[extropy-chat] POL: World Watch on Transhumanism

Natasha Vita-More natasha at natasha.cc
Sat Mar 10 17:47:47 UTC 2007

In case no one posted this already:

Feature Articles "Our Biopolitical Future: Four Scenarios"  by

Richard Hayes

"Emerging genetic technologies could radically reshape the world, for good 
or ill.

"Most of us would enjoy being healthier, smarter, more attractive, and 
longer-lived. But we also know there can be too much of a good thing. If 
we're overweight it makes sense to reduce, but anorexia can be lethal. A 
nice haircut can make us feel good, but repeated, expensive cosmetic 
surgery can bring more complications than complements. Most of us 
understand this and learn to lead full and productive lives within the 
natural range of diversity that comes with being human.

"But what if that natural range of diversity no longer applied? What if it 
were possible to radically enhance our looks, brains, athletic abilities, 
and life span, with, say, injections of customized genes? What if we could 
design our children with chromosomes purchased from a catalogue?"


<http://www.natasha.cc/>Natasha <http://www.natasha.cc/>Vita-More
PhD Candidate, <http://www.planetary-collegium.net/about/>Planetary Collegium
Proactionary Principle Core Group, <http://www.extropy.org/>Extropy 
Member, <http://www.profuturists.com/>Association of Professional Futurists
Founder, <http://www.transhumanist.biz/>Transhumanist Arts & Culture
Advisory Committee, <http://www.pietronigro.com/zgac/>Zero Gravity Arts 

If you draw a circle in the sand and study only what's inside the circle, 
then that is a closed-system perspective. If you study what is inside the 
circle and everything outside the circle, then that is an open system 
perspective. - Buckminster Fuller

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