Transhumanism: Human Enhancement: The Somatic Sphere - Introduction
More (Max) & Vita-More (Natasha)
Source: More & Vita-More - The Transhumanist Reader, Introduction to Part II
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  1. Enhancement can be corrective - as in the case of eyeglasses, contact lenses, robotic limbs, and dental implants. The history of corrective enhancement reaches back to the invention of crescent lenses dating back to the fifth century BC, the prosthetic foot of an Egyptian mummy, and even to the prehistoric ingenuity of dental drillings, carbon-dated to 9,000 years ago.
  2. Enhancement can also augment capabilities beyond the limits of purely biological, non-technologically altered humanity.
  3. The second section of the book turns from philosophy and aesthetics toward the more practical side of human enhancement by addressing the nature of the human body, alternative biologies, and technological transformations of the human, including hybrids and virtual bodies.



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