Re: "Post-humanism": The right term?

Stan Kretler (
Fri, 13 Aug 1999 23:10:00 -0700

"Technotranscendence" <> wrote:
> Why not have a raging debate for the next decade over what to call it?

You tell me.

> Why bother with making it happen?

*Make* it happen? ! It's going to happen no matter what we do. The key is preparing for it, and taking advantage of it.


> Anyway, with that off my chest, I propose this term: we-hate-academics-ism.:)

Goodness! Well, we academics certainly don't hate you! (I suppose a few might, those who don't like that their salaries aren't as high as those of people in science departments.....)

> But, for the record, I'll stick with posthumanism and transhumanism. I
> don't mind some confusion or shock value.

Shock value? The only one who would find the terms shocking are those who have missed around 100 years of intellectual history. Go to a card catalogue and search for "post*".

As for confusion, I'm not sure I see its value. But .....

> and the confusion gives me a chance to open up a discussion with the
> confused.

In the case at hand, that might entail talking with yourself :-). Seriously, you seem somewhat hostile about discussion on this particular matter, actually.

But if you are confused, I'm happy to open up a discussion with you.