Captain’s Log…

I’ve added a new category to the site called “captain’s log”. I’m hoping to use this category to add personal notes and thoughts on transhumanism and futurism. I promise to you all that I will make the biggest effort to avoid it becoming a “righteous ranting” or “whinging” platform.

I don’t want this to become a livejournal clone because I’ve always kind of envisaged it to be a place for me to draw attention to various technologies and ideas which I would like to comment on. But I like to think I have enough to bring to the table that I can make the occasional social commentary without becoming preachy.

On that note I have two things today that I’d like to share, one that I came across today and one that’s been inspiring me in a passive/aggressive way for years now.

I was looking around the net for some transhumanism links when I came across one of those discussions about uploading where the anti-uploading proponent was making the argument :

“If you upload your mind to a machine and then discard your organic body, surely “you” have died and only a copy of you lives on. Your “soul” is dead.”

Despite the inherent fallacy in this argument, if you take into account gradual movement to an inorganic substrate through “upgrades, enhancements and repairs” either via nano-cells or macro-scale electronics, the respondent rebutted with a simple, yet (in my opinion) moving quote.

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‘What is a human being, then?’
‘A seed.’
‘A… seed?’
‘An acorn that is unafraid to destroy itself in growing into a tree’

David Zindell, The Broken God

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I rather liked that and felt the need to share it here.

On a completely different note… a few years ago I discovered a youtube video. It’s quite interesting from a transhumanist point of view because it talks about people, and what makes us people and what we are despite our greater wishes. All of these topics are common fodder for transhumanist debates and many people have said many moving things about them. However  I think this short video brings the debate to the table in an honest and brutal way that is at the same time uplifting and realistic :




I said earlier that I have a passive/aggressive interaction with this video and it’s strange how it inspires and depresses me at the same time. It makes the point that we are essentially monkeys, smart monkeys make no mistake, but monkeys.

It does however lay this out in such a way that it gives a feeling of great hope and possibility if we can just come to terms with our monkeyness, get beyond it and maybe drop some of our less desirable monkey nature attributes.

So it inspires me in that it says to me “when you know what you are and what motivates you, you can change this and we will” and it depresses me because so far and right now… we really are just dancing monkeys with high speed fibre optic digital technology.

“Dance monkeys dance!”

AM