Posted in February 2012

Homo Sapiens and Humanity

What came first: the chicken or the egg? Don’t be foolish, the egg (a cell) will always come first. It is not necessary for a complex multi-cellular creature to discard a single cell in hopes of procreation. It is reasonable for one cell to undergo asexual reproduction or to mutate all together into a new … Continue reading

Resuscitative Ressurection

Nicolai Federov thought that humanity should have the goal of Resuscitative Resurrection. When this procedure becomes possible, who do you think we should resuscitate first? (Spoiler Alert: no easy answers) Before you begin to prioritize you must first begin with a criterion from which to judge the question. I am inclined to make the decision … Continue reading

Transhumanism: A good or evil?

Transhumanism: A good or evil?

The avid skeptic in me is still choking on this being a factual intercourse but let us roll with it anyways. Maria Montessori possibly the greatest educator the world has ever known, was told she could not become a Doctor, because she was a woman. After achieving this morally reprehensible act she went on to create a system of education which is now known to be the most effective way of educating children. This is not an isolated incident. Many of the most critical advancements have been achieved by people who were out to prove the world wrong: Jesus Christ, Alexander Graham Bell, Martin Luther King jr… Transhumanism is among these historical points of transition.
 
Transhumanism in popular criticism is seen as the inherent evil of enhancement. The repeating meme being “what if” someone did something bad with it. I respond “what if” no one was able to something good with it? I don’t subscribe to Islam-Christian theology but enjoy using what little logic they incorporate against their own arguments. If God made us imperfect and made the success of our eternal lives based on attaining a state of perfection, then did God mean for our lives to be a pursuit of enhancement? (Of course not good, bad, intent are attributes we assign, but flow with the logic of xenophobia.) Since God does clearly request that you pursue attaining the most good for others that you can with your own life, where is the line that transhumanism crosses and falls off the edge of our flat Earth? Don’t some people attempt great evil with the holy scriptures? Aren’t they only defeated by those choosing to use the same tools for good?
 

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