[extropy-chat] The Edmonton Sun on transhumanism
pgptag at gmail.com
Mon Apr 25 10:40:31 UTC 2005
The Edmonton Sun has an article on
The article is not negative, and certainly not as bad as other articles that
we have seen. At the same time it illustrates the danger of quotes taken out
of context. The statement "transhumanists fundamentally reject the idea of
human nature", taken out of context, can be interpreted very bad. I would
say, transhumanists fundamentally reject the idea that human nature is fixed
and cannot be improved for the well-being of humans.
Excerpts: More people take advantage of new technologies to expand what the
human body can do. "We're already a cyborg society," says Simon Smith,
founder of the webzine BetterHumans and devotee of another 21st-century ism:
transhumanism. Think of transhumanism as the logical outcome of a
gadget-obsessed society. You know someone (or are someone) who can't leave
the house without a cellphone, IPod and Blackberry. Transhumanists see a
future in which people will incorporate that technology into their bodies -
become digital. And it doesn't stop there."We fundamentally reject the idea
of human nature," said James Hughes, executive director of the World
Transhumanist Association and author of Citizen Cyborg.
Transhumanists identify a few preconditions for the future they want: a
public willing to use science to tinker with their bodies and minds,
technology that links the central nervous system to machines, and genetic
techniques that expand physical abilities.
Transhumanists see humanity transcending biology by uploading consciousness
into a computer and becoming both "virtual" and immortal - the sort of idea
that gives nervous fits to traditionalists. Political economist Francis
Fukuyama, a member of the U.S. President's Council on Bioethics, recently
damned transhumanism as the "world's most dangerous idea."
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