Transhumanism: Engines of Life: Identity and Beyond Death - Introduction
More (Max) & Vita-More (Natasha)
Source: More & Vita-More - The Transhumanist Reader, Introduction to Part V
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  1. One point on which all transhumanists2 agree - and one that distinguishes transhumanism3 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 transhumanism4.
  2. The possibilities opened up by greater intelligence5, 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 transhumanists6.
  3. 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 life after death7 through religious and spiritual processes rail against the quest to achieve superlongevity here in the world we experience and know exists.
  4. 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.

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