The Naivety of Transhumanists

In the academic journal Bioethics, Schiller (2017) writes that ‘The Artificial Replacement Thesis suggests that we should replace our species with artificial creatures who are capable of living better lives’ (p. 393). This kind of argument reflect the typical transhumanism naivety regarding human history: humans have not waited for AI to do just what the replacement thesis describes. We are not fully natural. The invention of language or writing for example allowed humanity to live better lives by becoming more artificial: the proof that language and writing are artificial is that they have, still today, to be learned, while most of us don’t have to learn to breathe (breathing is natural).

Schiller, D. (2017). In Defense of Artificial Replacement. Bioethics, 31 (5), 393–399.

Infinitely Creative Spirit (Hegel and the Creal)

There is a very active Hegel Study Group on Facebook. If only for that reason we can say that Facebook is still useful. Today I posted the sentences below, let’s see how the conversation unfolds:

“The supreme definition of the absolute is not that it is spirit in general, but that it is the Spirit absolutely manifests to itself, absolutely self-conscious, the infinitely creative Spirit.” (Hegel, 1971 – Encyclopedia of the philosophical sciences, W.Cerf & H.S. Harris (trans.) Albany, NY: SUNY Press.) Who would like to join me in studying the infinite creativity of Spirit in Hegel? My interest for this comes from a deep investment in the concept of Creal, which is the name I give to processual Spirit, a concept that unifies process philosophers such as Hegel, Bergson, Whitehead and Deleuze