Is Beyond Human In Our Future?

Wikipedia’s definition of transhumanism is this:

Transhumanism (sometimes abbreviated >H or H+) is an international intellectual and cultural movement supporting the use of new sciences and technologies to enhance human mental and physical abilities and aptitudes, and ameliorate what it regards as undesirable and unnecessary aspects of the human condition, such as stupidity, suffering, disease, ageing and involuntary death. Transhumanist thinkers study the possibilities and consequences of developing and using human enhancement techniques and other emerging technologies for these purposes. Possible dangers, as well as benefits, of powerful new technologies that might radically change the conditions of human life are also of concern to the transhumanist movement.

I consider myself a transhuman for the simple fact that if it wasn’t for science, I would not be alive at all. By using the above definition, the surgery and the revascularization (replacing damaged blood vessels) of my heart enables me to make that claim. Although in most cases a purist would say since I didn’t receive any artificial parts,(the surgeon used blood vessels from my own body) I couldn’t claim the transhuman label, the act of the surgery alone lets me do that because the technology of the surgery itself saved me. Without the ongoing research in bioscience, biotechnology and bioethics, there would be people dying  from diseases and injuries like they did from the Middle Ages until after World War II.

Campaign For Longer Better Lives

8 responses

  1. I almost died from pneumonia twice; When I was 18 months old and 3 years old. After which I had a tonsillectomy and adnoid removal. If I was born in the late 1930s, or even the late 1940s, I would’ve been dead at 18 months old.

  2. I like the idea of transhuman. But then again, I embrace technology.

  3. Actually the goal is to be posthuman, transhuman is a step toward that.

    I love technology too, but it takes longer for me to learn it. I need a chip that helps augment memory.

  4. I’ll be some hybrid, part human, part technology, part Buddhist and gay.

    Now, there’s some true multi-culturalism! 🙂

  5. I’m going to link (I’m going to check it out) at a site tomorrow Christopher I think you will like. It involves hybrids you aspire to be and then some!

  6. Can’t wait. Oh, how I long to be stuck on Battlestar Galactica with Jamie Bamber for the rest of my life!

  7. This stuff makes BSG look like Jules Verne, trust me.

  8. Jamie Bamber: making sci-fi sexy. Little wonder BSG is the biggest hit Sci-Fi Channel has ever had.

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