Friday, June 18, 2010

Great quote from a Catholic seminarian on criticism of Transhumanism (made here);

"As a former transhumanist, I think the greatest draw is a(n unconscious) Zen-like annihilation of the self into that 'precision'. The problem is like the difference between Celsius and Fahrenheit--the former is built around abstractions while the former is based off of man [revelation, relationship, etc, similarly based on man - so in a sense we privilege Divine-communicated rubrics over our abstractions] . Once the self is seen as limiting [or oneself as limiting and a 'problem'], anthropocentrism no longer seems useful since no-one wants to be an anthropos. It's similar with modern architecture--it's a wonderful home for an obtuse angle but not quite as livable for a human being. So much for 'other clean architectural marvels'".
-David Trahan, who 'writes' here.

I'd said recently among Transhumanist friends that I would consider their claims for transcending human limits once I'd seen them stretch the limitations they already have - like 20 clean, strick pushups and 5 clean strict pullups to the bar. I'm still holding my breath. I'm sure other "trannies" can - I'd just like their chutzpah and confidence to tone down until they bone up!
Some 20 years ago the lead singer of a metal band called Voivod explained their album title "Killing Technology" [pending finding the quote]; he didn't see society evolving along with the developments technology, such that mankind in the developed world had become children playing with things they don't and can't understand. I would add that we can't 'transcend' what we haven't fully fathomed, and such partial "evolving" transcendence leads to the asymmetries not unlike the top surgeon or tenured Harvard professor who actually ask the knowledge of Judaism they accumulated for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah to own up to their decades of knowledge of significant realms of the human experience. There is no comparison - and the reason should be obvious to them, but so seldom is.


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