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Split long article

Might this longish entry be better presented as a series of pages? JasonS 03:34 Jan 13, 2003 (UTC)

Dnagod 20:56, 9 Feb 2005 (UTC)

In the interest of ensuring transhuman is NPOV: Who decides what the definition of transhumanism is?

This element of humanism, is that from huxley or someone else?

Does the man who invented the word, Julian Huxley decide the definition of Transhumanism, does one in modern times who publically states the definition decide or does the World Transhumanism Association decide?

I would like clarity as to who ultimately determines what transhumanism means because the definition used by the WTA and other groups differs. More importantly, what gives one authority or the command to be able to define in an undisputed what transhumanism is, so that other POVs can be excluded?

For instance I have reviewed the entire transtopia.org, prometheism.net and cosmotheism.net site, and I cant seem to figure out how you could label it as disputed in the links section?

What is to say the world transhumanism association isnt disputed?

I can see how one might label cosmotheism as white racial separatist, but prometheism.net and transtopia.org I would like more discussion as to why it is disputed as a transhumanism group. And why is Cosmotheism a disputed offshoot? Cosmotheism was developed in the 1960s and 1970s which came before extropy and WTA, so why is it an offshoot? I thought offshoot meant, that something existed and a branch or seed came off that plant. Can you please define offshoot and explain who decides what is or is not transhumanism?

More on this humanism element of Transhumanism, is that from huxley or someone else? Thanks.

Why does the link to cosmotheism keep getting deleted? Just because that article had a banned user associated w it doesnt make it any less relevent. Sam [Spade] 20:56, 4 Aug 2004 (UTC)

Id like to incorporate a mention of the Human Cognome Project into this article, as it is relevent to human brain augmentation and AI research. Any suggestions? Dave User:Sydhart

Why is transtopia.org, prometheism.net and cosmotheism.net labelled pseudotranshuman organizations? To me that represents bias as to why those web sites would be labelled pseudo, what makes a web site pseudo?

On the front page of prometheism.net it states the following

(Prometheism is) The First Sovereign Transtopian & Neo-Eugenic Libertarian Religious-State.

In the principles sections of prometheism it states

Our Promethean Species embraces Conscious Evolution

Our immediate aim is to create a neo-eugenically enhanced race that will eventually become a new, superior species with whatever scientific means are available at the present time. In the short-term, this will be achieved via neo-eugenics, ie. voluntary positive eugenics, human cloning, germ-line engineering, gene therapy and genetic engineering.

In the long-term, when the science becomes available we intend to utilize transhuman technologies: nanotechnology, mind uploading, A/I and other variations of ultra exo-tech.

Our goal is to enable total and unlimited self-transformation, consciousness and expansion across the universe of our species.

It also states note the key words Transhuman Technologies and the embracing of transhumanism and extropy.

We Define neo-eugenics as conscious evolution (these words are interchangeable). Purposefully directed evolution via voluntary positive neo-eugenics (including voluntary selective breeding), cloning, genetic engineering and ultimately any and all transhuman technologies. Neo-Eugenics means harnessing all science, technology and knowledge available now or in the future, guiding it with spirituality, ethical considerations and higher consciousness, ultimately towards achieving total and unlimited self transformation. The term Neo-Eugenics embodies the sciences and philosophies involved in Biotechnology, Extropy and Transhumanism all merged in a philosophy of spiritual Conscious Evolution.

http://prometheism.net/principles.htm

I believe removing prometheism from this page, will be cause to bring this issue to arbitration to confirm that the individual who keeps removing it obviously is biased and lacks an understanding of what transhumanism. NPOV. thats your problem brian NPOV and blatant bias.

Dnagod 22:22, 7 Feb 2005 (UTC)

Extropy and a lot of the other sites listed under manifestos are linked else where in the article, so I felt it important to also include these manifestos

Please do not revert to childish insults, and a biased personal agenda removing these links, they belong their and represent Principles which I dare say are some of the most interesting, fascinating and creative principles.

Dont abuse your privileges here and force your agenda on this topic of transhumanism, all perspectives are welcome here whether you like it or not.

Dnagod 17:26, 8 Feb 2005 (UTC)

What makes you think transtopianism (transtopia.org) is not secular?

STOP removing these links, you are biased, emotional, unfair, unbalanced and lacking in neutrality.

These links are to stay, and you have no right to remove them. They are valid and legit links, Do not abuse your privileges on this project or you will be revoked.

Dnagod 02:55, 9 Feb 2005 (UTC)

The man who invented the word Transhumanism (Huxley), was an open, avid and published advocate of state sponsored coercive eugenics, selective breeding, and elitist eugenic communities. Therefore you are wrong, and thus the specific issue of VOLUNTARY eugenics does NOT violate in anyway, shape or form, being part of transhumanism. You are wrong, biased, unfair, unbalanced, and lacking in neutrality. Transtopia.org and prometheism.net DO NOT SUPPORT COERCIVE EUGENICS in their PRINCIPLES, THEY SUPPORT VOLUNTARY EUGENICS READ VOLUNTARY. Forgive the capitalization, but I do that for emphasis, not to scream.

please stop removing these links, you are biased, emotional, unfair, unbalanced and lacking in neutrality. These are not personal attacks, these are stated facts that you have not read the prometheism.net web site.

These links are to stay, and you have no right to remove them. They are valid and legit links, Do not abuse your privileges on this project.

I ask you to bring arbitration and discussion on this fact. Your censorship, bias and personal agenda will not win. Go to prometheism.net right now and find one place on this site that says prometheism supports COERCIVE EUGENICS. you will not find it anywhere. Prometheism.net clearly states that it only supports voluntary eugenics. Read the sworn oath on prometheism.net

The Sworn Oath of Prometheism (front page of prometheism.net)

We Prometheans are voluntarily coming together to purposefully direct the creation of a new post-human species. A species with higher intellect, creativity, consciousness and love of ones people. A communion of intellect and beauty, for the simple reason that it can be done. This creation is what gives us purpose and meaning. No other justification is required for this program to advance our Promethean species.

