Transhumanism and Its Critics

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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.

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Cybernetics calls to mind a series of familiar images that turn out on closer inspection to be highly doubtful.

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The central issue now is the actuality of altering the human form is practicable, duplicating the mind is probable, and extending life is feasible.

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Although I see no reason to think that transhumanists are unaware of the trite truths about technology, any who actually are surely need a reality check.

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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.

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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.

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