Are Transhumans Among Us?

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Are Transhumans Among Us?


Dear Future Centenarian,

You've seen this term bandied about, but do you know what it means? Some are scared by it, visualizing all kinds of freakish Frankensteinian beings. Most people think transhumans are far off in the future.

Before we go on, let's define transhumanism.

First, let's see what H+ Magazine says about it:

"Transhumanism takes a multidisciplinary approach in analyzing the dynamic interplay between humanity and the acceleration of technology. In this sphere, much of our focus is on the development and ethical use of biotechnology, nanotechnology and artificial general intelligence. Our theoretical interests focus on posthuman topics of the singularity, extinction risk, and mind uploading. Many of these ideas are contemplated in books and other publications produced at Humanity+ Press."

H+ Magazine is one of my all-time favorite websites.

Now let's take a look at how Wikipedia defines transhumanism:

"Transhumanism (abbreviated as H+ or h+) is an international cultural and intellectual movement with an eventual goal at fundamentally transforming the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities. Transhumanist thinkers study the potential benefits and dangers of emerging technologies that could overcome fundamental human limitations, as well as study the ethical matters involved in developing and using such technologies. They predict that human beings may eventually be able to transform themselves into beings with such greatly expanded abilities as to merit the label "posthuman".

"The contemporary meaning of the term transhumanism was foreshadowed by one of the first professors of futurology, FM-2030, who taught "new concepts of the Human" at The New School in the 1960s, when he began to identify people who adopt technologies, lifestyles and worldviews transitional to "posthumanity" as "transhuman". This hypothesis would lay the intellectual groundwork for the British philosopher Max More to begin articulating the principles of transhumanism as a futurist philosophy in 1990, and organizing in California an intelligentsia that has since grown into the worldwide transhumanist movement.

"Influenced by seminal works of science fiction, the transhumanist vision of a transformed future humanity has attracted many supporters and detractors from a wide range of perspectives. Transhumanism has been characterized by one critic, Francis Fukuyama, as among the world's most dangerous ideas, to which Ronald Bailey countered that it is rather the "movement that epitomizes the most daring, courageous, imaginative, and idealistic aspirations of humanity".

Does this comfort you?

Well, maybe a little, but let's take a closer look.

I am transhuman. The chances are, so are you. In fact, the vast majority of the human population are transhumans. The human race started down the transhuman path long ago. My grandparents, who all died a couple of generations ago, were transhumans.

How can that be? After all, they were born in the 1800s. Well, they overcame their limitations with eyeglasses, dentures and other dental work and drove or rode in automobiles and public transportation.

If you use a smartphone, tablet, electronic reader or laptop, you are a very much advanced transhuman. The same is true if you had a joint replacement, prosthetic, laser surgery, cochlear or other chip implant¦ or any other implant as well.

We began transcending our human limitations as soon as we fashioned clothing and developed tools. Language was one of the more important transhuman advances.

But we didn't have a name for it until recently. Now that we do, most people react negatively to the term, and thus the concept. However, now that you know that YOU are transhuman, isn't transhumanism a little more comforting?

Some people understand all this, recognize that they are transhuman, and STILL get scared by it. Don't for a minute think they'd like to scurry off to the forest and scavenge for food for the rest of their years. Oh no, their perfectly content to embrace just some transhumanism, but not too much.

What scares them is the increasingly rapid rate of change. They think it's bad for humanity, and they wrap their fear mongering in a "gentle" term that they use to describe themselves “ "ethicists."

Since I have opinions on most issues, I'll share mine with you on these types of ethicists.

They are mass murderers. At least, they are making their best attempt at mass murder. And of course, attempted murder is a felony.

The reason I say that is, if they are successful in restricting human enhancing technologies, hundreds of millions of people who would be denied these technologies will die unnecessarily. And that might include you and me fellow transhuman.

It's tough enough raising funds for research without some influential deathists pulling in the opposite direction. Some are influential because they are on government payrolls (your tax dollars at work), and some are widely published.

Be alert as to what you may read, see or hear, and always ask what authors' and spokespersons' agendas are.

In short, transhumanism is simply improving the human condition.

More Life,
David Kekich


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