Sorry it took so long to reply.
Yes I also predicted that the Transhumanist community would splinter in more ways than one, because it just seems like a logical progression. I do not consider myself to be influential in any way, or in any sect of the Transhumanist community, part of the purpose of posting this proto-manifesto was to let Transhumanists know that people would oppose the most fundamental ideas they espouse with something alien and radical.
Yes Hyperhumanism of the Progenerate variety sounds like it would belong somewhere in the Aurelian sect and is closest to the Harmonists. I do not believe in denying high intelligence, but the absolute radical and corrosive effects that high intelligence can cause if it is not distributed equally and fairly is society destroying easily. My views come from observations about the nature of man and patterns I have observed throughout human history.
Ok now let me break down and properly address all of your criticisms and comments.
Yes it becomes nebulous to define what a human being is when you can change it, but it is still a fairly simple affair for me. Cybernetics are artificial, the human being is organic. In the paragraphs above I go into why I think organic life is more valuable than artificial “life”. This is an identitarian stance, it is a chauvinist stance. There is a very fine and clear line I see when discussing what is artificial and what is organic. I am a rational person so this is not a justification founded on emotion alone. I believe that the human being is something that is worth preserving because it is us. In many forms of Transhumanism, the human being dissolves into a state of “post-humanism” which represents the destruction of the human form, the human spirit, and eventually the human intellect becomes so diluted by artificial forces that it to will eventually disappear to, until what you have is fundamentally not a human structure any longer. Some will call this evolution, but evolution is a fundamentally organic process. Intelligence can guide evolution sure, but post-humanism does not represent evolution in any sense, it is an alien process and a fundamentally destructive one as far as the human being is concerned.
Of course not, I could very well wish to be a god. I could very well wish to become the universe itself. But we must remember that no man is an island. When I come up with a social philosophy of some kind, I have to remember to include the domain of life and the endless complexity and variables that come with that. Communism fails because it is the path of most resistance to the human state. Many communist philosophies are so anti natural, they end up working against nature itself. For an ideology to be successful in completing its goals it must be well adapted to its environment, in this case whatever human society should take it up.
Because I am a universal nationalist I would not interfere in the affairs of other nations and countries if they wish to take the path of post humanism. They do so at their own risk. In the boundaries of my hypothetical state, yes, no one will be given the opportunity to use cybernetic means of augmentation because it will not be provided by the state, sanctioned by the state, or encouraged by the general populace. This ties very much into my socio-political philosophy of Progeneracy, which I used as a modifier for Hyperhumanism. It is a Progenerate form of Hyperhumanism. They are two distinct ideas that can exist independently of one another. Progeneracy is authoritarian when you apply the lenses of arbitrary political discourse because it demands an empowered state, but Progeneracy is very different from anything you or anyone else for that matter has ever heard of. By its own standards, Progeneracy is both liberal and authoritarian at the same time. It is a reactive balance between the two forces of the right and left wings respectively, because they both have something to offer me, one is liberty, which generates chaos, and one is social tradition and values, which generates order. These two components are necessary for creation. I am a progressive, but I believe in constructive progressivism, not sporadic progressivism that sees anything and everything and needs to change it. When you take an idea like Hyperhumanism and apply it to Progeneracy, what I describe is what you logically get. At its core, Hyperhumanism is human augmentation but one that only modifies the base structure of the human, and to virtually whatever extent may be available. Filter this idea through Hyperhumanism and you get something that is heavily controlled by the state, and granted equally to everyone. The Progenerate system may sound overtly communist, but this is not the case. The Progenerate system is one in where the state is married to the people, and the people to the state. They are the same thing. The state is not a separate ruling entity like in most forms of government, that usually lead to an elite class forming. I believe in competition, but I also believe in harmony and social homeostasis which is my ruling doctrine. The state must balance liberty and authority to create peace. Many forms of Transhumanism I have seen are libertarian to the point of insanity. What you get with such a fractured society (which is the source of this forum’s namesake if I am not mistaken) is a complete dissolution of said society. People are going to get hurt, very hurt, exploitation will become the law of the land. Without a state to help police the unrelenting tides of chaos, the society will inevitably collapse. It is unbalanced, there is too much chaos. And on the flipside there is the “singularity” types that are collectivist to the level of nausea. I dont even know exactly what the singularity entails, but it cant be pretty from what I have heard. WAAAY too orderly. Progeneracy advocates for a balance between the individual and the collective, not one or the other in totality.
I never said super intelligence wasn’t allowed I just said it may never be allowed to surpass the grip of humanity. Many transhumanists cite a phenomena of their own making as to why humanity must merge with AI, and that is AI becoming a threat to humanity. AI can never threaten humanity as long as it is purposefully limited in a sphere of influence it can never escape and is engineered so it never becomes self aware (if such a thing is possible). For that the authority of the state is required and will be used to its fullest, but in a Progenerate system, the research firms responsible for these things are already nationalized and socialized for the good of everyone so AI getting out of control, is not something I anticipate. Such a thing can only really happen when private corporations are allowed to do whatever they want. I really do not see AI like most people do, AI does not have to have a personality, or motivations, or sentience, it can be an algorithmic program that solves problems.
Yes because having 6 fingers is a natural phenomenon that human beings are capable of. You are not less human for having an extra finger. An extra arm, however, is not something humans were made for, especially if you artificially place when on the body. That is inhuman, but it still doesn’t make you not a human.
Feathers are not something a human being would naturally have, so that would not be human, but overall you would still count as mostly human.
It is really less about appearance and more about function. Sure you can look as cosmetically different on the outside as you want, but you would still be mostly human, emphasis on mostly. Like I said up there the human form is beautiful to me and in my opinion it is not necessary that it be molested. Now I understand that is an opinion, and I know people may hate the human form, but in my view of the species, it is something that only nature itself should change on a fundamental intrinsic level.
Well for me it is not a matter of authority necessarily. Most people can tell a non human organism from a human one. Generally the people would decide I suppose, but peoples opinion also vary greatly so some consensus would have to be made.
That is true, but this would not be a problem in a Progenerate society because no one could become inhuman anyways. The tools will never be available for that to happen.
You make a good point, but remember, I still believe in pushing the boundaries of what is possible for humanity, but in a different direction. I work by my own progress. Technology will be allowed to advance near exponentially, and human beings will be provided the opportunity to augment their natural frame to become a better version of itself, not to become something totally alien and unnatural.
It wouldn’t, it would direct its development and make sure it is controlled, ie: never letting it get out of control in the first place in any way.
A good and fair question, one I suppose will have to be either settled in the court of debate or on the battlefield, or perhaps both even.
Progeneracy will allow for the development of advanced technologies that will be able to prevent, one day at least, ever disaster you have outlined.