Re: Definitions for Transhumanism

Randy Smith (
Thu, 09 Apr 1998 05:12:47 GMT

On Thu, 9 Apr 1998 11:15:20 -0500, "Scott Badger"
<> wrote:

>How about this one?
>Transhumanism is the belief that humans are predisposed to perpetual
>self-actualization, and that they will inevitably utilize rational
>technologies to facilitate mental and physical transformations which will
>serve that end.
>Scott Badger

I like it, Scott, and that's not to disparage the other definitions
others may have offered, but it kind of ties in with a Randy-Smith
truism: many, if not most, humans are, in some fundamental way,
unhappy. That ultimate state of self-actualization would seemingly
elude us until that day that Nanotech Arrives In All Its Glory. One
would think when one controls matter on a nanotech scale,
self-actualization is only a matter of twiddling brain biochemistry.

There would seem to be gene survival advantages in the unhappy and
self-actualization-seeking human.

As far as utilizing "rational technologies" to acheive
self-actualization" ends, I guess it is a transition from the
"spiritual technologies" previously used, eh?

I have heard that many cryonicists (and I understand that many
extropians are cryos or wannabe cryos) see cryonics as a chance at
another life, one in which they can fulfill their goals
(self-actualize). Comments?

Randy Smith
Cryonics: Gateway to the Future?