<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>More (Max) & Vita-More (Natasha) - Transhumanism: Engines of Life: Identity and Beyond Death - Introduction (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperSummary_20806.htm">Transhumanism: Engines of Life: Identity and Beyond Death - Introduction</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/M/Author_More (Max).htm">More (Max)</a> & <A HREF = "../../Authors/V/Author_Vita-More (Natasha).htm">Vita-More (Natasha)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: More & Vita-More - The Transhumanist Reader, Introduction to Part V</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=800><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperSummary_20806.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperCitings_20806.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PapersToNotes_20806.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><u>Full <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P20806_1">Text</A></U><SUB>1</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P20806_1"></A></u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>One point on which all <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_939.htm">transhumanists</A><SUP>2</SUP> agree - and one that distinguishes <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_939.htm">transhumanism</A><SUP>3</SUP> from humanism and other philosophies of life - is the view that it is both possible and desirable to scientifically overcome biological aging and death. In an important sense, the quest to bring the aging process under control and to push back death ever farther is central to <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_939.htm">transhumanism</A><SUP>4</SUP>. </li><li>The possibilities opened up by greater intelligence, wisdom, wellbeing, and physical capabilities will be severely limited if aging continues to cause us to wither and perish within a handful of decades. The desirability of indefinitely extending our lifespan - essentially making death a matter of choice - seems obvious to <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_939.htm">transhumanists</A><SUP>5</SUP>. </li><li>o almost everyone else, its far from obvious and typically seen as a frightening, unnatural, or at least an impossible idea. Interestingly, even the many millions who believe in an indefinite <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_978.htm">life after death</A><SUP>6</SUP> through religious and spiritual processes rail against the quest to achieve superlongevity here in the world we experience and know exists. </li><li>Critics of life extension invariably exhume a few of the same arguments over and over again. Among these are the overpopulation, resources, boredom, and meaninglessness arguments. The essays in Part V address varied aspects and implications of radically extended lifespans. </li></ol> </FONT><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P20806_1"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P20806_1"><B>Footnote 1</B></A></U>: Chapter summaries have been removed and used as the Abstracts of the Chapters themselves. <BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T09:25" pubdate>02/08/2018 09:25:50</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>