Inspiring ideas, artfully expressed: Zoltan Istvan’s new blog on Psychology Today online: The Transhumanist Philosopher

by Chris T. Armstrong

News from Zoltan Istvan:

“Friends, I have some exciting news. Psychology Today, a major mainstream publication with hundreds of thousands of readers, has invited me to write a regular new blog. It’s titled: The Transhumanist Philosopher. I hope to reach many new readers with it and tell them about radical human enhancement and life extension ideas. I’ll also be interviewing key leaders in the transhumanism and longevity fields — and discussing their projects and books. If you like my first article below, please share it in your social circles and tweet it. Thanks! Zoltan Istvan”

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-transhumanist-philosopher/201309/origami-cranes-and-the-transhumanist-philosopher

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It’s so encouraging to see these ideas given a forum here. Too much of the time I hear passive surrender to the “death-ist paradigm”: that death is inevitable, natural, even DESIRABLE and almost noble…”It’s our duty to get out of the way for the next generation.” In this view, any attempt to conquer death is not only “a fool’s errand” but deeply “selfish” or somehow pathological.

This view is so deeply imbedded in the dominant culture at a subconscious, intuitive level that any challenge to it is often met with confusion if not outright anger.

It’s about time we hear more from the other side: people who challenge the dominant assumptions and world-views; people who reject the inevitability of death and view it as a problem to be solved rather than a metaphysical absolute to be obeyed.

With this introductory article, Zoltan Istvan has redrawn the map and is plotting a visionary new course: one of inspiration and enhancement rather than of resignation and decline into increasing decrepitude and a “dying of the light.”

If we don’t “rage against” this pervasive and acquiescent death-ist mindset, by prioritizing and GREATLY increasing our research efforts, humans may never know if it was in their power to overcome death as though it were just another curable disease, albeit the most fundamental one. For so, in truth, a temporary malady, death just may be…

— Chris T. Armstrong

 

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