Video Friday: Transhumanism 101 — Nikola Danaylov Interviews H+ Chair Natasha Vita-More

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Transhumanism is both misunderstood and feared.

Dr. Natasha Vita-More covers issues related to transhumanism and the basics thereof.

Nikola and Natasha explore a wide variety of topics such as: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the effect it had on transhumanism, science fiction and science in general; the negative perception and fear of transhumanism stemming from some more recent publications such as Bill Joy’s Why The Future Doesn’t Need Us and Francis Fukuyama’s Post-Human Future; Natasha’s definition of transhumanism; similarities and differences between transhuman, posthuman and cyborg; critical thinking as one of the basic tenets of transhumanism; important writings such as Max More’s Towards a Futurist Philosophy, Eric Drexler’s Engines of Creation and Carl Sagan’s The Demon-Haunted World; her PhD dissertation on human enhancement and life expansion; some of the reasons that people fear transhumanism and how to turn that around; some of her projects such as The Transhumanist Reader and H+TV as well as artistic events and conferences that she supports.

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This video was originally published on NIkola’s excellent Singualrity Weblog: http://www.singularityweblog.com/transhumanism-natasha-vita-more/