Wednesday January 27th 2016Tim
Budding Transhumanist I'm not one to mess around with
the niceties. In ten days it'll be my birthday, and I
expect to hear Jingle Bells and see the Rockets Flare.
Yes indeed, we can add Professor Fuller's book The
Proactionary Imperative to Ardrey's The Territorial
Imperative, and for those with doubt, what might a
Transhumanist be? He's one who will declare that we
people are "aspiring deities" we have "divine potential"
and we are "not just one among many species." In other
words we're very special, super clever and there's
absolutely nothing wrong with giving other "aspiring
deities" plenty of notice about an upcoming birthday.
It's an old
argument in Fuller's book. It's a tricky argument and we'd
all be very stupid not to take notice of it, try to
understand it in order to better dismiss it before it's too
late, engrained in the narrative as an inevitable happy
ending. Essentially, and I have to paraphrase the argument,
we are already gods and stuff like morality, being good to
old people, different colored people, poor people, deformed
people, the environment, puppy dogs, Salamanders, Spiders
and Snails is all very old fashioned sort of thinking and
just kind of getting in the way of our realizing our
godliness which will arrive with that moment of Singularity
when we humans and machines become a brilliant oneness. So
fair warning! February 7th is my Birthday and I have access
to bolts of lightning.