Transhumane Test

Transhumanism is the idea of empowering a person through science. It is also a proposal to save as many lives as possible. For as long as possible. The goal of transhumanism is to conquer disease, suffering, aging and ultimately, death.

It's transhumanism that describes our ethics best. One can even say that our entire website is an embodiment of transhumanism.
Test
Are you a transhumanist?
To figure this out, just answer a few questions.
No special knowledge is required.
You'll need to choose only one answer in each question.
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Humanity now faces several challenges. Which ones are the most important?
Yep, that's it, the transhumanism.
Transhumanism is essentially humanism. This means that the value of human life for TG is paramount. Earth, nature—all this is great, but it makes no sense without people. Transhumanism supports any ecological initiative which goal is to prolong human life and humanity's existence in the universe. And it does not support initiatives that put the interests of nature ahead of human life.
TG is certainly in favor of both. All the more so because it all contributes to the main goal. But the goal itself is more global—see Option 1.
Human life is more important than the life of any other animal. But we are in favor of preserving fauna and treating all living creatures as humanely as possible. Cultivating artificial meat, abandoning hunting, circuses, and cruel treatment of living creatures are important humanistic tasks, in which emerging technologies will help, too.
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What will the growing power of technology lead to?
Maybe it will. Maybe it wont.
Maybe it will. Maybe it wont.
Transhumanism sees both opportunities and threats from technology. It is all up to us.
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A person's death is...
Natural in the sense that we see it all the time? Yes. But in the sense that we don't have to do anything about it—no. The flu is also natural. But for some reason we don't accept the idea of getting sick and dying from the flu.
Yes. Death has no excuse.
We have long since grown out of the baby pants of evolution. We no longer need to die in the hope that some thousandth generation after us will suddenly acquire a useful mutation that will improve our poor eyesight by one diopter. We can already make glasses now. Moreover, we already have gene therapy in our arsenal, and soon enough we will learn to completely control the genome.
Some will argue that you don't even start any complicated time consuming projects during your lifetime, because you know you won't make it.
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For the sake of other people's lives, sometimes you have to sacrifice your own life. Do you agree?
Where did you get that from? Maybe where your death is really needed? For example, in the military? Or in a patriotic movie?
A person is irreplaceable. The birth of others does not justify the death of those now living.
Transhumanism does not require sacrificing one's own life for the lives of others. It is usually a requirement of states, religion, and military propaganda.
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Nevertheless, in transhumanism there is room for a gest. It can be ...
Transhumanism does not imply asceticism. Pleasure is one of the things we live for. It is a source for strength for yet to be achieved victory over aging. There simply has to be a reasonable balance between the resources spent on life itself and the resources spent on prolonging it. It's up to you, of course, though. (it's a good option, it's just all options are good here.)
Slowing down aging for all mankind is more rational than personal enrichment. Yes, even a gest in TG is simply rational behavior. Altruism that benefits you personally as well. (that's a good one, it's just that all the choices here are good.)
Yes, we like it!
Not bad!!! (it's a good option, it's just that all the options here are good)
Yep, an option too.! (it's a good option, it's just that all the options here are good)
Yes, we like all the options, too.
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What are the priority areas for transhumanism?
Sure. But there is a better answer here.
All of these are transhumanism. But there is still a better answer here.
All of these are transhumanism. But there is still a better answer here.
All of these are transhumanism. But there is still a better answer here.
All of these are transhumanism. But there is still a better answer here.
Yes, if possible, we need to develop all these areas, because we do not know what will give the best result yet.
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Is there a place for politics in transhumanism?
Politics is a competition of images of the future. And transhumanism is a concept of the future, thus it cannot be outside of politics. The acceleration of progress is a derivative of the political processes. And we need a society aimed at preserving human life.
Politics is a competition of images of the future. And transhumanism is a concept of the future, thus it cannot be outside of politics. The acceleration of progress is a derivative of the political processes. And we need a society aimed at preserving human life.
Politics is a competition of images of the future. And transhumanism is a concept of the future, thus it cannot be outside of politics. The acceleration of progress is a derivative of the political processes. And we need a society aimed at preserving human life.
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Can art help the industry of life extension?
Think again. Doesn't art shape human behavior?
That you can answer any question. So what? We have to try every tool available.
People often do not hear rational arguments. And to make the rational ideas of transhumanism understandable and popular, we need art: movies, TV series, graphic art, performance art, music, books...
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Radical life extension is a task that requires your participation. Do you agree?
That's the kind of transhumanists we like.
It may be true that you lack the competence to contribute to the development of science and technology. But there is room in TG for people of many professions: artists, screenwriters, politicians, lobbyists... And most importantly, you can always make your contribution by openly supporting the ideas of TG, by expressing your position. In any case, transhumanism is about practical steps in science, economics, politics and culture, not just a dream of a bright future.
This approach does not seem transhumanistic to us.
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You shouldn't be afraid of death. Do you agree?
It is reckless to count on an afterlife. Death is real, and the afterlife is made up to reconcile a person with reality.
You probably call everyone who crosses the road in a proper manner cowards, don't you? Fear of death is the desire to avoid it. Even if a person is really emotionally afraid of death, such behavior does not look cowardly to us, but seems as rational and conscious as possible.
That's it.
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In the search for immortality I can only count on...
We don't believe in such things, sorry.
