Two Kinds of Transhumanism

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This post argues that there are both “good” and “bad” forms of transhumanism.

Let us define what “transhumanism” really is at its core: “the belief or theory that the human race can evolve beyond its current physical and mental limitations.”

What is wrong with that? Nothing, unless someone believes that humans should be capped at life expectancies of 70 years, capped at average IQs of 100, trapped in the limited spectrum of three-dimensional experience, and so on.

Transhumanism is controversial and is often opposed (rightly in most cases) because the most highlighted path is technological. Technological transhumanism includes the merging people with computers, nanotechnology, genetic modification, drugs, and so on. Frankenstein stuff.

Technological transhumanism weakens, rather than strengthens, humanity, because is straps the species into technological structures that remain beyond individual control. Technological transhumanism represents a subtle and sophisticated form of slavery. This is a synthesis of 1984 and Brave New World.

“Natural transhumanism,” by contrast, seeks to expand humanity’s physical and mental capacity by non-technological means. It would be easy to point to diet, sports, meditation and so on, but in reality, human evolution would depend on the freedom to organize individual and collective life in ways difficult to even imagine within a parasitic paradigm.

There is nothing necessarily New Agey about natural transhumanism. The New Age movement has tended to make two mistakes: first, by elevating the environment over and above humanity, diminishing our importance; and second, by adhering to non-violence even when the natural rights of humans are violated.

So there are two kinds of “transhumanism.”

Broad generalizations about “transhumanism” – especially by evangelical Christians (controlled opposition to the Beast system) – are really attempts to maintain the status quo, to slander humanity, and to get people to accept that in our world life must remain “nasty, brutish, and short.”

Tomorrow I look forward to another posting that affirms humanity and trashes religion.

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