19. Transhumanism

Transhumanism is a worldview that is particularly suited to the 2020s, yet it remains poorly understood. It’s time to make amends.

Transhumanism recognises that a major transition is imminent in the human species. This is no mere change in our economic or political circumstances, but a transformation in core aspects of the human condition:

  • A transformation that can uplift and enhance our most important human characteristics
  • A transformation that can enable the overcoming (transcendence) of ages-old limitations in our condition
  • A transformation that is enabled by the technologies of what are sometimes called the fourth and fifth industrial revolutions
  • A transformation that is already underway, and which is poised to accelerate
  • A transformation that is likely to involve an extended period of chaos and turbulence, ahead of the attainment of a new level of stability and growth.

Resources providing an overall introduction to transhumanism:

Video specially created for The Vital Syllabus by David Wood
PostHuman: An Introduction to Transhumanism, by BIOPS

For a thorough account of the history (and prehistory) of transhumanism, see A History of Transhumanism by Elise Bohan, PhD thesis, Macquarie University, 2018.

For general information about all aspects of transhumanism, see the online wiki H+Pedia.

The context for transhumanism:

Yuval Noah Harari on The Future of Humanity
“Transhumanism” – Benjamin Zand for the BBC

For resources arguing the case that we are living in “the most important century” see these online resources by Holden Karnofsky.

(More links pending)

19.1 Components of transhumanism

“The Biohappiness Revolution” – conversation with David Pearce on Humanity Unshackled

19.2 Varieties of transhumanism

Varieties of transhumanism: Conversation with Chris Monteiro on Humanity Unshackled

19.3 The values of active transhumanism

19.4 The transhumanist shadow

Video specially created for The Vital Syllabus by David Wood

19.5 Criticisms of transhumanism

Video specially created for The Vital Syllabus by David Wood
“Transhumanism: The World’s Most Dangerous Idea” by Abigail Thorn (Philosophy Tube)

19.6 Transhumanist culture

19.7 Anticipating the growth of transhumanism

A possible “Transhumanism 2024” campaign in the UK – envisioned in a presentation during TransVision 2021 in Madrid
“The Future of Empowerment Today: Transhumanism” by Peter Bloom, featuring James Hughes

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