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Why is almost every other transhumanist I meet online utterly batshit? I mean, the most famous transhumanist on this website alone has some kind of human pet fetish.

I don’t think I’m crazy

Wait, you’re transhumanist, too? Ah, so that makes you pretty much the only other sane transhumanist I’ve met over the internet so far.

I am.

My biggest statement/sentiment is “Never gonna die”, either through technological lengthening of centomeres, the digitization of the mind (Yes, I know that I have a 50/50 shot of actually living forever with that method, but it’s still me), or the replacing of organic components with technological ones.

My biggest reservation is the matter of security.

I’m a transhumanist and the concept of extended/infinite life for human beings is absolutely terrifying. Bring on the cyborgs and cool prosthetics and personhood for artificial intelligence and all that jazz, but when humanity overcomes aging we are absolutely fucked as a species. We will see inequality the likes of which we cannot even fathom today, and there will be no end to it. 

The march of progress treads on the back of death and it will grind to a halt. Violence will be not just a valid political tactic but in many cases the only tactic. Sustainable living will be impossible; human economy will be based by necessity on endless growth. Innovation will stagnate as fresh perspectives fade away; undoubtedly, the loss of aging means a decline in the birth rate. Along with that, the youngest generation will be more powerless than ever before, and the oldest generation more entrenched in power than they could ever dream of today.

The good will still die young, and the bad will live forever. People do not understand how beneficial it is to humanity that all men must someday die. Seriously. It’s not worth it. The adult lifespan of a human being is already very long, just make it count.

Recently I was looking at synths – I play guitar and flute and want to learn a keyboard instrument for a full combo – and then I realized that, no, not really possible. 

Between what I already play, and gardening, and making tools to assist in gardening, and cooking, and amateur electronics, and my vague hopes to learn how to draw, all in the spare time from providing my body with daily (insufficient!) downtime and doing someone else’s work every day so that I can feed my body with nutrients, wrap it in protective cloth, and pay someone else money so that I have a place to keep the latter three and maintain its other forms of daily maintenance, I won’t have time for this in my entire life, unless I suddenly come into wealth, retire at the age of 30, and dedicate my life to being a Reinassance Man.

Humans live for, let’s say, 60 years. Twenty of those we spend on just learning how to function in a modern society. The amount of learning is not going to become any smaller, you know. 

Humans don’t live long. Humans live so little that it’s almost criminal. 

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Being that this is at the top of your sidebar, I sense I am not going to move you on this issue. I do not sympathize with your anguish at only being able to play two kinds of instruments instead of three. Good day.