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Khellus and transhumanism posted 05 November 2005 in Author Q & AKhellus and transhumanism by zarathustra, Peralogue

Hi Scott
I was wondering how much Khellus embodies current thinking regarding the belief of tranhumanism. Do you see the possibility of someone being able to mirror his thoughts and actions in real life? Is he just a fantasy figure or does he show how much human potential there is if we are not caught up in a particular thought/belief structures? view post


Khellus and transhumanism posted 08 November 2005 in Author Q & AKhellus and transhumanism by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

There's parallels, certainly, but the issues which I take to be central to transhumanism (as I understand it) are actually more front and centre in Neuropath.

Though I know that transhumanists pride themselves on their secularism, I have to say that it smacks of religion to me. And when it comes to 'wireheading,' it gets out and out scary. Put it this way: if Kellhus is an example of our transhumanist future, we are in deep doo-doo.

For me to really understand the position, I think I would need to know how it is that transhumanists overcome meaning skepticism (while still maintaining their commitment to the sciences), and what the basis for their developmental optimism is. It seems plain to me that the more we Discover, the less Human Creation becomes. In other words, it seems that there's a deep contradiction in the central categories of transhumanism.

But I really don't all that much about the position. view post


Khellus and transhumanism posted 13 November 2005 in Author Q & AKhellus and transhumanism by lfex, Peralogue

Quote: "Cu'jara Cinmoi":1jexr7gi
There's parallels, certainly, but the issues which I take to be central to transhumanism (as I understand it) are actually more front and centre in Neuropath.

Though I know that transhumanists pride themselves on their secularism, I have to say that it smacks of religion to me. And when it comes to 'wireheading,' it gets out and out scary. Put it this way: if Kellhus is an example of our transhumanist future, we are in deep doo-doo.[/quote:1jexr7gi]

Well, I am not sure. Sure Kellhus is an evil bastard, but he at least is a competent evil bastard which is more than can be said of our leaders at the moment. It depends on what you consider greater evil, I guess.

So it is going to be Neuropath, as in Psychopath? I for some reason thought it is going to be Neuropaths, as in Neural Paths. view post


Khellus and transhumanism posted 13 November 2005 in Author Q & AKhellus and transhumanism by zarathustra, Peralogue

Most of my understanding of transhumanism comes form a series of novels with the title "Requiem for Homo Sapiens" This has some brilliant ideas in it like humans turning themselves into computers the size of planets(!) though it is seriously flawed in other respects.
I would also argue that the Dune novels follow themes of transhumanism. It is interesting that characters such as Leto and Paul Atreides seem to act for the benefit of humanity. One of the things I am really looking forward to in TTT is finding out whether Moenghus and Kellhus are acting for mankinds benefit in saving them from the Consult or are just pursuing wisdom for its own sake.
If the former case then that would certainly make Kellhus' actions morally justifiable in the sense that they are done for the greater good or "the end justifies the means".
I imagined Neuropath to be a cyberpunk novel as it is set in the near future and I am sure will inevitably be pretty dark. view post


Khellus and transhumanism posted 14 November 2005 in Author Q & AKhellus and transhumanism by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Of the two people who've read NP so far, one was depressed for a week, and the other went to the gym immediately after finishing to run ten or so miles just to get the endorphins pumping.

Good signs. view post


Khellus and transhumanism posted 15 November 2005 in Author Q & AKhellus and transhumanism by Entropic_existence, Moderator

When is NP going to be coming out btw? view post


Khellus and transhumanism posted 16 November 2005 in Author Q & AKhellus and transhumanism by Aldarion, Sorcerer-of-Rank

Quote: "Cu'jara Cinmoi":1lju5yeb
Of the two people who've read NP so far, one was depressed for a week, and the other went to the gym immediately after finishing to run ten or so miles just to get the endorphins pumping.

Good signs.[/quote:1lju5yeb]

So, when exactly will I get a chance to read NP? <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) --> view post


Khellus and transhumanism posted 18 November 2005 in Author Q &amp; AKhellus and transhumanism by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Not for awhile, I'm afraid. I don't even have a publisher for it yet! view post


Khellus and transhumanism posted 18 November 2005 in Author Q &amp; AKhellus and transhumanism by Entropic_existence, Moderator

We need to start a letter writing campaign to Penguin at the least, so us Canucks can dig our teeth in to it! view post


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