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Cultural movements change society by changing the way different disciplines – thought-makers, knowledge sourcing – approach their work. These movements embody all art, literature, sciences, philosophies and socioeconomics. They will tend to originate with a set of ideas, values, characteristic activities, styles, or communication that incubate in certain environments (universities, geographical locations, between common identities) and then expand into society at large. Sometimes the movements are good. Mostly they’re ephemeral, reinventing the wheel.

 

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There are currently 3 cultural movements in this directory
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Luminaries

Max More born Max T. O'Connor (born Bristol UK 1964)

  •     extropianism, futurism "Principles of Extropy"
  •     President Emeritus "Alcor Life Extension Foundation"
  •     Entropy Institute
  •     "Transhumanism: Toward a Futurist Philosophy"

 

FM-2030 born F. M. Esfandiary (born Iran 1930-2000 died NYC vitrified "Alcor Life Extension Foundation, Scottsdale)

  •     Are You A Transhuman?

Stefan Lorenz Sorgner (born Germany 1973)

  • metahumanism, posthumanism, Nietzsche, tech ethics
  • Oxford educated
  • Tenure teaching John Cabot University (Rome)

James J. Hughes (born Columbus OH USA 1961)

  • sociologist, bioethicist
  • Ph.D educated University of Chicago
  • Executive Director with Nick Bostrum of Institute for Ethics (was ED of Emerging Technologies and World Transhumanist Association)
  • teaches at Trinity College, Hartford CT
  • "Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redsigned Human of the Future"
  • "Cyborg Buddha: Using Neurotechnology to Become Better People"
  • Christian Transhumanist Association
Nick Bostrum (born Sweden 1973)
  • philosopher, contemporary philosophy, transhumanism, analytics philosophy, AI, information hazard, infinitarian paralysis
  • Oxford educated (https://nickbostrum.com)
  • founder of Future of Humanity Institute
  • tenure at St Cross College, Oxford - good Wikipedia bio and ideas breakdown (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Bostrum)
  • "Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies)
  • Anthropic Bias: Observation Selection Effects in Science and Philosophy
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Metamodernism

Metamodernism is a proposed set of developments in philosophy, aesthetics, and culture which emerge from and react to postmodernism. One definition characterizes metamodernism as mediations between aspects of both modernism and postmodernism. Another similar term is post-postmodernism.

In 1999, Moyo Okediji reused the term metamodern about contemporary African-American art, defining it as an "extension of and challenge to modernism and postmodernism."

In 2002, Andre Furlani, analyzing the literary works of Guy Davenport, defined metamodernism as an aesthetic that is "after yet by means of modernism…. a departure as well as a perpetuation."

The relationship between metamodernism and modernism was seen as going "far beyond homage, toward a reengagement with modernist method in order to address subject matter well outside the range or interest of the modernists themselves."

In 2007, Alexandra Dumitrescu described metamodernism as partly a concurrence with, partly an emergence from, and partly a reaction to, postmodernism, "champion[ing] the idea that only in their interconnection and continuous revision lie the possibility of grasping the nature of contemporary cultural and literary phenomena."

In 2010, cultural theorists Timotheus Vermeulen and Robin van den Akker proposed metamodernism as an intervention in the post-postmodernism debate.

 

Notes on Metamodernism

Vermeulen and van den Akker asserted that the 2000s were characterized by the return of typically modern positions that did not forfeit the postmodern mindsets of the 1980s and 1990s, resembling a "neo-romanticism" represented especially in the work of young visual artists. According to them, the metamodern sensibility "can be conceived of as a kind of informed naivety, a pragmatic idealism", characteristic of cultural responses to recent global events such as climate change, the financial crisis, political instability, and the digital revolution. They asserted that “the postmodern culture of relativism, irony, and pastiche" is over, having been replaced by a post-ideological condition that stresses engagement, affect, and storytelling.

The prefix "meta-" referred not to a reflective stance or repeated rumination, but to Plato's metaxy, which denotes a movement between opposite poles as well as beyond them.

Vermeulen and van den Akker described metamodernism as a "structure of feeling" that oscillates between modernism and postmodernism like "a pendulum swinging between…innumerable poles". According to Kim Levin, writing in ARTnews, this oscillation "must embrace doubt, as well as hope and melancholy, sincerity and irony, affect and apathy, the personal and the political, and technology and techne." For the metamodern generation, according to Vermeulen, "grand narratives are as necessary as they are problematic, hope is not simply something to distrust, love not necessarily something to be ridiculed."

Vermeulen asserts that "metamodernism is not so much a philosophy—which implies a closed ontology—as it is an attempt at a vernacular, or…a sort of open source document, that might contextualise and explain what is going on around us, in political economy as much as in the arts."

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Transhumanism

READING

  • William Godwin books: St Leon and Political Justice (1st edition)
  • William Haldane book: Daedalus: Science and the Future
  • Bernal book: The World, the Flesh and the Devil
  • Humanity 2.0 renamed Transhumanism Society after beating out libertarian right-wing transhumanist bloc.

 

21st CENTURY INTERNICINE

Libertarian right v Liberal left schism over equality of access to transhuman tech - Vs - give it to me and my clever Ubermensch first, fuck the loser proletariat, Ayn Rand would've blessed us doing what human winners do - making sure the technological singularity includes us, transformed, in perpetuity. Not our problem, the 99% of homo sapiens who miss the boat and get doomed to a future of mortal scraps.

BLURB WHAT IS TRANSHUMANISM?

Transhumanism cross-pollinates with a lot of alt-culture demographics. Many charlatans. Many conceited sociopaths. But also higher quality outliers, a better more capable non-conformist who wants to be active doing things that drive humanity forward rather than swaddle in the status quo. Pros and cons here. Aubrey de Grey, Aldous Huxley and Nick Bostrum are a decent "quality control trinity" re: the better, more serious multi-discipline creative types associated with transhumanism.

 

GROUPS

INSTITUTE FOR ETHICS AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES @

https://ieet.org

 

HUMANITY PLUS (formerly World Transhumanist Association) @

https://humanityplus.org

 

ALCOR LIFE EXTENSION FOUNDATION (Cryonics, monetizing death-panic, dodgy) @

https://alcor.org

 

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