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The Transhumanist Pendulum: The Place of the Transhuman in Human-centric Societies.

George Bickers

Ethical Technology

January 21, 2013

Josh Trank and Matt Landis’ 2012 film Chronicle provides an audience with what is ostensibly newly broken ground in the superhero genre. But even slightly scrape this outer facade and what one begins to see is a detailed - yet unvocalised - discussion on the ethical and moral standpoints occupied by trans-human characters within a definitively human social structure.


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Posted by Armand  on  01/21  at  04:21 PM

“It is a remarkable dichotomy. In many ways, Clark is the most human of us all. Then…he shoots fire from the skies and it’s difficult not to think of him as a god. And how fortunate we all are that it does not occur to him.” - Batman, regarding Superman.

Posted by Christian Corralejo  on  01/21  at  09:43 PM

“co-habitation and cooperation must be at the forefront of our thinking.”

It better be otherwise we’ll end up with a race of monsters with superiority complexes.

Posted by George.Bickers  on  01/22  at  04:36 AM

Christian, whilst in the universe of the film I’m certainly inclined to agree, I remain optimistic in hoping that when the transitional stage begins, superiority complexes don’t occur.

‘In a resolutely human world, the portrayal of the post-human is going to be one that resolves in the eventual defeat of this new apex predator.’

This quote must be taken in the context of the film. Whilst it is more than possible to foresee problems for technoprogressives in a ‘human’ world when transition starts to occur, I certainly hope we don’t start to see ourselves as predators at all - apex or otherwise!

Posted by Christian Corralejo  on  01/22  at  10:36 AM

I hope so to, but you don’t have to see yourself as a predator to be one.  After all, there is more than one way to “prey” on people and the first to undergo that transition are probably the ones who can afford it.

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