Introduction—The Transhumanist FAQ: A General Introduction

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the Future of Humanity and Its Successors book series (PSFHS)


Transhumanism is a way of thinking about the future that is based on the premise that the human species in its current form does not represent the end of our development but rather a comparatively early phase. We formally define it as follows:
  1. 1.

    The intellectual and cultural movement that affirms the possibility and desirability of fundamentally improving the human condition through applied reason, especially by developing and making widely available technologies to eliminate aging and to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities.

  2. 2.

    The study of the ramifications, promises, and potential dangers of technologies that will enable us to overcome fundamental human limitations, and the related study of the ethical matters involved in developing and using such technologies.



Virtual Reality Stem Cell Research Cognitive Enhancement Therapeutic Cloning Reproductive Cloning 
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© Calvin Mercer and Derek F. Maher 2014

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