Re: Genetic transition to posthumanism

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Mon Apr 30 2001 - 01:51:50 MDT wrote:

> I would say that it is a little naive to claim that genetics will not
> have an
> impact on the future evolutionary path of humanity. Maybe it is due
> to a
> limited education that some people would claim this. I fully believe
> in the
> potential of science, including nanotechnology and AI, but it seems
> like some
> people on this list live in a fantasy land.

Actually, many here consider it a fantasy to assume that normal
evolution will continue after we acheive NT, AI and/or a good
understanding of genetics. Once those things occur there are much
faster and more radical agents of change in the environment than
provided by evolution and those agents are intelligent. This is a very
dramatic shift in the status quo.
We will edit and transform our own genetics for a short time. A very
short time later we will likely transform the type of
we are rather drastically. The capability is forthcoming. The wisdom
do it well make take longer. Once it is in place traditional genetics
natural evolution is no more for ourselves and the other sentients that
will become or create.

If you fully believe in the potential or rather, if you fully understand
the potential, then you know that what I wrote above is NOT fantasy.

- samantha

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