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The transition from a lower to a higher toposophic grade, e.g. from humanity to posthumanity, or samsara to sambodhi.

A Transcended being retains few easily recognisable characteristics from eir former self; even though the transcended being may remember everything about eir former existence in great detail, these memories do not seem to affect the behaviour of the transcended entity significantly. Contrast with ascension.

However any assessment of the mental characteristics of a transapient entity by observers in a lower toposophic class may not be reliable or accurate; some toposophologists suggest that the difference between ascension and transcension is largely illusory.

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Development Notes
Text by M. Alan Kazlev, additions by Steve Bowers
based on Erik Moeller, in Anders Sandberg's Transhuman Terminology
Initially published on 09 January 2002.