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5th Jul '16 10:32:03 PM harostar
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** The mysterious TykeBomb project being run at the Sunlit Garden, which produces young Investigators of exceptional ability bordering on superhuman. [[TheAce Arima]] is hinted to be the product of these experiments, while [[spoiler: [[FemmeFatale Rize]] and [[TheMole Furuta]]]] are both referred to as having been [[DesignerBabies bred]] by the project.

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** The mysterious TykeBomb project being run at the Sunlit Garden, which produces young Investigators of exceptional ability bordering on superhuman. [[TheAce Arima]] is hinted to be the product of these experiments, while [[spoiler: [[FemmeFatale Rize]] This is because they are all HalfHumanHybrids, bred with enhanced physical abilities but otherwise nearly identical to their human parents. They can consume human food, do not require human flesh to survive, and [[TheMole Furuta]]]] are both referred lack a kagune or kakugan. In exchange, however, they suffer from a significantly shortened lifespan and begin to as having been [[DesignerBabies bred]] break down internally by the project.time they reach their 30s]]. [[TheAce Arima]], [[PsychopathicManchild Hairu]], [[BastardBastard Furuta]], and Rize are all stated to have been bred by the Garden.
29th Jun '16 5:15:51 AM Veanne
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* As noted above, any religion that offers an afterlife, including Christianity, are the obvious {{ur example}}s of Transhumanism. The MoralGuardians may want to deny it, but their central dogma is that the humans that follow them would eventually abandon their weak "sinful" bodies and AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence free from sin or death. A lot of Pauline, Gnostic and theological literature encourages despising the flesh in favor of the Transhuman ideal in Heaven. One could even say that ''the MoralGuardians themselves are encouraging and justifying Transhumanism'' with their constant propaganda about how [[SexIsEvil the flesh is sinful]]. Th modern transhumanist movement is simply a secular derivation of this.
25th Jun '16 7:00:54 PM Fireblood
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* In Nietzsche's ''Literature/ThusSpakeZarathustra'', Zarathustra preaches that mankind's future lies into the {{Ubermensch}}. A form of spiritual/mental transcendence into an existence that does not need God.

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* In Nietzsche's ''Literature/ThusSpakeZarathustra'', Zarathustra preaches that mankind's future lies into the {{Ubermensch}}. A {{Ubermensch}}, a form of spiritual/mental transcendence into an existence that does not need God.



* ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'': Cybernetics and bioengineered organs are used by a number of characters, the protagonists' employer is an AI seeking to merge with another.

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* ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'': Cybernetics and bioengineered organs are used by a number of characters, and the protagonists' employer is an AI seeking to merge with another.



* As noted above, any Religion that offers an afterlife, including Christianity, are the obvious {{Ur Example}}s of Transhumanism. The MoralGuardians may want to deny it, but their Central Dogma is that the humans that follow them would eventually abandon their weak "sinful" bodies and AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence free from sin or death. A lot of Pauline, Gnostic and Theological literature encourages despising the flesh in favour of the Transhuman ideal in Heaven. One could even say that ''the MoralGuardians themselves are encouraging and justifying Transhumanism'' with their constant propaganda about how [[SexIsEvil the flesh is sinful]].

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* As noted above, any Religion religion that offers an afterlife, including Christianity, are the obvious {{Ur Example}}s {{ur example}}s of Transhumanism. The MoralGuardians may want to deny it, but their Central Dogma central dogma is that the humans that follow them would eventually abandon their weak "sinful" bodies and AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence free from sin or death. A lot of Pauline, Gnostic and Theological theological literature encourages despising the flesh in favour favor of the Transhuman ideal in Heaven. One could even say that ''the MoralGuardians themselves are encouraging and justifying Transhumanism'' with their constant propaganda about how [[SexIsEvil the flesh is sinful]]. Th modern transhumanist movement is simply a secular derivation of this.



* People who have undergone gene therapy or use electronic prostheses, cochlear implants, and the like are the start of what the Transhumanism movement hopes to accomplish. These bits of tech are examples of human enhancement technology that is traditionally used for people with disabilities to bring them to roughly the same as a perfectly healthy human, and the same technologies could conceivably be used to elevate anybody to have greater-than-human attributes.

