Re: Defining Transhumanism

Michael Lorrey (
Tue, 20 Oct 1998 08:52:19 -0400

Dan Fabulich wrote:

> Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:
> >Transhumanism is the idea that future technology will probably improve
> >dramatically on the human body and the human mind. We or our descendants, in
> >five years or five hundred, may transcend so many limitations that we will no
> >longer be recognizably human - or even mortal.

I still have a problem with an absolutist statement. I prefer to look at 'transhumanity' as a state an individual is in relative to the current or past population. Since even when suprehuman uploaded or AI intelligences are common, there will still be a large number of not only unaugmented, but still relatively savage lifestyle living individuals, using the term to apply to the entire race is a bit disingenuous.

Mike Lorrey