For Domin, the act of aristocratic self-perfection occurs, not as an affirmative act of overcoming and creative transvaluation, but rather as a reactive negation of imperfections and limitations in the human condition--all of which resonates in contemporary posthuman sentiments of the singularitarian, transhumanist, extropian
varieties, exemplified by figures such as Ray Kurzweil and Hans Moravec.
In that sense the evolution towards e-learning is on a par with the (perhaps realizable) dream of the so called extropian
movement to detach ourselves one day from our corporeal and transient bodies and to reach a dematerialized and immortal life as mere computational realities.
To the Precautionary Principle now popular in Europe Kelly opposes an idea from the 1990s Extropian
movement: the Proactionary Principle.
A combination of the terms extrapolate and utopian, extropian
means someone who supports not a static utopia, but rather an open-ended domain subject to ever increasing improvement.
Dynamic Optimism--An Extropian
Cognitive-Emotional Virtue, Retrieved July 11, 2007 from http://www.
And true to transhumanist and extropian
principles, the conversion to vegetarianism (or any other life change) can be interpreted as an expression of ongoing personal evolution and the continual challenge to improve one's moral, intellectual, and physical condition.
movement is a Californian self-empowerment subculture which embraces technology to fight bodily decay.
Dery's tour of the cybercultists--the Extropian
posthumanists and digi-sex teledildonistas, "body art" mutilators and Mondo 2000 boobies, robot monster mad scientists and "submolecular shamans"--is a journey through regions where technology is neither placed on a pedestal nor staked through the heart: "Most of them," writes Dery, "regard the computer--a metonym, at this point, for all technology--as a Janus machine, an engine of liberation and an instrument of repression.
Sterling: I think we are on the verge of post-humanity, but I don't think it's going to look like what any Extropian
thinks it's going to look like.
For example, the Progress Action Coalition, formed in 2001 by bio-artist, author, and extropian
activist Natasha Vita-More, fantasizes about "the dream of true artificial intelligence.
We develop extropian
perspectives on technology, science, philosophy, and art in our journal, Extropy: The Journal of Transhumanist Thought, in the Extropy Institute newsletter, e-mail forums, and conferences.
Allow Shermer to introduce you to the singularitarians, Omega Point Theorists, transhumanists, extropians
, cryonicists and mind-uploaders.