April 23, 2024

From Humanities to Metahumanities: Transhumanism and the Future of Education. Poppy Frances Gibson

Author: Juan José Calderón Amador
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Hoy traemos a este espacio este artículo titulado “From Humanities to Metahumanities: Transhumanism and the Future of Education” de Poppy Frances Gibson publicado en COMPASS: Journal of Learning and teaching. Vol 1 Nº 2 (2018)

Abstract

Educational policy and provision is ever-changing; but how does pedagogy need to adapt to respond to transhumanism? This opinion piece discusses transhumanism, questions what it will mean to be posthuman, and considers the implications of this on the future of education. This piece aims to identify some key questions in the area of transhumanism and education as four themes are considered: teachers, human hardware, curriculum and lifelong learning.

Keywords:
 transhumanism, biotechnology, pedagogy, social futurist, posthuman.

Introduction 

When I tell people I am a transhumanist, it often raises an eyebrow – or several questions. What is transhumanism? What is a ‘posthuman’? Why would anyone want to live forever? This article will briefly respond to these questions (amongst others) and consider what this may mean for the education sector. Key questions will be identified in the area of transhumanism and education as four themes are considered: teachers, human hardware, curriculum and lifelong learning. With ‘trans’ meaning ‘across’, transhumanism is a ‘technoprogressive’ socio-political and intellectual movement (Porter, 2017) that involves transforming our primitive human selves into selves enhanced through technology. Transhumanism aims to develop our physical, emotional and cognitive capacities and thus to open up new possibilities and horizons of experience (Thompson, 2017). The end goal is one day to become ‘posthuman’: combating ageing and freeing ourselves from current biological limitations.

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