Transhuman Multi-Bodyism

Transhuman Multi-Bodyism

Transhumanism And The Desire Towards Becoming Multi-bodied.
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Transhumanism is the concept of humans taking evolution into their own hands in order to transcend natural phenomenons that act as barriers to human survival and progress. This mentality has existed within humankind since the dawn of our higher cognitive functions; expressed through our technological achievements, medicines, etc. However, in our modern context, Transhumanism is taking on a completely new role.

The prospects of our technological advances and breakthroughs in medical science has opened the doors to humanity not just transcending simple barriers like disease, broken bones, missing limbs and organs, etc; but overcoming problems of death itself, the degradation of the body in its entirety, offering augmented and artificial limbs and organs, or even entirely new alternative vessels to store our consciousness within. And yet, this notion of transferring our consciousness is only one step in our evolutionary course.

The prospects of transferring consciousness technologically, coupled with the ability of designing vessels to occupy, will allow individuals to become multiple bodies via technological surrogates. This can range from any form of biological embodiment into ones of cybernetic and robotic construction. The simple idea of one individual gaining this ability insights philosophical questioning questioning the entire foundation of our socio-political-religious-economic system, the basis of culture itself, and our entire conception of self and other as individuals and as a collective species.

The question at hand that humanity is left to face is the prospect of how our collective species will deal with this. For if we indeed hold true to the notions of being a collective union of individuals under the auspice of the United States civilization, then we must ask ourselves both what the potentials our collective self could have if indeed every individual gained this ability to technological transcendence. The thought of an entire species gaining this ability will not only determine the fate of terrestrial existence; but will weigh the scales of how humans will impact on a macrocosmic scale. We have seen what individuals do instinctively through a collective unconscious through reflecting upon history. The thing we must imagine now is what a collective of individuals who themselves are a collective. What can they achieve, for positive and negative. And we must further ask ourselves and how we can achieve the positive aspects while preventing the negative. This will ultimately require an immense level of self reflection as individuals and as a species.

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25 Responses To Your Friend Who Doesn't Text Back

Omg thanks for responding so quickly...oh, wait.
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We all have that friend. That friend we love to death, but if we are sure of anything in this world, it’s that they will not respond to your text because they suck at texting. That moment when you see “Read 1:04 p.m.” and you’re like “and???? Helloooooooo!”

These are 25 responses for that dear friend.

1. Lol thanks for tagging me in that FB post, now text me tf back.


2. OMG, wait you met Chris Hemsworth and he’s professing his love to you??!! No? Okay, then you can def text me back.

3. Hey I’m coming to help you since you obviously broke your thumbs and can’t respond.

4. Lolol thanks for responding. I’ll just continue the conversation with myself. That’s cool.

5. Good chat.

6. Yeah I wouldn’t know how to respond either, pizza topping selection is a thought-provoking process. Take your time. Meditate on it.

7. The classic: ^^^^^^^^^


8. I hope you’re writing me the 8th Harry Potter novel.

9. That was a yes or no question. This isn’t difficult. You wouldn’t do well with ‘Sophie’s Choice.’

10. Omg, did you pass out from the excitement of getting a text from me? Totally understandable. Text me when you regain consciousness, love.

11. Omg what a witty and clever response. Nothing. So philosophical.

12. The only excuse I’ll accept is if you’re eating guac and don’t want to get it on your phone. Because avocados are life.

13. I love it when you do that adorable thing when you don’t text me back for hours. So cute.


14. Okay I’ll answer for you. Yes, you’re going out tonight. Glad we had this convo.

15. In the time it has taken you to respond, dinosaurs could have retaken the earth.

16. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA

17. The dramatic but also very valid response: That’s what happens when you don’t respond for 30 minutes. People die.


18. I apologize for asking if you were coming to watch Bachelor, clearly the decision has caused you serious reflection on your priorities. I’m sorry to have caused you this existential crisis.

19. Sorry I annoyed you with my friendship. But like plz respond…

20. Your response time is longer than Ross and Rachel’s entire relationship. 10 seasons. You couldn’t text me back for 10 seasons?!!

21. Wait. You’re responding too fast. I can’t keep up. Hang on. Don’t respond so quickly. Jeez.

22. A subtle but perfectly placed gif. What will you go with? The classic eye roll perhaps or maybe a “you suck.”


23. Did you fall off a cliff? Wait, you don’t exercise. Pause your Netflix and respond b*tch.

24. Omg I WON THE LOTTERY. *responds* Lol now you respond…

25. And my personal favorite and go to, Did you text me and then decide to THROW YOUR PHONE ACROSS THE OCEAN?! Lol swim fast, I need an answer.

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Photoshop Is A New Age Technology For Promoting Old School Beauty Standards

How technology didn't stop people from altering images.

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Photoshop in 2018 is just about everywhere, and just about anyone can do it. The app Facetune lets you photoshop your blemishes out, thin your waist and even gives your highlighter and extra glow. You can crop and alter your ex-boyfriend out of an old photo, and even make your food look extra delicious before posting it on Instagram.

But before its popularity and ease of use, photoshop was much harder to do. As a matter of fact, the technique itself is much older than we all think it is too.

The term "photoshop" was coined when brothers Thomas and John Knoll developed the titled software in 1987. Adobe bought the program in 1988, in which the application has grown into what it is today. However, what you may be surprised to hear is that altering photos had been happening many years prior to the Knoll brothers' invention.

Now, I'm not talking about those comical vintage photos where the angles are just right to where it looks like someone's head is floating. I'm talking about photos that you and I have seen many times, most likely in history books as well!

The concept of "altering" photos became wildly popular in the 1950s. Actual pictures back then were still in grayscale, and it didn't seem to fit the spirit of the times: new inventions, new clothing, new hairstyles and everything else that erupted in the 50s. So, to fix the problem, artists would take pictures of models in certain poses, and use that as their muse to paint the final product.

A primitive example of these altered photos was a common pin-up girl picture.

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50s pin-up


You can see in these before-and-after pictures, that a picture once black and white, is now popping with color and life. But there is also something (or should I say something) changed. In almost all of the examples, the models are made skinnier and much more provocative than the actual photo.

1950s pin-up girl photos are iconic, but they are just another reinforcement of what is wrong with the expectations surrounding a woman's body. Photoshopped then, photoshopped now, 50+ years and I'm surprised that it's still going on, or even that it has been going on longer than I thought!

Lately, celebrities have been calling out magazines and editorials for photoshopping their bodies, and maybe this long allocation of altering is coming to an end. Stars of "Riverdale," Lili Reinhart, and Camila Mendes lashed out at Cosmopolitan Philippines for slimming both their waists without consent. The female-fierce cast of "Pretty Little Liars" had some issues with promotional posters for upcoming seasons, in one, Ashley Benson spoke out about how she didn't even recognize herself through all the photoshop, and in another, Sasha Pieterse didn't even have a leg!

So before you see someone on the cover of a magazine and say you'd give an arm and a leg to look like them, just remember that they probably don't even look like themselves!

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