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By William S. Haney II

Addressing a key factor on the topic of human nature, this booklet argues that the first-person event of natural attention may well quickly be below hazard from posthuman biotechnology. In exploiting the mind's means for instrumental habit, posthumanists search to increase human adventure via bodily projecting the brain outward during the continuity of concept and the cloth international, as via telepresence and other kinds of prosthetic improvements. Posthumanism envisions a biology/machine symbiosis that would advertise this extension, arguably on the rate of the ordinary tendency of the brain to maneuver towards natural cognizance. As each one bankruptcy of this booklet contends, through forcibly overextending and hence jeopardizing the neurophysiology of recognition, the posthuman situation may perhaps within the long-term undermine human nature, outlined because the easy ability for transcending the mind's conceptual content material. provided right here for the 1st time, the fundamental argument of this e-book is greater than a caution; it supplies a path: much better to perform persistence and advance natural cognizance and evolve right into a greater individual than to fall prey to the Faustian temptations of biotechnological energy. As argued in the course of the ebook, everyone needs to opt for for him or herself among the technological extension of actual event via brain, physique and international at the one hand, and the usual powers of human recognition at the different as a method to gain their final imaginative and prescient

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This classification has significant implications for how posthumanists conceive of the relationship between humans and machines. Pepperell believes that human intelligence is not localized in the brain or any single component but spread throughout the body. Similarly, Clark says that the notion of embodied or embedded intelligence is the dominant paradigm in artificial intelligence (1997). While quantum physicists have speculated on the deep unity of mind and world, posthumanists have extended this to a unity of mind and body.

Tomas defines the technophilic body, or cyborg, as a product of both aesthetic and functional transformations, including everything from “cosmetically redesigned faces, muscle grafts and animal and/or human transplants” to radical “functional alterations to the human body’s organic architecture” (176). Although still within the realm of SF, these alterations if they occur in reality will undoubtedly have a deep-seated impact on the transpersonal, trans-cultural essence of human nature, whatever what posthuman optimists may believe (Clark 2003: 32).

As George Slusser says, “to write SF is to make physical, even visceral contact with the mechanical and biological extensions of our personal infosphere (cyborgs, grafts, prostheses, clones), and beyond that with the image surrogates themselves (simulations, ‘constructs,’ holograms) that now crowd and share our traditional fictional living space” (1992: 3). Adam Roberts argues that SF “provides concrete, material externalizations for metaphors of alterity” (2000: 168), the ultimate alterity in this case being that which is beyond our ability to comprehend, being no longer present in human psychology.

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