R.U. Sirius and Jay Cornell are the authors of Transcendence: The Disinformation Encyclopedia of Transhumanism and the Singularity. Transhumanism has been a hot but divisive topic on disinformation, so we felt there was a need to foster greater understanding of just what transhumanism is, and is not, hence the format of the book is an A-Z encyclopedia.
We asked Jay and R.U. to answer a few questions about the book and the topic in general:
RU, you have long been associated with the transhumanism movement; can you tell us how you got hooked and what your personal interest in transhumanism is?
RU: In a sense, I go way back to the 1970s, although I wasn’t familiar with the term transhumanism then. I think the only person using it at that time was a guy named F.M. Esfandiary. I was, if you will, turned on and tuned in by Timothy Leary and his cohort in conscious evolution Robert Anton Wilson. Some of the ideas began to appear in the mid-‘70s, specifically the idea of Space Migration Intelligence Increase Life Extension (SMI2LE) for an expansive human future. And there was Leary’s Future History series from the late ‘70s, which I still think is some kind of slightly off-kilter key to a potential positively mutated humanity. I mean, it’s not the future that has happened and probably won’t be the future that will happen but it’s the future that should happen.