Transhumanism Evolutionary Futurism And The Human Technologies Of Utopia

Author: Andrew Pilsch
Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 1517901022
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Transhumanism posits that humanity is on the verge of rapid evolutionary change as a result of emerging technologies and increased global consciousness. However, this insight is dismissed as a naive and controversial reframing of posthumanist thought, having also been vilified as “the most dangerous idea in the world” by Francis Fukuyama. In this book, Andrew Pilsch counters these critiques, arguing instead that transhumanism’s utopian rhetoric actively imagines radical new futures for the species and its habitat.

Pilsch situates contemporary transhumanism within the longer history of a rhetorical mode he calls “evolutionary futurism” that unifies diverse texts, philosophies, and theories of science and technology that anticipate a radical explosion in humanity’s cognitive, physical, and cultural potentialities. By conceptualizing transhumanism as a rhetoric, as opposed to an obscure group of fringe figures, he explores the intersection of three major paradigms shaping contemporary Western intellectual life: cybernetics, evolutionary biology, and spiritualism. In analyzing this collision, his work traces the belief in a digital, evolutionary, and collective future through a broad range of texts written by theologians and mystics, biologists and computer scientists, political philosophers and economic thinkers, conceptual artists and Golden Age science fiction writers. Unearthing the long history of evolutionary futurism, Pilsch concludes, allows us to more clearly see the novel contributions that transhumanism offers for escaping our current geopolitical bind by inspiring radical utopian thought. 


Transhumanism

Author: Andrew Pilsch
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ISBN: 9781517901028
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In this book, Andrew Pilsch counters these critiques, arguing instead that transhumanism's utopian rhetoric actively imagines radical new futures for the species and its habitat.

Assessing Societal Implications Of Converging Technological Development

Author: Gerhard Banse
Publisher: edition sigma
ISBN: 3894049413
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as the age-old scourges war, poverty, and environmental degradation, the
utopian imagination always includes an ... Futurism, however, is often nothing
more than an extrapolation of trends in S&T, a vision of a high-tech version of
present society. ... example, named awards after Wells and Haldane and often
credit Huxley as the inventor of the term “transhumanism”. In their futurist texts,
they envisioned civilisations that control evolution, create improved humans or
new species, and ...

Perfecting Human Futures

Author: J. Benjamin Hurlbut
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3658110449
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Transhuman Visions and Technological Imaginations J. Benjamin Hurlbut, Hava
Tirosh-Samuelson. which was a slow, uncontrolled, and unpredictable process,
now evolution will be fast, controlled, and directed by humans. This imagined ...
become transhuman. This tale of the future is at once utopian imagination and
technological prediction. ... Futurists who predict this sequence of events (for
example, Clark, 1997, 2003; Minsky, 1986, 2006; Moravec, 1988, 1999; Kurzweil,
1999 ...

Religion And Transhumanism The Unknown Future Of Human Enhancement

Author: Calvin Mercer
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1440833265
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Human enhancement is just the beginning of the process in which humans will
take control of evolution and bring about its ... Judaism offers a unique
perspective from which to view trans/posthumanism because its utopian,
apocalyptic, and ... Nevertheless, a Jewish engagement with transhumanism also
brings to the fore what is problematic about this futurist vision. ... human suffering
and pain, Judaism is rather supportive of the new genetics and the medical
technologies based on it.

Skeptical Environmentalism

Author: Robert Kirkman
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253214971
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Engaging the work of Kant, Hegel, Descartes, Rousseau, and Heidegger, among others, Kirkman reveals the relational worldview as an unreliable basis for knowledge and truth claims, and, more dangerously, as harmful to the intellectual ...

Battlestar Galactica And Philosophy

Author: Jason T. Eberl
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1444356577
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each considered a benefit of science to be the ability for humans to better
ourselves, to ease or eliminate our frailties, ... whose dystopian novel Brave New
World ironically serves as a utopian vision to the small but growing transhumanist
community. ... directing her own evolution past human by adopting technology to
enhance perceived shortcomings of evolution thus far. FM2030's book, Up
Wingers: A Futurist Manifesto, features a calltoarms for transhumanist rights and
activism.5 In ...

The Transhumanist Reader

Author: Max More
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118555996
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Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and
Philosophy of the Human Future Max More, Natasha Vita-More. More, Max (1990
) “Transhumanism: Toward a Futurist Philosophy. ... Journal of Evolution and
Technology 21/1 (January), pp. 1-4. More ... Nozick, Robert (1974) Anarchy, State
, and Utopia.

The Scientific Marx

Author: Daniel Little
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9780816615056
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Rich with historical and cultural value, these works are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.

The Mental And The Physical

Author: Herbert Feigl
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 0816657599
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The essay itself is presented here in full, along with the postscript. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science has called the essay "a 'super-colossal' survey of the mind-body problem.