The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future

Editor(s): Max More, Natasha Vita-More

Published Online: 11 MAR 2013

Print ISBN: 9781118334294

Online ISBN: 9781118555927

DOI: 10.1002/9781118555927

About this Book

The first authoritative and comprehensive survey of the origins and current state of transhumanist thinking

The rapid pace of emerging technologies is playing an increasingly important role in overcoming fundamental human limitations. Featuring core writings by seminal thinkers in the speculative possibilities of the posthuman condition, essays address key philosophical arguments for and against human enhancement, explore the inevitability of life extension, and consider possible solutions to the growing issues of social and ethical implications and concerns. Edited by the internationally acclaimed founders of the philosophy and social movement of transhumanism, The Transhumanist Reader is an indispensable guide to our current state of knowledge of the quest to expand the frontiers of human nature.

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Roots and Core Themes

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  2. Part II: Human Enhancement - The Somatic Sphere

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  3. Part III: Human Enhancement - The Cognitive Sphere

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  4. Part IV: Core Technologies

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  5. Part V: Engines of Life - Identity and Beyond Death

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  6. Part VI: Enhanced Decision-Making

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    1. Chapter 27

      The Open Society and Its Media (pages 268–277)

      Mark S. Miller, with E. Dean Tribble, Ravi Pandya and Marc Stiegler

  7. Part VII: Biopolitics and Policy

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  8. Part VIII: Future Trajectories - Singularity

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    1. Chapter 37

      A Critical Discussion of Vinge's Singularity Concept (pages 395–417)

      David Brin, Damien Broderick, Nick Bostrom, Alexander “Sasha” Chislenko, Robin Hanson, Max More, Michael Nielsen and Anders Sandberg

  9. Part IX: The World's Most Dangerous Idea

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