[ExI] ExtroBritannia's December event
estropico at gmail.com
Tue Dec 2 14:13:35 UTC 2008
Transhumanims: Arguably the world's most important idea in the coming ten
The next ExtroBritannia event is scheduled for Saturday December the 13th
2008; 2:00pm - 4:00pm. Venue: Room 539, 5th floor (via main lift), Main
Building, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square, London WC1E 7HX
The event is free and everyone's welcome.
What is the idea that most deserves support and publicity, over (say) the
next ten years, in order to best allow individuals and societies to avoid
nightmare scenarios and to achieve optimal outcomes? Various people might
pick ideas such as democracy, free-market economics, rationalism, the
"precautionary principle", sustainable living, globalisation,
anti-globalisation, carbon emission trading, open source, and web 2.0.
Instead, this meeting will examine the case in favour of transhumanism.
Transhumanism is more than a fondness for technology, and a willingness to
endorse the thoughtful application of technology within society.
Transhumanism is also a view about what it means to be human, and an
affirmation of radical evolution. It is no wonder that some elements of
society find transhumanism to be threatening.
The meeting will also look at some current major risks faced by society:
religion-inspired terrorism, the global economic crisis, the potential for
rapid discontinuous climate change, and threats to existing social norms
caused by rapidly improving technology. Is transhumanism relevant to these
larger matters, or is it in some ways a kind of distraction – "opium for the
The discussion will be led by David Wood <http://www.dw2-0.com/>. The intent
is to provoke a stimulating and deeply illuminating debate – and ideally to
reach some views about "what next?"
If you're interested in ideas such as the Technological Singularity, Life
Extension, Radical Evolution, Intelligence Augmentation, Nano-scale
Engineering, or Geo-scale Engineering, but are unsure how credible and
relevant these ideas are, you will probably find this discussion rewarding!
The meeting is organised by the UKTA (Extrobritannia), the United Kingdom
Transhumanist Association. There is no charge to attend and everyone is
Why not join some of the UKTA regulars for a light lunch beforehand, any
time after 12.30pm, in The Marlborough Arms, 36 Torrington Place, London
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