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    Transhumanism and the Social Media Trap


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  • id-entity (2047 posts)
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    1. I looked 6 mins

    Thought, interesting topic, maybe worth discussing in Radical Philosophy. But he sounds just a mean and fearful old narrow minded conservative guy scared of teens. Who in my experience (father of two) happen to be much kinder, more gentle and honest and wiser and grown-up than we were at that age.

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      2. Yes he is tough on teens – he tries to reconcile

      this phobia at the end..  As one who had her own problems in her teens and having had sons in their teens – I can relate to his concerns and I envy those who have the perfect teenage / high school years.

      The larger issue that he raises is a discussion that is long overdue and is also not new – the question of where is technology taking us….I relate to the problems in multiple disciplines – from the military industrial complex to genetically modified food (animals and vegetables).  I’m far from conservative yet I do draw the line in resisting much of the technology must confess I’ve resisted the latest technology in order to free myself from the rat race.  Yet having resisted the push to get on the bandwagon, I’m at risk for being left behind.   The debate over the impact of technology has been debated for centuries.  But unlike earlier debates, the influence/ramifications of today’s innovation have exponentially greater shelf life vis a vis chronology and substance.  The interview speaks to my concerns of just some of the ramifications of  of the risks of accepting technologies without anticipating and/or understanding immediate and long-term impact.  Capitalism rather than scientific merit may be the driver.

       

       

       

       

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        3. It goes beyond capitalism

        Derrida discusses in Plato’s Pharmacy the techne of writing as farmakon, word meaning both poison and medicin, and that goes to the root of issue, or at least pretty far into the root. The transfer from speaking in presence to externalizing memory and message to the art of text, which includes also all math etc. and all their doings, creates this artificial distance to “knowing by heart” and “speaking from heart”.

        There’s been lots of good critique of the poison side, which doesn’t deny the medicine side, from Critique of Instrumental Reason to Heidegger etc. When I was born, there were no home computers, and with passion for reading and writing I’ve spend much of my adult life exploring and experimenting this new Internet tech of writing. Things have sure speeded up, it’s been a trip – I had also Zerzan trip of anarcho-primitivism with ecovillage life and all at one point. The speed, all the mundane profanity of the agora, this is the good side, I think, of dropping writing etc. techne from it’s high horse of elitist power hierarchy, and yes, making the art of written language more heartfelt, again. We adapt and keep on adapting, language and logos as our creative way of adapting into our participatory role of creation. Writing as means of control system – control of written word and number over humans, fantasy of human control over nature – is becoming much thinner and weaker, losing it’s grip.

         

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