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Conservatism and the Quest for Immortality August 21, 2011

Posted by Summerspeaker in Anarchism, Transhumanism.
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Dale Carrico’s insistence on death as an essential and thus valuable aspect of the human condition proves the worth of transhumanist cultural campaign for indefinite lifespans. Regardless of the technical details, considerable philosophical and psychological advantages stem from rejecting the inevitability of the grave. The revolutionary spirit centers on denying supposed givens and demanding fundamental transformation in this world. Claims of immutability serve reactionary ends. I will never accept horrors like capitalism, war, and physical degeneration as unchangeable. As long as I live I will struggle toward the radiant dream of freedom. Only in this process will we discover how far we can go.

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1. PixieDust - August 21, 2011

What does curing aging have to do with immortality anyway?

Summerspeaker - August 24, 2011

Good point. In its strong sense, immortality requires absolute knowledge of the future and thus doesn’t seem even theoretically possible. I prefer to speak of indefinite lifespans.

2. PixieDust - August 24, 2011

Hey, I read the Dialectic of Sex like you recommended. Gotta say it’s an awesome, mind-bending book! : – )

Summerspeaker - August 24, 2011

Indeed it is. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’d also recommend Further Adventures of The Dialectic of Sex, a recent edited collection on Firestone. I’m in the process of producing an article on the connections between Firestone’s thought and transhumanism.

3. Dale Carrico - August 24, 2011

I have replied to you here, should you or your readers be interested.


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