Re: Another critique on transhumanism

From: Christian Weisgerber (
Date: Wed Aug 22 2001 - 09:22:02 MDT

Sabine Atkins <> wrote:

> I just ran across yet another critique on transhumanism. This time it's
> coming from the German science fiction author Marcus Hammerschmitt

Hammerschmitt reflexively spouts hate speech whenever the topic of
transhumanism comes up in Telepolis magazine. It don't see anything
deserving of the term critique there. He posts plain ad hominem
attacks, using mediocre rhetorics at best. I still haven't figured
out what it actually is that he dislikes about transhumanism.

> He said in the online forum of the German futurist magazine Telepolis:
> "Only those without basic knowledge in epistemology, can fall for this
> crazy idea of transfering the progress in nature sciences to
> philosophy."

That's not an argument, that's a phrase taken out of context. Of
course Hammerschmitt posted it out of context as well, so it's
anybody's guess what he means with it.

As far as I can tell, Hammerschmitt comes from the humanities side
of things, so I at least may not have any basis for communication
with him at all. If you want to see him throw another tantrum,
just mention nuclear energy in favorable way and watch him go off
in an uncontrolled chain reaction.

Christian "naddy" Weisgerber                

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