Re: Defining Transhumanism

Max More (
Mon, 19 Oct 1998 22:39:08 -0700

At 08:49 PM 10/19/98 -0700, Mike wrote:
>Max More wrote:
>> TRANSHUMANISM: Any philosophy of life that seeks the acceleration of our
>> development beyond its current human limitations by means of science,
>> technology, creativity, and other rational methods.
>Acceleration of development is not necessarily required to go beyond
>current human limitations, particularly on the timescale of a century
>or two mentioned in this thread. I don't care for stipulating
>acceleration because it is practically impossible to measure something
>like human development, but acceleration implies some form of

Agreed. The "acceleration" bit was one of the imperfections I was thinking of in my message to Robin. Why not just just take out "the acceleration of"?

Also, "...creativity, and other rational methods" might sound odd, since it might seem to be implying that creativity is a rational procedure in the sense of following a well-defined algorithm. Perhaps: "by means of science, technology, creativity, and any rational means." [Maybe use "effective" instead of "rational".]


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