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* People who have undergone gene therapy or use electronic prostheses, cochlear implants, and the like are the start of what the Transhumanism Transhumanist movement hopes to accomplish. These bits of tech are examples of human enhancement technology that is traditionally used for people with disabilities to bring them to roughly the same as a perfectly healthy human, and the same technologies could conceivably be used to elevate anybody to have greater-than-human attributes.
25th Jun '16 6:50:25 PM Fireblood
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Historically, media has not been kind to transhumanists. For a long time, desiring for human improvement has been the province of [[ANaziByAnyOtherName dictatorial dystopian societies]] or a MadScientist [[AGodAmI with a God complex]]. Anarcho-Cyber Punk writers focused on how cybernetic augmentation could be abused to the detriment of society. Religious MoralGuardians object to the idea on the ground of tampering with God's creation [[NotsoDifferent (Though, ironically, many religions espouse a Transhumanist plane of existence free from the sinfulness of flesh)]]. In fiction, upgrading a human being through science was usually portrayed as a bad idea strictly due to the {{Squick}} factor, and even when it wasn't, it was either shown as a DeadlyUpgrade with significant disadvantages or a part of an UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans plan objectionable on moral grounds.

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Historically, media has not been kind to transhumanists. For a long time, desiring for human improvement has been the province of [[ANaziByAnyOtherName dictatorial dystopian societies]] or a MadScientist [[AGodAmI with a God complex]]. Anarcho-Cyber Punk writers focused on how cybernetic augmentation could be abused to the detriment of society. Religious MoralGuardians object to the idea on the ground of tampering with God's creation [[NotsoDifferent (Though, (though, ironically, many religions espouse a Transhumanist transhuman plane of existence free from the sinfulness of flesh)]]. In fiction, upgrading a human being through science was usually portrayed as a bad idea strictly due to the {{Squick}} factor, and even when it wasn't, it was either shown as a DeadlyUpgrade with significant disadvantages or a part of an UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans plan objectionable on moral grounds.



In spite of being seldom mentioned by name, transhumanism encompasses many of other science fiction staples with their distinct tropes:

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In spite of being seldom mentioned by name, transhumanism encompasses many of other the science fiction staples with their distinct tropes:
24th Jun '16 10:10:57 PM MyFinalEdits
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** Errm... Sorry, DanBrown, but Christianity and UsefulNotes/{{Gnosticism}} are two very different things. In Christianity, evil is privative - it's the absence of good. [[Creator/JRRTolkien Nothing is born evil]]. Neither is flesh - as long as you don't consciously decide to use it for debauchery and such. Proper use of anything is good - ''abuse'' is sinful. MoralGuardians, note, are [[Literature/GoodOmens fundamentally people]], and people are fundamentally prone to [[UpToEleven overdoing]] their ideas. Gnosis, on the other hand, has a positive concept of evil - evil is a thing in itself, there is a GodOfEvil and ''he'' made matter, including flesh. Which is why it's inherently evil, and the sons of light shall crush it in an epic {{Gotterdammerung}} and stuff. So, nope. Bad example.
19th Jun '16 10:12:26 AM Veanne
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** Errm... Sorry, DanBrown, but Christianity and Gnosis are two very different things. In Christianity, evil is privative - it's the absence of good. [[Creator/JRRTolkien Nothing is born evil]]. Neither is flesh - as long as you don't consciously decide to use it for debauchery and such. Proper use of anything is good - ''abuse'' is sinful. MoralGuardians, note, are [[Literature/GoodOmens fundamentally people]], and people are fundamentally prone to [[UpToEleven overdoing]] their ideas. Gnosis, on the other hand, has a positive concept of evil - evil is a thing in itself, there is a GodOfEvil and ''he'' made matter, including flesh. Which is why it's inherently evil, and the sons of light shall crush it in an epic {{Gotterdammerung}} and stuff. So, nope. Bad example.

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** Errm... Sorry, DanBrown, but Christianity and Gnosis UsefulNotes/{{Gnosticism}} are two very different things. In Christianity, evil is privative - it's the absence of good. [[Creator/JRRTolkien Nothing is born evil]]. Neither is flesh - as long as you don't consciously decide to use it for debauchery and such. Proper use of anything is good - ''abuse'' is sinful. MoralGuardians, note, are [[Literature/GoodOmens fundamentally people]], and people are fundamentally prone to [[UpToEleven overdoing]] their ideas. Gnosis, on the other hand, has a positive concept of evil - evil is a thing in itself, there is a GodOfEvil and ''he'' made matter, including flesh. Which is why it's inherently evil, and the sons of light shall crush it in an epic {{Gotterdammerung}} and stuff. So, nope. Bad example.



