Re: >H gender apartheid and transhumanists

Michael Lorrey (
Mon, 16 Nov 1998 10:31:06 -0500

Phil Goetz wrote:

> At 11:58 AM 11/5/98 -0500, Doug Bailey wrote:
> >However, I'm not so certain that racism, sexism and transhumanism are
> >mutually exclusive. Please understand that I deplore racism and sexism and
> >all other forms of bigotry. However, I do not see any intrinsic aspect of
> >transhumanism that would manifest in such a fashion that no transhumanists
> >are bigots.
> I think that anyone who regarded themselves as a transhuman would
> necessarily be a bigot, since they would regard themselves as greater than
> human. So they would be racially bigoted against humans.
> If someone who regards themselves as transhuman has altered genes, then they
> are calling themselves superior on the basis of their genes. It is a short
> hop from there to making judgements about different human races on the basis
> of their genes. If transhumans are not so bigoted, I would guess it will be
> more a matter of disinterest than of principle.

The error in this logic is a) since a transhuman may be equally bigoted against all mere humans, he is not discriminating, and b) since any mere human can easily become transhuman in such a society, then the fault for remaining human is not that of the transhuman. Its easy to be bigoted against ignorant people, since its so easy to cure that affliction in todays society if only the ignoramus chooses to open his or her eyes. Refusal to do so is the real sin. Thats why its ok to be bigoted against bigots... ;)

Mike Lorrey