Im Rebel Girl, and Im thinking that you and I are the only Transhumanists on these boards. I disagree with some of your ideas of transhumanism, but I understand where you are coming from.
I do not like the idea of GMO foods, Frankenfoods.
I only believe in cloning to some extent.
My idea of transhumanism is pushing humans to their full emotional, physical, and intellectual capabilities through technology. NO i dont mean make us all cyborgs and wowzers! a really lame example would be Dr. Osbourne from the first Spiderman, when he drinks the serum to make himself physically better. I know that we have not reached our limits as a race. We have definitly not reached our full intellectual capacity, that is for sure. There is less of a gap between the average human white male and a monkey than between <insert philosopher name here> and the average white male. Here is my idea. By infusing our logical human traits (common sense!), some of our non logical traits,(love?) some select "morals" (truth, justice, loyalty), and some select technological advances, we can create something that will go waaay beyond our ideas of the traditional man. (or woman, to be PC.) The unimportant details, ideas, "morals", and all the terrible human traits (war, hatred) will be left out and become less. Some transhumanists disagree with me, because without lies, deciet, cons, magick tricks, loyalty and honesty mean absolutly nothing. True in a way, but just by de-emphazing something doesnt mean that it is going to completly disappear. Most transhumanists dont like the idea of holding onto loyalty either. Loyalty and truth seem to go hand and hand to me., when you are loyal to someone, you are (generally) honest with them. ok so there is my grasp on transhumanism. now to the technology. i dont want to replace every human body part with a cable, a wire, muscles and limbs are far more agile, atleast at this point in time. I do not want to think that all humans would upload their minds on to super computers, but would rather just keep their extremly intelligent minds in their heads. And extending life, not letting it going on forever. But within the evolution, we have to be extremly careful not to let the technology run rampant and lose the select traits that makes us HUMAN. I also do not support eugenics in anyway. the only way i would support it, transhumanistic or not, would be to remove the genes from the gene pool that creates racists, homophobes, and other such genes. no i dont mean kill off all the people genocide style, i mean remove the gene before the human is born or even concieved, before the mother and father are even concieved.. and The Singularity idea you project. I disagree. Since Humans are the only ones able to create the singularity, we are the singularity, and so we can concieve the resulting product. You just have to push your mind out.
i put "morals" in quotes because not everyone see these ideas as morals.
for those of you that dont want to read that, im sorry. i believe the transhumanistic evolution will happen within my life time, so i have to say, i love you all, and let the meek inherit what is left of the earth, im taking to the stars.
oh and Carlos. Welcome to VB