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Are You a Transhuman?: Monitoring and Stimulating Your Personal Rate of Growth in a Rapidly Changing World Paperback – January 1, 1989


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  • Paperback: 227 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books (January 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446388068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446388061
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #738,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Are You a Transhuman?: Monitoring and Stimulating Your Personal Rate of Growth in a Rapidly Changing World
by FM-2030

Towards the end of the eighties, I had came across a few unusual books, which retrospectively had somehow influenced what I am doing today & in fact what I love to do today i.e. to pursue future-focused, change-oriented, brain-based technologies.

This unique book was one of them. It had been brilliantly written by a 'self-described chronic optimist' & a widely-traveled futurist/philosopher of Iranian origin, whose adopted name, FM-2030, seemed to resonate with his life-long obsessive conviction to create "a world of boundless wealth, endless life & unlimited free refills." [His real name was F M Esfandiary. I understand FM-2030 died from pancreatic cancer on July 8, 2000 at the age of 69, & was placed in cryonic suspension at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Scottsdale, Arizona, where his body remains today.]

Although I do not subscribe to all the author's beliefs & values as embodied in his book, I certainly admired his bold initiatives & far-sightedness.

This wonderful book spelt out both personal strategies & practical pathways to help people to achieve longevity & immortality. To me, it had served as a comprehensive field guide to life extension or 'transhumanism', which was the term the author would prefer to use.

From my personal perspective, the greatest learning experience I got out of this book is learning - & understanding - how to access & apply available technolgies &/or new products or services to extend human capabilities & capacities in an ethical, safe & responsible manner.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Natasha Vita-More on January 30, 2004
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Social Change on the Head of a Pin
How many theories of social change can fit on the head of a pin and not fall off? As many as can balance.
Are You A Transhuman is essential reading because it presents the concept of multi-tracking in practices a way of living in the world that is on one hand highly technological and, on the other, very compassionate.
This book covers a broad range of transhumanist interests and perceived goals that have affected and will continue affect social change in the coming years. For example, FM-2030 was known for being a highly visionary individual. Because a myopic perspective in the fields of science, technology, and politics did not dogmatize his skills as a writer and lecturer, he could grasp ideas by a larger view.
Transhumans and transhumanism is not just about technology. It is about expanding human understanding and intelligence. This book is a collectable and a must read for anyone interested in the future of humanity.
Natasha Vita-More
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Plus on January 22, 2006
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FM-2030's books and ideas have received a fair amount of criticism over the years, even from people inclined to share his outlook. Philosopher Nick Bostrom in his "History of Transhumanist Thought" (2005) implies that FM emphasized the superficial or symbolic aspects of "transhuman" living more than the substance. And John LaValley in a review of "Are You a Transhuman?" (AYAT) in "Cryonics" magazine in 1990 compares FM to a mime who stands by a laborer digging a ditch and imitates his actions: The laborer and the mime both make the same movements, but the laborer actually moves the earth. (You can find both of these articles on the Web through Google.)

And yet, many of FM's speculations about the lifestyles and values of "Future Man" sound more plausible now than when he first publicized them in the 1970's and 1980's. James Hughes in his book "Citizen Cyborg" (2004) writes highly of FM's philosophy and compares his political world view with that of European social democrats' and the Greens'. (As Hughes says, FM's "Up" political orientation tilts 45 degrees to the Left.) FM's 1973 book "Up-Wingers" also merits a citation in the recommended reading list at the back of Joel Garreau's "Radical Evolution" (2005), though with the disclaimer that the early Transhumanists' speculations like FM's seemed pretty weird until recently, when scientific and technological progress now make many of them look nearly feasible. Despite the fact that much of what FM writes sounds like a compilation of liberal political correctness and bad science fiction cliches, beneath the noise you can find some interesting signals about thinkable ways of life in the 21st Century.

AYAT does have its problems, as other reviewers have pointed out.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Al Brooks on August 24, 2004
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This book is too far ahead of its time, it makes one ache with nostalgia for the future. The book might confound you with its 1980s political correctness, yet once you get past that you'll be surprised at the humanism in this book-- and the transhumanism.
Main fault: the author is more civilised than most of humanity. The time frame is way off: the year 2030 wont be as the author wanted.
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