex, but also to create embryos from the cells of the same person (solo-reproduction) (Cutas, Smajor, 2016). 

How to cite:  Vlad, L. (2017). The Family, Where to? From the „Solid” Perspective to „Liquid” Perspective. Postmodern Openings, 8(1), 67-80, http://dx.doi.org/10.18662/po/2017.0801.06


Keywords


Solid and liquid perspective, family, sex, reproduction, human species.

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