Re: "transhumanism"

Anders Sandberg (
23 Oct 1997 18:23:55 +0200

"Nicholas Bostrom" <> writes:

> 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.

Actually, I think the connection to classical humanism is important
for transhumanism. Science and technology just provide the best tools
to achieve our core values, they are in themselves not important (even
if many of us appreciate them anyway and want to link them to our
transhuman lifestyles).

> 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.


Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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