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    Default Transhumanism: 5 questions for you

    Here are five questions that are related to transhumanism.

    1.If you could expand your lifespan permanently via scientific-technological means, would you do it?
    2.If you could modify your central nervous system to eliminate all pain, would you do it?
    3.If you could modify your central nervous system to put you in a constant state of euphoria, would you do it?
    4.If you could drastically change your body to something different, would you do it?
    5.If you could drastically increase your intelligence, would you do it?
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    1.If you could expand your lifespan permanently via scientific-technological means, would you do it?

    Unsure. We can speculate all we want on why it's not good to live forever, but typically as long as a person isn't in some kind of emotional pain and have all their faculties/abilities, they still would rather live "just one more day."

    2.If you could modify your central nervous system to eliminate all pain, would you do it?

    No. I think pain bring clarity to life. Also, pain is a necessary input to the body to preserve health. (Re: all the health problems and eventually death that accrues with leprosy patients due to loss of nerves/pain. Do you have any idea how much even at the very basic level pain awareness keeps us alive? If we didn't shift body position when the old position became uncomfortable, for example, which we do quite often during the day, we'd end up with necrotic tissue / tissue and bone damage.)

    3.If you could modify your central nervous system to put you in a constant state of euphoria, would you do it?

    No. It would eventually all become "same-old" and thus unhappy.

    4.If you could drastically change your body to something different, would you do it?

    I'm open, but the answer is contextual and based on far more than the body transformation. (For example, if such a transformation horrifically ostracizes you from the rest of your culture and/or inhibits what you want to accomplish in life, then... no.)

    5.If you could drastically increase your intelligence, would you do it?

    Same as Answer 4, although less so. It would just be frustrating being so smart without anyone else who might be able to understand... although I suppose if the same option is available to many, everyone could be smarter.
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    1.If you could expand your lifespan permanently via scientific-technological means, would you do it?
    No sometimes I don't like the fact I've lived this long and there's so many humans expanding life span isn't worth it imo
    2.If you could modify your central nervous system to eliminate all pain, would you do it?
    Depends on the reason if the pain is happening and i can make it better. if it's just cuz of a headache because of sinuses and really not much can be done, then yes
    3.If you could modify your central nervous system to put you in a constant state of euphoria, would you do it?
    No, because I would take happiness for granted and just be a terrible person because of it
    4.If you could drastically change your body to something different, would you do it?
    No, I wouldn't I don't see why I need to be unhappy with my body
    5.If you could drastically increase your intelligence, would you do it?
    Possibly, but I have to ask in what way?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sultan of Beans View Post
    1.If you could expand your lifespan permanently via scientific-technological means, would you do it?
    If my family and SO could and were going to, yes. I wouldn't want to live longer alone. But forever? I don't think so, not forever. I want to know what's on the other side.

    2.If you could modify your central nervous system to eliminate all pain, would you do it?
    Definitely not. Pain is useful. Tells you that you're in danger.

    3.If you could modify your central nervous system to put you in a constant state of euphoria, would you do it?
    No, it would quickly become baseline. Unless we're assuming it wouldn't. I don't know, though. Maybe a state of hypomania, sure. But euphoria I think would be too much. I don't want to live outside reality.

    4.If you could drastically change your body to something different, would you do it?
    Just a really trim version of myself would be great.

    5.If you could drastically increase your intelligence, would you do it?
    Maybe in certain areas, but I would have to give which some thought.

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    1.If you could expand your lifespan permanently via scientific-technological means, would you do it?

    Sure, I can always just throw myself off a bridge if it's not my thing.

    2.If you could modify your central nervous system to eliminate all pain, would you do it?

    Nope, pain informs me.

    3.If you could modify your central nervous system to put you in a constant state of euphoria, would you do it?

    No, it sounds like the equivalent of being strung-out junky. They did this to rats in a scientific study, and the rats just ended up starving, because they didn't feel the need for anything else.

    4.If you could drastically change your body to something different, would you do it?

    Yeah, like being neurally connected to the web, or night vision, or being able to sense magnetic fields, or being able to increase my taste palette, or increasing overall strength and agility, and more...

    5.If you could drastically increase your intelligence, would you do it?

    Yep, depending on what exactly that means.

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    1.If you could expand your lifespan permanently via scientific-technological means, would you do it?
    I might, but only if I had found happiness and stability with where I was in life. The way things are going now I don't see myself really wanting to be around for that long.

    2.If you could modify your central nervous system to eliminate all pain, would you do it?
    No way.

