Thursday, June 22, 2006

Transhumanism != Puppy Executions

Brad R. at Sadly, No! seems to be rejecting the concept of transhumanism out of hand. Frankly, life as a human being can get to be pretty boring. What's that old cliché, something about how there are only 7 basic plots? Any semi-observant individual should quickly realize that people have been playing out the same storylines since the dawn of time, the only substantive difference being the names of the players. It doesn't make sense, in such a situation, to reject mechanisms which might have the potential for expanding the range of individual experience. Sure, the idea is probably tainted by association with general fanboy-dom, but there's non-fanboy's who take the idea seriously as well. Francis Fukayama comes to mind; I go back and forth over whether he's got something to say or whether he's just a wanker, but I don't think he can be accused of being pasty, basement dwelling D&D player. And I don't see any reason to think that transhumanism necessarily leads to a joyless life. Its just technology... the joy or lack thereof would come from how people choose to use it.

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