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The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future [Kindle Edition]

Max More , Natasha Vita-More
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Book Description

The first authoritative and comprehensive survey of the origins and current state of transhumanist thinking

The rapid pace of emerging technologies is playing an increasingly important role in overcoming fundamental human limitations. Featuring core writings by seminal thinkers in the speculative possibilities of the posthuman condition, essays address key philosophical arguments for and against human enhancement, explore the inevitability of life extension, and consider possible solutions to the growing issues of social and ethical implications and concerns. Edited by the internationally acclaimed founders of the philosophy and social movement of transhumanism, The Transhumanist Reader is an indispensable guide to our current state of knowledge of the quest to expand the frontiers of human nature.



Editorial Reviews

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“The book, with the exceptions mentioned, may be read by nearly anyone. It is a simple and straight way to make oneself an idea about a movement it is now impossible not to know.”  (Metapsychology, 19 November 2013)

“Edited by the internationally acclaimed founders of the philosophy and social movement of transhumanism, The Transhumanist Reader is an indispensable guide to our current state of knowledge of the quest to expand the frontiers of human nature.”  (LIS Trends, 8 March 2013)

Review appeared in The Guardian 1st July 2013

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“We are in the process of upgrading the human species, so we might as well do it with deliberation and foresight. A good first step is this book, which collects the smartest thinking available concerning the inevitable conflicts, challenges and opportunities arising as we re-invent ourselves. It's a core text for anyone making the future.”

—Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick for Wired


“Transhumanism has moved from a fringe concern to a mainstream academic movement with real intellectual credibility. This is a great taster of some of the best emerging work. In the last 10 years, transhumanism has spread not as a religion but as a creative rational endeavor.”

—Julian Savulescu, Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics, University of Oxford


The Transhumanist Reader is an important, provocative compendium critically exploring the history, philosophy, and ethics of transhumanism. The contributors anticipate crucial biopolitical, ecological and planetary implications of a radically technologically enhanced population.”

—Edward Keller, Director, Center for Transformative Media, Parsons The New School for Design

 “This important book contains essays by many of the top thinkers in the field of transhumanism.  It’s a must-read for anyone interested in the future of humankind.”

—Sonia Arrison, Best-selling author of 100 Plus: How The Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything


Product Details

  • File Size: 1907 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (March 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BQZK6MU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,612 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent all-around book! June 19, 2013
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I recently finished this book and already know that I will be revisiting many of the eloquent passages in it. The writing is excellent. The editing is fantastic. And the organization of the book is also very good. The Transhumanist Reader will be on a prominent place on my reading shelf for many years to come.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transhumanists Stake Their Claim August 25, 2013
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WIth this volume transhumanism stakes its claim to be an intellectual and social movement of note. That those who embrace the transformation of humanity through emerging technologies have a sense that their beliefs embody a significant movement that is giving form to both the present and the future is not surprising. What is truly remarkable is the breadth of interests, the array of perspectives, and the depth of thought touched upon by the contributors to these essays. A significant portion of the leaders of transhumanism are represented in The Transhumanist Reader. That alone makes the book worth reading. There is the sense that many of the writers feel they need to defend themselves against their critics. In this they provide some deeply reflective and creative, although not always convincing, arguments. Whether history looks back on transhumanism as an important philosophical movement, however, will only be partially determined by the ideas of its leading proponents. Ultimately these thinkers will be judged by whether their vision of a radical transformation of humanities due to emerging technological possibilities truly occurs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whoops! I made a mistake June 18, 2013
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What I needed to write about this book, I actually wrote it about " The Tranhumanist Wager " but it turns out that the same comments really apply to both books. So I must repeat the same comments I made about the latter. Simply, if you had any doubts about Transhumanism, if you thought you knew about Transhumanism but was not sure, if you thought you were a Transhumanist but was not sure, this is the book to read to clear things out. Now I know: I am a Transhumanist through and through. And I have no apologies.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest minds under 1 book. Cannot go wrong! May 13, 2013
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If you have any interest in the future, you must check this book out. So many great authors and thinkers, Part VIII Future Trajectories, A Critical Discussion of Vinge's Singularity Concept, David Brin, Damien Broderick, Nick Bostrom, Alexander "Sasha" Chislenko, Robin Hanson, Max More, Michael Nielsen, and Anders Sandberg blew me away. These are incredible times to be alive!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Humanities Future May 20, 2013
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one way or the other humanity is progressing and short of a disaster there is nothing we can do. Already we are all 'trans-human' just through the use of our smart phones and the various trends that permeate our society clearly are forcing us in that direction. The transhumanist reader gives you a ground connection to with the thought leadership around Transhumanity, what it is and where its going. If your interested in where we are going as a species this is a must read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent Read January 21, 2014
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Great introduction to a highly relevant movement--from the inception to the present. This book captures the essence of what it means to be a Transhuman.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Briliant March 16, 2014
By Kieran
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Written by someone who has an instinct about how the future will turn out to be. I used this book to write my own futurist novel. Post Singularity London, this book helped me like several others did in the same way.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thorough and entertaining September 14, 2013
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This is a great overview of transhumanist philosophy and thought as it stands today. I found it very informative. At times I was unsatisfied with the depth or progress reported on transhumanism in the book, but that is frustration should be aimed at the field, not the book. I had hoped to see a little more in-depth discussion of the science of transhumanism, preferably with some chapters from research scientists actually working on projects that could lead to transhumanism, but I realize there is only so much that can be done in one book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Catherine Good
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Published 3 months ago by Luis Castro
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Subject, Tedious read
This is an interesting and important subject! More people should be exposed to these ideas. However it reads like a college paper - not very accessible. Read more
Published 8 months ago by D. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnetic. Visionary. Eye-Opening.
Wherever your knowledge or interest is in the future here is an elegant and truly captivating document. I was skeptical about the subject of Transhumanism, but Ms. Read more
Published 10 months ago by SilverMedal
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Collection!
The essays in this collection are the original ideas of the creatives in their fields: Eric Drexler "father" of nanotechnology; Marvin Minsky "father" of Artificial Intelligence;... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Natasha Vita-More
5.0 out of 5 stars Transhumanism- an idea whose time has come
Max More and Natasha Vita-More have long espoused what are now the philosophical underpinnings of a burgeoning movement. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Taurus Londono
2.0 out of 5 stars Accurate Insight into the Direction of Technological Progress Coupled...
This book covers a lot of ground making it difficult for me to write a comprehensive review, but I will try. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Organized, good overview
This is a well organized collection of essays that cover a broad range of topics related to transhumanism. Read more
Published 16 months ago by R. Elder
2.0 out of 5 stars Windbaggery at its finest
The book's first 4%... nearly 1 in every 20 pages of the total... is dedicated to giving the academic and other credentials of those associated with the book. Read more
Published 16 months ago by R. Pylman
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