Re: The image of transhumanism

Anders Sandberg (
07 Jul 1998 18:50:11 +0200

Kathryn Aegis <> writes:

> I think it's a bit premature to bemoan to greater image of an area of
> thought of which, at the most, five percent of the world's population is
> aware of the existence. We haven't even yet fully defined among ourselves
> what transhumanist thought 'is', what it means to everyone individually and
> collectively. FM wrote his book on the transhuman only nine years ago! The
> network of thinkers that has developed in such a short span predicts an
> exponential growth in future, if we can provide the infrastructure for such
> growth.

But it is also important to make sure transhumanism does not become known as a form of pseudoscience or a cult; this is what I want to prevent by making people think a bit about the image they present. If no new thinkers come to us because we appear to be crazy or evil we will not be able to grow or extend our ideas. It is right now, while transhumanism is still young and malleable that we must take most care of it.

> How do
> we gain that acceptance? By moving en masse into the teaching, publishing,
> research and business positions that will compel others to at least pay
> attention.


> At this point, the most positive venue, and the most promising avenue for
> memetic expansion, lies in publishing. I have more writing assignments that
> I can keep up with right now, just for waving transhumanist ideas in front
> of an editor. It's fresh, it's new, it's cutting edge....

The same here; I'm having great fun writing for a Swedish magazine.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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