Here’s another guy who wants to be President of the United States
Presidential candidates are multiplying faster than rabbits this year in the U.S.A. They’re hopping all over the place.
Zoltan Istvan–I know. I never heard of him before, either.–is a transhumanist philosopher. I am somewhat familiar with the transhumanist movement. They want to live forever. I do too.
According to Wikipedia, he was born in 1973, so he’s about 42. And married. And he wrote The Transhumanist Wager, a philosophical science fiction novel. He was born in Los Angeles and now lives in San Francisco.
Why does Zoltan Istvan want to be President?
Last October, I declared my 2016 US candidacy under the newly formed Transhumanist Party, which I founded, and promised my community of techno-optimists I’d do everything I could to use my campaign as a way to speed up the arrival of robotic hearts, brain implants, artificial limbs, exoskeleton suits, and indefinite lifespans—all of which are just a small part of the radical science transhumanists aim to make a standard part of people’s lives.
I’m not recommending you vote for him, and I don’t expect to, either. On the other hand, it’s possible we might do worse. Think about the possibilities. Somebody who wants to live a very long time–virtually forever–on earth, not in heaven, might be more hesitant to start a war.
Besides that, he is extremely pro-science. He depends on science to keep him–and as many of us as possible–alive and healthy long enough to be made virtually immortal. I’m definitely for that, even though I’m probably too old already to benefit fully from it.
The Transhumanist Party may seem fringe to some, but it’s not. It’s mainly made up of scientists, engineers, futurists, and people who love technology. And while we don’t have a formal paying membership process, my officers and I estimate—based on social media, event turnouts, and donations—we now have about 25,000 supporters in the US. We also have approximately 40 volunteers and more signing up every week. Globally, there are now almost 25 Transhumanist Parties on five different continents, each with its own rules that it determines best within its national framework.
He says transhumanists are in favor of “designer babies,” babies whose DNA has been edited to remove genetic defects.
Scientists in China report that they have recently done this, but scientists and politicians in the rest of the world are calling for a moratorium on editing human genes. It is definitely a serious business that requires careful, intelligent thought. Changing a human gene changes the future of humanity a little bit, because that modified gene will be passed on to the individual’s offspring. But that’s the whole idea, to pass on healthy genes instead of genes that make a person sick.
“We are at a time in human history when such radical genetic engineering technology may help eliminate disease and give us healthier children,” said Dr. L. M. Memmel, a researcher, board-certified Obstetrician & Gynecologist, and Treasurer of the Transhumanist Party. “We should proceed with caution and an open discussion, but let’s not derail the train before it has left the station.”
It’s a way to wipe out sickle-cell anemia, cystic fibrosis, and eventually, all other genetic diseases. Isn’t it OK to change the human race just enough to make our descendants healthier?
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