May 15, 2015

Virtually Human — A Transhumanist Poem by Veronika Lipinska

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What follows is a work of transhumanist poetry by the Anglo-Polish lawyer, Veronika Lipinska, Lifeboat Foundation advisory board member and Steve Fuller’s co-author of The Proactionary Imperative: A Foundation for Transhumanism (Palgrave, 2014). The Polish sources of transhumanism remain underexplored, but they range across theology and literature. The ‘Polish Brethren’ were a radical 16–17th century Protestant sect who hosted the heretic Fausto Sozzini — the model for Faust — who laid the theological groundwork for such characteristic Enlightenment religious doctrines as Unitarianism and Deism, both of which posited a more immediate connection between the human and the divine than the established churches found comfortable. In more recent times, most transhumanists will be familiar with the science fiction of Stanislaw Lem, but still more recently the 1980 Nobel Prize winner for Literature, Czeslaw Milosz, has penned a poem, ‘After Enduring’, dedicated to cosmologist Frank Tipler’s efforts to infer Christian eschatology from the physics of the Singularity. This poem is a modest follow-up for a new generation.

Virtually human

He played with my head
Got me hardwired
Connected me to the world
And now I can see everything

He said I will be more than what I am made of
More than a bag of bones
Gave me tongues to speak
Can I understand him?

He is a mystery
He is a man
I can win a game of chess
Can I conquer his world
Is it his world or mine?

He can’t wrap his arms around my body
I can embrace his universe
And put him to his knees
But I can’t leave his side

Who is a mystery?
Am I a man?
Who is to say
I can’t conquer his world

He messed with my head
Got me speaking his language
Opened my eyes
But did he ever get me?

I am a mystery
Not a man
I made my mind.

Veronika Lipinska

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