Next I want you to read the Principles of prometheism http://www.prometheism.net/principles.htm

2. Our Promethean Species embraces Conscious Evolution

Our immediate aim is to create a neo-eugenically enhanced race that will eventually become a new, superior species with whatever scientific means are available at the present time. In the short-term, this will be achieved via neo-eugenics, ie. voluntary positive eugenics, human cloning, germ-line engineering, gene therapy and genetic engineering.

5. Total Freedom, Liberty and Self-Determination

Our Libertarian religious nation is founded on the principles of total freedom of speech (including offensive language and language which hurts peoples feelings), freedom of thought, the right to bear arms, liberty, progress, productivity and the pursuit of individual happiness.

nation is VOLUNTARY ONLY. We REJECT all totalitarianism and believe COERCIVE neo-eugenics is counter to the ideal of individual freedom. The promethean governments sole purpose is to protect the rights of the individual. We DO NOT wish to STERILIZE anyone or FORCE anyone to practice neo-eugenics.

DNA or genetic capital is the most valuable commodity in the universe. Our primary goal is to promote positive and voluntary neo-eugenics by channeling national resources to the best, brightest and most creative.

We Define neo-eugenics as conscious evolution (these words are interchangeable). Purposefully directed evolution via voluntary positive neo-eugenics (including voluntary selective breeding), cloning, genetic engineering and ultimately any and all transhuman technologies. Neo-Eugenics means harnessing all science, technology and knowledge available now or in the future, guiding it with spirituality, ethical considerations and higher consciousness, ultimately towards achieving total and unlimited self transformation. The term Neo-Eugenics embodies the sciences and philosophies involved in Biotechnology, Extropy and Transhumanism all merged in a philosophy of spiritual Conscious Evolution.

This is from the principles of prometheism.net Last Updated: 3/13/03 this means that prometheism is NOT FRINGE, it does not support the fringe philosophy of FORCED COERCIVE EUGENICS. Again the capitalization is not screaming, its meant to provide emphasis. Also my comments about you not being very knowledgeable about prometheism.net and transtopia.org are not meant as personal insults or personal attacks, but as an observation.

Dnagod 20:06, 9 Feb 2005 (UTC)

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Psychedelics – Mushrooms, LSD, Salvia

Posted: July 5, 2016 at 11:45 pm

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Psychedelics, while they can cause pleasurable side effects, are mostly Schedule I classified drugs that are not only illegal but dangerous. While psychedelics can cause a person to feel a sense of oneness with the universe and experience spiritual or enjoyable hallucinations and distorted perceptions, they can also cause intense fear, paranoia, and panic.

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The effects of psychedelics are extremely hard to predict. As stated by CESAR, psilocybin or psychedelic mushrooms are one of the most popularly abused psychedelics to this day, and the effects produced by psilocybin are highly variable and depend on several factors including the age, type, and dosage amount of the mushroom used, the setting the mushroom is used in, the users expectations, past drug experiences, and personality.

This is what makes psychedelic drugs so different from other commonly abused substances; it is very difficult to pinpoint how a person will react to these drugs or what they should even expect. While some effects like hallucinations, nausea, and an altered perception of space and time can all be expected to be experienced by the user, psychedelics may cause a different type of high in every user (each and every time) and their effects could last anywhere from an hour to six or more.

While there isnt a strong amount of research on the issue of psychedelic drug addiction, it is possible in some instances. Especially with a drug like MDMA, some users report symptoms of dependence, including continued use despite knowledge of physical or psychological harm, tolerance (or diminished response), and withdrawal effects (NIDA).

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Posted: July 1, 2016 at 9:53 pm

A towering philosophical novel that is the summation of her Objectivist philosophy, Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged is the saga of the enigmatic John Galt, and his ambitious plan to ‘stop the motor of the world’, published in Penguin Modern Classics.

Opening with the enigmatic question ‘Who is John Galt?’, Atlas Shrugged envisions a world where the ‘men of talent’ – the great innovators, producers and creators – have mysteriously disappeared. With the US economy now faltering, businesswoman Dagny Taggart is struggling to get the transcontinental railroad up and running. For her John Galt is the enemy, but as she will learn, nothing in this situation is quite as it seems. Hugely influential and grand in scope, this story of a man who stopped the motor of the world expounds Rand’s controversial philosophy of Objectivism, which champions competition, creativity and human greatness.

Ayn Rand (1905-82), born Alisa Rosenbaum in St. Petersburg, Russia, emigrated to America with her family in January 1926, never to return to her native land. Her novel The Fountainhead was published in 1943 and eventually became a bestseller. Still occasionally working as a screenwriter, Rand moved to New York City in 1951 and published Atlas Shrugged in 1957. Her novels espoused what came to be called Objectivism, a philosophy that champions capitalism and the pre-eminence of the individual.

If you enjoyed Atlas Shrugged, you might like Rand’s The Fountainhead, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.

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What’s a Conservative Ideology and What’s a Liberal Ideology?

Posted: June 25, 2016 at 11:00 am

Updated on February 9, 2011

I used to carpool with an old, blind professor to the small college I attended and he use to tell me, paraphrasing Gore Vidal, that politics came from two words: poli, meaning many, and tics, meaning blood sucking vermin. Unfortunately, his somewhat suspect etymology, while proving technically untenable, has turned out to be largely correct in principle.

