Enough by Bill McKibben
THE emerging debate over whether to restrict technolo- gies like cloning and genetic engi- neering, at least one thing is clear: nobody wants to be called a Lud- dite. The original Luddites were 19th-century followers of the pos- sibly mythical Ned Ludd, who is said to have smashed two large weaving frames as a sign of resis- tance to the mechanization of the English textile industry. Nowadays the sobriquet is mostly derogatory, suggesting someone who opposes the development of new technolo- gy out of ignorance, religious zeal, or irrational suspicion of change.
About the Author
Kevin Shapiro is a research fellow in neuroscience and a student at Harvard Medical School.