Saturday, January 14, 2017

Episode #17- Steve Fuller on Transhumanism and the Proactionary Imperative


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In this episode I talk to Professor Steve Fuller about his sometimes controversial views on transhumanism, religion, science and technology, enhancement and evolution. Steve is Auguste Comte Professor of Social Epistemology at the University of Warwick. He is the author of a trilogy relating to the idea of a ‘post-’ or ‘trans-‘ human future, all published with Palgrave Macmillan: Humanity 2.0: What It Means to Be Human Past, Present and Future (2011), Preparing for Life in Humanity 2.0 (2012) and (with Veronika Lipinska) The Proactionary Imperative: A Foundation for Transhumanism (2014). Our conversation focuses primarily on the arguments and ideas found in the last book of the trilogy.

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Show Notes

  • 0:00 - introduction 
  • 04:00 - untangling posthumanism and transhumanism via Bostrom, Hayles, Haraway 
  • 21:45 - the relationship between theology, science and technology
  • 39:50 - theological and libertarian rationales of transhumanism 
  • 52:00 - freedom from suffering or a freedom to suffer? – questions of risk, consent and compensation 
  • 1:03:40 - the rehabilitation of Eugenics – could it / should it be done? 
  • 1:13:50 - Darwinism and the intelligent design debate 
  • 1:22:00 - are there limits to transhumanism and enhancement? Homo Sapiens, humanity and morphological freedom 
  • 1:28:00 - conclusion

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