RE: Plant Humans

Crosby_M (
Wed, 11 Dec 1996 12:10:45 -0500

You asked:
<Are you implying that a more biological/environmental approach to
transhumanism in general would be a path that ultimately leads to
stagnation ?>

NO, not at all!
I definitely feel that "a more biological/environmental approach" MUST
be part of transhumanism in order to complement the mechanical and
directed-design approaches that are often emphasized.

As you say:
<I can just as easily imagine a robot society just 'reproducing'
itself with the only goal of 'spreading' or replicating, than a
combined biological/technological posthuman culture.>

This is exactly the point I wanted to bring out.

I just happened to recall Ryman's _Child Garden_ in the context of
human photosynthesis and, when I looked back through the book, thought
it was ironic that *even* a society based on the advanced organic
approaches described could end up somewhat stagnant.

I think you identify the reason why when you say:
<I don't think it has much to do with a technological path chosen, but
more with the cultural goals of such a society.>

Thanks for your comments,

P.S. There was another hook in there which no one bit at. I'm sort of
glad because then I'd have to take the time to struggle with that fish
(and it's a big one!)