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Humans Plus or Minus: An IntroductionRead more
Is transhumanism the great promise of technoscience or "the world's most dangerous idea"? The debate is an extremely fruitful field for philosophical and theological inquiry.0
H-: Millennialism at the Singularity: Reflections on Metaphors, Meanings, and the Limits of Exponential LogicRead more
Imagine billions of nanobots, tiny computerized machines smaller than your red blood cells, travelling through your body, inserted in your brain, all communicating internally with each other and externally with machines outside of your body. These nanobots could repair damaged cells in your body, destroy cancer cells, eliminate pathogens,...
H-: Wrestling with TranshumanismRead more
The transhumanist community is one that is fervently involved in trying to figure out where technogenesis is headed in the contemporary era and what it implies about our human future.
H-: Cybernetics Is An Antihumanism: Advanced Technologies and the Rebellion Against the Human ConditionRead more
Cybernetics calls to mind a series of familiar images that turn out on closer inspection to be highly doubtful.
H-: Brains, Selves and Spirituality in the History of CyberneticsRead more
Cybernetic immortality is the idea that we can achieve a sort of immortality by downloading (or uploading) our consciousness into a computer.
H-: Transhumanism and the Posthuman Future: Will Technological Progress Get Us There?Read more
Transhumanists assume that progress is inherent in nature and culture. The direction is set; the task of transhumanist technology is to increase the speed forward.
H-: Of Which Human Are We Post?Read more
The issues of the human, the posthuman and the transhuman revolve around distinctive narratives, and these are often highly slippery.
H+: Trite Truths About Technology: A Reply to Ted PetersRead more
Ted Peters and others have reminded us of some trite truths about technology, and that the reminder may serve as a reality check for transhumanists
H+: Bringing Arts/Sciences and Design Into the Discussion of TranshumanismRead more
The central issue now is the actuality of altering the human form is practicable, duplicating the mind is probable, and extending life is feasible.
H+: In Defense of Posthuman DignityRead more
The prospect of posthumanity is feared for at least two reasons. One is that the state of being posthuman might in itself be degrading. Another is that posthumans might pose a threat to “ordinary” humans.
The Compatibility of Religious and Transhumanist Views of Metaphysics, Suffering, Virtue and Transcendence in an Enhanced FutureRead more
Exploring the compatibility of the transhumanist project with the major world faiths.
Toward a Transhumanist TheologyRead more
I want to argue that it is possible to look at transhumanism as a truly religious endeavor.
Our Impending Cyborg Future: A Pause for ReflectionRead more
Much of the attention garnered by transhumanism revolves around its most expansive hopes for the technological enhancement of human life, and no such hope is loftier than immortality.
H-: Engaging Transhumanism: A Critical Historical PerspectiveRead more
Technology is transforming human life at a faster pace than ever before. The convergence of nanotechnology, biotechnology, robotics, information and communication technology, and applied cognate science poses a new situation in which the human has become a design project. The new technologies allow for new kinds of cognitive tools...
H+: Ship of Fools: Why Transhumanism is the Best Bet to Prevent the Extinction of CivilizationRead more
Transhumanism does not say we will create posthumans, rather, it makes a moral claim: We ought to create posthumans. Creating posthumans is our best bet for avoiding harm.
H+: From Mind Loading to Mind Cloning: Gene to Meme to Beme: A Perspective on the Nature of HumanityRead more
Cybernetics may very well offer a means for expanding the human being.
H+: True TranshumanismRead more
The transhumans or posthumans we may become may quite possibly share our current DNA, but technologies and cultural practices are likely to gradually render our chromosomes almost vestigial components of our individual and species identity.
H+: Conceptualizing Future IdentitiesRead more
In narratives of human existence, technology often plays a dual role as a catalyst of the human subject’s actions towards a fulfilling existence, or as an enemy of social cohesion and the preservation of culture.
H+: SENS Declaration, Endorsed by 15 Prestigious Biomedical ExpertsRead more
Aging is inarguably the most prevalent medically relevant phenomenon in the modern world and the primary ultimate target of biomedical research.
Reproductive Choices: The Promising Landscape of Assisted Reproductive TechnologyRead more
In early June 2005, upon opening my postbox for my Frascati, Italy apartment, a glossy, elegantly-designed brochure fell to the floor, revealing pink pictures of mothers and babies and sterile pictures of test-tubes. The brochure was a suspiciously-crafted campaign piece from the Committee of Science and Life, urging me...