They are, after all, very different people. Even your genetic information is only half of what they retain.
I'm sorry, but it seems to us that this is just a way to soothe yourself in the face of death. That doesn't work, your creations can't replace your life in any way. You will die and not even be able to rejoice that someone hasn't forgotten that it was you who sewed that button on your shirt.
It is science and technology that can protect life and spread it across the universe.
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How do you feel about human cloning?
Nope, that's not transhumanistic enough, sorry.
Welcome to transhumanism.
It seems to us sometimes that this kind of ethics is just unethical and against human life.
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Which is more important: prolonging life or prolonging its healthy period?
It's a trap and you're caught. You don't have to choose at all.
We like the way you think. Moreover, you are right. But it is a trap and you are caught. You don't have to choose here.
If we look at centenarian people and long-lived animals, we can see they not only live long, but also experience the collapse of their health later in life. It is hard to imagine that we can extend human life without extending its healthy period. Suggesting a choice between a long life and a long healthy life is absurd.
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Can transhumanism be classified as effective altruism?
Anyone can be selfish, and transhumanists are no strangers to anything human. But in its essence, TG is about helping not only ourselves, but all of humanity. It is humanism, just with an emphasis on technology and a demand for active action, with a rejection of inaction. Is this selfishness?
Yes, because it proposes to fight for human life at all costs. And defeated aging could be the most effective of all humanist projects, because it would save all the people on the planet at once.
You're being careful. You have to be more decisive when it comes to transhumanism.
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Not everything has been done for immortality yet. And perhaps most importantly we have not done this:
Life offers us a test: whether rational people can unite in the struggle against death. The struggle for life is the essence of the common cause.
A healthy lifestyle is good, but it's not enough. Not a single person has yet extended their life radically by simply sticking to a daily routine, eating right, and avoiding stress. And frankly all of this is not that guaranteed to prolong life to say 100 years old.
That's right. But we believe that the lack of an institution is a consequence of people not uniting.
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You're from a different crowd.
But we're not banishing you or anything. Stay with us and maybe you'll change your mind.
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You have the dawning of transhumanism in you.
Maybe you didn't expect it either, but there is something we agree on.
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You're a half transhumanist.
However, you can take the test one more time...
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Almost a transhumanist
Maybe you do not agree with us on key issues. Let's discuss.
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You're a transhumanist!
It's hardly a surprise to you, though.
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Our fellow!
You are not just a transhumanist. You also agree with us on all or most of the key issues. Let's do something together.
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You are a transhumanist if you agree that:
  1. There is no task more important than to achieve an unlimited human lifespan and to increase the indestructibility of civilization.
  2. The finiteness of existence is the main tragedy of human life. Death has no excuses.
  3. It is reckless to count on an afterlife. Death exists, and afterlife is made up to reconcile one with reality. It is science and technology that can protect life and spread it throughout the universe.
  4. Every human is irreplaceable. The birth of others does not justify the death of those now living. Transhumanism does not require sacrificing one's life for the lives of others—it is usually a requirement of states, religion, and military propaganda.
  5. Nevertheless, transhumanism has a place for a deed. For instance, denial of excessive pleasure in favor of advances in life-extending technology.
  6. Slowing down aging for all mankind is more rational than personal enrichment.
  7. Combating aging, cyborgization of the body, modeling brain activity, human-computer interface, growing organs, artificial intelligence, creating nanorobots, organ and tissue preservation technologies are a priority.
  8. Successful human cloning will be a symbol of progress.
  9. The growth of the power of technology will lead either to the death of humans or to a significant extension of life and the expansion of intelligence in the universe.
  10. The acceleration of progress is a derivative of the political process. We need a society focused on preserving human life.
  11. Humans are more important than any other animal, but we are in favor of treating animals as humanely as possible. Cultivating artificial meat, abandoning hunting, circuses, and cruel treatment of living creatures are important humanistic tasks, in which emerging technologies will help, too.
  12. Transhumanism supports any ecological initiative that seeks to prolong human and humanity's life in the universe. It does not support initiatives that put the interests of nature ahead of human life.
  13. A man is a tightrope between an animal and a superhuman.
  14. Radical life extension does not exclude, but rather implies the extension of a healthy period of life.
  15. By and large, transhumanism is no different from humanism, it just has a greater emphasis on technology, a demand for action, and an aversion to inaction.
  16. Transhumanism and human life extension is the pinnacle of effective altruism. As it proposes to fight for human life at all costs.
  17. Transhumanism does not imply asceticism. Pleasure is one of the things we live for. It is a source for strength for yet to be achieved victory over aging. There simply has to be a reasonable balance between the resources spent on life itself and the resources spent on prolonging it.
  18. A healthy lifestyle is good and righteous, but it's not enough.
  19. People do not hear rational arguments. And to make the rational ideas of transhumanism understandable and popular, we need art: movies, TV series, graphic art, performance art, music...
  20. Not everything has been done for immortality yet.
  21. It is not known how long a person's life can be extended, but even in the face of this uncertainty, it is rational to make the best possible effort to prolong life.
  22. Transhumanism is about practical steps in science, economics, politics, and culture, not just a dream of a bright future.
  23. Radical life extension is a task that requires your participation.
  24. Life offers a test: whether rational people can unite in the struggle against death. The struggle for life is the essence of the common cause.
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