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The Misnomer of Transhumanism as Directed Evolution

  title={The Misnomer of Transhumanism as Directed Evolution},
  author={Nick Bostrom},
Transhumanism is sometimes described as directed evolution. The suggestion that the transhumanist project is evolutionary is problematic because the enhancements countenanced by transhumanism do not track the models and processes of evolution. A significant example of this disconnect is that evolution, on most theoretical accounts, is ateleological and transhumanism is wholly teleological. Transhumanist use of the metaphor of evolution suggests an inevitability to transhumanist changes that is… 
Some transhumanists argue that we must engage with theories and facts about our evolutionary past in order to promote future enhancements of the human body. At the same time, they call our attention
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