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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.
Terça-feira, 21 de Dezembro de 2010
WHAT WILL BE POSSIBLE?

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

 

Miriam Leis wrote some of the following controversial questions; I give my answer:

 

Is it necessarily bad to alter (human) nature?

 

- Not at all, if that alteration is, with certainty, a benign one; about what will be such, only those affected by it, whatever the way, can decide; no way to be decided by an "elite", as it happened before in Human History. IT MUST BE AN INDIVIDUAL DECISION, AS IN ALL HEALTH AND SO DOMAINS.

 
Do humans have a right not to remain purely human?

 

- Acording to the human sources of knowledge, that is a TOTALLY ABSURD QUESTION (a human to cease of being human? WHO could have the power to do it?)


Can there be something like “trans/post-human rights”?

 

- Again, an absurd question; for the same reasons.


Can there be risks that are not related to physical harm and social justice?

 

- The risks can appear if all the dimensions of Humankind were not taken into acount (see Edgar Morin)


Should technological progress be slowed down? (as demanded by some)?

 

- The first progress would be to spread the good advances by all Humankind

  
The religious view of “human transcendence” is challenged by scientific-technological possibilities of “human enhancement”

 

- No way; TRANS-cendence by definition is situated in another level than scientific-technological possibilities... TRANSHUMANISM SHOULD NOT BE A TENTATIVE TO MAKE ABSURD ENHANCEMENTS, INSTEAD A TENTATIVE TO AMELIORATE WHAT IS NOT GOOD IN THE PRESENT SITUATION



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De Genf20 Plus a 19 de Dezembro de 2011 às 20:19
Dank dir, jetzt endlich habe ich das in der Tiefe kapiert :-)


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