Straw transhumanist

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A character in Detroit: Become Human echo sentiments about inevitablism of 'progress'

A straw transhumanist or straw transhumanism is the popular negative characterization of transhumanism in science fiction and contemporary society.

Straw arguments

A straw transhumanist:

Fair arguments

Not all criticism of transhumanism are invalid. Many actual transhumanists are:

Reasons for prevalence

  • Presenting transhumanists as bug-a-boo can help drum up support for whatever ideology the writer is advocating
  • Dystopia generally sells better than a positive assessment
  • As noted above, some of the criticisms make fair points
  • Many writers (on transhumanism, as on other subjects) are lazy, and prefer simple targets instead of nuance

See also