Posted: Fri, February 01, 2013
Do you have insomnia? We have the cure! Just read the archaic Transhumanist Manifesto and you’ll probably slumber off by #3.
This dreary document… which is supposed to be the Tome, the Spine, the Rock, the Bible upon which all transhumanist thought is based… is… NOT.
It is NOT Passionate, Eloquent, Inspiring, Optimistic.
It is, instead - cautionary, hesitant, long-winded, redundant, pedantic… zzzzz…. Too full of narcoleptic words like “serious”, “invested”, “Policy”, “respecting”, “guided”, etc.
I could surgically take it apart, line-by-line. Dissect every phrase, revealing the flaws. But that would be a tedious chore that would kill me with ennui. I think it’s sufficient to say, it’s a cadaveric document.
I want something ALIVE, POETIC, LUMINOUS.
I don’t mean to be offensive. I just want… something… FANTASTIC! Transhumanists deserve it. We crave a manifesto that we proudly and easily memorize, that we can make our children recite, instead of the Pledge of Allegiance.
There’s been a recent HumanityPlus election… maybe they can put this item on the agenda? Upgrade the Transhumanist Declaration?
Or maybe… someone else can?
Transhumanity.net is offering $50 for the best upgrade. Offer expires in three days - ENDS TUESDAY AT 11 am Pacific Standard Time. Send your version to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll announce the winner here, post it gloriously, and adopt it as our own quasi-official Transhumanist Manifesto.
The other one… that presently exists… anyone who wants to keep it, can do so.
But… I don’t see why all transhumanists have to swear to respect and obey its dictums. Good Grief! It was written in 1998, that’s ancient history! I’ve never even heard of two-thirds of its authors…
Sharpen your quills and start scribbling. Our judges are awaiting your words…