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The rather more futuristic-sounding concept of transhumanism – the idea that every human should have the right to enhance themselves beyond the so-called “norm” through science and technology – was the subject under scrutiny at a debate this week at the British Science Association Festival in Brighton.

The big question being posed: do we all have the right to enhance our bodies as technology and pharmaceuticals will allow, or is that immoral? As the probably over-used term has it, would that be “playing God”? And who gets to decide?

First we should be frank about what is a correction – a medical fix – and what is an enhancement.

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