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 (trăns-hyo͞o′mə-nĭz′əm, trănz-)
1. A belief that humans should strive to transcend the physical limitations of the mind and body by technological means.
2. A movement of people who espouse such a belief.
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Not all transhumanists are equally hostile to religion, but the transhumanist future appears to be a post-religious future.
She devotes significant reflection to the predictions of "transhumanists," those who "look to a postbiological future where superinformational beings will flourish and biological limits such as disease, aging, and death will be overcome."
Transhumanists regard human nature not as an end in itself, not as perfect, and not as having any claim on our allegiance.
Transhumanists and posthumanists are somewhat at odds with respect to their use of terminology.
At meetings, some involving groups of "transhumanists" interested in next steps for human evolution, Church likes to show a slide on which he lists naturally occurring variants of around 10 genes that, when people are born with them, confer extraordinary qualities or resistance to disease.
Together with the rapidly increasing computing capabilities and new developing technologies (e.g., nanotechnologies), the Internet will also be part of "the next stage of human evolution." (32) For transhumanists, technology needs to be used to transform the human body and human nature.
Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, a professor in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies and director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Arizona State University, maintains that Transhumanists seek to transcend human biology through technogenetic enhancements.
Transhumanists and other technoutopians dodge the issues of aging by saying that it will never happen (at least to them).
Most of those who have written on surrogacy in the absence of a genetic link have been either religious conservatives, on the one hand, or radical transhumanists, on the other.
Becker B, 2000, "Cyborgs, agents, and transhumanists: crossing traditional borders of body and identity in the context of new technology" Leonardo 33 361-365
(13) According to transhumanists there should be no divide between medical procedures towards healing and the enhancement or procedures aiming to go even further than that.
Biohacking, implantable RFIDs and the future of body modification Advances in the world of body modification may soon make tattoos seem like quaint relics, according to Shannon Larratt, founder of the BME body modification website, who says "biohackers" and "transhumanists" are experimenting with radical methods of body enhancement that combine technology and art.