Here is an initial sketch for a transhumanist profile test. It is not a personality test, rather a kind of attitude test towards what kind of transhumanist development one strives for.
Individuality (Individual-Borg): is your ego and its persistence paramount, or are you unafraid of dissolving it into a borganic nirvana? Enhancement level (Natural - Artificial): How far are you willing to go when modifying yourself? Rationality (Bottom up - Top down): How willing are you to accept emotional, intuitive and other pre-rational influences on your thinking, or should it be controlled and logical? Nature (Steward - Extropian in Jaron Laniers notation): Should nature / the universe be left largely as it is for its own sake, or should we change things? Change (Caution - Fast forward): Should development be tightly controlled or cautious, or is the best approach to let things flow (or even speed them up).
I'm not entirely happy with squeezing multidimensional views into scalars (most of these dimensions are really multidimensional). But this is after all just a rough approximation of real views, trying to get the overal drift of our ambition.
Using a Meyes-Briggs like system we end up with 2^5 = 32 views.
OK, here are some questions for the different dimensions.
Do you regard the survival of your self as the single most important goal of your existence? Do you value community over individuality? Enhancements: Would you retain some biological characteristic even if it could be removed or enhanced, and it did have some small negative impact on you? (e.g. sweating or sleeping) Do you value being postbiological over biological? Rationality: Does emotional reactions threaten rational thinking? Would you edit away unnecessary emotions? Would you sacrifice some of the rigor of your thinking for greater creativity? Nature: Should we leave Mars as it is, or should we terraform it? Does biodiversity have a value in itself and not just for utility? Change: Should we speed the development of radical technologies such as AI, nanotechnology or life extension as much as possible, regardless of the risks? Are there technologies that are so risky that their development should be strongly curtailed?
I'm sure you can figure out much better questions. We need several for each category and direction to get any precision.
Here are the categories, and some ideas for names:
BATEF - The Borg Collective
IATEF - Power
INBEF - Prometheus
IABSF - Jupiter Brain
BNBSF - Teilhard de Chardin's Omega Point INBSF
BNBEC - Stapledonian minded planet
INBEC - Greek god
INTSC - Spock
BNBSC - Culture
INBSC - Aristoi
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