In American politics, where power has become everything, ideology has become a bastard step-child. American politicians think more about how they can fool the masses or get around popular democracy to further their ends than they do about what they truly believe in, if they actually believe in anything?

Of course, it is not my intent to sweep every single politician under the bus with a broad brush, so for this hub it must be understood that I am speaking in general terms.

There are two major ideologies in American politics. Understanding these helps us understand each other politically and enables us to make sense of what at times seems senseless. These ideologies are labeled conservative and liberal. Although these terms have changed definitions over the years, I will use them as they are currently defined.

If you took a strip of paper that was blue on one end and gradually changed colors until it was red at the other end, you would end up with a spectrum of colors. At some point toward the center of the strip you could get into a few arguments as to whether the color was red, purple, or blue. It is that way with the liberal and conservative ideologies, so I will be concentrating on the ends of the strip, so to speak, and not the middle.

At the core of it, Conservatives base there ideology on what they see as reason and logic and it is individualistic by nature, whereas a liberal’s ideology is based on emotion and ideals and is collective by nature. A liberal is interested in curing society’s ills by social engineering. A conservative is interested in curing society’s ills by individuals exercising their own choices to better themselves. Because of this, conservatives view centralized power with deep suspicion. Liberals on the other hand see centralized power as an opportunity to affect great change for good.

Because of the fundamental differences in the way conservatives and liberals approach the solutions to society’s challenges, it should come as no surprise that they have radically different views on the role of government.

The Liberal View

A liberal wants the government deeply involved in our lives. It is often seen as a parent to us allor the big tent. They believe that the government can force society to confront its ills and legislate and enforce the cures. A liberal point of view diminishes the individual’s responsibility and believes people are victims or victimizers. This point of view does not see individuals as having power to rise above their circumstances in large numbers and therefore a savior must be found to “level the playing field.”

They point to the example of the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Without government intervention, they argue, the rights of minorities would never have been acknowledged nor would there be equal rights for all. In fact the civil rights movement is the basis of the modern liberal’s political ideology, and proof that it is essentially correct.

This conviction motivates them to use all means available to impose their vision of goodness on the masses. If they can’t get the populous to support their agenda then they will get the courts to legislate it. This is because they firmly believe that their agenda is for the greater good of society.

Liberalism is naturally sympathetic with socialism and suspicious of individualism and even though it shares the same long-term goals as conservatism it’s approach, as you can see, is radically different.

The Conservative View

Even though the conservatives share with liberals the desire for a better society, they differ sharply in what role the government should play. In a nutshell, conservatives view the role of government as “the less the better.” Since they see the combined strength and sufficiency of the individual as the only honest cure for society they believe that the role of government should be restricted to functions that support and protect individual liberty. They are very suspicious of government interference in individual rights, and they do not see differences in socioeconomic groups as a bad thing since, in their view, it is every individual’s right to change those circumstances by choice and action.

They view the government’s attempts at redistribution of wealth through its tax codes, its interference in commerce by regulations, and its welfare entitlements as enabling individuals to shirk responsibility for their own lives and rely on the government to take care of them. They reason that the more the government takes responsibility for his or her well being away from the individual, the weaker and more dependent society will become.

At this point in American politics the two ideologies have taken a back seat to power, but if they were brought to bear on our government which would be the best: Socialist Democracy, or an independent go-it-alone capitalist democracy? I would submit to you that the extremes of both ideologies are dangerous and would deepen problems in American society and that one, tempered with the other, might be the best ideology of all.

For example: if we have a struggling class in America, we could provided training opportunities for people who wanted to succeed and would put forth efforts on their own behalf instead of entitlement programs that accomplish nothing and consume copious amounts of money? Along with such programs would also come the responsibility for the recipients to put forth efforts on behalf of their own welfare.

We need to have a heart that includes tough love and foresight, one that looks at America’s opportunities and does not retreat into a defensive posture from the world around it. One that can realize the true nature of the threats against America and America’s way of life. Not a vision that feels good at the thought of America sinking down to the level of the third world, but instead one that forges on a head and shows the way for the third world to follow.

America must continue to provide unparalleled opportunities, but not bend to whiners and self proclaimed victims who want to short-cut the system and reap benefits they never earned. We must in sympathy try to teach fishing, quit giving fish and realize that poverty is not always the rich or the government’s fault. But we must not march on, leaving people behind who, with a little instruction and help, can become productive and successful. In doing this we must also have the heart firm enough to leave those behind who refuse all help and demand instead to be fed from the public coffer’s without a contribution of their own.

We must leave classism, racism, and bigotry behind, regardless if it is the old-school-hard-hearted variety wacky right, or the soft feel-good, guilt-washing, variety of the wacky left. No class of Americans should be punished or be held back based on the color of their skin in order to “even the score.” We need to let go of power and take hold of responsibility; quit giving the media oracle status, and get the job done.

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Liberal (politics) – definition of Liberal (politics) by The …

Posted: June 21, 2016 at 6:46 am

liberalism (lbr–lzm, lbr-) n.

1. The state or quality of being liberal.

a. A political theory founded on the natural goodness of humans and the autonomy of the individual and favoring civil and political liberties, government by law with the consent of the governed, and protection from arbitrary authority.

b. often Liberalism The tenets or policies of a Liberal party.

3. An economic theory in favor of laissez-faire, the free market, and the gold standard.

a. A 19th-century Protestant movement that favored free intellectual inquiry, stressed the ethical and humanitarian content of Christianity, and de-emphasized dogmatic theology.

b. A 19th-century Roman Catholic movement that favored political democracy and ecclesiastical reform but was theologically orthodox.

liberalist n.

liberalistic (-lstk) adj.

1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) liberal opinions, practices, or politics

2. (Protestantism) a movement in modern Protestantism that rejects biblical authority

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liberalistic adj

n.

