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The following outline provides an overview of and a topical guide to transhumanism , an international intellectual and cultural movement that affirms the possibility and desirability of fundamentally transforming the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to eliminate aging and to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical and psychological capacities. Survival, or self-preservation, is behavior that ensures the survival of an organism. Humans differ from other animals in that they use technology extensively to improve chances of survival and increase life expectancy.
Transhumanism is a philosophical movement, the proponents of which advocate the enhancement of the human condition by developing and making widely available sophisticated technologies able to greatly enhance longevity, mood and cognitive abilities. Transhumanist thinkers study the potential benefits and dangers of emerging technologies that could overcome fundamental human limitations as well as the ethical  limitations of using such technologies. Another common topic of transhumanist research is how to protect humanity against existential risks , such as nuclear war or asteroid collision. The contemporary meaning of the term "transhumanism" was foreshadowed by one of the first professors of futurology , a man who changed his name to FM In the s, he taught "new concepts of the human" at The New School when he began to identify people who adopt technologies, lifestyles and worldviews "transitional" to posthumanity as " transhuman ".
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Raquel Cascales Universidad de Navarra Spain. The journal content is indexed in CrossCheck , the CrossRef initiative to prevent scholarly and professional plagiarism. Since the late 20th century, the posthumanist project of human improvement has been proposing the overcoming of the actual human capacities. Although this possibility may not yet be in practice, these hypotheses have emerged in the genre of science fiction resulting in the collective image of what is considered to be possible, even desirable.
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Buy now. Delivery included to Germany. Ted Chu author eBook 01 Mar For millennia, great thinkers have contemplated the meaning and purpose of human existence; but while most assumed that humanity was the end point of creation or the pinnacle of evolution, Ted Chu makes the provocative claim that the human race may in fact be a means rather than an end--that humankind will give rise to evolutionary successors.
Just how valuable is our body? It's time to ask this, because transhumanists are proposing a more highly evolved bodiless existence. Mercer and Maher ask us: do we really want to go there? But were we not created with the ability and desire to engage in technology? Was it a sin to develop fire, or medicine? These essays will forcefully reassure readers that further technological progress, even if sometimes burdened with the unnecessarily scary label 'transhumanism,' will also be God's work. Skip to main content Skip to table of contents.
Human Purpose and Transhuman Potential may be the most important book in favor of transhumanism since Ray Kurzweil's The Singularity Is.
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Over the last 30 years, the evolutionary status and trajectory of the human species has been brought into question by rapid progress within the fields of nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and cognitive science. Such enhancements may include brain modifications to increase memory or reasoning capabilities, alterations to biochemistry to increase resilience to the environment or the creation of new capacities. It may also include living for much longer or alterations to our appearance to make us more attractive or more aesthetically distinct. Yet, questions remain about how far society is prepared to accept these kinds of applications and what ethical issues they create.
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