Well, maybe not you, but, you know, people.
Maybe the label "transhumanism" is chosen to be weird and I'm not met with blank or pitying stares when I talk about it (in certain forms), but it's still true that many people are pretty vigorously opposed to using technology to change humans. Transhumanists are mostly interested in cognitive enhancement and increasing lifespan.
Instinctively, I think opposition this opposition is misguided but it seems pretty reasonable. Without getting bogged down with troubling future changes, surely it's relevant that rich westerners are already transhuman in many ways.
- Our life expectancy is about three times what it used to be.
- Average IQ is way up.
- People have prosthetic limbs, artificial hips, hearing aids, contact lenses etc.
- People effectively store chunks of their personality in places that are not their brain. Blogs, Facebook, books etc.
- Drugs can temporarily improve mental and physical performance (seen the Bioplus add?).
- People use drugs to alter their minds in ways they think is an improvement, permanently. I'm thinking of people with conditions like bipolar disorder and stuff.
Are any of these developments to be regretted? How are we not transhumans?