%%* Cellphone and key-chip implants.
13th Jun '16 3:21:23 PM HelloLamppost
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* NoTranshumanismAllowed: Transhumanism is forbidden, impossible, or simply never discussed.
11th Jun '16 3:52:24 AM jormis29
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* ''{{GURPS}}:TranshumanSpace'' has multiple levels of human genetic modification, artificial humans, artificial intelligence, nanosymbionts, brain uploading (albeit one-way) and uplifted animals. Very few cybernetics though, they're considered outdated.

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* ''{{GURPS}}:TranshumanSpace'' ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}:TabletopGame/TranshumanSpace'' has multiple levels of human genetic modification, artificial humans, artificial intelligence, nanosymbionts, brain uploading (albeit one-way) and uplifted animals. Very few cybernetics though, they're considered outdated.



* ''EclipsePhase'', due to ubiquitous BrainUploading technology most people jump from one genetically enhanced or synthetic "morph" to another [[BodySurf fairly regularly]].

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* ''EclipsePhase'', ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'', due to ubiquitous BrainUploading technology most people jump from one genetically enhanced or synthetic "morph" to another [[BodySurf fairly regularly]].



* The ''{{Exalted}}'' were basically PunyEarthlings (who can at best be {{Badass Normal}}s with CharlesAtlasSuperpower, with the rare case of slight EnlightenmentSuperpower) that [[TitleDrop Exalted]], thus becoming enhanced to the point of surpassing the [[PhysicalGod gods]] in ability. However, going too far into transhuman paradigms generally leads to TheDarkSide in some form or another.

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* The ''{{Exalted}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' were basically PunyEarthlings (who can at best be {{Badass Normal}}s with CharlesAtlasSuperpower, with the rare case of slight EnlightenmentSuperpower) that [[TitleDrop Exalted]], thus becoming enhanced to the point of surpassing the [[PhysicalGod gods]] in ability. However, going too far into transhuman paradigms generally leads to TheDarkSide in some form or another.



* In {{Mortasheen}}, most of the player races are this, including {{Mutants}}, [[FishPeople Gillmen]], [[BigCreepyCrawlies Sect]][[HalfHumanHybrid illians]], [[{{Cyborg}} Borgs]] and [[OurZombiesAreDeader Zombies]], and they're all tough as nails. They have to be, to survive the insane, polluted, monster-infested CityOfAdventure that gives the game its title.

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* In {{Mortasheen}}, ''TabletopGame/{{Mortasheen}}'', most of the player races are this, including {{Mutants}}, [[FishPeople Gillmen]], [[BigCreepyCrawlies Sect]][[HalfHumanHybrid illians]], [[{{Cyborg}} Borgs]] and [[OurZombiesAreDeader Zombies]], and they're all tough as nails. They have to be, to survive the insane, polluted, monster-infested CityOfAdventure that gives the game its title.
8th Jun '16 4:13:16 AM harostar
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* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul[=:Re=]'' presents us with two flavors of this, achieved through very questionable medical methods.
** Dr. Kanou states that his experiments are intended to elevate humanity and save them.....through forcefully turning humans into Half-Ghouls. His Kakuhou Implant Surgery might be ground-breaking, but the success rate is so insanely low that over a thousand people have died in his efforts to produce ''five'' surviving subjects.
** The Quinx Project, an attempt to create superior Ghoul Investigators through implanting a modified ghoul organ into a human host. InsistentTerminology is used to separate the Quinx from normal [[HalfHumanHybrids Half-Ghouls]], though there is very little difference between them.
** The mysterious TykeBomb project being run at the Sunlit Garden, which produces young Investigators of exceptional ability bordering on superhuman. [[TheAce Arima]] is hinted to be the product of these experiments, while [[spoiler: [[FemmeFatale Rize]] and [[TheMole Furuta]]]] are both referred to as having been [[DesignerBabies bred]] by the project.
23rd May '16 4:00:14 AM PRH
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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' presents a very disturbing take on this theme. Yes the girls do become supremely powerful, but in doing so [[spoiler: their souls get ripped out of their body and placed inside a SoulJar]].
** The series manages to do this a second time in the finale when [[spoiler: [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Madoka finally makes her wish.]]]]

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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' presents a very disturbing take on this theme. Yes theme in a MagicalGirl setting, with a catch. Yes, the girls do become supremely powerful, but in doing so powerful by having [[spoiler: their souls get ripped out of their body and placed inside a SoulJar]].
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SoulJar. However, they actually ''shorten'' their lifespans severely by doing so, and [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie eventually become insane mass-murdering witches]]]]. The series manages to do this a second time in the series' finale when [[spoiler: [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence presents a more positive take on the trope, however, as [[spoiler:[[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Madoka finally makes her wish.]]]]
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