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[personal profile] samus2009-05-18 09:35 pm
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Our first topic!

I'm still working on the images for this community - please pardon the mess while I get this sorted out. For some reason, the transparency thing isn't working like it should. Dreamwidth is attentive, so it should be solved soon.

Post-humanism seems inevitable, right? The idea that technology can and will replace our need for our mortal bodies is gaining more acceptance, and the question is going from 'if' to 'when'. The IEET spends a lot of time dealing with the concepts formed, and the implications made by this process. They point out that the desire for trans-humanism is primarily in the interest of a certain demographic, namely white males in western countries. Not every person on the planet is going to want a robot body, obviously. As you biologists know, two populations, isolated from each other, will eventually drift far enough apart genetically to form two separate species.

What do you see happening? Our species splits in two? One side has the technological upper-hand and a moral obligation to continue to be nice to the other? Homo sapiens has all but absorbed or out-competed every last competitive species or hominid-derived ancestor or cousin to this date. Will the new "species" do the same to the one we all are part of now? What part of our benevolent convictions would persist if, say, the two had to compete for the same limited resources in an ever-decreasingly hospitable environment on Earth?

This is perhaps a lot of stuff to cover in just the first topic, so I'll stop there. I look forward to hearing what others feel about these things.
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[personal profile] samus2009-05-18 11:17 am
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Transhumanists Online (on dreamwidth)

I spent the past couple hours making this community look beautiful. I hope it gets some use. The images come from Nintendo's Metroid Prime art galleries. Metroid is kind-of a running theme with me, but I'm amenable to change should it be requested in the future.

I plan to add some links to the side bar, and maybe promote this community in a few places here and there. Here's hoping it flies...