Re: Defining Transhumanism

Bernard Hughes (
Thu, 22 Oct 1998 12:18:20 -0230

Hara Ra wrote:

> The phrase 'no longer be "human'' is an immediate turnoff for most of the
> people I know. Also, as we change, so will the meaning of the term "human".
> How about:
> Transhumanism is the idea that new technologies are likely
> to change the world and ourselves in so many ways that the
> term "human" will be deeply transformed.

I agree its a turnoff for many people. But for me, it speaks to a core belief which I hope is common to the group. Humanity is not the peak and pinnacle of all that possible, just a step on the path. Its acceptence of this wider range of possibility that attracts me to this group. Fudging that in the interest of public relations seems to be going too far. Lets face it, radical ideas are scary.

I just read Max's latest Extropian Principles, and think he has done a nice job of expressing a radical belief without being too agressive about it. If that is too much for people, they are likely not ready to hear the message yet.


Bernard J Hughes
Timedancer Systems
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