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The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 8:08 am EDT

How would you like to live for another 400 years? A whole new you - emotionally more advanced with enhanced intelligence and a fitter, stronger body no longer vulnerable to disease or old age - a body that may no longer be purely biological. While this may sound like the makings of a futuristic sci-fi novel, it is, in fact, the philosophy that drives transhumanist movement - an organization that supports the use of all forms of technology to improve the well-being of human life - and, if the arguments in this fascinating and unique new book are to be believed, it's a way of life that will almost certainly, one day, become our reality...

Edited by Max More and Natasha Vita-More, the critically acclaimed founders of the philosophy and social movement of transhumanism, and bringing together essays from some of the most influential names in the speculative possibilities of human advancement and design, The Transhumanist Reader is the first comprehensive survey of the origins and current state of transhumanist thinking with regard to technology's impact on the future of humanity. All of the key concepts are covered, including singularity, bioengineering, nanotechnology, robotics, aging and death and more, and there is in depth examination of a wide range of ideas and concerns, from the key philosophical arguments for and against human enhancement to the rapid changes in technology that are making life extension possible, from the potential benefits of such technologies to a thorough and detailed consideration of the social and ethical concerns and implications that such a controversial topic inevitably raises.

While immortality may seem attractive to many of us, what about the dangers that come hand-in-hand with technological progression of this kind - population growth, inequality, technology falling into the wrong hands to name just a few. These are also addressed in detail and dismissed. Rather, there is danger in not pursuing these ideas. The advancements in bioengineering and nanotechnology are happening now and are we, therefore, not morally obliged to provide policy and funding to improve our current state of being? Read this fascinating book and decide for yourself...

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