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Visions of Technological Transcendence

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This book examines key narratives animating the techno-progressive rhetoric of the human enhancement movement, arguing that enhancement and transhumanist discourse performs a variety of distinctly mythic functions. Principal among these is to cast a vision of a technological future involving enhanced posthumans, immortality, human merger with machines and space colonization.

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known and most inuential manifestation—promotes dramatic mental and physical augmentations to be realized by the radical and coordinated appropriation of biotechnology and computer science. Goals of Trans humanism include immortality, the merger of humans and machines, human-level artiîcial intelligence, and space colonization. The discourse of human enhancement is marked by the imminent emergence of a post human species and the culmination of human history in a technological upheaval referred to as the Singularity.
VISIONS OF TECHNOLOGICAL TRANSCENDENCE approaches the rhet oric of human enhancement as a system of mythic narratives, each devel oping around a key tenet of enhancement thought. These strategic sto ries are treated as myths, providing “imaginative patterns” for predicting technology’s trajectory, envisioning the technological redemption of the human race, aligning the mundane world with a transcendent, technolog ical future, and attributing a sacred quality to scientiîc progress. Despite their scientiîc cast, these narratives rest on and promote a futuristic ide ology originating in a range of non-scientiîc sources. Chapters explore the narratives of progress, technologically directed evolution, the person as information, the posthuman as supplanting , technologi cal immortality, limitless artiîcial intelligence, and space colonization as human destiny. Together, these narratives constitute a contemporary my thology envisioning a comprehensive and rhetorically powerful account of a technologically transformed posthuman future.
JAMES A. HERRICK is the Guy Vander Jagt Professor of Communication at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He is the author of New Spirituality, ScientiIc Mythologies, The Radical Rhetoric of the Eng The History and Theory of Rhetoric co-editor of Herrick writes and speaks about the history of rhetoric, new religious movements, and popular narratives about science and technology.
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VISIONS OF TECHNOLOGICAL TRANSCENDENCE
Human Enhancement & the Rhetoric of the Future
James A. Herrick
Vîŝîôŝ ô Téçôôîçà Tàŝçééçé
RhetorIc of ScIence and Technology Séîéŝ Eîô: Aà G. Gôŝŝ
Té éôîç ô ŝçîéçé à éçôô îŝ à àç ô éôîçà çîîçîŝ à àŝ ô àî ŝîçé îŝ îçéîô ôû éçàéŝ àô. ïŝ îîîà ôçûŝ àŝ é éŝ ô ŝûç é-ô ŝçîéîŝŝ àŝ Dàî, Néô, à Wàŝô à Cîç. Té îé àŝ ŝîçé éàé ô éçôàŝŝ îôà ô ô îéîŝçîîàî, é ôé ô éôîçà ŝçééŝ, é ôûà éàîŝ ô é éé, é éôîçà îŝô ô é ŝçîéîîç àîçé, é qûéŝîô ô î-çôéŝûàîî, à é çîîçà éàéé î ééé éçôôîéŝ. Bû îŝ ô à éŝé ôîçŝ  ô éàŝ éàûŝ é îé. Aôû é ôî àŝ àéà éé àé à ŝçîéçé à éçôô àé î ŝôé ŝéŝé éôîçà, é îé éàîŝ ôé ô é ôîçŝ à îôàîé àôàçéŝ. Fô ŝûîŝŝîô îôàîô, éàŝé îŝî é ŝéîéŝ àé à ://.à-ôéŝŝ.çô/ŝçîéçé.
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Açôééŝvii ïôûçîô3 M à Réôîç12 Eîŝîôî é Téçôûûé: Aéçééŝ24 Pôéŝŝ, ïéîàîî, Sîûàî37 Fô Nàûà Sééçîô ô Sîîûà Eôûîô53 Lîé àŝ ïôàîô67 Eàçé Bàîŝ, Côéçé Mîŝ82 Eàçé Hûàŝ à Pôŝûàŝ96 Eéî Lîé, Eî Déà111  Aîîçîà ïéîéçé, Sûéîéîéçé à Eéé Gôŝ123  Pôŝûàŝ î Sàçé140  Côçûŝîô153 Nôéŝ169 Bîîôà203 ïé221 Aôû é Aûô231
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ûé ô éôé àé çôîûé î îôà àŝ ô îŝ ôjéç, éAà.ï îŝ ô à Mîé Mçïôŝ, Jôàà Géé, Mà DéJô, Lé à ï ôû îé ô àé é ôôûî ô à é éé. Sééà îéŝ à çôéàûéŝ àé éé àîû çôéŝàîô àéŝ àô Bàéà, A MçCô, Tô Dà, Mîçàé Hé à Jô Kàŝçî. Fô éî éûŝîàŝîç éŝôŝé ô é ôîç à à éû çôéŝ ï ôû îé ô àçôéé é ŝûéŝ î  Hôôŝ Séîà ô é éôîç ô îôéçôô à ûà éàçéé à Hôé Côéé. Lîà Kôéjé ôîé àûàé àŝŝîŝàçé î éàî é àûŝçî ô ŝûîŝ-ŝîô. Tàŝ àŝô ô Aà Gôŝŝ à Dàî Bàéŝé ô éî éû ûî-àçé éàî é éŝéàîô ô é îéàŝ. Sééà àûôŝ àé îôé  îî àôû é éôîçà ôéîà ô , î àîçûà Nôô Fé, Làûéçé Côûé, Màîà Wàé à Mà Mîé. ï àé àŝô é-éîé éà ô àéî é Aûà Côééçéŝ ô Gôéàçé ô Eéî Téçôôîéŝ, ŝôŝôé  é Sàà Dà O’Côô Côéé ô Là à Aîôà Sàé Uîéŝî. M àŝ ô é ôàîéŝ ô éî é-ôŝ. Fîà,  éééŝ àéçîàîô ôéŝ ô  îé, Jàé P. Héîç, ô é ûàéî ŝûô à îééŝ. ï ôû îé ô éîçàé îŝ ôô ô é éô ô Càà Nàôî Bàîŝ, Rôé D. Héîç, à Màîà L. Héîç.
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