1. the quality or state of being liberal, as in behavior or attitude.

2. a political and social philosophy advocating individual freedom, representational forms of government, progress and reform, and protection of civil liberties.

3. (sometimes cap.) the principles and practices of a liberal party in politics.

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liberalist, n., adj.

lib`eralistic, adj.

1. a political or social philosophy advocating the f reedom of the individual, parliamentary legislatures, governmental assurances of civil liberties and individual rights, and nonviolent modification of institutions to permit continued individual and social progress. 2. the principles and practice of a liberal political party. liberalist, n., adj. liberalistic, adj.

a movement in modern Protestantism that emphasizes freedom from tradition and authority, the adjustment of religious beliefs to scientific conceptions, and the spiritual and ethical content of Christianity. liberalist, n., adj. liberalistic, adj.

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Posted: June 19, 2016 at 2:32 pm

Split long article

Might this longish entry be better presented as a series of pages? JasonS 03:34 Jan 13, 2003 (UTC)

Dnagod 20:56, 9 Feb 2005 (UTC)

In the interest of ensuring transhuman is NPOV: Who decides what the definition of transhumanism is?

This element of humanism, is that from huxley or someone else?

Does the man who invented the word, Julian Huxley decide the definition of Transhumanism, does one in modern times who publically states the definition decide or does the World Transhumanism Association decide?

I would like clarity as to who ultimately determines what transhumanism means because the definition used by the WTA and other groups differs. More importantly, what gives one authority or the command to be able to define in an undisputed what transhumanism is, so that other POV’s can be excluded?

For instance I have reviewed the entire transtopia.org, prometheism.net and cosmotheism.net site, and I can’t seem to figure out how you could label it as disputed in the links section?

What is to say the world transhumanism association isnt disputed?

I can see how one might label cosmotheism as white racial separatist, but prometheism.net and transtopia.org I would like more discussion as to why it is disputed as a transhumanism group. And why is Cosmotheism a disputed offshoot? Cosmotheism was developed in the 1960’s and 1970’s which came before extropy and WTA, so why is it an offshoot? I thought offshoot meant, that something existed and a branch or seed came off that plant. Can you please define offshoot and explain who decides what is or is not transhumanism?

More on this humanism element of Transhumanism, is that from huxley or someone else? Thanks.

Why does the link to cosmotheism keep getting deleted? Just because that article had a banned user associated w it doesn’t make it any less relevent. Sam [Spade] 20:56, 4 Aug 2004 (UTC)

I’d like to incorporate a mention of the Human Cognome Project into this article, as it is relevent to human brain augmentation and AI research. Any suggestions? — Dave User:Sydhart

Why is transtopia.org, prometheism.net and cosmotheism.net labelled pseudotranshuman organizations? To me that represents bias as to why those web sites would be labelled pseudo, what makes a web site pseudo?

On the front page of prometheism.net it states the following

(Prometheism is) The First Sovereign Transtopian & Neo-Eugenic Libertarian Religious-State.

In the principles sections of prometheism it states

Our Promethean Species embraces Conscious Evolution

Our immediate aim is to create a neo-eugenically enhanced race that will eventually become a new, superior species with whatever scientific means are available at the present time. In the short-term, this will be achieved via neo-eugenics, ie. voluntary positive eugenics, human cloning, germ-line engineering, gene therapy and genetic engineering.

In the long-term, when the science becomes available we intend to utilize transhuman technologies: nanotechnology, mind uploading, A/I and other variations of ultra exo-tech.

Our goal is to enable total and unlimited self-transformation, consciousness and expansion across the universe of our species.

It also states note the key words – Transhuman Technologies… and the embracing of transhumanism and extropy.

We Define neo-eugenics as conscious evolution (these words are interchangeable). Purposefully directed evolution via voluntary positive neo-eugenics (including voluntary selective breeding), cloning, genetic engineering and ultimately any and all transhuman technologies. Neo-Eugenics means harnessing all science, technology and knowledge available now or in the future, guiding it with spirituality, ethical considerations and higher consciousness, ultimately towards achieving total and unlimited self transformation. The term Neo-Eugenics embodies the sciences and philosophies involved in Biotechnology, Extropy and Transhumanism all merged in a philosophy of spiritual Conscious Evolution.

http://prometheism.net/principles.htm

I believe removing prometheism from this page, will be cause to bring this issue to arbitration to confirm that the individual who keeps removing it obviously is biased and lacks an understanding of what transhumanism. NPOV. thats your problem brian NPOV and blatant bias.

Dnagod 22:22, 7 Feb 2005 (UTC)

Extropy and a lot of the other sites listed under manifestos are linked else where in the article, so I felt it important to also include these manifestos

Please do not revert to childish insults, and a biased personal agenda removing these links, they belong their and represent Principles which I dare say are some of the most interesting, fascinating and creative principles.

Don’t abuse your privileges here and force your agenda on this topic of transhumanism, all perspectives are welcome here whether you like it or not.

Dnagod 17:26, 8 Feb 2005 (UTC)

What makes you think transtopianism (transtopia.org) is not secular?

STOP removing these links, you are biased, emotional, unfair, unbalanced and lacking in neutrality.

These links are to stay, and you have no right to remove them. They are valid and legit links, Do not abuse your privileges on this project or you will be revoked.

