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Transhumanism

What do anarchists think of Transhumanism?

Transhumanism: (sometimes symbolized by >H or H+)a term often used as a synonym for "human enhancement", is an international intellectual and cultural movement supporting the use of new sciences and technologies to enhance human mental and physical abilities and aptitudes, and ameliorate what it regards as undesirable and unnecessary aspects of the human condition, such as stupidity, suffering, disease, aging and involuntary death. Transhumanist thinkers study the possibilities and consequences of developing and using human enhancement techniques and other emerging technologies for these purposes. Possible dangers, as well as benefits, of powerful new technologies that might radically change the conditions of human life are also of concern to the transhumanist movement.

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I like my human body with all its flaws, thank you very much. And when I die (as I will), at the very least I will have lived a full life.

This fear of death demonstrated by the transhuman philosophy is utterly irrational. Why does anyone want to live forever? What is this phase of the human development path that worships youth as we do today? It almost seems as though the transhuman philosophy is tied with the culture that deifies ageing. This youth worship is a phase, and so is the transhuman philosophy.

Honestly, why does the youth that think up this nonsense want to live forever? To watch the latest movies, play the latest games? This fetishism of immortality is... childish to say the very least. If it's not Jesus and the holy grail, the fountain of youth, or Rician vampires, it has to be something else. The fact is, by stripping human kind from the physical body and placing it in a main frame, or a cybog-like body, or any number of the possibilities set forth is simply alienating the unique experience that is being human. It's a high technology fantasy to be one with some tool. (In deed, the computer is a tool for enterprise and entertainment - not a means for being transcendence.) When the computer turns off for me, it's off. I tend not to think about it and am happy with that fact.

I enjoy the smells my nose experiences after the first rain, I love feeling the change in barometric atmospheric pressure, I appreciate mutual human touch, I adore the wind in my hair, the sand at my feet, the grass on my back. All these things that simply won't [I]really[/I] exist in the same manner in the theoretical post-human world. That fact remains, and it is simply demented to believe that the absence of those sensory experiences is bettering human kind.

By transcending the physical, we shall lose entirely too much experience. Transcending the physical in the ways put forth are simply not worth the price of what we as humans shall lose. Nevermind the theoretical power consumption necessary to bring such asinine ideas to fruition. What about maintenance? Without maintenance the end result remains; death. This is of course without the experience of actually living. It is one thing to augment an individual with a prosthetic heart, or hand, or whatever. The fact remains, however, that the person in question is still alive. They cry, laugh, breath, and feel. This is human.

Transhumanism may be worthwhile should the earth become uninhabitable due to our constant pollution output. But, for me, even then I would prefer death. Living inside of a machine is simply not an option for me.

You may do whatever you please. I simply do not want a part in your deluded infantile philosophy.
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