Transgender, Tech + Transhumanism?

Article: “The Transhumanism Revolution: Oppression Disguised as Liberation” by Libby Emmons (July 11, 2018 — Quillette): https://quillette.com/2018/07/11/the-transhumanism-revolution-oppression-disguised-as-liberation/

Thoughts?
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Separate book mentioned as further food for thought: Michael Shermer’s “Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia”: https://www.audible.com/pd/Nonfiction/Heavens-on-Earth-Audiobook/B078RTCCLT

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  1. Hi Byenia,

    The author's main point seems to that allowing transgenderism, means that we are as a society applying the philosophy of transhumanism. And that the philosophical arguments for transhumanism, can arguably be seen as a derivative or subsection of transhumanist philosophy. I think those are credible arguments, but I don't share the authors alarmism though I do believe she expresses credible concerns.

    Although I'm pro-transhumanism, I'm not a fan of the 'cyborg' branch of transhumanism. I'm not interested in dehumanizing our psyches via the use of technology. I remember reading/hearing the theory that 'the greys' (grey aliens) were a species that changed themselves via technology, and had lost their emotional and caring capacity, and so now are detached but curious explorers of the cosmos… Even just as a thought experiment I find that a scary prospect for the future of humanity, if we do go down the route of Cyborgism.

    I'm a supporter of the regenerative medicine aspect of transhumanism, tech aimed at keeping our bodies as young (adult) and healthy as possible (eg. Stem cell therapy, Testosterone replacement therapy, 3D printed organs, etc. Like the article mentions.) There are religious and spiritual interpretations of tranhumanism, that seem to focus on regenerative medicine (eg. Mormon Transhumanism). Like we know, the risk of quality of life debilitating diseases goes up significantly statistically, once we reach our senior years, I've seen the number of medications, Drs, and hosptial visits that seniors in my family have, and I find it very sad and an unpleasant reality to contemplate for myself.

    I've also worked in a care home for people with dementia, and I can honestly say, I would rather have my brains blown out than to go between periods of a 'goldfish memory' and then wondering why I'm in a nursing home. "I know there is something wrong with me, but I'm not sure why I'm here. Do you know?" was a conversation I had with a man with dementia, in a nursing home. I sincerely hope that we as a global society embrace regnerative medicine research, so that people can live out their lives with dignity (not lying in their own shit for hours), and lucidity.

    IMO that article's alarm bell ringing seems to be based on the authors (seemingly) secular humanist perspective. Religious and spiritual people believe in a mind-body dualism, but they can (and do) 'have a stake' in the physical world. I think 'having a stake' in the physical world or not, is far bigger than if you believe in mind-body dualism or not, I think that is determined by your philosophical view of the physical world.

    Even near death experiencers, who are convinced of the mind body split – due to their experience – often talk about the deep love that they witnessed on the other side for people and nature, and the love that they themselves have for people and the environment. So again, I think the authors alarmism, is based on a secular perspective.

    I hope you are well.

  2. The positives in technology are in reasons of health, such as artificial limbs etc, medical advances etc. The negatives are when the technology is used to make profit and unscrupulous people pushing the idea of sex bots and other things on people in order to open up a market to make money. No matter how life like a robot looks, it is just that, a silicon robot without a soul or humanity. I think much of these ideas are a science fiction nightmare. I dont consider it advancement or progress

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