Dnagod 02:55, 9 Feb 2005 (UTC)

The man who invented the word Transhumanism (Huxley), was an open, avid and published advocate of state sponsored coercive eugenics, selective breeding, and elitist eugenic communities. Therefore you are wrong, and thus the specific issue of VOLUNTARY eugenics does NOT violate in anyway, shape or form, being part of transhumanism. You are wrong, biased, unfair, unbalanced, and lacking in neutrality. Transtopia.org and prometheism.net DO NOT SUPPORT COERCIVE EUGENICS in their PRINCIPLES, THEY SUPPORT VOLUNTARY – EUGENICS – READ VOLUNTARY. Forgive the capitalization, but I do that for emphasis, not to scream.

please stop removing these links, you are biased, emotional, unfair, unbalanced and lacking in neutrality. These are not personal attacks, these are stated facts that you have not read the prometheism.net web site.

These links are to stay, and you have no right to remove them. They are valid and legit links, Do not abuse your privileges on this project.

I ask you to bring arbitration and discussion on this fact. Your censorship, bias and personal agenda will not win. Go to prometheism.net right now and find one place on this site that says prometheism supports COERCIVE EUGENICS. you will not find it anywhere. Prometheism.net clearly states that it only supports voluntary eugenics. Read the sworn oath on prometheism.net

The Sworn Oath of Prometheism (front page of prometheism.net)

We Prometheans are voluntarily coming together to purposefully direct the creation of a new post-human species. A species with higher intellect, creativity, consciousness and love of ones people. A communion of intellect and beauty, for the simple reason that it can be done. This creation is what gives us purpose and meaning. No other justification is required for this program to advance our Promethean species.

Next I want you to read the Principles of prometheism http://www.prometheism.net/principles.htm

2. Our Promethean Species embraces Conscious Evolution

Our immediate aim is to create a neo-eugenically enhanced race that will eventually become a new, superior species with
whatever scientific means are available at the present time. In the short-term, this will be achieved via neo-eugenics, ie. voluntary positive eugenics, human cloning, germ-line engineering, gene therapy and genetic engineering.

5. Total Freedom, Liberty and Self-Determination

Our Libertarian religious nation is founded on the principles of total freedom of speech (including offensive language and language which hurts peoples feelings), freedom of thought, the right to bear arms, liberty, progress, productivity and the pursuit of individual happiness.

nation is VOLUNTARY ONLY. We REJECT all totalitarianism and believe COERCIVE neo-eugenics is counter to the ideal of individual freedom. The promethean governments sole purpose is to protect the rights of the individual. We DO NOT wish to STERILIZE anyone or FORCE anyone to practice neo-eugenics.

DNA or genetic capital is the most valuable commodity in the universe. Our primary goal is to promote positive and voluntary neo-eugenics by channeling national resources to the best, brightest and most creative.

We Define neo-eugenics as conscious evolution (these words are interchangeable). Purposefully directed evolution via voluntary positive neo-eugenics (including voluntary selective breeding), cloning, genetic engineering and ultimately any and all transhuman technologies. Neo-Eugenics means harnessing all science, technology and knowledge available now or in the future, guiding it with spirituality, ethical considerations and higher consciousness, ultimately towards achieving total and unlimited self transformation. The term Neo-Eugenics embodies the sciences and philosophies involved in Biotechnology, Extropy and Transhumanism all merged in a philosophy of spiritual Conscious Evolution.

This is from the principles of prometheism.net Last Updated: 3/13/03 this means that prometheism is NOT FRINGE, it does not support the fringe philosophy of FORCED COERCIVE EUGENICS. Again the capitalization is not screaming, its meant to provide emphasis. Also my comments about you not being very knowledgeable about prometheism.net and transtopia.org are not meant as personal insults or personal attacks, but as an observation.

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Human genetics

A discipline concerned with genetically determined resemblances and differences among human beings. Technological advances in the visualization of human chromosomes have shown that abnormalities of chromosome number or structure are surprisingly common and of many different kinds, and that they account for birth defects or mental impairment in many individuals as well as for numerous early spontaneous abortions. Progress in molecular biology has clarified the molecular structure of chromosomes and their constituent genes and the ways in which change in the molecular structure of a gene can lead to a disease. Concern about possible genetic damage through environmental agents and the possible harmful effects of hazardous substances in the environment on prenatal development has also stimulated research in human genetics. The medical aspects of human genetics have become prominent as nonhereditary causes of ill health or early death, such as infectious disease or nutritional deficiency, have declined, at least in developed countries.

In normal humans, the nucleus of each normal cell contains 46 chromosomes, which comprise 23 different pairs. Of each chromosome pair, one is paternal and the other maternal in origin. In turn, only one member of each pair is handed on through the reproductive cell (egg or sperm) to each child. Thus, each egg or sperm has only 23 chromosomes, the haploid number; fusion of egg and sperm at fertilization will restore the double, or diploid, chromosome number of 46. See Chromosome, Fertilization

The segregation of chromosome pairs during meiosis allows for a large amount of shuffling of genetic material as it is passed down the generation. Two parents can provide 223 223 different chromosome combinations. This enormous source of variation is multiplied still further by the mechanism of crossing over, in which homologous chromosomes exchange segments during meiosis. See Crossing-over (genetics), Meiosis

Twenty-two of the 23 chromosome pairs, the autosomes, are alike in both sexes; the other pair comprises the sex chromosomes. A female has a pair of X chromosomes; a male has a single X, paired with a Y chromosome which he has inherited from his father and will transmit to each of his sons. Sex is determined at fertilization, and depends on whether the egg (which has a single X chromosome) is fertilized by an X-bearing or a Y-bearing sperm. See Sex determination

Any gene occupies a specific chromosomal position, or locus. The alternative genes at a particular locus are said to be alleles. If a pair of alleles are identical, the individual is homozygous; if they are different, the individual is heterozygous. See Allele

Genetic variation has its origin in mutation. The term is usually applied to stable changes in DNA that alter the genetic code and thus lead to synthesis of an altered protein. The genetically significant mutations occur in reproductive cells and can therefore be transmitted to future generations. Natural selection acts upon the genetic diversity generated by mutation to preserve beneficial mutations and eliminate deleterious ones.

