Friday, June 22, 2012

Transhumanism, Buddhism, and the Self

Here is a really humorous and enlightening talk on Buddhism and Transhumanism by Dr. J.

Click this link to Changesurfer Radio

Also, as an olive branch to my new friend and "Crooked House" collaborator Valerie Bane, who recently did a blog on the subject of multiple selves (The Multiple Self ), I wanted to add this link to an article that asks the question:  In the future, will human beings LITERALLY have multiple selves, in the forms of androids and/or virtual reality extensions.

To quote the article, "We are heading into a world where the self is expanding and multiplying. Are “you” just “you”? Where does your body begin or end? What philosophy/theology of property makes you think that? Are “you” what you’re born as, or is it what you are capable of? If you can operate five androids simultaneously, are they all you? Is in invalid therefore not a self at all?"

You can read the rest of the article here: Will we have multiple "Selves" in the future?


  1. Call me old fashioned, but I think deep within us, at our core there is a soul. Think of every character in any great story: at the core of that character is a single "spine" or core...a that may change over the course of the story, but a single unified Self.

    I think that your external persona may identify with different roles or masks, but ultimately this is a false identification.

    So I think that you are really talking about multiple "personas" or "avatars" not the core self.

  2. I think Colin has been watching too much Battlestar Galactica on Blue Ray.

    But if Max is going to bring up characters in stories, what about the stories/characters of Philip K. Dick? Are his characters fragmented selves? What about the androids in Blade Runner?

    1. I used to dream of being a cylon like Shannon in BG. I loved the idea of there being a dozen "Valeries" all with different perceptions and experiences.

  3. “The self is only a threshold, a door, a becoming between two multiplicities”

    ― Gilles Deleuze, Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia