Re: SOC: Opposition to Transhumanism

Date: Sun Jan 02 2000 - 16:20:30 MST

Greg wrote:
> This is a work in progress. As you can see, I've developed three categories
> of opponents of transhumanist values and goals: 1) Greens, 2) Religious
> Groups and 3) Hate Groups and Opponents of Liberty. I would appreciate help
> from the list in compiling this list.

Natasha replied:

> In that your work is in progress and you will be specifying particular
> examples and issues within groups that oppose our views, I do have two
> thoughts: (1) Using a political group as a target to oppose may be
> overbroad, unless, however, the group is unarguably vindictive. In that I
> was once a Green Party electee and a transhuman at the same time, I cannot
> agree with you that Greens (in general) are a threat to our culture. It is
> the alarmist environmentalists and alarmist anti-genetic engineering
> advocates that are ridiculously and arrogantly obtuse.

Perhaps rather than focusing on groups, it would work better to focus
on ideas. Organize the list not in terms of opponents, but in terms of
the ideas which opponents bring forth, the justifications they offer for
opposing transhumanism. Then your categories still work: opposition based
on environmentalism, opposition based on religion, opposition based on
desire for political control (for lack of a better phrase). You can link
to statements and articles which illustrate and advocate these positions.


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