A Defense of Transhumanism

January 5, 2008

One obvious example is contraceptive technology. Vasectomy, birth control pills, and other contraceptive methods enhance our control over our reproductive systems, severing the link between sex and reproduction. We may value such enhancements because they make family planning easier and increase choice. But Evolution would frown on these practices. The great engineer would not regard the absence of an easy reproductive off-switch as a defect. When our goals differ from hers, it is unsurprising that we are able to modify her design in ways that make it better (by our lights) even if our design skills fall far short of hers.

– From The Wisdom of Nature: An Evolutionary Heuristic for Human Enhancement by Nick Bostrom and Anders Sandberg

The entire article makes a compelling argument for Transhumanism, especially with counterarguments to the old “Don’t mess with Mother Nature” schtick. A little dense in the reading, but rewarding in the insights. Check it out if you have any interest in where technology will bring our species in the coming years.

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One Response to “A Defense of Transhumanism”

  1. brinticus said

    You might be intersted in an article I just posted titled, Transhumanism and the so-called “future good” of humanity. It’s located here.

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