The Public Perception of the Ethics of Transhumanism
For my dissertation a few years back I decided to study the 'public perception of the ethics of transhumanism' - which I'm surprised they let me get away with seeing as it was a psychology degree! In the study, I basically interviewed a bunch of students in a focus group setting on what they thought of transhumanism - whether they'd heard of it and whether they felt certain technologies would be acceptable. I then analysed the results with qualitative analysis to see which themes came up regularly.
Unfortunately people didn't seem particularly warm to the whole idea of transhumanism, but what I found most interesting was the difficulty they had in defining it. The impression I got was that if the term could be broken down into smaller 'categories', the participants might have been more accepting of at least certain forms of enhancement and I thought as such that devising categories could help in future when governments undoubtedly start passing laws...
Anyway, after a failed attempt at selling the dissertation (I did sell one copy!) I've decided to give it away to any interested parties. You can read the full PDF here: http://www.the-biomatrix.net/transhumanism-ethics-study.htm
Would be very interested to hear what you guys think. Both about the dissertation, and about the issues that were raised in the focus groups. How could we maybe categorise different transhuman/biohacking methods?