[ExI] Taxonomy of Human Enhancement

Natasha Vita-More natasha at natasha.cc
Mon Jan 9 13:03:49 UTC 2012

Human enhancement is a different concept than life extension, although it
can include it but does not have to, whereas life extension must include
enhancement. Fedorov was passionate about resurrecting the dead and Finot
envisioned humans creating new life forms on the molecular level, he neither
wrote about "human enhancement".  Funny you should mention Ilia though
because yesterday we were working on a project for the upcoming Israel
festival on radical life extension. :-)  

Anyway, thanks but I need to know where the phrase "human enhancement"
originated because it has matured into a possible field and no one has
written about this and it would be good to credit the folks who came up with
it.  I suppose it could as Roco and Bainbridge since they developed NBIC (as
far as I know, but someone please correct me if I am wrong.)


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2012/1/9 Natasha Vita-More wrote:
> If anyone knows where human enhancement, as a phrase that refers to life
> extension, elevating the human condition, and uploading, please let me

I think this might help.


Life extension – a conservative enterprise? Some fin-de-siècle and
early twentieth-century precursors of transhumanism
Ilia Stambler


 The beginning of the modern period in the pursuit of radical human
enhancement and longevity can be traced to fin-de-siècle/early
twentieth-century scientific and technological optimism and
therapeutic activism. The works of several authors of the period –
Fedorov, Stephens, Bogdanov, Nietzsche and Finot – reveal conflicting
ideological and social pathways toward the goals of human enhancement
and life extension.

(Also see list of references at the end of the document).


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