Beyond IQ


Transhumanism

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Science/Ethics
Instructor: Greta Wu
5-10 students
Suggested Age Ranges: 13+ years old
Meets: Tuesdays at 3:00 pm; 15 weeks starting on January 26th.

CLASS DESCRIPTION:

This course explores some of the ideas and criticism of transhumanism, a cross-disciplinary field exploring the possible futures of sentient life.

  • 1. Introductions, course overview
  • 2. Enhancing what? Erasing what?
  • 3. Enhancing who?
  • 4. What is evolution anyways?
  • 5. What counts as “you” / extended mind
  • 6. Artificial intelligence and robots
  • 7. Current cyborgs
  • 8. Genetic engineering
  • 9. Transhumanism in art
  • 10.  Current transhuman movements
  • 11.  Death and how to avoid it; longevity and cryostasis
  • 12.  Transhuman societies
  • 13.  Topic of students’ choice
  • 14.  Topic of students’ choice
  • 15. Summary

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