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Transhumanism-The New Eugenics?

Posted in eugenics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 9, 2008 by Tweak Jones

(Unfortunately I am putting the blog “The Elites cult of Death” on hold.Theres just so much data to go through.Anyway enjoy this article from:



What is it to be human? With the advent of modern technology, humanity as we know it may be on the road to extinction. We ask, just how long do we have left?


There was a time when humanity was considered the pinnacle of creation. We were made in God’s image and the Earth was considered to be the centre of the universe. That all changed after the Enlightenment period. Humanity was no longer perceived to be apex of all creation, but rather, an unintentional glitch in the vastness of the universe.
 The Enlightenment ideal that humanity could build a better future for itself through the use of scientific endeavour and discovery has now led to the rise of the transhumanism philosophical framework.

What is Transhumanism?

Julian Huxley first coined the term, “transhumanism”, in the 1950’s. Huxley was the first director of UNESCO and brother of author Aldous, who wrote the science fiction novel, “A Brave New World”

Julian Huxley was also a keen proponent of eugenics and it is fitting that that he was the first to use the term “transhumanism” as it is merely a variant of eugenics doctrine that he so heavily endorsed.

But what exactly is transhumanism? Transhumanism can loosely be described as physical and mental enhancement of humanity through technology. Transhumanist thinkers want to eradicate what they consider to be undesirable aspects of human nature, such as, aging, suffering, disease and even death. From the website:

“The enhancement options being discussed include radical extension of human health-span, eradication of disease, elimination of unnecessary suffering, and augmentation of human intellectual, physical, and emotional capacities.”

{mosregread}Transhumanism and the link to eugenics

While on the surface, transhumanism appears to have noble motives, on closer inspection, one begins to understand just how closely aligned it is to eugenics. A simple definition of eugenics is “selective breeding”. Instead of using technology, proponents of eugenics want to eradicate what they consider to be the undesirable aspects of humanity through selective breeding. From the Eugenics Archive site:

“Eugenics was, quite literally, an effort to breed better human beings – by encouraging the reproduction of people with “good” genes and discouraging those with “bad” genes. Eugenicists effectively lobbied for social legislation to keep racial and ethnic groups separate, to restrict immigration from southern and eastern Europe, and to sterilize people considered “genetically unfit.”

Now consider the similarities between the passage above and the Transhumanist values written by Nick Bostrom:

“Transhumanists view human nature as a work-in-progress, a half-baked beginning that we can learn to remold in desirable ways. Current humanity need not be the endpoint of evolution. Transhumanists hope that by responsible use of science, technology, and other rational means we shall eventually manage to become posthuman, beings with vastly greater capacities than present human beings have.”

Both the transhumanist and eugenics movements see humanity as imperfect and as a work-in-progress. The Enlightenment notion of perfecting humanity through science is prevalent in both movements. While humanity has certainly benefited from technological and scientific advancements since the Enlightenment, the most worrying aspect of transhumanism, like eugenics before it, is that “undesirable” traits of humanity must be exterminated before humanity can be considered as perfect. Who decides what are undesirable traits? Well, like eugenics, a scientific “elite” will be the ones to decide what is “undesirable”. From the FAQ:

“Initially, however, the greatest advantages will go to those who have the resources, the skills, and the willingness to learn to use new tools. One can speculate that some technologies may cause social inequalities to widen. For example, if some form of intelligence amplification becomes available, it may at first be so expensive that only the wealthiest can afford it. The same could happen when we learn how to genetically enhance our children. Those who are already well off would become smarter and make even more money. This phenomenon is not new. Rich parents send their kids to better schools and provide them with resources such as personal connections and information technology that may not be available to the less privileged. Such advantages lead to greater earnings later in life and serve to increase social inequalities.”

So here the transhumanists readily admit that their movement will exacerbate social inequalities and, once again, the fate of humanity will be left in the hands of a small elite. And yes, while the new technology that is invented will see the price of older technology eventually fall, who can say for certain that the once the elite have access to the technology they will even allow this technology to be used by anybody else? From the website:

“What about the hypothetical case in which someone intends to create, or turn themselves into, a being of so radically enhanced capacities that a single one or a small group of such individuals would be capable of taking over the planet? This is clearly not a situation that is likely to arise in the imminent future, but one can imagine that, perhaps in a few decades, the prospective creation of superintelligent machines could raise this kind of concern. The would-be creator of a new life form with such surpassing capabilities would have an obligation to ensure that the proposed being is free from psychopathic tendencies and, more generally, that it has humane inclinations. For example, a superintelligence should be built with a clear goal structure that has friendliness to humans as its top goal. Before running such a program, the builders of a superintelligence should be required to make a strong case that launching it would be safer than alternative courses of action.”

