Re: The foundation of transhumanism

From: scerir (
Date: Sat Jul 15 2000 - 17:11:03 MDT

Waldemar Ingdahl wrote:
<The central questions for the future tell us who we are, as individuals and
as society. Do we seek stasis - a regulated, constructed world? Or do we
welcome dynamism, a world of constant creation, constant discoveries, and
constant competition?>

That is a good and fundamental question.

If I remember well, In Aristote the dynamism [dunamis] is the potentiality
of the substance [ousia]. So dynamism needs a shape [eidos] or a form
[morphé] to gain the actuality [energeia].

Potentialities (from the Schroedinger wave function to the genome and,
perhaps, to the financial futures) are well estabilished in our world.

This is not my field (and this is not my language!) anyway I think that
dynamism is essential, for sure, but it is not enough.

We also need some *eidos*: power of persuasion, engineering for happiness,
political attitude, modern values, strong philosophy. And, of course, the
extropy and the singularity.

Otherwise the dynamism (alone) would be like the *movimento futurista*
(Marinetti, ect.). That is to say: just art.



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