On Robot Cults and revolution June 24, 2010Posted by Summerspeaker in The Singularity, Transhumanism.
I’m having a lovely little spat with anti-transhumanist Dale Carrico over at his blog. Though initially put off by his abrasive and exaggerated rhetorical style, I’ve warmed up to him considerably during the course of our arguments. How could I be cross with a fellow queer geek opposed to militarism and corporatism? Interspersed with the mockery and wild accusations he provides a much-needed leftist critique of the movement. Though knowledgeable about and sympathetic toward the revolutionary impulse, he’s an Obama-supporting reformist; I’ll take what I can get.
His obsession with transhumanism as a cult continues to amuse and confound, however. Nowhere else have I encountered such explicit conversion attempts as on on his site; he and his supporters have tried to convince me to declare that I’ve been mislead and renounce of the Robot Cult. It’s an odd vibe. I’ve never noticed any transhumanist try anything equivalent. To the contrary, transhumanists appear remarkably uninterested in recruiting.