My Favorite Little Post-Human

My Favorite Little Post-Human

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Yes, but see it this way: the freedom engendered by feminism is simply returning us all to the state prior to civilization where the alpha males had always ruled.

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As for the beta males, … well, I could only hope the Japanese hurry up on their sex dolls business so as to free these otherwise wretched males from having to depend on hypergamous females. There is much more to life than pussy.

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The introduction of artificial and technological contraception (condoms, birth control, and ‘tying tubes’) is a huge step away from the natural contraception of coitus interruptus (strongly condemned by the Church since it attempts to avoid the true natural purpose of sexual intercourse), and reflects a drastic move that embraces the use of technology as a means to impair and disable the natural and properly functioning act of human reproduction. Transhumanism itself can be used to improve the human condition and benefit society on a whole; however, the use of contraception in this manner is a form of negative transhumanism.

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Transhuman or trans-human is an intermediary form between the human and the hypothetical posthuman.

One of the first professors of futurology, FM-2030, who taught “new concepts of the Human” at The New School of New York City in the 1960s, used “transhuman” as shorthand for “transitional human”. Calling transhumans the “earliest manifestation of new evolutionary beings”, FM argued that signs of transhumans included physical and mental augmentations including prostheses, reconstructive surgery, intensive use of telecommunications, a cosmopolitan outlook and a globetrotting lifestyle, androgyny, mediated reproduction (such as in vitro fertilisation), absence of religious beliefs, and a rejection of traditional family values.

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In March 2007, American physicist Gregory Cochran and paleoanthropologist John Hawks published a study, alongside other recent research on which it builds, which amounts to a radical reappraisal of traditional views, which tended to assume that humans have reached an evolutionary endpoint. Physical anthropologist Jeffrey McKee argued the new findings of accelerated evolution bear out predictions he made in a 2000 book The Riddled Chain. Based on computer models, he argued that evolution should speed up as a population grows because population growth creates more opportunities for new mutations; and the expanded population occupies new environmental niches, which would drive evolution in new directions. Whatever the implications of the recent findings, McKee concludes that they highlight a ubiquitous point about evolution: “every species is a transitional species.”collegehumor.da3715f79f8123bc10a3b3d6677206a7

According to transhumanist thinkers, a posthuman is a hypothetical future being “whose basic capacities so radically exceed those of present humans as to be no longer unambiguously human by our current standards.” … Alternatively, others such as Kevin Warwick argue for the likelihood that both humans and posthumans will continue to exist but the latter will predominate in society over the former because of their abilities.

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8 thoughts on “My Favorite Little Post-Human

  1. A lot of theories about bin Laden.

    I tend to agree with the 2002 estimate. An older man with kidney dysfunction requiring dialysis would be pretty damned easy to find 3 days a week. Living in the mountains of Afganistan/Pakistan would require quite a bit of infrastructure to serve his health requirements, just in terms of portable electric source, the dialysis machine itself, and the needles, tubes, and sundry other items required to perform the procedure.

    Now, if he had found a way to pull *that* off, maybe…

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  2. Anyhow, the tech I’m interested in is the ability to “upload” and “download”, for lack of a better word, a consciousness. With advances in cloning and stem cell research, duplicate body parts and even bodies could be a reality, but at that point they’re just raw clay ready to be molded by the experience we call life.

    Make a clone from Michael Jordan’s DNA, and you’re likely to have all sorts of wastes of skin emerge, because they didn’t learn from the same life experiences Michael did. Think about it, the entity known as Michael Jordan was one or two steps in the wrong direction (and I don’t rule out that it may happen still) from becoming some dude on a corner holding a sign saying “Homeless, Please Help”. Download the consciousness of the original into a clone, maybe you have a basketball player who can win 6 championships down the road.

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    1. Interesting, there was this commenter “ContemplativeMorrigan” at MWIR that mentioned this young adult book she had read where (I think) a girl dies, the father clones another girl and implants his daughter’s memory somehow. It’s a common theme in SF.

      Personally, I don’t think “transferring consciousness” is possible. Your brain is a consciousness producing organ. Like you seem to say, other than raw consciousness it’s our experiences and memories that determine “self” and “who we are.” If we had no memories, we’d still have a consciousness. Think Alzheimer’s patients. I doubt consciousness can be transferred.

      I heard they grew a full organ for someone recently though, just from non-embryonic stem cells. We’ll probably see that sort of thing become common in our lifetimes.

      So what do you think about the birth control as trans-human thing?

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      1. As a transitional phase to extinction, sure.

        I don’t have anything against birth control, in fact I think more people should use it in one form or another. I think some people should have more abortions. Hell, I’m in favor of treating suicide and euthanasia with respect and dignity.

        A better plan would involve positive-eugenics and higher investment in the people we do have.

        Think about this: All the money spent on useless eaters could have gotten us to Mars. It could have been used to fund research into workable alternative energy. Hell, we wouldn’t need half the energy we currently use if we didn’t have all those useless eaters, and the environment wouldn’t be on the road to shambles.

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