[ExI] MAX MORE in Second Life yesterday
natasha at natasha.cc
Fri Jun 13 14:23:24 UTC 2008
> On Fri, Jun 13, 2008 at 3:24 PM, Natasha Vita-More <natasha at natasha.cc>
> > They have to occur in complex adaptive
> > systems. Further that "humans as they are known today are no longer
> > significant in shaping the world" is assumptive based on single-track
> > thinking that SI will occur outside of human and that humans will not be
> > part of the SI advance.
> > My particular theory is that the SI will be combined human and
> > intelligence - thus the posthuman, or whatever anyone wants to call it.
> > use posthuman because the term is familiar in academic literature.
> Not only could I not agree more, but have sometimes the feelings that
> while postmodernist academia may have a too casual attitude towards
> what are the real technoscientific issues and state of the art and
> expected evolutions, at the same time concepts as "human",
> "existential", "natural", "artificial", "survival", "identity" are
> often taken in a too acritical, if not naive, sense by us of all.
Let's back up. Are you familiar with my work? If so you would know that I
have argued against Hayles and other academics concerning posthuman. I have
introduced a different understanding of the term in academic circles, that
of the transhumanist understanding of posthuman.
So, please understand my perspective when I say "posthuman" as I am a
transhumanist and for goodness sakes, I created "Primo Posthuman" and that
ought to be evidence enough that I am not part of the academic postmodernist
group nor do I subscribe with how the term posthuman has been used in
academia but have introduced to academia my own philosophical understanding
of posthuman which stems from the "Transhuman Statement" I wrote in 1982.
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