How did you become a transhumanist? (That is, assuming you are a transhumanist.) Transhumanism is not a mainstream idea, it is hard to accidentally happen upon it. How did you find it? I'll start... Before I was a transhumanist, I was transgender. In my early childhood, I had hopeful dreams about a machine that turns you into a girl (to the horror of my mother). Later, this evolved into a pill that turns you into a girl. Obviously, these are transhumanist ideas. I did not want this to exist solely in fantasy, I wanted it to be real. I was not going to take it lying down and be Mother Nature's little bitch allowing her to predetermine an unfortunate existence for me. I did research on what makes a girl, which I desperately needed to be, a girl: chromosomes, specifically, the sex chromosomes. From that point, I decided to devote my life to "biological chemistry". I was still a child, so I did not know the word for "geneticist". Much later on, in high school, still holding on to my aspirations, I was flipping through my biology book. Biological technology represents power over life, exactly what I needed. I was working ahead in that class, approximately five times faster than the rest. Just as someone being chased by wild dogs would run faster, I worked harder. I reached the chapter about applications. Biotech, hell yes! Then I found a word: "transgenic". Immediately after coming home, I asked my friend google about "transgenic humans". I know that some people have experimental tech that is not being implemented due to economic, practical, or ethical reasons. There was a sleight chance that the tech was already available. Google gave me many scholarly articles about the concept. Stumbling through a mess that flew way over my head, I found The Transhuman SubReddit. I loved what I saw. I came for "diet morphological freedom", I stayed for immortality, cognitive enhancement, full morphological freedom, physical enhancement, and so much more.
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Also, some where along the way I developed a strange desire to be a little girl while keeping full cognitive ability. Seeing Eclipse Phase on the sub Reddit was the worm, neotenics were the hook, and ShadowDragon's Questionnaire kept me interested long enough to actually learn the game.
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