A very large amount of genetic variation exists in the human population. Everyone carries many mutations, some newly acquired but others inherited through innumerable generations. Though the exact number is unknown, it is likely that everyone is heterozygous at numerous loci, perhaps as many as 20%. See Mutation

The patterns of inheritance of characteristics determined by single genes or gene pairs depend on two conditions: (1) whether the gene concerned is on an autosome (autosomal) or on the X chromosome (X-linked); (2) whether the gene is dominant, that is, expressed in heterozygotes (when it is present on only one member of a chromosomal pair and has a normal allele) or is recessive (expressed only in homozygotes, when it is present at both chromosomes). See Dominance

A quantitative trait is one that is under the control of many factors, both genetic and environmental, each of which contributes only a small amount to the total variability of the trait. The phenotype may show continuous variation (for example, height and skin color), quasicontinuous variation (taking only integer valuessuch as the number of ridges in a fingerprint), or it may be discontinuous (a presence/absence trait, such as diabetes or mental retardation). With discontinuous traits, it is assumed that there exists an underlying continuous variable and that individuals having a value of this variable above (or below) a threshold possess the trait.

A trait that runs in families is said to be familial. However, not all familial traits are hereditary because relatives tend to share common environments as well as common genes.

The variability of almost any trait is partly genetic and partly environmental. A rough measure of the relative importance of heredity and environment is an index called heritability. For example, in humans, the heritability of height is about 0.75. That is, about 75% of the total variance in height is due to variability in genes that affect height and 25% is due to exposure to different environments.

Medical genetics has become an integral part of preventive medicine (that is, genetic counseling, including prenatal diagnostics). Hereditary diseases may be subdivided into three classes: chromosomal diseases; hereditary diseases with simple, mendelian modes of inheritance; and multifactorial diseases.

One out of 200 newborns suffers from an abnormality that is caused by a microscopically visible deviation in the number or structure of chromosomes. The most important clinical abnormality is Down syndromea condition due to trisomy of chromosome 21, one of the smallest human chromosomes. This chromosome is present not twice but three times; the entire chromosome complement therefore comprises 47, not 46, chromosomes. Down syndrome occurs one to two times in every 1000 births; its pattern of abnormalities derives from an imbalance of gene action during embryonic development. Down syndrome is a good example of a characteristic pattern of abnormalities that is produced by a single genetic defect. See Down syndrome

Other autosomal aberrations observed in living newborns that lead to characteristic syndromes include trisomies 13 and 18 (both very rare), and a variety of structural aberrations such as translocations (exchanges of chromosomal segments between different chromosomes) and deletions (losses of chromosome segments). Translocations normally have no influence on the health status of the individual if there is no gain or loss of chromosomal material (these are called balanced translocations). However, carriers of balanced translocations usually run a high risk of having children in whom the same translocation causes gain or loss of genetic material, and who suffer from a characteristic malformation syndrome.

Clinical syndromes caused by specific aberrations vary, but certain clinical signs are common: low birth weights (small for date); a peculiar face; delayed general, and especially mental, development, often leading to severe mental deficiency; and multiple malformations, including abnormal development of limbs, heart, and kidneys.

Less severe signs than those caused by autosomal aberrations are found in individuals with abnormalities in number (and, sometimes, structure) of sex chromosomes. This is because in individuals having more than one X chromosome, the additional X chromosomes are inactivated early in pregnancy. For example, in women, one of the two X chromosomes is always inactivated. Inactivation occurs at random so that every normal woman is a mosaic of cells in which either one or the other X chromosome is active. Additional X chromosomes that an individual may have received will also be inactivated; in trisomies, genetic imbalance is thus avoided to a certain degree. However, inactivation is not complete; therefore, individuals with trisomiesfor example, XXY (Klinefelter syndrome), XXX (triple-X syndrome), or XYYor monosomies (XO; Turner syndrome) often show abnormal sexual development, intelligence, or behavior.

In contrast to chromosomal aberrations, the genetic defects in hereditary diseases with simple, mendelian modes of inheritance cannot be recognized by microscopic examination; as a rule, they must be inferred more indirectly from the phenotype and the pattern of inheritance in pedigrees. The defects are found in the molecular structure of the DNA. Often, one base pair only is altered, although sometimes more complex molecular changes, such as deletions of some bases or abnormal recombination, are involved. Approximately 1% of all newborns have, or will develop during their lives, a hereditary disease showing a simple mendelian mode of inheritance.

In medical genetics, a condition is called dominant if the heterozygotes deviate in a clearly recognizable way from the normal homozygotes, in most cases by showing an abnormality. Since such dominant mutations are usually rare, almost no homozygotes are observed.

In some dominant conditions, the harmful phenotype may not be expressed in a gene carrier (this is called incomplete penetrance), or clinical signs may vary in severeness between carriers (called variable expressivity). Penetrance and expressivity may be influenced by other genetic factors; sometimes, for example, by the sex of the affected person, whereas in other instances, the constitution of the normal allele has been implicated. Environmental conditions may occasionally be important. In most cases, however, the reasons are unknown.

