My kind of Humanity-plus ...

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Russell Higgs September 08, 2011, 10:58 AM
My transhumanism, my understanding of humanity-plus, prioritises my existence in the world today, the here and the now. And the greatest tool I have access to in the here and now is my mind.

I work quite hard at finding ways to enjoy and appreciate the ordinary world, to gain pleasure from easily overlooked, simple, free, abundant, "boring" things as I look out the window or I walk to the shops.

Connected to this, I also work quite hard at feeling empowered as much as possible in the world. Part of that empowerment comes from finding sincere conscious pleasure in the mundane, and also by choosing from a mental wardrobe of mythological options (or "magical invocations").

I think Alan Moore summed up something of what I'm trying to say, in a recent interview about psychogeography. He said something like: citizens can choose to exist in a drab beaten down cockroach infested reality, or we can choose to be gods consciously aware of walking through streets and situations saturated with myths and stories. That's my kind of Transhumanism, right here right now. I'll have another go at articulating this later ...

Russell Higgs September 08, 2011, 10:58 AM
... I found the Alan Moore passage ...
Remixing reality: Alan Moore Gets Psychogeographical

"We define ourselves by our surroundings and our situations. If you are brought up in a neighborhood that resembles a rat trap, pretty soon you are going to come to the conclusion that you are probably a rat. If on the other hand you have got the tool of psychogeography — or poetry, to give it a less trendy and more accessible name — then you can look at the ordinary world around you with the eye of a poet. Finding events which rhyme with other events, what little coincidences or connections can be drawn to these places and people. You can put them into an arrangement that says something new about them."

"If you have that kind of insight into the tawdry and debased streets in which most of us spend our lives, then instead of walking through a rat trap you are walking through cataclysmic history, from your personal memories to the local legends. Then the rat trap becomes a fable, a mythological landscape."

"just as living in a rat trap will give you the impression you might be a rat, then l suspect that living in a mythological landscape might after a while give you the subliminal impression that you are at least a mythological figure. A heroic character in your own narrative."

"I think it would be better if we felt like that rather than victims of our environment. That would empower us, and put some genuine energy back into the streets in which we live."

Russell Higgs September 08, 2011, 11:19 AM
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