Top 5 Misconceptions About Transhumanism

It’s such a sympathy to the view that the word ‘Transhumanism’ has caused and is still causing more confusion than clarity. I have been taking a greater interest in the content of other ‘thinkers’ who have brainwashed the dynamic society with religion and human ethics as a way of antagonizing the freedom of man to advance humanity. One thing they pretend not to know is that the average human being has always wanted to be more. To do extraordinary things and live a life worth living. According to Nick Bostrom, Transhumanism is an intellectual and cultural movement aimed at overcoming fundamental human limitations through applied reason by creating and developing technologies to enhance human intellectual, physical and psychological capacities. Therefore, a transhumanist seeks to bridge the gap between humanity and post-humanity

Just recently, Kevin Warwick, a British professor of cybernetics and a staunch trans-humanist, announced his involvement in a collaborative project with Prof. Tipu Aziz, the Oxford University neurosurgeon, to use brain implants powered by intelligent computer methods to predict and stop tremors associated with Parkinson’s syndrome. The Daily Mail has so far termed this project as “the most significant recent advancement in biomedical engineering”.

5. It is Infeasible (future hype misconception)

5 Misconceptions About Transhumanism

It is argued that transhumanists are wrong about how fast technology progresses and the things that they think will happen in the near future. According to Max Dublin’s book, Future Hype: The Tyranny of Prophecy, the movement is full of scientism, fanaticism, and nihilism in the advancement of its cause. The advancements in medical science are viewed unachievable and unrealistic.

However, the radically changing future advocated by the exponential increases in humanity’s technological capacities stands a good chance in predicting the pace of innovations. Many of the seemingly implausible predictions of early Science Fiction writers have indeed come to pass, among them Travel to the moon and nuclear power. Google Company seems to find feasibility in transhumanist ideas as they have created their company Calico to come up with a solution against aging!

4. It poses a threat to morality and democracy

5 Misconceptions About Transhumanism

Critics have speculated that if trans-humanists triumphantly achieve what they want, we will be a society of lethargic human beings. The fiber of our moral ethics will be eroded by a wave of half humans, half machines ‘things’. In simple terms, man will be a creature of social reality as well as a creature of fiction. Therefore bringing an end to the moral equality.

It also argued that only the aristocratic class will be able to rule over the poor ones who won’t probably afford a full tech-equipped bionic arm or eye. The ‘cyborg’ rich will thus use the ordinary humans as slaves and may end up coming with their rules which may not be human-friendly and instead result into a rapture of endless warfare.

However, this speculation lacks tangible facts, as humans and machines have continued to co-exist in a harmonious relationship with the latter bowing to each and every command from the former. Basically, transhumanists aims at installing moral ethics in robots in compliance with the set International laws.

3. Transhumanism will lead to a Genetic divide

5 Misconceptions About Transhumanism

A bunch of Libertarian Critics among them Bill Mckibben have suggested that emerging human improvement technologies would be disproportionately accessible to those with an outstanding financial resources. Therefore, the lacuna between poor and rich will be aggravated leading to the creation of a ‘genetic divide.’

However, there is no sufficient real life evidence as these views have been `based on the 1997 film Gattaca to depict a dystopian society in which one social class depends entirely on genetic modifications.

2. Hubris (playing God misconception)

5 Misconceptions About Transhumanism

Transhumanism does not play God, but God gives humans the ideas to set things right for the benefit of humanity. Moreover, Joseph H Taylor puts it clearly that a scientific discovery is more the same as a religious discovery, and there is no conflict between Science and religion. The knowledge of God is made larger with every discovery made about the world. Albert Einstein described God as the Deity-a superior intelligence. The Lord of all creation and natural law. What Einstein meant was that no man could be God’s equivalent. It is, therefore, prudent to always appreciate the evolutionary transition of man without blaming it on God’s gift to man, a super brain. Just because a scientist somewhere came up with the technology to create a prosthetic arm for those born without, doesn’t mean he is God. That’s just pure genius!

1. It is irrelevant

5 Misconceptions About Transhumanism

It’s been argued that since Transhumanism is the idea of pursuing science and technology to improve the human condition, then we don’t need a movement to tell us that we need to pursue technologies that will improve or alter the human condition because we have been doing what transhumanists advocate since the dawn of civilization. It’s a waste of time and resources!

The movement is, however, relevant in that it aims to transcend-that is to transform and improve human nature. It is it’s ideas that’s helping western women re-make their exteriors–using technological means-to stimulate the exteriors of young women-sometimes with, superficially (at a glance, from a distance) reasonable effectiveness. This is the success of the project in that it is socially unacceptable, a slur or insult, to tell a woman over thirty that she looks as old as she actually is!

The movement has come up with sophisticated technologies to ensure that our soldiers in Iraq, Somalia, and other war-torn zones are not susceptible to enemy attacks through the introduction ‘super soldiers’ and perhaps that one day we shall drink from the fountain of youth!