Today at Public Discourse:
What are we to make of this new man-made man? Is he what one commentator called a “walking, talking, blood pumping vision of our medical future?” Some might think that Rex and his various organs blur the line between nature and artifice. How do we compare “the patchwork assembly of parts,” as Meyer himself called Rex, with a unified, living organism, in this case, a human being? Surely, Rex is one thing, but is the bionic man a unity in the same way that a human being is a unity? And does it make a difference?