You don't have to join a Robot Cult to approve of and make consensual recourse to effective available healthcare and mental healthcare resources and support, or to advocate for wider access to these resources and for more public research. There are vibrant communities and organizations of support and activism for universal healthcare, for advocacy for disabled/differently en-abled folks, neuro-atypical folks, transfolks, and although some Robot Cultists seem more than happy to showboat at the edges of some of these movements from time to time to score points I do not see them as actual contributors to any of these movements in any substantial way or even as reliable allies when it comes to the actual work these campaigns are doing. Now, it isn't for me to tell you what your daydreams should look like, but I'm afraid that hating your embodied life isn't exactly going to get you anywhere while therapy might. Contrary to your assertion, however earnestly intended, the actual claims of techno-immortalists and transhumanoid enhancement "sooper-humans" are indeed pseudo-scientific at best (as witness their absence from actually cited scientific literature or the course material of universities in the relevant fields) -- and at worst they function as apologies for BigPharma profiteering and embarrassing face-lift/boner-pill scam-artistry and ugly eugenicism -- and all that is palpably true however fervently you wish otherwise and that means you are wasting your time with them. The fact is that you will always live in a mortal, vulnerable body among frail error-prone humans sharing a finite world from which they want infinitely many different things that will always need painstaking reconciliation. There's no getting around it. You are going to die. Until then, learn more, help out, choose love over fear, and live a little. This is actually not so tragic as all that, and it's really not sad at all, in my book, it is the horizon within the terms of which the whole measure of connection, freedom, expression, discovery, and joy in unimaginable complexity is given on this earth.
Using Technology to Deepen Democracy, Using Democracy to Ensure Technology Benefits Us All
Saturday, February 09, 2013
Advice to a Sad Robot Cultist
Upgraded from the Moot: