I agree with the idea that the word “transhumanism” has caused and continues to cause more confusion than clarity. I’ve been paying more attention to what other “thinkers” have to say. These “thinkers” have indoctrinated the dynamic society with religion and human ethics as a way to hurt the freedom of man and move humanity forward. They act like they don’t know that the average person has always wanted to be more than they are. Do amazing things and live a life that is worth living. Nick Bostrom says that transhumanism is an intellectual and cultural movement that aims to overcome fundamental human limitations through the use of reason and the creation and development of technologies that make people smarter, stronger, and happier. So, a transhumanist tries to bring humanity and post-humanity together.
Kevin Warwick, a British professor of cybernetics and a strong trans-humanist, just announced that he will be working with Prof. Tipu Aziz, a neurosurgeon at Oxford University, on a project to use brain implants powered by intelligent computer methods to predict and stop Parkinson’s syndrome tremors. So far, the Daily Mail has called this project “biomedical engineering’s most important new advance.”
10. It is one of the main causes of dehumanisation.
People have said that the progress in Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a threat to people. As the human genome is changed in different ways to make people smarter, stronger, and healthier, the idea of a cyborg is introduced. The education system hasn’t taught people how to think critically, and more people using calculators and spell checkers has stopped the brain from growing.
The mistaken belief has been put to rest by the fact that different schools of thought say humans have evolved to deal with other humans in too many ways for transhumanism to ever create a society where a computer is a better choice than a person. Humans’ ways of getting close to other people have changed over time, and anything else is a replacement that most people are aware of. Even though it may be possible to make humanoids, it is not possible to make evolution responses like being able to choose a morally good woman to marry.
9. It is in favour of eugenics
Eugenics is the practise of trying to improve the human gene pool by making it easy for people with desirable traits to have lots of children and making it hard for people with less desirable traits to have children. The Star Trek series was used to explain the Eugenics Wars or the “Great Wars.” It was a series of scientific attempts to make people better by using selective breeding and recombinant DNA technology to make “supermen,” also called “augments.” The Augments were twice as smart as a normal man, five times stronger, and their lungs worked 50% better. In the end, they became violent and hard to control, killing their “makers” and taking over the world. This is a mistake that came from the movie series, but some critics think that Transhumanism could lead to the creation of such “augmentations” in the future.
8. It makes people’s identities less important.
Critics of human enhancement, like Francis Fukuyama and Leon Kass, say that changing people’s minds and bodies and giving them superpowers takes away from their dignity and makes them less equal. People with these abilities might end up changing the way they look and act, making it hard to tell them apart from regular people. Some people also say that transhumanists decide for themselves what is good or bad in a person.
This isn’t true, though, because transhumanism has its roots in secular humanist ideas and because humans can only think, feel, experience, and do a small part of what is possible. Just like a monkey can’t understand what it’s like to be a human, humans can’t create a realistic, intuitive understanding of what it would be like to be post-human. Nick Bostrom also thinks Fukuyama’s argument is wrong, because evolutionary biology shows that there is no unique human essence because the human gene pool is not fixed.
7. It’s a threat to life itself.
Existential risks are a type of global risk that ends in death. Some examples of these risks are moderate global warming, economic downturns, and threats to the Earth’s biodiversity, to name just a few. So, a good definition would be risks whose bad outcomes could either kill all intelligent life on earth or permanently limit its potential, putting humankind in danger. Critics have been telling the public for a long time that military advances like nuclear weapons are bad. They have also always thought that the desire for power among countries with such complicated weapons could lead to World War III. A war that could kill enough people to end the human race.
But this will never happen because rogue nations with nuclear weapons now have access to sophisticated verification technologies that can spot any illegal activity. They include letting inspectors use visible light communication technology to use GPS in large facilities. This is because nuclear plants are big and inspections have to be done at certain times.
