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SCIENCE TO THE LIMIT OF POSSIBLE


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Transhumanism = Scientific current trying to improve Man's Intelligence, and Happiness.
Quarta-feira, 1 de Julho de 2009
TO PLAN MORE...THE HUMAN EVOLUTION

Rui Barbosa, PhD (U. Grenoble, France), Founder of the First Humanity+ Portuguese Chapter, transhumanismo@sapo.pt.

 

Minsky, Materialist and Visionary (1) said:
“We are already evolving more quickly, even if not in the familiar darwinian way, which is slow. We can also design systems based on new types of non natural selection that will be able to explore explicit plans and objectives, and what we inherited; it took 1 century to the evolutionists to train themselves to prevent such ideas but now we can have to change these rules”.
The will to take the helm of the Evolution is not against Catholicism because Teillard de Chardin, a Priest, invoked it positively in its “The Human Phenomenon”. But it is necessary that we remain cautious about its limits…
Minsky says:
“This article bears on our rights to have children, to change our genes, and to die if we so wish. No popular ethical system yet, be it humanist or religion-based, has shown itself able to face the challenges that already confront us:
- How many people should occupy Earth?
- What sorts of people should they be?
- How should we share the available space?”.
It is not truth: the Catholicism, at least, pronounced itself frequently on these subjects; although not always in concrete terms … as, by the way, it would not compete to it to do …
Minsky goes on:
“Clearly, we must change our ideas about making additional children. Individuals now are conceived by chance. Someday, though, they could be 'composed' according to considered desires and designs.
Furthermore, when we build new brains, these need not start out the way ours do, with so little knowledge about the world. What sorts of things should our mind-children know? How many of them should we produce - and who should decide their attributes?”
We reported in a previous chronicle a declaration of the Vatican of 2002 (2) in which it is said that “to change the genetic identity of Man while human person, through the production of an infra-human being, would be radically immoral” implying, as it would, that "Man would have full right to make use of its own biological nature". We consider that it is only valid to eliminate of the body of the children everything that could come to cause suffering or impotence in relation to the Cosmos; the Transhumanists argue that the parents have a moral responsibility called “beneficence of procreation” if and when it proves to be reasonably effective and secure to make their children the most healthful possible. They add that this responsibility is a moral judgment that should preferably be left to the individual conscience instead of being put in law, in all the cases except in the extreme ones. In this context, the emphasis in the freedom of choice is called “procreative freedom” (2).
On the contrary, for the parents to compose their children according to their desires (to design blond children, for instance), since they are not their property, would make them “infra-parents” thus infra-human beings … Eugenics again …
Minsky goes on:
“Moreover, when we build new brains, these do not need to start in the same way that ours started, with so little knowledge on the World. What kind of things would have the minds of our children to know? How many children should we have?”
Here Minsky considers artificial selection as convenient for the adaptation to Cosmos, and we fully agree with him.
Minsky goes on:
“Traditional systems of ethical thought are focused mainly on individuals, as though they were the only things of value. Obviously, we must also consider the rights and the roles of larger scale beings - such as the super-persons we call cultures, and the great, growing systems called sciences, that help us to understand other things.
How many such entities do we want? Which are the kinds that we most need? We ought to be wary of ones that get locked into forms that resist all further growth.
Whatsoever that the Future can come to bring us, we are already changing the rules that made us. Although the majority of us will fear the change, others will certainly want to escape to our present limitations.”
In 15 days we will continue to analyze the fracturing proposals of this great visionary…
 
Totality of my chronicles: Transhumanismo Portugal.
 
Citations
(1) http://web.media.mit.edu/~minsky/papers/sciam.inherit.html

(2) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transhumanism#cite_note-Cole-Turner_1993-89


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