The BioCurious Hazard

The Art, Science & Philosophy of Transhumanism, Biohacking & The Quantified Self

Bias Disclosure

            It is apt that I breifly mention my philosophical bias. Warning this is full of generalisations and the language will make me look like a wanker.

         – Full disclosure: I am partial to existentialism. More postmodern than Nihilistic.
I could go into why I believe this, but it will not change my bias or add to this disclosure.

          – I employ skeptic attitude toward knowledge – I enjoy the mental exercise of knowledge and reason but doubt any truth in anything. I find the only resilient hypothesis cognito ergo sum and I find the idea of a subjectively conceivable, absolute objective truth absurd.
          – My unshakable Existentialism nurtures blind, immediate, epicureanism; however I also manage to employ niche-inspired stoicism (for lack of a better phrase) when it comes to ‘meaning’. I attempt to balance these in the pursuit of eudaemonia. It’s tricky.

          – My ethical structure is heavily utilitarian based, Virtue ethics are factored in and subsequently, deontological ethics, however I would posit that the former two are too far from any possible objective truth for the weight of consideration.

          – In the pursuit of Eudaimonia, I find epicurean delight in Knowledge, thought and Reason. This is the ‘aesthetic phenomena’ that justifies my existence.

(Sidenote: – On the chance, that the knowledge I gain is in fact, somewhat objective – the most logical path is the progression and application of the knowledge I regard as both Important (Stoic) and absolutely enthralling (Epicurean).

           – Subjectively, This knowledge is epitomised by Extropian Transhumanism i.e
           – “Be the change you want to see.”
           – Employed approach is proactionary not precautionary I.e. This derives from being more concerned with my-persons as a catalyst for data than that as a sacred temple that I eternally reside in.

In retrospect, this post may have been for myself more than anyone.

Obligatory Introductions

           G’day, I’m Jesse Barber and prepare for an haphazard introduction out of social convention.

          Professionally, I currently manage an innovation collaboration (Possumworks) with an education in Technology, Communications and Media Production. Next month I will be launching GoHackYourself with the intention of bringing BioHacking products and resources to the Australian Public.

           This Blog (A BioCurious Hazard) document my exploration of BioHacking, Quantifying myself and Transhumanism – specifically within an Australian context (with an emphasis on accessibility).

          I should iterate here (For myself more than anyone) that I must resist perpetuating a ‘cause’ to spearhead; organic development seems more amenable than becoming overly attached to a single idea and confirmation bias. I would emphasise my use of the word exploration above.

This Blog exists to

  1. To log and contribute to the Art, Science and Philosophy of Transhumanism, Biohacking & the Quantified Self
  2. Subsequently, Production of this content will force more concise scrutiny upon reflection
  3. As a ‘responsibility’ mechanism to contribute to personal focus

The notable thing, is that my motivation for this experimentation seems to be very different to a lot of BioHackers.

          In a systems context, reduced to a feedback loop of ‘Input-Output-Data’ most are chasing Output, they seek improvement (or just refinement) of their health and the human condition.
         Personally I am fascinated with the Data itself. The motivation behind my Biohacking is the experiment itself, to derive the good or bad. Of course, most BioHacking is in the spirit of self-improvement and naturally, most of mine should (in theory) improve the quality of my life.
However, in the scope of things – I realise my time is limited. Hopefully my data can be of use beyond this meatbag.

          As I am my persons are the grounds of this experiment its seems fitting that as much base data can be established as possible. This is where Biohacking and the Quantified self overlap.
Naturally I must note that there are realistically far too many variables currently to be anything more than anecdotal evidence, but hopefully, overtime – as the data contains less variables, it should become less anecdotal and subsequently more useful.

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