So according to the transhumanists, we should trust them, as they have an “obligation to ensure that the proposed being is free from psychopathic tendencies”. But who has the access to this technology? The future of humanity could be left to the whim of a scientific and rich elite. Maybe scientists like, Dr Pianka, who according to reports, advocated the killing of 90% of world’s populationthrough the ebola virus would be left to decide the fate of humanity. 

Transhumanists disguise the fact that their philosophy is based on eugenics by using terms such as “liberal eugenics” and “Reprogenetics”. These are both types of voluntary eugenics with the individual choosing whether to use the techniques and technology. In the transhumanist’s claim that their “liberal eugenics” will lead to a better society, one can clearly see the collectivist core at the heart of their movement.

“Some disability activists would call these policies eugenic, but society may have a legitimate interest in whether children are born healthy or disabled, leading it to subsidize the birth of healthy children, without actually outlawing or imposing particular genetic modifications.”

Now according to transhumanists, “society” has an interest in whether children are born healthy. The feelings of a mother who still loves her child despite him/her being disabled or unhealthy doesn’t matter as “society has a legitimate interest” in her child.

Transhumanists are prepared to disregard the individual’s thoughts and wishes for the “greater good” of society. While their “liberal eugenics” might not force people to become transhumanists, the fact is that any non-transhumanist will be so disadvantaged in this “technotopia” that they will either have to join them to exist in any meaningful way in society or they will simply become prey to a predatory technology elite.Malthusian Ideology

If the parallels with eugenics wasn’t bad enough, Transhumanist ideals also have parallels with Malthusian ideology. Transhumanist websites advocate the notion Malthusian notion of population control. From

“Choosing to remain childfree is both a rational, pragmatic decision and a powerful moral statement. This is especially true for women, whom evolution has disproportionately burdened with pregnancy, childbirth, and the bulk of the childrearing process. By saying ‘no’ to procreation, one rejects being just another link in life’s endless chain of births and deaths, just another runner in a mindless relay race. It is, in effect, a personal declaration of independence; a confirmation that one isn’t a means to an end, but an end in itself.”


“The only long-term method of assuring continued growth of average income is some form of population control, whether spontaneous or imposed, limiting the number of new persons created per year.”

Yes, just say, “no” to procreation, then perhaps elitists like Henry Kissinger will deem the population control in your country of a high enough standard to not use food as a weapon against you. Maybe the transhumanists will find their own Margaret Sanger and introduce birth control centres for the “genetically inferior”. From an article on eugenics:

“ Sanger is known as a crusader for contraceptive rights; but few know that her concern for contraception was based firmly on concern for racial control. Her early work in impoverished environments led her to the belief that ‘genetically inferior’ persons should have less children, and that centers for birth control should be ‘wisely’ placed in neighborhoods which were impoverished, which also frequently happened to be in minority settings.”


The final realisation of transhumanism is “post-humanism”. Post humanism, according to the World Transhumanist Association is defined as, “possible future beings whose basic capacities so radically exceed those of present humans as to be no longer unambiguously human by our current standards.”

Ray Kurzweil, a leading figure in the transhumanist movement believes that the technology to produce everlasting life isn’t far off.  Kurzweil claims that a technology singularityin the near future will mean that AI or computer intelligence will vastly exceed the capabilities of human beings and that these technological advancements will see the beginning of everlasting life and the end of suffering for transhumanists.
Transhumanists believe that once post-humanism is reached they will become gods, impervious to disease and with the ability to live eternally. They are under the deluded assumption that once they become “post-human” they will achieve godhood.

“We are very fortunate to live in these technologically advanced times, for science may soon give us the means to actually fulfill this imperative; to take hedonism to its logical conclusion and create what so far has only been a desperate fantasy — heaven. A mechanized heaven where we ourselves will be the gods, masters of our own minds, bodies, and environment. Pain will be optional, and pleasure guaranteed.”

The scientific arrogance of transhumanist thought is compounded by sentences such as, “The flesh, like man, is something to be overcome.” Ironically, despite lambasting religion, they essentially use the same ideas as traditional religion to appeal to “new followers”. The idea of eternal life has been the cornerstone of Christianity and Islam since their inception. Also, it seems that if you want to everlasting life then the best way to do so is donate cash. “There are myriad ways to contribute-…making a financial contribution”. Sounds like they have even taken their ideas from corrupt televangelists.

It cannot be argued that Enlightenment ideals have helped to prolong life expectancy and that many of the scientific endeavours undertaken since the Enlightenment have been of great value to humanity, however, one must question where technology and technology thinking is heading if human beings are to be considered obsolete in future. Even Bill Joy of SunMicrosystems has questioned if future technological advancements will signal the end of humanity

While undoubtedly, many of us enjoy aspects of scientific and technological advancement in our everyday lives, we must question a philosophical movement that has its roots so firmly entrenched in eugenics and population control. Although transhumanists may be operating under the delusion that advanced technology will make them gods, if a small scientific or wealthy elite who are proponents for population control get their hands on such technology, the rest of us will become all too aware of just how mortal we are.

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