Hooray! Transhumanism Is Inevitable: New at Reason

A review of Beyond Human: How Cutting-Edge Science Is Extending Our Lives


Royal Society

"Transhumanism is becoming more respectable, and transhumanism, with a small t, is rapidly emerging through conventional mainstream avenues," Eve Herold reports in her astute new book, Beyond Human. Small-t transhumanism is the belief or theory that the human race will evolve beyond its current physical and mental limitations, especially by means of deliberate scientific and technological interventions. Big-T Transhumanism is the activist movement that advocates the use of technology to expand human capacities. Researchers are making great strides not just toward curing illnesses but also toward enhancing human capabilities. As the director of public policy research and education at the Genetics Policy Institute, Herold knows these scientific, medical, and bioethical territories well. Read the review, and then go read the book.