Qu’est ce que le transhumanisme… québécois? - Justice De Thézier

Qu’est ce que le transhumanisme… quebecois?

Justice De Thezier
Directeur, Association transhumaniste mondiale
Directeur, Association transhumaniste du Quebec
27 juin 2004
Mise a jour le 22 janvier 2006

Depuis son renouvellement durant le Siecle des Lumieres, l’humanisme est une philosophie qui affirme le desir d’ameliorer la condition humaine a travers la raison appliquee, surtout en encourageant la libre pensee, la liberte d’expression, l’education et la democratie.

Le transhumanisme, toutefois, est un prolongement de l’humanisme et un mouvement social qui affirme la possibilite et le desir d’ameliorer plus fondamentalement la condition humaine, en encourageant le developpement et une plus grande accessibilite aux technologies qui permettront aux gens de vivre plus longtemps et en sante tout en augmentant leurs capacites intellectuelles, physiques et emotionnelles.

Le transhumanisme cultive donc l’etude scientifique des ramifications, promesses et dangers potentiels des technologies qui nous permettront de surmonter les limites humaines fondamentales, et des questions ethiques impliquees dans le developpement et l’utilisation de ces technologies.

Le transhumanisme etait implicite dans les oeuvres de plusieurs humanistes, futurologues et ethiciens pendant des siecles mais cette tendance est devenue visible avec l’emergence de livres, journaux et organismes non-gouvernementaux tel que l’Association transhumaniste mondiale (ATM) au cours des dernieres annees.

La convergence des nanotechnologies, biotechnologies, technologies de l’information et sciences cognitives et son impact inevitable sur la condition humaine sont en train de devenir evidents pour plusieurs. Consequemment le transhumanisme a obtenu une reconnaissance academique quand TransVision, la conference annuelle de l’ATM, fut commanditee par le projet interdisciplinaire sur la bioethique de la prestigieuse Universite Yale en 2003 et ensuite par le programme de culture et technologie McLuhan de l’Universite de Toronto en 2004.

Ces conferences d’avant-garde ont permis a des intellectuels de renommee internationale ainsi qu’au public de se rencontrer pour discuter de la symbiose du developpement technologique et de l’innovation sociale dans un avenir ou la nature humaine continuera d’etre en transition constante.

Malgre les courants neoliberaux aux Etats-Unis, le mouvement transhumaniste qui s’organise tranquillement au Quebec reflete de facon dynamique plusieurs valeurs de la societe quebecoise, soit le pragmatisme et la solidarite. Le transhumanisme quebecois preconise un juste milieu entre le techno-realisme et le techno-utopisme pour concevoir un nouveau projet de societe.

Etant donne que certaines des percees technologiques revolutionnaires les plus anticipees ne verront peut-être le jour que dans 20 ou 45 ans, les transhumanistes quebecois ne se limitent pas a la speculation optimiste sur ce que l’avenir nous apportera.

Au contraire, ils veulent stimuler les citoyens a reflechir de facon critique aux promesses et dangers lies a l’emergence des technologies d’amelioration humaine afin de debattre en toute rationalite de ce qui devrait etre fait ainsi qu’un ordre social au Quebec ou l’on pourra mettre en oeuvre des decisions responsables.

Le transhumanisme s’etend a une echelle mondiale et l’ATM vous invite a les joindre dans ce travail important pour batir le mouvement transhumaniste quebecois.

Soyons maitres de nos corps!

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What is Quebecer… Transhumanism?

Justice De Thezier
Director, World Transhumanist Association
Director, Quebec Transhumanist Association
June 27, 2004
Updated January 22, 2006

Since its renewal during the Age of the Enlightenment, humanism is a philosophy which affirms the desirability of improving the human condition through reason, especially by encouraging freethought, free speech, education and democracy.

Transhumanism, however, is an extension of humanism and a social movement that affirms the possibility and desirability of fundamentally improving the human condition, especially by developing and making widely available technologies to eliminate aging and to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities.

Transhumanism therefore cultivates the scientific study of the ramifications, promises, and potential dangers of technologies that will enable us to overcome fundamental human limitations, and the related study of the ethical matters involved in developing and using such technologies.

Transhumanism has been implicit in the writings of many humanists, futurists and ethicists for centuries, but the trend has only become visible with the emergence of books, journals, and NGOs such as the World Transhumanist Association (WTA) in recent years.

The convergence of nanotechnologies, biotechnology, information technologies and cognitives sciences and its inevitable impact on the human condition is becoming widely apparent. Therefore, transhumanism acquired academic recognition when TransVision, the WTA’s annual conference, was sponsored by prestigious Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Bioethics Project in 2003 and then by the University of Toronto’s McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology in 2004.

These avant-garde conferences allow intellectuals of international reknown as well as members of the public to come together to critically discuss and analyze the symbiosis of technological development and social innovation in a coming world where human nature will continue to be in constant transition.

Despite some libertarian currents in the United States, the transhumanist movement which is slowly organizing itself in Quebec reflects in a dynamic fashion many values of Quebecer society, such as pragmaticism and solidarity. Quebecer transhumanism favors a middle ground between technorealism and techno-utopianism to conceive of a new vision of society.

Since some of the revolutionary technological breakthroughs that are most anticipated may only occur 20 or 45 years from now, Quebecer transhumanists do no limit themselves to optimistic speculation about what the future may bring us.

On the contrary, they want to stimulate citizens to think critically about the promises and dangers tied to the emergence of human enhancement technologies in order to rationally debate what needs to be done, and a social order in Quebec where responsible decisions can be implemented.

Transhumanism is expanding on a global scale and the WTA invites you to join them in this important work to build the Quebecer transhumanist movement.

Another body is possible...


Justice De Thezier is a social entrepreneur and creative professional. In 2003, he founded the Quebec Transhumanist Association, which he closed down in January 2008. From January 2006 to January 2008, De Thezier served on the board of directors of the World Transhumanist Association. And, from November 2005 to March 2007, he contributed to the Cyborg Democracy web portal and blog.

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