Re-Inventing Ourselves: The Plasticity of Embodiment, Sensing, and Mind
Clark (Andy)
Source: More & Vita-More - The Transhumanist Reader, Part III - Chapter 11
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Editors’ Abstract1

  1. In a new essay Andy Clark, author of Natural-Born Cyborgs2: Minds, Technologies, and the Future of Human Intelligence, considers how the merging of humans and machines will enable us to redesign ourselves for the better.
  2. The options may include not only better bodies and improved senses but also reorganized mental architectures. This will be made possible not only by scientific and technological advancement but also by our native biological plasticity.
  3. Clark argues that fear of enhancement results from a fundamentally misconceived vision of our own humanity. A more accurate vision recognizes that human minds and bodies are open to deep and transformative restructuring, in which new physical and cognitive equipment can become literally incorporated into the thinking and acting systems that we identify as minds and persons.
  4. Clark calls this aspect of ourselves "profoundly embodied agency." Understanding profound embodiment helps us to address questions and fears concerning converging technologies for improving human performance.



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Footnote 1: Taken from "More (Max) & Vita-More (Natasha) - The Transhumanist Reader: Human Enhancement: The Cognitive Sphere - Introduction".


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