Thursday, August 5, 2010
Ship of Fools: Why Transhumanism is the Best Bet to Prevent the Extinction of Civilization :: Mark Walker :: Global Spiral
Ship of Fools: Why Transhumanism is the Best Bet to Prevent the Extinction of Civilization :: Mark Walker :: Global Spiral: "Transhumanism is the thesis that we can and ought to use technology to alter and improve human biology. Some likely targets for the technological makeover of human nature include making ourselves smarter, happier, longer-lived and more virtuous. The operative assumption here of course is that intelligence, moods, longevity and virtues each have deep roots in our biology. By altering biology transhumanists propose to improve human nature to the point of creating a new genus: such as posthumans. Notice that transhumanism encompasses a moral thesis. Transhumanism does not say that we will create posthumans, rather, it makes a moral claim: we ought to create posthumans."