Re: Defining Transhumanism

Robin Hanson (
Tue, 20 Oct 1998 10:32:00 -0700

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky writes:
>Transhumanism is the idea that future technology will probably improve
>dramatically on the human body and the human mind. We or our descendants, in
>five years or five hundred, may transcend so many limitations that we will no
>longer be recognizably human - or even mortal.

I have a lot of sympathy for this, as it's pretty similar to my proposal. But why just mention the body & mind? Transhumanists seem to talk alot about improving a lot of other things as well. (And why especially highlight the mortality issue?)

Robin Hanson RWJF Health Policy Scholar, Sch. of Public Health 510-643-1884 140 Warren Hall, UC Berkeley, CA 94720-7360 FAX: 510-643-8614