6. It wants to make people hate their bodies (fountain of youth Misconception)
People haven’t liked the fact that trans-humans want to drink from the fountain of youth forever. The “thinkers” have said that the idea of regaining youth by mimicking the hormone levels of a young person is very dangerous and is pushing people to the “cosmetic sugary” extreme. To look younger, dangerous chemicals like Botox are injected, which can cause food poisoning that can kill. People, especially women, will do anything to stay young, even if it means going broke or getting sick.
But this isn’t true, according to doctors, who have defended this new trend by saying that complications and problems only happen in patients whose levels aren’t kept at physiologic levels and who need to eat right and work out after getting an injection. In an ideal world, no drug would work best if you didn’t eat well and exercise.
5. It’s not possible (future hype misconception)
People say that transhumanists are wrong about how quickly technology changes and what will happen in the near future. Future Hype: The Tyranny of Prophecy, a book by Max Dublin, says that the movement is full of scientism, fanaticism, and nihilism in the way that it promotes its cause. People think that the advances in medical science are impossible and unrealistic.
But the fact that technology is getting better and better at an exponential rate gives us a good chance of knowing how fast things will change in the future. Many of the things that early Science Fiction writers said would never happen, like going to the moon and using nuclear power, have in fact come true. Google Company seems to think that transhumanist ideas are possible, as they have set up a company called Calico to find a way to stop ageing.
4. It’s bad for morals and democracy.
Critics have said that if transhumanists get what they want, we will live in a society full of lazy people. A wave of half-human, half-machine “things” will break down our sense of right and wrong. In simple terms, this means that man will be both a part of social reality and a part of fiction. So, the moral equality is no longer true.
It also said that only the rich will be able to rule over the poor, who probably won’t be able to pay for a bionic arm or eye with all the latest tech. So, the “cyborg” rich will use regular humans as slaves and may end up imposing their own rules, which may not be friendly to humans and instead lead to a never-ending war.
But this theory is based on nothing real, as humans and machines have continued to live together in peace, with machines bowing to every command from humans. The main goal of transhumanists is to give robots morals that are in line with international laws.
3. Transhumanism will cause a split in the genes
A group of Libertarian critics, including Bill McKibben, have said that new technologies for improving people’s lives will be mainly available to those with a lot of money. So, the gap between the rich and the poor will get bigger, and a “genetic divide” will be created.
But there isn’t enough evidence from real life to support these ideas. Instead, they are based on the 1997 movie Gattaca, which shows a dystopian society where one social class is completely dependent on genetic modifications.
2. Hubris (playing God misconception)
Transhumanism doesn’t try to be God, but God gives people the ideas they need to fix things for the good of all people. Also, Joseph H. Taylor makes it clear that a scientific discovery is more like a religious discovery, and that Science and religion do not go against each other. Every new thing we learn about the world adds to what we know about God. Albert Einstein said that God is the Deity, which means that God is a higher intelligence. The one who made everything and made natural law. Einstein meant that no man could be the same thing as God. So, it is smart to always appreciate how man has changed over time without blaming it on God giving man a super brain. Just because a scientist somewhere figured out how to make an artificial arm for people who were born without one, that doesn’t make him God. That’s just pure genius!
1. It doesn’t matter
People have said that since Transhumanism is the idea of using science and technology to improve the human condition, we don’t need a movement to tell us that we need to pursue technologies that will improve or change the human condition because that’s what we’ve been doing since the beginning of civilization. It wastes both time and money!
But the movement is important because it wants to transcend—that is, to change and improve people. Its ideas are what are helping western women change their appearances by using technology to make young women look better on the outside, sometimes in a way that seems reasonable at first glance. It is now a slur or insult to say to a woman over thirty that she looks as old as she is. This is a sign that the project was a success.
The movement has come up with high-tech ways to protect our soldiers from enemy attacks in Iraq, Somalia, and other war-torn places. These are called “super soldiers,” and maybe one day we’ll be able to drink from the fountain of youth.