Nicholas Bostrom (bostrom@mail.ndirect.co.uk)
Thu, 23 Oct 1997 16:56:42 +0000

Dave Chalmers wrote to me:

>p.s. "transhumanism" is a slightly unfortunate name in some ways, in
>that it is reminiscent of "transpersonal psychology" -- not really
>the sort of association you want.

Is this a general problem? My guess would be that most educated
people don't even know what transpersonal psychology is.

The term "transhumanism" is surely not ideal -- it smacks too much of
classical humanism, transsexualism, transvestitism, religious trance
experiences etc., and has too little of hard-core science and
high-tech flavour to it. But I think it is too late to do anything
about it now --and it's not so bad, really. I think we are already in
the process of impressing the cool connotations on the term that
characterize our outlook.

Nick Bostrom