Why #IAmTranshuman (ist)?
I have been a transhumanist ever since I found out about human mortality. My illustrated children’s book Death is Wrong describes much of my personal history and how, as a child, I kept asking my parents about what comes later – and then what – and when I received the answer, “And then people die,” I was outraged, because how could it be that a person who committed no transgression, who did not grievously harm or kill other humans, would deserve the death penalty? In my view, death is the greatest injustice, and I never accepted the commonly posited rationalizations, be they religious or secular, for human mortality. Much of my life and work since that time has been focused on putting myself into a position where I can make substantive and unique contributions in the fight against death and decay.
Gennady Stolyarov II is an American libertarian and transhumanist writer and the Chairman of the Transhumanist Party in the United States. In 2013 he authored the children’s book Death is Wrong, which endeavors to educate young readers and others interested in longevity regarding the feasibility and desirability of achieving indefinite life extension within current readers’ lifetimes.
Stolyarov has written for the IEET, Wave Chronicle and many other futurist and libertarian publications. He regularly produces YouTube videos discussing life extension and transhumanist philosophy and politics. He publishes most of his writing at the website The Rational Argumentator. He is the chief executive and cofounder of the Nevada Transhumanist Party, and took over leadership of the U.S. Transhumanist Party in November 2016.
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