Transhumanism: The World's Most Dangerous Idea - Introduction
More (Max) & Vita-More (Natasha)
Source: More & Vita-More - The Transhumanist Reader, Introduction to Part IX
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  1. In a widely cited 2004 article in Foreign Policy, political scientist and neoconservative Francis Fukuyama described transhumanism2 as "the most dangerous idea in the world." He expanded on this claim in Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution.
  2. Fukuyama is one of the most prominent of a growing number of critics who take the technological possibilities of transhumanism3 very seriously and who claim these possibilities to be undesirable. Fukuyama refers to transhumanism4 as a "strange liberation movement" and acknowledges that, given the deficiencies of the human race, the transhumanist5 project of wresting our "biological destiny from evolution’s6 blind process of random variation and adaptation ... begins to look downright reasonable."
  3. Fukuyama quickly decides, however, that the offerings of self-applied technology "come at a frightful moral cost." The final section of this book addresses this and related fears and engages the growing (and often ill-informed) critical discussion.

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