[extropy-chat] Spain has become the third country in Europe to legalise gay marriage

Dirk Bruere dirk at neopax.com
Fri Apr 22 12:51:50 UTC 2005

Natasha Vita-More wrote:

> Thanks for updating us on this newly arrived world-wide issue.  
> Congratulations to Spain!
> Disclaimer:  The institute of marriage is not necessarily a futuristic 
> plan.  I wonder how transhumanists in the coming generations will 
> develop relationship contracts that are not so historically binding by 
> "death do us part"  sentiment.   And about that "sex" word ...
> Gender restriction is another human biological/psychological 
> characteristic.  How will we view marriage when we are able to 
> interchange our gender? 
> I do think being in a committed loving relationship adds to the long, 
> healthy, happy lives; but it is a human institute.  In the future, 
> when we no longer reside only in one reality or one gender, it will be 
> interesting to see if marriage is entirely discarded, or if the rules 
> of marriage are revised to include multiple relationships for multiple 
> environments.  Even if a type of contractual institute such as 
> marriage will be necessary for long, healthy, happy lives. If not, 
> what would replace it?  An evolved psychology?  Perhaps a 
> transhumanist psychology in which we provide a transhuman-posthuman 
> wide-spread environment of inclusively, support, nurturing, 
> friendship, and connectivity. 
I would think the whole thing would become a non issue.
On one hand we will have groups of 'people' who band together for 
various quite logical reasons.
On the other, why bother with gender and 'needing people' from an 
emotional POV at all?
All this talk about swapping gender etc seems to be a contemporary 
pre-occupation that will become utterly irelevent by the time it is 

I see PostHumanity moving in two major directions.
They are total individualism and hive minds.
And sex/gender has no major place in either IMO.

The Consensus:-
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