PanThe New York Times Book ReviewRochman explains all manner of genetic tests, but don’t expect much enlightenment on the ethics. Many arguments are delineated by juxtaposing quotations from experts without any critical assessment of their merits ... surely there is much more to say about degrees of openness and how genetics might or might not fit into those different conceptions...Rochman never goes there.
MixedThe New York Times Book Review\"The book is a wonderful, breezy romp filled with the beginnings of philosophical reflections on the meaning of the techno-utopians’ search for immortality ...But while O’Connell suggestively quotes Rilke, St. Augustine, Gnostic texts and Hannah Arendt in critiquing techno-utopians, he never goes very deep into understanding the pathology driving them. He feels no attraction to their philosophy and notes that his child playing horsy with his wife could not be \'rendered in code. .?.?.Their beauty was bodily, in the most profound sense, in the saddest and most wonderful sense.\' But he fails to translate that feeling into anything approaching a coherent social or ethical critique. This limitation may be most manifest in O’Connell’s failure to mention one of the most disturbing aspects of this immortality mania: its utter selfishness.\