Grand Polemics Art of Mind Meeting #11

Transhumanism and the Ethics of Engineering Ourselves

February 10, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Tristan Lauber Studio 4848A ave. du Parc, Montreal, qc H2V 4E6
Moderator: Geoff Brown

Transhumanism and the Ethics of Engineering Ourselves

Transhumanism is a philosophical movement that advocates for the transformation of humans both physically and intellectually via technology that might become available in the future. Some examples include genetically modifying humans, adding cybernetic components to human bodies or brains, and achieving immortality by transferring human consciousness into machines. Those who advocate for transhumanism hope that it will allow us to live longer and more fulfilling lives, and engineer societies that are more productive and harmonious. Opponents of transhumanism argue that it violates religious morality, that these genetic or surgical operations pose risks, that these technologies may never be possible, and that they threaten our social fabric. Are you for or against transhumanism? Which transhumanist technologies or operations should we permit and which should be forbidden? How might these changes to individuals result in changes to society at large?


5 min 6:00pm - 6:05pm
Business Session
Geoff Brown 5 min 6:05pm - 6:10pm
Transhumanism and the Ethics of Engineering Ourselves
Geoff Brown 95 min 6:10pm - 7:45pm
10 min 7:45pm - 7:55pm
Closing Words
Geoff Brown 5 min 7:55pm - 8:00pm
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