In a message dated 99-06-12 18:26:22 EDT, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> If this is the origin, then consider how a primitive man would react
In this regard, the classic story "Black Like Me" offers some great insight into the complexities of race perception and the issues raised generally by "us" and "them" tribal thinking. This book might well be a good nominee for a place on a transhumanist reading list, given its fundamental premise of self-changing through technology and its theme of challenging shallow assumptions about racial identity. (Also, don't miss the little-known film version of this story, if you get the chance: Spencer Tracy in the under-appreciated leading role!)
More generally, I think Anders has done us all a great favor by raising the issue of current and historical racism in the context of transhumanism. What an irony that it may well be members of the most privileged racial and socio-economic groups that could, by their first experiments in transhumanist augmentation, trigger a wholly new type of racism!
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