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Is transhumanism a misnomer?

As a community organizer for a transhumanist movement I have the great pleasure of meeting people from all walks of life and understanding their positions on the future. In a previous post to IEET, where I examined if transhumanism is a religion [1]  (it turns out that it actually is not, but facts rarely suppress … Continue reading

The religion of h+

Also on IEET @ http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/gabrielrothblatt20120607 Is Transhumanism a Religion? Transhumanism is often accused of being a religion. It is rarely clear if this is meant as an insult, a compliment, or merely an observation. Probably all of the above have been used at different points in time, from different perspectives, which only adds to the hysteria. … Continue reading

Ro(mance)bots

Today in IEET: http://ieet.org/index.php/S=1af5ad05a38b66af64de361aaebbc6af251549e2/IEET/more/5706 Will robots one day capture our hearts? meanwhile on facebook… http://www.facebook.com/pages/Heartless-Bitch/278248415551081 posts “I feel like a widow since my batteries died” Already the use of mechanics has deeply integrated itself into human sexuality. Against established trends it seems this genre is one market where female centric trends dominate. Female sales forces are … Continue reading

Four Letter Word That Starts With “C”

Since I accepted the position of Pastor at the Terasem Movement Trans-religion I have heard a certain word much more frequently. When I begin describing ideas advocated in the Truths of Terasem a rather common refrain is heard: “sounds like a cult.” Always spoken with a hint of distaste, implying a lack of credibility or … Continue reading

Don’t go to sleep in the cold

This article in a revised form can be found at Ieet.org Robot: “Didn’t your mother tell you not to wake a sleeping Human?” Android: “Yes, but I am curious, did they think?” Robot: “Not so much in the way that you or I do. They had the ability to think, but they acted mostly on … Continue reading

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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