[ExI] transhumanism by any other name

Ben Zaiboc bbenzai at yahoo.com
Thu Dec 13 21:18:37 UTC 2012

Mike Dougherty <msd001 at gmail.com> wrote:

> My wife commented this evening that seeing the movie X-Men: First
> Class she found herself siding more with Magneto than Dr. X.
> I always thought Magneto made very convincing arguments.

The point of Magneto is to be The Bad Guy.  So he doesn't care about other people.  Dr. X does.  Magneto wants the mutants to win, but he also wants the baselines to lose.  This is not a convincing argument to me.  We want win-win scenarios, not win-lose ones.

The most telling scene in the X-men films, to me, is when Mystique loses her powers, and Magneto instantly turns his back on her, leaving her naked on the ground, to die for all he cares.  That defines his character more than any powers or arguments about mutants vs. baselines.  I don't want that to be associated with transhumanism.  Do you?

Ben Zaiboc

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