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The transhumanist civilization faces an existential threat from a civilization not like their own. Your peaceful transhumance would not fight each other. That is all bred and engineered out. But they might not be the only civilization. Another civilization might not be so gentle. This civilization - of less engineered humans, or humans that are ...


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Entertainment. Sometimes people play cards for money. Sometimes they just play for the entertainment of the game itself. Even people who are currently very happy occasionally choose to divert themselves in such a manner (variety being the spice of life and all). Those who play for money are either happy to lose the money, which is the equivalent of playing ...


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Having described the above setting in which it is very plausible that genetic engineering will abolish our tendency to violence in an advanced civilization, why would this civilization still need to have a military and wage wars? It seemingly wouldn't, right? I mean, if we had the ability to create people who would experience complete and never-ending bliss ...


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I think that you're confusing post-scarcity with unlimited resources. A post-scarcity society still has money but things are just so cheap that by today's standards, everyone essentially has infinite wealth. For example, maybe 1000 tons of pure gold might cost $1. This means, that if you want, you can have your fabricator make you a pure gold fork at ...


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Epistemological differences If two groups have different ideas about the very meaning of "truth" and "knowledge", and how to attain them, they can reach an impasse regarding some existential problem facing the entire society. One possible problem might be the question of growth and the overall rate of resource use. The smaller your society, the longer it ...


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Fanaticism All the pleasures and treasures of this world ultimately lose their luster, so some people go deep into religion or philosophy. For most this is healthy and causes no issues, but throughout history there have been dozens of wars and massacres waged in the name of religion, and in the modern era we have seen analogous brutalities done in the name ...


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If you have humans in a perpetual state of bliss, they lose the drive to do anything. Why? If your current state is perfect happiness, why would you do anything? If you put them into a genetically engineered state of perpetual perfect bliss, they might as well not exist. Or, they can be replaced by statues. If you still want motivations for people to do ...


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Peaceful transhumans can be easily wiped out by non-peaceful transhumans. They will therefore be extinct and the latter will predominate. It's not a matter of impulse or violent tendency, just sheer practicality. Any utopian transhuman culture which does not have a military capability becomes an amusing historical foonote.


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Trust, and not knowing the Intent of someone else If you think about it for a minute, every little action you or everyone else is doing is always happening because he/she/it gets at least a little value out of it (or hopes to get some in the future). This value doesnt need to be much, it can be as simple as "feeling good because I do it". If you now think ...


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Wars might not happen, but we will definitely have a military. Human psychology is this way because it is the nature of the world; not the other way around. I was reading waitbutwhy's essay on human nature in general. The relevant excerpt for the question is: If there’s a common theme to all of human history, all over the globe, it’s probably humans ...


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I think you are just evading the basic idea of what makes a civilization, because conflict is the engine of civilization, if not its essence. No conflict means such a civilization is irremediably doomed, and it should be damned, because it lacks any soul. You've already provided a setting for such a failure of imagination, here are several ideas: You've ...


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Evil Geniuses(Genii?) After achieving post scarcity human society when through a serise of catastrophies, the AI war, the Decadence Century etc but once these minor issues were sorted out everything seemed fine untill Dr Evil stole the moon. In the pre-utopian age humans were naturally limited by the need for cooperation in any large endevour. But post ...


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