I'm currently researching people who refer to themselves as cyborgs, transhumans or posthumans (thanks to those of you who are helping me so far with this research) But I'm curious to see what other extropians feel about the issues of calling yourself by these terms, particularly when mnay of you have said to be posthuman is impossible at the moment.
Furhermore I'm curious to know how you see the body, and it's integration with technology. Part of my work concerns the preachings of people who argue about the ethics of combining the human body with machine parts. What are your responses to these attacks on human enhancement. What are your feelings regarding what 'human' actually is? Is it really possible to compare the human body to a mechanical system, and if so, then what's so important about enhancing as humans, shouldn't we try to enhance beyond the human state?
I'm inclined to think that 'human' is a value ridden term, with meanings that far abound simply meaning a bodily form or a species. What do you think will happen to people's identity as 'humans' once they have been so integrated with technology that they physically no longer resemble the human bodily form?
These are just a few of the questions that I'd like to throw out to you. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks and best wishes
attached mail follows:
This archive was generated by hypermail 2b30 : Fri Oct 12 2001 - 14:39:54 MDT