Eclipse of Man: Human Extinction and the Meaning of Progress

Eclipse of Man: Human Extinction and the Meaning of Progress

Charles T. Rubin


Tomorrow hasn't ever regarded larger. Breakthroughs in fields like genetic engineering and nanotechnology promise to offer us unheard of energy to revamp bodies and our global. Futurists and activists let us know that we're drawing ever in the direction of an afternoon once we might be as shrewdpermanent as desktops, could be capable of hyperlink our minds telepathically, and may reside for centuries—or possibly endlessly. The perfection of a “posthuman” destiny awaits us.

Or so the tale is going. in truth, the push towards a posthuman future quantities to an ideology of human extinction, an ideology that sees little of price in humanity other than the uncooked fabric for generating no matter what may possibly come next.

In Eclipse of Man, Charles T. Rubin strains the highbrow origins of the stream to ideal and exchange the human race. He exhibits how today’s advocates of radical enhancement are—like their forebears—deeply upset with given human nature and fixated on grand visions of a destiny formed through technological progress.

Moreover, Rubin argues that this myopic imaginative and prescient of the longer term isn't really constrained to charlatans and cheerleaders selling this or that expertise: it additionally runs via a lot of recent technological know-how and modern progressivism. by means of exploring and criticizing the desires of publish humanity, Rubin defends a extra modest imaginative and prescient of the long run, person who takes heavily either the constraints and the inherent dignity of our given nature.

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