Extreme Makeover Needed!Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Extreme Makeover Needed: Why and how transhumanists must transcend their nerdy aura
Valentine’s Day, 2006
In Transhumanism at the Crossroads, Russel Blackford wrote:
One good reason to feel slightly uncomfortable with transhumanism is its unmistakable nerdy aura, the sense that it appeals to a particular demographic, essentially young white males with computers. Its restricted demographic appeal is, indeed, part of the problem.
Really? I guess I’ve been so preoccupied with trying to bury transhumanism’s cyberselfish baggage in the ash heap of history to notice.
A nerd is defined as “an unstylish, unattractive, or socially inept person; especially if he is slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits.”
Although I’ve always thought of transhumanists as the geekerati of human enhancement tech (since for me a geek is simply a person often of an intellectual bent which is under-appreciated by others), are some or even most transhumanists nerds?
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