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transhumanism

(trăns-hyo͞o′mə-nĭz′əm, trănz-)
n.
1. A belief that humans should strive to transcend the physical limitations of the mind and body by technological means.
2. A movement of people who espouse such a belief.
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Pretty much everyone from the grinder scene O'Connell talks with has their own dubious and remarkably self-pitying political analogy for why being a transhumanist is really as tough as it gets.
Transhumanists pursue "meta-cultural" or even "post-cultural" aspirations, including fundamental "meta-political" and "postpolitical" claims in the sense that technology is seen as neither culturally limited nor politically "leftist" or "rightist," conservative or liberal in itself, but as the universal problem-solver of the upcoming age.
Yet today, transhumanists, so-called liberal eugenicists, and other techno-visionaries make the same argument--adding that individual choice (the selection by parents rather than the government of desirable traits in their children) solves the moral problems of eugenics.
Not all transhumanists are equally hostile to religion, but the transhumanist future appears to be a post-religious future.
Most transhumanists disagree not with the need for limits, but with the bioconservative calculus that argues that all enhancements should be forbidden as unsafe.
If the disabled are allowed to enjoy (or, better say, forced to enjoy) new abilities, whether they are entirely new or incremental improvements of normal abilities, for sure others such as the non-disabled transhumanists want to follow by adding all kind of augmentations to their bodies helping themselves to fulfill their own desires.
The enthusiasts, on the other hand, are exemplified by the transhumanists, whom Pence criticizes as ethical libertarians with overly optimistic views about everything from robotic surgery to genetic engineering.
Among transhumanists, Ettinger is celebrated not only for inventing cryonics, but also for penning Man Into Superman: After Immortality .
If you define that as the essence of being human, then transhumanists are anti-aging and therefore you try to transcend this human limitation.
1) Transhumanists look forward to descendents who are posthumans, "future beings whose basic capacities so radically exceed those of present humans as to be no longer unambiguously human by our current standards.
Indeed, preserving the environment should be one of humanity's highest goals--and one that Humanists and transhumanists should share.