Transhumanism: Creation of Carbon Copies

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As said by the one and only Coco Chanel, “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”, but as long as transhumanism,an international philosophical movement that advocates for the transformation of the human condition by developing and making widely available sophisticated technologies to greatly enhance human intellect and physiology(1),  becomes a reality in our world, people will be replaceable and then uniqueness will essentially dissipate. People are born the way they are for a reason and transhumanism would just make people in our world lose their special qualities and talents that make them who they are. Though this movement may have positive contributions to society such as Lasik eye surgery and hearing aids, it also has many drawbacks such as making all of humankind carbon copies of the same person. 

Most things in life are not as good as they seem and transhumanism is one of those things. There are many unforeseeable complications to this practice, but many people overlook those because the payoffs, if it works, are huge. When looking at transhumanism from an outside point of view, one would see technologies that would allow people access to improve their genetic code to “be able to transform themselves into different beings with abilities so greatly expanded…” (1) from their natural state. This means that people would try and use this technology, normally meant for enhancing genetics for certain scenarios, just for their own pleasure. People will be able to change their physical appearance to make themselves more attractive and desirable. This shows how if transhumanism becomes a reality, it will become quickly and easily taken advantage of. 

All humans are born with specific traits and talents that make them who they are. Transhumanism and the technologies allow for people to not only alter their genes to have a better physical appearance, but also people will be able to alter their biological make up. There will be increased usage of this technology “in an attempt to overcome universal human limitations, such as vulnerability to aging, maximum life expectancy, and biological constraints on physical and cognitive ability.”(1). This would lead to people thinking that human life is not as special anymore and eventually, there will be a “blurring of the boundary between human and artifact”(1) because everyone will be so similar so it will be hard to tell what’s a real train and what’s not. 

Though there are very positive outcomes when dealing with transhumanism, there are more dangers to it than meets the eye. From the outside, it may seem that it is something that will benefit the human race, but in the end, it could be dangerous to the human race. People will use the technology to their own advantage and enhance themselves.


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3 thoughts on “Transhumanism: Creation of Carbon Copies”

  1. I really enjoyed your stance on this topic, and I enjoyed your opening quote even more so, it really enhances your argument, and makes it relatable for readers. Definitely interesting thinking about how Lasik eye surgery and hearing aids are common examples of transhumanism, something I never would have thought as being irregular to the human condition even though it is anything but as it disrupts the human nature of an individual.

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    1. I agree with your stance on this topic and think it was very effective for you to quote Coco Chanel. It brought another layer to your writing and helped strengthen your argument!

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