X-linked modes of inheritance occur when the mutant allele is located on the X chromosome. The most important X-linked mode of inheritance is the recessive one. Here, the males (referred to as hemizygotes since they have only one allele) are affected, since they have no normal allele. The female heterozygotes, on the other hand, will be unaffected, since the one normal allele is sufficient for maintaining function. A classical example is hemophilia A, in which one of the serum factors necessary for normal blood clotting is inactive or lacking. (The disease can now be controlled by repeated substitution of the deficient blood factora good example for phenotypic therapy of a hereditary disease by substitution of a deficient gene product.) Male family members are affected whereas their sisters and daughters, while being unaffected themselves, transmit the mutant gene to half their sons. Only in very rare instances, when a hemophilic patient marries a heterozygous carrier, are homozygous females observed. See Sex-linked inheritance

There are thousands of hereditary diseases with simple mendelian modes of inheritance, but most common anomalies and diseases are influenced by genetic variability at more than one gene locus. Most congenital malformations, such as congenital heart disease, cleft lip and palate, neural tube defects and many others, fall into this category, as do the constitutional diseases, such as diabetes mellitus, coronary heart disease, anomalies of the immune response and many mental diseases, such as schizophrenia or affective disorders. All of these conditions are common and often increase in frequency with advanced age.

Biochemical genetics began with the study of inborn errors of metabolism. These are diseases of the body chemistry in which a small molecule such as a sugar or amino acid accumulates in body fluids because an enzyme responsible for its metabolic breakdown is deficient. This molecular defect is the result of mutation in the gene coding for the enzyme protein. The accumulated molecule, dependent on its nature, is responsible for the causation of a highly specific pattern of disease.

The field of biochemical genetics expanded with the recognition that similar heritable defective enzymes interfere with the breakdown of very large molecules, such as mucopolysaccharides and the complex lipids that are such prominent components of brain substance. The resultant storage disorders present with extreme alterations in morphology and bony structure and with neurodegenerative disease.

The majority of hereditary disorders of metabolism are inherited in an autosomal recessive fashion. In these families, each parent carries a single mutant gene on one chromosome and a normal gene on the other. Most of these mutations are rare. In populations with genetic diversity, most affected individuals carry two different mutations in the same gene. Some metabolic diseases are coded for by genes on the X chromosome. Most of these disorders are fully recessive, and so affected individuals are all males, while females carrying the gene are clinically normal. The disorders that result from mutations in the mitochondrial genome are inherited in nonmendelian fashion because mitochondrial DNA is inherited only from the mother. Those that carry a mutation are heteroplasmic; that is, each carries a mixed population of mitochondria, some with the mutation and some without.

Phenylketonuria (PKU) is a prototypic biochemical genetic disorder. It is an autosomally recessive disorder in which mutations demonstrated in a sizable number of families lead, when present in the genes on both chromosomes, to defective activity of the enzyme that catalyzes the first step in the metabolism of phenylalanine. This results in accumulation of phenylalanine and a recognizable clinical disease whose most prominent feature is severe retardation of mental development.

The diseases that result from mutation in mitochondrial DNA have been recognized as such only since the 1990s. They result from point mutations, deletions, and other rearrangements. A majority of these disorders express themselves chemically in elevated concentrations of lactic acid in the blood or cerebrospinal fluid. Many of the disorders are known as mitochondrial myopathies (diseases of muscles) because skeletal myopathy or cardiomyopathy are characteristic features.

a branch of genetics closely related to anthropology and medicine. It is arbitrarily divided into two areas: anthropogenetics, which studies the heredity and variation of normal characters in man, and medical genetics, which studies hereditary pathology (diseases, defects, anomalies, and so forth). Human genetics is also related to evolutionary theory (in that it investigates the specific mechanisms of human evolution and mans place in nature), psychology, philosophy, and sociology. Cytogenetics, biochemical genetics, immunogenetics, genetics of higher nervous activity, and physiological genetics are the most rapidly developing fields of human genetics.

Instead of the classical hybridological analysis, human genetics uses the genealogical method, which consists of analyzing the distribution of a particular character or anomaly in the families (more precisely, genealogies) of individuals who may or may not posses it in order to discover the type of inheritance, frequency, and intensity of expression of the character. Analysis of familial data also reveals the degree of empirical risk, that is, the probability of possessing a character in relation to the closeness of kinship with its carrier. The genealogical method has shown that more than 1,800 morphological, biochemical, and other kinds of human characters are inherited in accordance with Mendels laws. For example, dark skin and hair are dominant over light; and low level of activity or absence of certain enzymes is determined by recessive genes, whereas height, weight, intellectual capacity, and some other characters are determined by polymeric genes, or systems of many genes. Many sex-linked inherited human characters and diseases are caused by genes located in the X or Y chromosome. About 120 such genes are known. They include the genes of hemophilia A and B, deficiency of the enzyme glucose-6-phosphate-dehy-drogenase, and color blindness.

The twin method is also used in human genetics. Identical twins develop from a single egg fertilized by a single sperm; hence, the set of genes (genotype) in identical twins is identical. Fraternal twins develop from two or more eggs fertilized by different sperm; hence, their genotypes differ as much as those of siblings do. A comparison of the differences in pairs between identical and fraternal twins reveals the relative significance of heredity and the environment in determining the properties of the human organism. Of particular importance in research on twins is the index of concordance, which expresses (in percentages) the probability of one identical or fraternal twin having some character if the other twin possesses it. If the character is determined chiefly by hereditary factors, the percentage of concordance is much higher in identical twins than in fraternal twins. For example, concordance in blood groups, which are determined only genetically, is 100 percent in identical twins. For schizophrenia, concordance is 67 percent in identical twins and 12.1 percent in fraternal twins. In congenital feeblemindedness (oligophrenia), the figures are 94.5 and 42.6 percent, respectively. Similar comparisons have been made for a number of diseases. Thus, research on twins shows that heredity and the environment differ in their contributions to the development of a great variety of characters, and that these characters develop as a result of the interaction of the genotype and the external environment. Some characters depend mainly on the genotype, with the genotype acting as a predisposing factor in the formation of other characters (that is, a factor limiting the standard reaction of the body to an environmental action).

