[ExI] h+ in smithsonian

Natasha Vita-More natasha at natasha.cc
Sun Mar 18 23:42:48 UTC 2012

I think she must have gotten this from some person she interviewed and
paraphrased it without quoting who said it.

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2012/3/18 spike <spike66 at att.net>:

> http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/How-to-Become-the-Enginee
> rs-of-Our-Own-Evolution.html?utm_source=smithsonianfuturism&utm_medium
> =email&utm_campaign=201203-futurism

>From the article:

"...Transhumanists say we are morally obligated to help the human race
transcend its biological limits..."

How many agree with this?  The moral obligation part.  Feels a bit
evangelical to me, a bit pushy, a bit intrusive, but that's just me.
No doubt there's a range of views re the obligatory nature of helping others
or ***ALL*** humanity to transcend.

I'm perfectly happy to let the rest of humanity choose for themselves
whether to enhance or not.  Actually, as a personal freedom issue, I support
those who choose to live "natural", age naturally, and die naturally, to do
so.  Call me selfish, but I'd prefer that these traditionalists age
gracefully and die peacefully, and in doing so, lighten the Luddite load.

Other opinions?

Best Jeff Davis

        "Everything's hard till you know how to do it."
                               Ray Charles
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