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  1. Introduction
  2. The movement called 'transhumanism'
  3. The violations transhumanism commits
  4. The notion of inevitability in transhumanism
  5. Conclusion
  6. Works cited

Initially, I sat in front of a blank page contemplating how to start the introduction, how to draw the reader in. But after an hour, it became clear to me that I could not easily conjure up a stylish lead-in with the subject matter. So here I am addressing the issue flat out. Does this make me an incapable writer?
Maybe. What's interesting, however, is that if a writing defect does afflict me, there's some hope for a cure, at least according to a new movement called ?transhumanism?. Transhumanism is a mixture of science, philosophy, forecasting, and yearning revolving around the premise that humans, in our current state, do not reflect their maximum evolutionary potential. The adherents of this ideology, transhumanists, claim that the integration of humans and converging scientific fields, including nanotechnology, biotechnology, and computer science, will grant the world's most dominant species enhanced capabilities, such as immortality, great intelligence, and freedom from disease (WTA FAQ). Their ultimate vision is for every human to enhance himself to something beyond a human, a post-human, thus creating an egalitarian utopia of ?Supermen?, eliminating the primitive issues of racism, sexism, and economic inequality.

[...] Complete future happiness aside, transhumanism encounters a few ethical road blocks in the present. First, imagine a hypothetical situation where transhumanism has become the nation's top priority and resources are being devoted to it. Although this context is contrived, a model is necessary for the sake of clarity and better illustrates the full impact of transhumanism if it expanded the way its ideologues wish it to. With methodology established, an examination of the ethical situations can be taken. One of the violations transhumanism commits is a detraction from the principle of benevolence. [...]


[...] The rate this technology will develop, however, is based on extrapolation from the past and present. Numerous factors must come into alignment, such as the convergence of technological fields, resolution of implications, and more, for the enhancement technology to be useable. Unforeseen events could disrupt these alignments, throwing off the transhumanist predictions, that say the technology could be available as early as the 2030's. The question that arises is: How accurate are these predictions? Transhumanists generally refer to Moore's law, that number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits had doubled every year since the integrated circuit was invented? and that this trend will continue for the next several decades, more so or less (Bell). [...]

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