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Re: [new-tampa-philosophers] Fukuyama's Transhumanism

From: KMcAlavy
Sent on: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 8:10 PM
Fukuyama seems to be a bit of a luddite or at least a technophobe.  He
wrote a book called 'The End of History' which argues that mankind has
made as much progress (mostly political) as possible.  His arguments
against transhumanism follow a similar line of reasoning, specifically
that attempting any further progress in biotechnology is foolish on moral
grounds.  Oddly he seems to dismiss, out of hand, transhumanists as being
on the 'intellectual fringe'.

These kinds of arguments have been made many times throughout history when
it seemed that mankind had reach its limits and it was argued that
attempting further progress would only bring us to ruin.

Thankfully Fukuyama does not argue that we should revert to a more
primitive lifestyle but rather just stop where we're at.  But that's not
possible, either socially or economically.  Capitalism is predicated on
sustained growth and that requires scientific and technological progress.

Of course there are many inherent dangers with technology, as there always
have been, but trying to prevent new technology is not the way to address
them.  Unless we are faced with an existential risk event, progress in
biotechnology will continue and we will be forced to deal with the moral
and societal issues inherent.  I think it's more productive to discuss the
possible risks and potential solutions before they occur rather than
dismiss, out of hand, proponents of progress (transhumanists) as Fukuyama
does.

-Keevy




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> hear other opinions on his position. Please, take a look at his article
> on this topic and let me know if you agree or see any
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