Are we still those hairless apes, who stood upright, wandering the African plains during sunlight? No. Once we discovered fire, how we defined our own species changed forever – we then became a species that could wander at both night and day, extending our reach during shorter periods of time.
“I live on Earth at present, and I don’t know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing — a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process — an integral function of the universe.”
– R. Buckminster Fuller
“Exploration is in our nature. We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still.” – Carl Sagan
Had we not discovered fire, what would become of our species? Either we’d somehow survive and acquire the biological sense of sight at night after a very long period of time waiting (centuries, if not longer!) or we would have died and gone extinct by those predators who could see in the dark. And so, when we discovered fire, we told ourselves that we’re not going to wait for either evolution or death to find us. Instead, we’re going to harness this scientific discovery and take control of our lives!
That was when we started taking control of our own evolutionary development. From there, we never stopped. With the invention of the wheel, we extended our means of travel once more. With the invention of telecommunication, we extended our means of communicating with the rest of the world. And now, in the 21st century, we’ve set our sights on transcending every other biological limitation we have left. We are constantly in motion – that is how we define Humanity.
So whenever someone tells you that the goals of the Transhumanist movement are really nothing more than a war against nature and our natural selves, you tell them this story. Human nature was never some static entity that allowed itself to be dictated by natural selection. Our nature consists of the innate drive to wander and transcend! The Transhumanist Age is merely our next journey.
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