RE: The Politics of Transhumanism

From: Lee Daniel Crocker (
Date: Thu Jan 10 2002 - 15:07:15 MST

> > Similarly, talk of 'upgrading' people, or perfecting ones genes is
> > similarly scary to people. Instead, talk of a 'right to be healthy',
> Excellent choice of words, Mike! I am going to start using this.
> "I have a right to be healthy!"

There's some chance of memetic backfire with that one, though.
If the saying becomes popular, it might be interpreted to mean
that you /don't/ have the right to be /more/ than healthy. It's
the same old bill-of-rights problem: if you list them, they'll
think the list is exhaustive, even when the fine print says

I have a right to be /more/ than just healthy. I have a right
to choose my own path of self-improvement. If that means getting
20-10 adaptive vision, robotic implants, neural interfaces, and
anything else I want, then that's what it means.

Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
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