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Is East Asia Transhumanist?

Is East Asia Transhumanist?

Transhumanism is defined as an international movement focused on the goal of transforming the human condition by giving the world access to technologies that would enhance our intellect, physical, and psychological capacities. The two most desired of goals of transhumanisn are longevity and intelligence with a focus on increasing human ability. Many have argued that Asia, with its conservative thinking and political history, could not possibly be a part of the transhumanist movement, a Western philosophy in and of itself. However, a recent article by Hank Pellissier seeks to dispel this notion.

Transhumanist Asia and Education

Any Transhumanist will tell you that education is their number one priority. Without education, the goal of the Transhumanist will fail – there can be no transformation of the human condition without quality education which leads to innovation and income. With regards to whether Asia is a Transhumanist nation, one only needs to look at IQ scores.

The top five nations in Intelligence Quotient scores are all nation in Eastern Asia. Further, in a study of the top 12 ranking countries for education by the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), Eastern Asian countries claim 7 of the top 12 spots (Math), with the top 5 consisting entirely of Eastern Asian countries. In Science, 6 of the top 12 are Eastern Asian countries with China once again at the head of the class.

Human capital – the ability to generate income by using ones intelligence is a Transhumanist value. In an estimation of the top 10 countries expected to lead the world in income by 2050, four are Eastern Asian countries. Eastern Asia is one region on earth that has no useful natural exports and thus, no way to generate an income by exporting those resources. It must depend on its economic survival and progression solely on the innovative nature of its greatest trait – its human capital. The educational success of Eastern Asia is one argument that supports a Transhumanist Asia.

Scientific Leadership in East Asia and How it Affects Transhumanism

Being guided by leaders who are scientifically minded tends to create better leaders who are well-versed at critical thinking. Scientific Leadership is a transhumanist tenet and one that Eastern Asia has been excelling at. In the United States, there has been only one president to acquire a Ph.D. and only one other had a scientific and engineering background. Conversely, in Eastern Asia scientific leadership abounds. Pellissier notes many examples of Asian scientific leadership citing the current numbers: 8 of 9 top political representatives in China are engineers. The current President and the Premier both have degrees in Hydraulic Engineering. In contrast, most successful CEO’s in Western corporations are lawyers, former soldiers, or possess an advanced degree in a business field.

Scientific leadership gives way to innovation and Asia is leading the field in this transhumanist area as well. China currently leads as the world’s top producer of patent applications. Japan is a leader in the robotic industry and in patents granted. Eastern Asia also is a top produce of global business funding. With all the innovations and scientific leadership, Pellissier makes it clear than transhumanism is no longer just a Western based philosophy.

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