Disillusioned Transhumanism

Care of Dedroidify, via Renegade Futurist.

Christopher Dewdney is a culture theorist and author of Last Flesh: Life in the Transhuman Era.

Christopher Dewdney : “- When I asked a lot of “average” people — people who weren’t part of my circle — what they would do with the kind of self-transformative power that may perhaps be ours to wield, I was increasingly appalled. The jocks I talked to wanted to be bigger and stronger so they could beat the shit out of everybody else; the women wanted to morph into their ideal role models. I began to realize that what most people wanted was conformity; their “ideals” would turn us into a world of underachieving Nicole Kidmans and eight-foot Brad Pitts, identical cut-outs with no individualism.

My previous rather naive notion that biotechnology would free us from the tyranny of “normalcy,” that we could become anything we wanted, morph ourselves into elongated, blue-skinned, orange-haired, sixteen-fingered geniuses or perhaps flying ribbons of sensual bliss that performed acrobatic choreographies above the sunset, was a very utopian and, as it turns out, unpopular dream. Individuality or creative improvisation is the last thing most people want. So Botox is really a dreadful symptom of a new, radical mundanity enabled by biotechnology. And that’s disillusioning.”

Imagine a world where you can be anything that you can imagine, or that was imagined by someone else and you accepted.

That is the world of both transhuman singularity and spiritual ascension in their ultimate form. There is no difference worth describing, and that is why it is imperative that neither of these potentials be fully realized until the anguish and the scars of this world have been healed enough that we will not be a cancer upon the universe.

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