Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Transhumanism in Iran

Looks like current Iranian intellectuals, despite living and working in a near theocracy, are finding some value in the writings of the late Iranian transhumanist philosopher FM-2030 (Fereidoun Esfandiary). Sam Ghandchi, in his article Transhumanism and a Tribute to Fereidoun FM Esfandiary, outlines the current issues and challenges facing transhumanist thinking in Iran, concluding that,
In fact, the most basic impacts of changing of human body, can already be seen with regards to issues such as artificial kidneys, where its artificial production can remove the technical basis of using natural parts of body as transplants, and the society can end the material basis of the savagery in the trade of human parts for money, which is so common place in many backward countries like Iran, and this way these kinds of issues, whether from the angle of freedom or justice, will be in the focus of the society, where the average age is getting higher and higher.

In my opinion, the discussions of World Transhuman Association WTA are very important for Iran's futurist movement and it is good if issues of Future Human Evolution be discussed in the Iranian intellectual circles.
Iranian transhumanists--and any of its social reformers for that matter--certainly have their work cut out for them. Our fingers are crossed.

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