The human genome contains several million genes capable of influencing the development of characters in different ways. Gene mutation and recombination give rise to a wide variety of characters in man. Human genes mutate at the rate of one per 100,000 to one per 10,000,000 gametes per generation. Population genetics studies the distribution of mutations among large groups of people so that charts can be made to show the distribution of genes responsible for the development of normal characters and hereditary diseases. Of particular interest to population genetics are isolates, groups of people that are endogamous for geographic, economic, social, or religious reasons. Endogamy increases the frequency of consanguinity between married people; it makes it probable that recessive genes will become homozygous. The phenomenon is quite apparent when the isolates are few in number.

Research has proved the existence of natural selection in human populations. However, human selection has specific features; it is strongly active only in the embryonic stage. (So-called spontaneous abortions are a reflection of such selection.) Selection in human society is achieved by means of differences in forms of marriage and in fertility, that is, as a result of the interaction of social and biological factors. Mutation and selection are responsible for the great variety of some characters (polymorphism), which makes man an extraordinarily flexible and adaptive species from a biological point of view.

The extensive use of cytological methods in human genetics helped to develop cytogenetics, in which the main object investigated is the chromosome, a structure of the cell nucleus containing the genes. The chromosome set in human body, or somatic, cells was discovered in 1946 to consist of 46 chromosomes, with the female sex determined by the presence of two X chromosomes and the male sex by an X chromosome and a Y chromosome. Mature gametes (haploids) contain half the number of chromosomes. Mitosis, meiosis, and fertilization maintain the continuity and constancy of the chromosome set throughout both the series of cell generations and the generations of organisms. Disruptions of these processes may give rise to anomalies in the chromosome set and change the number and structure of the chromosomes, causing the so-called chromosomal diseases. The latter are often manifested by feeblemindness, severe congenital abnormalities, and anomalies of sex differentiation; they may also cause spontaneous abortions.

Advances in human genetics have made it possible to prevent and treat hereditary diseases. One of the effective methods of preventing them is medicogenetic consultation, with a prediction of the risk that an offspring of individuals suffering from such a disease or having relatives with the disease will develop it. Biochemical human genetics has discovered the ultimate cause (molecular mechanism) of many hereditary defects and metabolic anomalies and thereby has helped to devise rapid diagnostic methods that permit prompt and early detection and treatment of individuals suffering from many hitherto incurable hereditary diseases. Therapy generally consists of introducing into the body substances that are not produced there because of genetic defects, or using special diets that exclude substances having a toxic effect because of a hereditarily determined inability to break them down. Many genetic defects are corrected by timely surgery or training.

Practical means of maintaining human hereditary health and preserving the gene pool are made available through a plan of medicogenetic consultations. Their principal purpose is to inform those who are interested about the probable risk of a disease developing in the offspring. Another medicogenetic measure is the dissemination of genetic knowledge among the population in that it promotes a more responsible attitude toward parturition. Medicogenetic consultation abstains from recommendations aimed at compelling or encouraging parturition or marriage and limits itself solely to providing information. Actions aimed at creating ideal conditions for the manifestation of positive hereditary tendencies and at preventing injurious environmental factors from impairing human heredity are very important.

Human genetics is the natural scientific basis for the struggle against racism. It has conclusively shown that races are forms of human adaptation to specific environmental conditions (climatic and other) and that they differ from one another not in the presence of good or bad genes but in the distribution of the ordinary genes common to all races. Human genetics has shown that all races are equal in value (but not identical) from the biological standpoint and that they are all equal in their capacity for development, which is determined by sociohistoric and not genetic conditions. The existence of biological or hereditary differences between individual persons or races cannot be used as a basis for drawing conclusions of a moral, juridical, or social nature that restrict the rights of these persons or races.

K. N. GRINBERG and A. A. PROKOFEVA-BELGOVSKAIA

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In the space of possible modes of being, the ones accessible to human beings form a tiny subset. Our biological constraints impose real limitations on what thoughts we can think, what emotions and enjoyment we can experience, and how long we can remain healthy and alive.

Just as much of the richness of human life and human relationships is foreclosed to the comprehension of even the smartest chimpanzee, so too there are possible values that lie beyond our own comprehension – this is, at least, seems like a modest and plausible conjecture. These values are currently unrealizable. If and when we learn how to develop new capacities and extend the ones we have, we might be able to access these wider regions of modes of being, and perhaps discover some that are fantastically desirable.

To significantly modify our biological constraints, we will need to use technology. Many of the requisite technologies can be foreseen, but we do not know how long it will take to develop them.

Posthumanism (or transhumanism to use the standard term) is the view that we ought to try to develop – in ways that are safe and ethical – technological means that will enable the exploration of the posthuman realm of possible modes of being. Transhumanists believe that all people should have access to such technologies. The choice of whether to use them, however, should normally rest with the individual.

The word “posthumanism” has also been used in other senses, for example to refer to a critique of humanism, emphasizing a change in our understanding of the self and its relations to the natural world, society, and human artifacts. Transhumanism, by contrast, advocates not so much a change in how we think of ourselves, but rather a vision of how we might concretely use technology and other means to change what we are – not to replace ourselves with something else, but to realize our potential to become something more than we currently are. Just as a child grows up and develops the capacities of an adult, new technological options might one day allow adults to continue to develop and to mature into beings with posthuman capacities.

The human species is still young on this planet, and it is possible that we have as yet seen little of what is possible for us to become. But success in this enterprise is far from assured, because we still have only our rather limited human wisdom and compassion to guide us through the transition. To develop greater practical and moral understanding would seem to be a first priority. This, along with development of human enhancement tools, efforts to reduce catastrophic risks, and work to alleviate the more immediate sources of human suffering, is enough the fill the days of responsible transhumanists and others who strive to improve the human condition.

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