Also on IEET @ http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/gabrielrothblatt20120607 Is Transhumanism a Religion? Transhumanism is often accused of being a religion. It is rarely clear if this is meant as an insult, a compliment, or merely an observation. Probably all of the above have been used at different points in time, from different perspectives, which only adds to the hysteria. … Continue reading
Since I accepted the position of Pastor at the Terasem Movement Trans-religion I have heard a certain word much more frequently. When I begin describing ideas advocated in the Truths of Terasem a rather common refrain is heard: “sounds like a cult.” Always spoken with a hint of distaste, implying a lack of credibility or … Continue reading
Transhumanism: A good or evil?
The avid skeptic in me is still choking on this
being a factual intercourse but let us roll with it anyways. Maria Montessori
possibly the greatest educator the world has ever known, was told she could not become a Doctor, because she was a woman. After achieving this morally reprehensible act she went on to create a system of education which is now known to be the most effective way of educating children. This is not an isolated incident. Many of the most critical advancements have been achieved by people who were out to prove the world wrong: Jesus Christ, Alexander Graham Bell, Martin Luther King jr… Transhumanism is among these historical points of transition.
Transhumanism in popular criticism is seen as the inherent evil of enhancement. The repeating meme being “what if” someone did something bad with it. I respond “what if” no one was able to something good with it? I don’t subscribe to Islam-Christian theology but enjoy using what little logic they incorporate against their own arguments. If God made us imperfect and made the success of our eternal lives based on attaining a state of perfection, then did God mean for our lives to be a pursuit of enhancement? (Of course not good, bad, intent are attributes we assign, but flow with the logic of xenophobia.) Since God does clearly request that you pursue attaining the most good for others that you can with your own life, where is the line that transhumanism crosses and falls off the edge of our flat Earth? Don’t some people attempt great evil
with the holy scriptures? Aren’t they only defeated by those choosing to use the same tools for good?