By William S. Haney II
Addressing a key factor with regards to human nature, this publication argues that the first-person adventure of natural awareness may perhaps quickly be lower than chance from posthuman biotechnology. In exploiting the mind's means for instrumental habit, posthumanists search to increase human event via bodily projecting the brain outward throughout the continuity of idea and the cloth global, as via telepresence and different kinds of prosthetic improvements. Posthumanism envisions a biology/machine symbiosis that might advertise this extension, arguably on the cost of the usual tendency of the brain to maneuver towards natural attention. As every one bankruptcy of this ebook contends, by way of forcibly overextending and hence jeopardizing the neurophysiology of awareness, the posthuman may well within the long-term undermine human nature, outlined because the easy means for transcending the mind's conceptual content material. awarded the following for the 1st time, the basic argument of this e-book is greater than a caution; it provides a course: much better to perform endurance and advance natural awareness and evolve right into a better person than to fall prey to the Faustian temptations of biotechnological strength. As argued in the course of the publication, every person needs to pick out for him or herself among the technological extension of actual event via brain, physique and international at the one hand, and the traditional powers of human awareness at the different as a method to achieve their final imaginative and prescient
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In arguing that the mind is enworlded and that the apparent gap between mind and matter exists only in the mind, posthumanists render the domain of matter all-encompassing and thus shut out the possibility of consciousness itself. The notion in quantum physics of a unity between observer and observed, however, does not necessarily mean that mind or consciousness is an extension of matter or the “physical” universe. In fact, quantum physicists have argued with increasing frequency that mind and matter are themselves expressions of a single more subtle underlying reality, and some even suggest that unbounded objectivity, or the unified field, unites with unbounded subjectivity, or pure consciousness.
Another study conducted for the computing firm Hewlett Packard warns of a rise in “infomania,” or addiction to email and text messages that can result in “a fall in IQ more than twice that found in marijuana smokers” (“Texting Troubles” 2005). If people who constantly interrupt their tasks to react to email and text messages suffer ostensibly minor mental effects similar to the loss of a night’s sleep, then one can imagine how much more stress may accrue from bionic implants than make technological prostheses ever more accessible on a twenty-four hour basis.
1987: 57; see also Bhagavad Gita 1975; Sankaracharya 1977) Werner Heisenberg says that “the common division of the subject and object, inner world and outer world, body and soul, is no longer adequate and leads us into difficulties” (1958: 24). Similarly, Erwin Schroedinger, commenting on the paradoxes of regarding mind and matter as distinct, says “these shortcomings can hardly be avoided except by abandoning dualism” (1964: 62). The Advaitan and Samkhya-Yoga perspective support this assessment, but it also asserts The Latent Powers of Consciousness vs.