Mon, 1 Nov 1999 13:44:03 -0500

I don't know if any of you have ever read the Vertigo comic Transmetropolitan (and if you haven't, do so. It combines transhuman ideas/technology with human level stories about corruption and politics. Its protagonist is a futuristic Hunter S. Thompson), but the breatharian idea appears there. I thought it was a riff on religion, since its first appearance was in a rant-on-religion story, but to find out that not only is it real, but that people try to follow it tells me how far humanity has to go. It sounds stupid in a comic book, I can't imagine what kind of mind would accept it in real life. If any of us are going to make it to trans/post humanity, some of us are going to have to be left behind. Cruel sounding, but that's life.