Re: Heresy

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Fri Aug 10 2001 - 00:05:04 MDT

"" wrote:

> I wish I had been the person to coin the meaning of "transhuman." But, I'm not. I only started using the word in the mid-1980s. In my book, I clearly explain the history of the word, where it stems from and how it differs from the word "transhumanity". Herein, I can only be credited for being the first person to do this, and being called the "first transhumanist female." I'm not the first transhuman, I think that credit goes to some lucky person who overcame the tyrany of death by having some sort of technological augment that defied death. -:)
> I think it all boils down to what we mean by human and what we mean by transhuman. "Trans" means transition (in transition). It does not mean "not human", actually. Posthuman means after human, but some will argue here, and quite rightfully so, that a posthuman may or may not have a different genetic makeup than a human. Certainly a transhuman has the same DNA coding as a human, but, again, in transition.

Fair enough. So we are all transhumans on this bus.

- samantha

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