Thanks for replying to my questions Robert,
You’ve given some good explanations of how the body can be seen as machine etc, this is similar to how I feel about the body also, but I’m trying to be objective so that people will tell me honestly what they feel about this issue. I hope that by posing reasonable simple questions to the people who are against engineering the human body through technology, then I won’t annoy them, and they will open up about what really scares them.
You’re right by saying that I’m more interested in the physically observant changes in the body from integrating with technology. The body form of the human is particularly distinctive from other species, and I believe that what scares the ‘anti’ people is based in the fact that we ‘look’ human, and that our humanness is linked to our body image. This is a strong argument in that it suggests our identity as a person is linked very closely to how we, and others, see the body. What they are suggesting is that by changing the appearance of the human body then we are consequently changing our human identity. This seems pretty logical, and it bypasses in some way, the argument that our ‘identity’, or rather our ‘human identity’ is just contained within the brain. They’d argue that although the information may be stored in the brain, it is still connected to how we see the body, therefore what effects the body effects the mind.
What would be your answer to this response? I suppose it doesn’t really counter anything that you’re saying, as you’re admitting that, by changing the body, identity will indeed change, and society along with it. The difference remains however in that you are excited (or so it seems) by this possibility, while others are scared of it. Any thoughts on why this might be? What do you may be different in the way that you think about identity, image, technology and the future, and how they do?
Anyone who would like to commetnfurther on what Robert or myslef have said are welcome to. Please....
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