24th May 2007 - 02:01 PM
Transhumanist principles make sense, but…
Opinion by Futuretalk
In my opinion, transhumanism projects a weak image to mainstream civilization. The name “Transhumanist” suggests something that few people would like to become – weird and not all human.
Nearly everyone accepts false teeth, hearing aids, glasses, and many other enhancements as normal corrective measures that improve the “human” body. No one imagines these devices would ever make them non-human.
When we suggest future high-tech enhancements, like nanorobotics roaming through our veins, or swapping biological neurons and other cells for non-biological “immortal” ones, we are still just making our “human” bodies better.
I realize the TH movement has attracted many highly respected, intelligent; even famous people to further this cause. However, I think they would find more success by projecting a less radical image. In addition, if they aimed their information towards a more mainstream audience at high school and junior high levels, they would influence far more people.
Transhumanists could offer help in bridging society into what promises to become a “magical future”, but in their current format, they seem unable to generate strong support for their cause from governments and religious leaders. However with just a few changes, like a new name and different marketing strategies, they could become enormously successful.
This is just my opinion.