transhumanism

AI Might Emulate the Brain But Never the Mind

I don’t understand the appeal of artificial intelligence, whereby somehow we would construct and program a computer to become an independent “thinker” by becoming self-programming. One doesn’t have to worry about an apocalypse out of The Terminator movies to recognize the peril. But my real concern with the AI agenda involves the anti humanism that […]

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Pushing Human Enhancement in a Starving World

I am out of patience with the Utopian transhumanist would-be human enhancers. They preach a future of astonishing health and longevity — that we can gain the vision of a hawk and the memory of a computer — and want us to pour research dollars into the futile immorality project. Latest example: “How Science Can […]

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The Prospect of Immortality

As you may know, some transhumanists (and others) are interested in cryopreservation as part of their goal of achieving immortality, and if not immortality then greatly extended life span. The hope is that at some point in the future, when medical science has greatly improved, their bodies might be able to be resuscitated and/or their […]

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Bored Immortals Can Commit Suicide

Every once in a while I like to check in on the machinations of the transhumanists and their immorality materialist eschatology. I oppose transhumanist theory because of its inherently eugenic premises and proposals, it’s anti human exceptionalism, and most especially, its presumption of the right to genetically engineer progeny to fulfill their own purposes — […]

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Transhumanists as Nietzche’s Children

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC You are going to die. How’s that for a cheerful lede? But it is true. You are going to die. So am I. No escape. Deal with it constructively. Some say that when humans became aware of death, we invented religion for that precise purpose. […]

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Transhumanism is Religion for Atheists

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET) is one of the major transhumanist Websites. The writers there really take the nonsense of uploading minds into computers and fashioning a post humanity seriously. I have opined often that transhumanism is a religion, that is, a […]

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Tiny, Happy People

By C. Ben Mitchell, Ph.D., CBC Board Member Just when you think you have heard it all, someone pushes the envelope. According to three ethicists writing in the journal Ethics, Policy and the Environment, because geoengineering might be too risky a way to combat global climate change, we should alter the human species instead. Here […]

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Global Warming Hysteria: Embracing Their Inner Transhumanist

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC I have often thought that transhumanism and global warming hysteria were a natural couple. The former blames humans for killing the planet, and the latter believes we can redesign ourselves to achieve eugenic ends. I have joked that transhumanist GWHs should want us to shrink […]

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Global Warming Hysteria: Embracing Their Inner Transhumanist

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC I have often thought that transhumanism and global warming hysteria were a natural couple. The former blames humans for killing the planet, and the latter believes we can redesign ourselves to achieve eugenic ends. I have joked that transhumanist GWHs should want us to shrink […]

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Transhumanism: Now It’s “Machine Rights?”

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Oh brother. Every once in a while I like to check in to see what our friends the transhumanists are fantasizing about. The latest is apparently “machine rights” and “machine ethics,” that is the rules that should guide our treatment of machines once they attain […]

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Transhumanism’s Mission to Create Ubermenchen Children is Coercive

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Reason magazine’s science writer, Ron Bailey, has long been in the thrall of transhumanism. (We debated once at CUNY). He has swallowed the immortality project without even chewing and has baptized himself in the scientism neo-faith that The Singularity will usher in a new era […]

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Hitchens Understands That Death Gives Focus to Life

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Christopher Hitchens may be the best short form writer working today. Powerful writing and pointed advocacy — much of with which I disagree — thankfully undiminished by his fight with esophageal cancer. Indeed, the last time I wrote about Hitchens, I quoted him as wishing […]

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Immortality Would Not Be Pretty

This season’s Torchwood, which was once fun science fiction — a spinoff of Dr. Who — has this season, become great science fiction. Shades of Death Takes a Holiday, the plot line has human death suddenly stopping, beginning with a child sexual predator/killer who survives his execution — played with magnificent smarminess by Bill Pullman, […]

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The Trouble with Transhumanism

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Sometimes an article cuts through the fog of public debate and discourse to capture the true essence of a movement or belief system. Recently, a transhumanist named Kyle Munkittrick posted just such an article at the Discover magazine website, encapsulating in a nutshell everything that […]

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Transhumanism’s Reductionism of Human Life

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The Canadian (conservative) bioethicist Margaret Summervile has a good piece on the problems with transhumanism, the futurist movement that presumes to “seize control” of human evolution to create a “post human species.” She hits some points I have repeatedly made — e.g., transhumanism is actually […]

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Transhumanism’s Solipsistic Utopianism

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The Discover magazine blog has a piece posted by one Kyle Munkittrick, which explains in a very succinct and understandable way, the socially anarchic values that lie at the heart of transhumanist Utopianism. First, Munkittrick describes the near-metaphysical goals of the movement: From “When Will […]

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The “Rapture” and the “Singularity” Have Much in Common

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Many jokes are being cracked about the prediction of doomsday Saturday, in which the “Rapture” is supposedly coming, heralding the end of days. From the CNN story: By now, you’ve probably heard of the religious group that’s predicting the end of the world starts this […]

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“Neo-Evolution”

By Matthew Eppinette, CBC New Media Manager Just watched the above TED Talk on “Neo-Evolution.” From the description: Medical ethicist Harvey Fineberg shows us three paths forward for the ever-evolving human species: to stop evolving completely, to evolve naturally — or to control the next steps of human evolution, using genetic modification, to make ourselves […]

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