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Zoltan Istvan brings transhumanism to the campaign trail

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The term “radical” has been thrown around a lot in this election cycle. Whether it is being used to disparage Bernie Sanders’ policies or Donald Trump’s rhetoric, it is almost always an insult. So it’s certainly out of the ordinary to find a candidate who describes himself as “radically pro-science.” But Zoltan Istvan, presidential candidate of the Transhumanist Party, is anything but an ordinary candidate.

“What’s happening is science is becoming radical,” Istvan said, explaining his chosen self-descriptor. “There’s no question about it, it’s starting to affect our daily lives in ways we never could have imagined 20, 30 years ago.”

A veteran journalist who has reported for National Geographic, the San Francisco Chronicle and Outside Magazine, as well as the author of the International Book Award-winning novel The Transhumanist Wager, Istvan announced the formation of the Transhumanist Party and his intentions to run for the presidency in late 2014. The 43-year-old California native harbors no illusions about his chances of winning the general election — ”I’m not as big a fish as I’d like to be,” he admits — but hopes to use his campaign as a platform to raise awareness of transhumanist philosophy and to increase his own profile enough to potentially be considered for an advisory or cabinet position.

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