What is Transhumanism anyway?

Transhumanism is an international intellectual and cultural movement supporting the use of science and technology to improve human mental and physical characteristics and capacities.  The movement regards aspects of the human condition, such as disability, suffering, disease, aging and involuntary death as unnecessary and undesirable.  Transhumanists look to biotechnologies and other emerging technologies for these purposes.

The term “transhumanism” is symbolized by H+ and is often used for “human enhancement”.  Transhumanist thinkers predict that human beings may eventually be able to transform themselves into beings with such greatly expanded abilities as to merit the label “posthuman”.

Transhumanists engage in interdisciplinary approaches to understanding and evaluating possibilities for overcoming biological limitations.  Many prominent transhumanist advocates, including myself refer to transhumanism’s critics on the political right and left jointly as “bioconservatives” or my favorite “bioluddites”, the latter term alluding to the 19th century anti-industrialisation social movement that opposed the replacement of human manual labourers by machines.

So in essence, the basic premise of Transhumanism is to take technologies and apply them to the human body to enhance our capacities and capabilities in an attempt to extend our lifespans for longer, healthier lives.

Hope you learned something in this post!

The information from this post was taken from the book, Transhumanism, Including by Hephaestus Books, 2012.


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