    3.If you could modify your central nervous system to put you in a constant state of euphoria, would you do it?
    No. Ignorance is bliss, too, but I would rather comprehend things clearly than merely feel happy all the time.

    4.If you could drastically change your body to something different, would you do it?
    Probably not. The only things I could think of that I would want to change are minor things like vision (lasik - already possible with current tech), immunity to dental cavities, a better immune system/resistance to viral (and other sources of) infections...

    5.If you could drastically increase your intelligence, would you do it?
    I fear what I would become. I would not want to increase my intelligence to the point where I'm toeing the line between brilliance and insanity. I would not want to live in a world where intelligence can be drastically increased in any way, for myself or anyone else.

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    1.If you could expand your lifespan permanently via scientific-technological means, would you do it?

    Yes. I have nothingness issues.

    2.If you could modify your central nervous system to eliminate all pain, would you do it?

    No thanks, that's dangerous. There's a graphic image in the link, so if you don't want to look at that, this sentence gets the point across: "Congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis may be misdiagnosed for leprosy, based on similar symptoms of severe injuries to the hands and feet."

    3.If you could modify your central nervous system to put you in a constant state of euphoria, would you do it?

    No, that would totally cut me off from any further self-discovery and possibly muffle my ability to respond to crises. Courage isn't the absence of fear and despair, but how we transform them. Those feelings are signals for me to make a choice. Also, I think my creative abilities would tank if I only had one emotion to draw from, producing flat and boring work that no one who doesn't also have the nervous system modification could relate to, and that I wouldn't even have the dignity of being dissatisfied with. Basically...this would be to annihilate myself and become the drug, which is the opposite of what I live for.

    4.If you could drastically change your body to something different, would you do it?

    Yes. I'd like to not have to spend so much time maintaining it, and to be able to survive at my full capacities in a wider range of environmental conditions. Taken to an invulnerable conclusion, this would be economically hilarious. No more need for food, sleep, or shelter means money would lose much of its weight as an essential. I can see myself making good abuse of this.

    5.If you could drastically increase your intelligence, would you do it?

    I'd need more detail, but this sounds good so far. A person with boosted intelligence could potentially do a lot of social and scientific good, although the psychological isolation could introduce a crippling factor to this. I might also take less pride in whatever I produced if said productiveness wouldn't have happened had I not done the brain thing. It would feel like a less authentic shortcut, somehow less honorable than accomplishing something great in a battle victory against the limits I was born with. Like these aren't my personal accomplishments, but the new brain's and the doctors' who designed it, channeled through my body but not truly of it. On the other hand, the choice to get the brain augment was mine, so it also makes sense to personally claim the results of that choice.
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    I could go with mods. That's about it. Don't know about increasing my intelligence, but maybe some tools to assist me in using the intelligence I have more efficiently.

    Maybe stuff like electronic skin pigments and hair color I could change by thinking. Maybe be a nekomimi. Or even have extra limbs - four hands might be pretty cool.

    The other stuff like living forever and not feeling pain or constant euphoria... no.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Sultan of Beans View Post
    Here are five questions that are related to transhumanism.

    1.If you could expand your lifespan permanently via scientific-technological means, would you do it?
    Sure, but I want to reserve the option to die.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sultan of Beans View Post
    2.If you could modify your central nervous system to eliminate all pain, would you do it?
    Unless I also become invincible, I do not think that would be wise.

    Furthermore, I wouldn't want that if I were in a small minority in doing it, because I suspect not feeling pain would impair my ability to empathize with others.

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    3.If you could modify your central nervous system to put you in a constant state of euphoria, would you do it?
    I think the answers to the previous question pretty much apply here, too.

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    4.If you could drastically change your body to something different, would you do it?
    Depends on how committal it is. I'd be afraid to make a huge change that I couldn't undo. If I could be a shape shifter, I'd try all kinds of things.

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    5.If you could drastically increase your intelligence, would you do it?
    By my definition of intelligence, sure I think I'd do that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sultan of Beans View Post
    Here are five questions that are related to transhumanism.

    1.If you could expand your lifespan permanently via scientific-technological means, would you do it?
    2.If you could modify your central nervous system to eliminate all pain, would you do it?
    3.If you could modify your central nervous system to put you in a constant state of euphoria, would you do it?
    4.If you could drastically change your body to something different, would you do it?
    5.If you could drastically increase your intelligence, would you do it?
    After approximately three and half seconds worth of thought I'll answer no to all of the above.
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