Conversations with Seamus

“Ricco gives head.”
“Sure he does. You get those dates to visit yet?”
“I’m working on it.”
“Try using your left hand”
“I’m such a bad lefty.”
“Maybe a change of substance. Tried using aloe instead of vaseline.”
“For the cuts?”
“I told you to pick the glass out of the dumpster baby before fucking it.”
“Wow. That’s impressive.”
“I try. Miss you.”

Life is going well, in general. Learning lots of things. Just ordered a pair of New Rocks, I hope they fit.

Two questions for you all :

When talking about trans and post humanism, is genetic engineering a moot point?
I think so because we’re fucking with everything else to maintain our current level instead of continuing to evolve ourselves

and for my preliminary Honors figuring-out-possible-responses thing :
Why wouldn’t someone want to be a cyborg? I’m not talking about completely no human body, I’m talking about simply a fake heart valve or prosthetic leg. What about if it’s an advancement? Any ideas on communities to check out?

9 thoughts on “Conversations with Seamus

  1. A lot of it has to do with identity and our relationship with the organic. It’s the same reason why some people want to know if the fruits they buy have been genetically tampered with or not. The idea of having something artificial in our bodies – unless it’s out of necessity – can be odd and make some people feel, physically, less human. It’s not really an argument of whether or not it would be beneficial for a human to have an artificial heart but rather an argument of why having one may cause some people to feel estranged especially when you bring in all the discourse about how unique each human body is.

    • Hmm.. Yes. Good points.

      I’m excited to hear what people have to say about these things.

      Is it a bad thing to be less human?

  2. new and shiny! ^_^

    arrgh. just got home from Indy. all is well – I just don’t feel cerebral enough to really answer any of these the way I ought.

    Wait and hope. 😉

    • That’s what I was thinking too… why mess with what you’re not going to be worried about?

      Stupid genes. Who needs ’em? Although I wouldn’t say no to a blue-hair gene in the meantime so I can quit keeping up with my hair.

  3. There is a broad definition of cyborg that includes even machines external to the body, when integrated with the organic (especially that simulates or enhances something we can already do). Climb into your car: it takes you places you could go on foot, it facilitates the transport of goods, and we integrate ourselves physically (yes, it protects us, but the fate of a car and its driver tend to intertwine) and mentally (in that most people fill their cars with music and paraphenalia that suits themselves).

    It’s not what most people envision as a cyborg, but I think if nothing else it’s an interesting liminal case; it’s also a good way to look at rejections of cyborg-ism. We have groups today that reject (for religious and philosophical reasons) the integration of certain levels of technology into their lives. I wouldn’t be surprised if the same reasons they use for their rejection were the same (or parallel, at least) as the reasons people use now against being a cyborg in the more common sense.

    • Good points, and I think at least a chapter in Natural Born Cyborg is about this.

      I was realizing, after reading this, that the reason cell phone rings annoy me so much is because they are unnecessary. If people would put the phone on vibrate where they can feel it, it’s an option to ignore it. And I think that’s one of the best things about good tech – being able to not concentrate to use it.

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