Transhuman and Subhuman

Must society always be divided?

Tony Atkinson

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Photo by JJ Ying on Unsplash

Transhumanism can be broadly defined as a philosophical and intellectual movement dedicated to the idea that human evolution can be improved or speeded up by the application of advanced technology. Some would have us believe that this is human genius overcoming the clumsy, slow process of ‘natural’ evolution. Others would say that this is in fact, natural evolution in the sense that humans evolved to create and use technology.

There is no real, clear, objective definition of ‘subhuman’, as the concept has become tangled up with racist and moralistic ideologies. The nearest I can come is ‘a human who consistently displays behaviours considered by most to fall below the standards expected of a normal person’. Which still leaves the problem of defining how a ‘normal’ person behaves.

However, I am getting a nasty feeling that we will, sooner than we want to, have that clear definition, and the division that will go with it.

Consider, I was raised in the 1960s. We were taught, as essentials, a high degree of literacy, numeracy, general knowledge and practical skills. We were expected to read, not only for learning but leisure, texts which many of a later generation would find incomprehensible. We were taught to write in legible cursive, gramatically, with correct spellings. We…

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Tony Atkinson

Snapper-up of unconsidered trifles, walker of paths less travelled by. Writer of fanfiction. Player of games. argonaut57@gmail.com