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African Bioconservatism and the Challenge of the Transhumanist Technoprogressism

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Abstract: This reflection focuses on the interactionbetween technoscience in general and the Transhumanist movement in particularon the one hand and African culture today on the other hand. TraditionalAfrican culture can be considered as a bioconservative culture, what Tangwacalls eco-bio-communitarianism. However, the ideology underlying theTranshumanist revolution is Technoprogressism with a frantic taste for theartefactual over the natural and the promotion of artificial intelligence. Inthe face of the Transhumanist movement, can the African still remainbioconservative? In this paper, relying on Godfrey B. Tangwa’s work on theAfrican perspective of bioethics and Jerome Mbih Tosam’s paper which analysesAfrican environmental ethics in view of sustainable development, I would liketo suggest a positive interaction between the African bioconservative orprolife attitude and Western Technoprogressism in this era of Transhumanistrevolution. Africans, while inevitably opening up to the world, to the Prometheanspirit, must be able to preserve the traditional values which constitute thesoul of their culture and which participate in the protection of theenvironment, the protection of life, the protection of human dignity at a timewhen the world is experiencing an ecological and health crisis under theeffects of the omnivorous spirit of research that characterizes Westernculture.

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