Transhumanism and Society: The Social Debate over Human by Stephen Lilley

By Stephen Lilley

This ebook presents an introductory evaluation to the social debate over enhancement applied sciences with an summary of the transhumanists' name to avoid human nature and conservationists' argument in safety of it. the writer current this controversy because it unfolds within the contest among transhumanists proponents and conservationists, who ward off with an issue to preserve human nature and to prohibit enhancement applied sciences.

This booklet presents an outline of the main contested issues and current the controversy in an orderly, positive type. Readers are knowledgeable concerning the dialogue over humanism, the strain among technological know-how and faith, and the translation of socio-technological revolutions; and are invited to make up their very own brain approximately probably the most difficult themes about the social and moral implications of technological developments.

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Both sides figure transhumanity would require global sociotechnical change over a period of decades! How can anyone foretell with any precision the risks involved in that? If subordinate to convictions and not a viable actuarial exercise, why are both sides so intent on characterizing future risk? I believe it is done for the sake of rhetoric. Please don’t take this as sarcasm. By ‘‘rhetoric’’ I’m not using the pejorative connotation of word play which distracts and misleads. Rather, I mean argumentation of a very serious nature meant to influence the thought and conduct of an audience or audiences.

For anyone who has tried to get a handle on the debate, this can be quite confusing. Which is it? Both critiques make sense if we understand that the first is meant as an indictment of radical transformation and the second of modest transformation. I’ll present the debate over radical transformation first. S. 1007/978-94-007-4981-8_3, Ó The Author(s) 2013 25 26 3 Transformation of Body and Mind Radical Transformation To possess ever greater powers while leaving the frail body behind is an audacious idea often attributed to mainstream religions or to cults.

In closing, I believe that the transhumanists and the conservationists do us a service by imagining the fate of subjects in a transtechnological world. Later in this book I’ll introduce the debate over specific risks, but this frank exchange about the future of humanity is most satisfying in light of C. Wright Mills’ questions. Nevertheless, we might consider the possibility that neither transcendence nor transgression will occur. Imagined futures need not diverge so much between the utopian and dystopian.

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