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Don’t we all wish to be Wonder Woman or Superman?
Stefan Lorenz Sorgner   Nov 28, 2015   TEDx  

IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner spoke at the TEDx Stuttgart. The standard way of representing transhumanism in the media is that of a movement which aims at human perfection. This is correct. However, the images of perfection associated with transhumanism all represent a type of Renaissance ideal, as if transhumanism can be identified solely with a superman ideal and identifies human beings with beings who permanently wish to be able to move faster, jump higher, and become stronger. This is a flawed view. Human perfection consists in the ability of living a good life. It is not the case that the Renaissance ideal is valid for all human beings. All human psychophysiologies are different, and by living in accord with our psychophysiological demands, needs and desires we can reach our own perfection. Even from an evolutionary perspective, diversity and plurality are in the human interest, as these qualities increase the likelihood of human fitness.

"Perfect", like "utopia", is an impossible abstraction. What we should shoot for is, as you state, the ability for each person to be the best possible version of themselves, according to themselves.
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