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Transhumanism in India: Past, Present and the Future

  • Sarah Ahamed
  • Palak Madan
  • Avinash Kumar Singh
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Abstract

Transhumanism is the philosophy or theory that hypothesizes that the human species can evolve beyond its present limited physical and mental capacities, especially with the help of science and technology. The Indian subcontinent has a particularly rich cultural heritage, which has a certain level of natural compatibility with the transhumanist core philosophies. From the pursuit of longevity to the morphological freedom exercised by the avatars of ancient polytheistic Gods and Goddesses, the legacy and heritage of ancient Indian civilizations have much more similitude with the radical concepts of transhumanism of the modern ages. Statistics show a significant possibility for India to emerge as one of the revered players in the field of economy, science, and technology by 2050. Such a promising scenario paves a way for ideas like transhumanism to play an important role in shaping the country’s future. In addition, a wider acceptance of transhumanist concepts can be easily achieved in India by connecting the common Indian man to his roots, using layman’s words instead of strictly academic terminologies.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah Ahamed
    • 1
  • Palak Madan
    • 1
  • Avinash Kumar Singh
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.India Future SocietyBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.University of Technology SydneyUltimoAustralia

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