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The Proactionary Imperative: A Foundation…

The Proactionary Imperative: A Foundation for Transhumanism (2014)

by Steve Fuller, Veronika Lipinska

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The Proactionary Imperative debates the concept of transforming human nature, including such thorny topics as humanity's privilege as a species, our capacity to 'play God', the idea that we might treat our genes as a capital investment, eugenics and what it might mean to be 'human' in the context of risky scientific and technological interventions.… (more)



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While not simple - the book provides an essential account of an approach that is more suited to an unfolding and unknowable (predictable) future. The 'precautionary' imperative is by definition biases against the 'new' through a belief that harm cannot adequately be predicted. To balance this bias we need a vigilance principle in order to enable search, exploration and experimentation. The authors elaborate this new imperative very well. ( )
  johnverdon | Dec 11, 2018 |
Surely one of the goals of transhumanists should be to rid the world of its addiction to religion and theology, which are nonsensical and noxious. Not only do the authors of this hugely disappointing little work of academic argumentation fail to realize this, but they riddle much of their writing with insufferably annoying theo-talk. At least they are not bioconservatives who think transhumanism is a bad idea, and their title word "proactionary" is meant to be an antonym of "precautionary".
  fpagan | Sep 17, 2015 |
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