Thread Rating:
  • 0 Vote(s) - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Biological uplift
03-15-2013, 09:27 AM,
#1
Biological uplift
uplift is the development or transformation of animals into an intelligent race by other, already-intelligent beings.





Biological uplift describes the act of biologically enhancing nonhuman animals and integrating them into human and/or posthuman society. There is no reason to believe that we won’t some day be able to do so; the same technologies that will someday work to augment the human species could also be applied to other animals. The big questions now have to do with whether or not we should embark on such a project and how we could do so in an ethical and responsible manner.
http://www.sentientdevelopments.com/2009/03/will-we-uplift-animals-to-sapiency.html

Monolith (Space Odyssey)

from Mac Tonnies' blog:

http://www.posthumanblues.blogspot.com/

I see nothing philosophically wrong with animal uplift, but the concept is freighted with some alarming anthropocentric baggage. "Uplifting" animals to function as peers might sound liberatingly utopian, but the very notion of "peer" suggests, at least to me, beings more or less like ourselves.

As a potential "patron" race, we're bound to project our own preconceptions of personhood onto the animal species in question; our future uplifted friends might very well thank us, but they'll be doing so in a singularly human-like manner (in which case we might be better off poring our energies into the development of sentient machines instead of pretending to be faithful to a given species' zoological source code).

Well-intentioned as they are, proponents of animal uplift labor under the dubious assumption that there's something innately wrong (or at least existentially limiting) about animal-hood. On the other hand, anyone who's had a close relationship with an animal is bound to question such certainty. Sure, it might be nice to jam with my cats about quantum theory, but I sense they're quite content in their feline-hood -- and who am I to deprive them of that?

I'd go so far as to propose that animals are already engaging us in a meaningful dialogue, although perhaps not the sort of dialogue depicted in Brin's canon. That we've yet to understand our fellow mammals on their own terms remains an emasculating reminder that perhaps our "patronage" is neither needed nor desired.
Reply
03-15-2013, 01:32 PM,
#2
RE: Biological uplift
This "uplift" you're talking about is what Glen Kealey speaks of, when he says that the Neanderthals genetically created modern human beings.

But then again:



Paix, Amour et Lumiere
Reply


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread Author Replies Views Last Post
  Declassified UK Cold War Biological Warfare film - Operation CAULDRON 1952 icewhale 1 2,283 09-24-2012, 05:48 PM
Last Post: icewhale
  Chemtrails: List of UK Biological Warfare Tests Conducted In Populated Areas: 1949-1976 icewhale 9 2,637 10-27-2008, 04:14 PM
Last Post: icewhale

Forum Jump:


Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)