Hello I’m new to Transhumanism so I would like it if you could answer some of those queries if you don’t mind of course Do you believe that people joining the Transhumanist movement or following research in hopes for bettering their own condition rather than accepting it is ethical ? I’ve seen many depressed and people with issues joining Transhumanism and on one hand it’s great but on the other I’ve begun to wonder how ethical it is to have a dependancy on technology… I’ve had a lot of problems in my life that I really depend on Transhumanism to fix … And if it’s not possible then I don’t know what that would mean for my identity that I formed around it . I do believe that minority and disadvantaged group activist groups are far better and fulfilling and more attention worthy goals than something that might only initially benefit the privileged (though I hope that’s not the case). Right now we are socially and economically nowhere near there.
One of the biggest motivators for me to even think of Transhumanism as possible is because I believe that as long as it’s physically possible , it’ll eventually one day happen even if not in this lifetime. But honestly seeing many professionals and academics on various science subreddits showing skepticism about even achieving this in the far future or even in principle is concerning
My final questions are the following
Are the following
Transhumanist technologies like Biological immortality , being able to change physical(merging with machines, changing physical gender and other biological enhancements) and mental (modification of personality, feelings , emotions , attractions , sexuality,gender identity and enhancements of things like intelligence) traits and other space technologies and artificial superintelligence , smeddley molecular nanomachines, full dive VR and cryonics , all those modifications in un pre genetically altered human adults
1 physically possible
2 And that we won’t find as our knowledge of physics grows that these are impossible ?
3 if something is physically possible is it practically possible too ?
4 how do we know it’s physically and practically possible
5 would any of these be so hard to achieve that it would require the entire universe or more than the entire universe’s resources ?
6 are the comments on this post true ?
I don’t know if this a good view to have but in my opinion if something is fundamentally and physically possible then it’s worth pursuing in general. Lettuce_field_theory seems to be really skeptical of Transhumanism along with other stuff as I linked in that comment. It’s scary physicists thinking Transhumanism is impossible. As for weather or not we know that the possibility of achieving all this would be stable. My main goal is to be bisexual and get rid of some of my mental conditions. Very few people seem to talk about this because of it being a controversial issue. I do wonder how much we know to be able to change that . where do you lean politically and which field are you from ? Most people in Transhumanism seem to be liberals or right wingers and I haven’t met many actual left wingers there.
I wonder how emergent properties might be altered like consciousness. I remember I used to want the laws of physics to not exist as a kid , now I’m hoping they don’t change to be more limited lol.
Regarding you working on nanotechnology
, What is your opinion on cryonics and molecular nanotechnology , what exactly are the problems with it ? Personally I view it as more valuable ageing research
And also when you said “physical stuff” did you mean technological singularity as well ? Is that possible too ?
And are the physical and mental traits like intelligence , personality , emotions , sexuality, gender identity ? I mentioned are possible to change in adults as well ? Most of the time people talk about it being only possible in embryos
What is a concern is weather one could maintain their identity and memories while living for large period of times or weather people getting defrost back from cryonics would maintain their identity or not. Or if someone.
My stance on those issues is pretty bleak. I’ve been reading a lot of critiques of Transhumanism on Reddit on r/badscience and r/fururologyinaction and their critiques of things like the “immortality or bust mentality” etc.
Which is really concerning.
Not to mention many high karma people in this field on Reddit in physics explaining their skepticsm on Reddit is really pretty disheartening
Edit : as side questions , what is your field of study ? And how can I know that your response to this is credible ?