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Transhumanism: An Attempt To Use Technology To Turn Men Into Gods

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Transhumanism Turning Men Into Gods - Public DomainDid you know that the word “transhuman” literally means “beyond human”?  All over the world, scientists and intellectuals are joining the transhumanism movement.  Those that adhere to this philosophy believe that the time has come for us to use technology to take control of our own evolution.  By doing so, they believe that we can give ourselves superhuman powers and radically extend our lifespans.  Right now, the most popular movie in America is “Avengers: Age of Ultron“, and in recent years we have watched films about “mutants” and “superheroes” become some of Hollywood’s biggest moneymakers.  But transhumanists believe that we will soon be able to literally turn ourselves into such superheroes as technology continues to increase at an exponential rate.  And once we have superhuman powers and superhuman intelligence, they are convinced that we will eradicate all sickness, disease, poverty and war.  Many of them actually believe that we will be able to achieve immortality and establish a utopia on Earth just a few decades from now.  In other words, we won’t need a “God” because we will have become our own gods.

At the core of the transhumanist movement is an unshakable faith in the inevitable technological progress of humanity.  Yes, there are some transhumanists that have doubts, but for most transhumanists the solution to all of our problems is more technology.  If you are not familiar with transhumanism, the following is a really good definition that I recently came across

Transhumanism is a cultural and intellectual movement promoting the aim of transforming the human condition fundamentally by developing – and making available – technologies to enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capabilities. Transhumanist thinking studies the potential benefits and hazards of emerging technologies that could overcome basic human limitations. It also addresses ethical matters involved in developing and using such technologies. Some transhumanists predict that human beings may eventually transform themselves into beings with such greatly expanded abilities that they justify a state of being known as ‘posthuman’.

Transhumanists want to help humans live much longer, and they also want to dramatically increase the quality of those lives.  Ultimately, most transhumanists are fully convinced that they will be able to defeat death altogether.  The following is a short excerpt from an ExtremeTech article

One of the core concepts in transhumanist thinking is life extension: Through genetic engineering, nanotech, cloning, and other emerging technologies, eternal life may soon be possible. Likewise, transhumanists are interested in the ever-increasing number of technologies that can boost our physical, intellectual, and psychological capabilities beyond what humans are naturally capable of (thus the term transhuman). Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), for example, which speeds up reaction times and learning speed by running a very weak electric current through your brain, has already been used by the US military to train snipers. On the more extreme side, transhumanism deals with the concepts of mind uploading (to a computer), and what happens when we finally craft a computer with greater-than-human intelligence (the technological singularity).

So would you like to live forever armed with superhuman powers?

The most famous transhumanist in the world, Ray Kurzweil, actually believes that he is going to be able to do that.  But first he has to stay alive long enough for the technologies that he believes are coming to be developed.  So Kurzweil takes 150 supplements a day in an attempt to keep his body in peak condition…

The youthful 65-year-old currently takes 150 supplements a day, which he argues is the first bridge.

The idea is to build enough bridges to ensure the body holds out long enough for life-lengthening technology to come into its own.

He has likened the biology of the body to computer software and believes we are all ‘out of date’.

Kurzweil is absolutely convinced that if he can just stretch his life out long enough that technologies that will enable him to achieve immortality are right around the corner.  In fact, in a piece that he wrote for CNN he expressed his belief that our medical technologies will be “a million times more powerful” than they are today just two decades from now…

Health and medicine is now an information technology and is therefore subject to what I call the “law of accelerating returns,” which is a doubling of capability (for the same cost) about each year that applies to any information technology.

As a result, technologies to reprogram the “software” that underlie human biology are already a thousand times more powerful than they were when the genome project was completed in 2003, and will again be a thousand times more powerful than they are today in a decade, and a million times more powerful in two decades.

So will he be right?

We will just have to wait and see.

For a long time, many in the transhumanist movement (including Kurzweil) have been pointing to a time period between 2030 and 2050 during which they believe something remarkable will happen.  They believe that during that time period something known as “the singularity” will occur.  As technology increases at an exponential rate, they believe that artificial intelligence will begin to greatly surpass human intelligence at some point, and that humanity will merge with this new super intelligence.  Once that happens, they believe that the world will change in ways that we cannot even comprehend today

Kurzweil and his followers believe that a crucial turning point will be reached around the year 2030, when information technology achieves ‘genuine’ intelligence, at the same time as biotechnology enables a seamless union between us and this super-smart new technological environment. Ultimately the human-machine mind will become free to roam a universe of its own creation, uploading itself at will on to a “suitably powerful computational substrate”. We will become essentially god-like in our powers.

Does that sound good to you, or does it sound frightening?

Other transhumanists are not quite as optimistic as Kurzweil and his followers.  Just consider what Max Tegmark, the author of Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality, had to say about what life will be like after “the singularity”…

After this, life on Earth would never be the same. Whoever or whatever controls this technology would rapidly become the world’s wealthiest and most powerful, outsmarting all financial markets, out-inventing and out-patenting all human researchers, and out-manipulating all human leaders. Even if we humans nominally merge with such machines, we might have no guarantees whatsoever about the ultimate outcome, making it feel less like a merger and more like a hostile corporate takeover.

Even some of the most prominent scientists in the world are skeptical of what an ultra-powerful artificial intelligence would mean for the future of humanity.  The following is an excerpt from an article co-authored by Stephen Hawking

Looking further ahead, there are no fundamental limits to what can be achieved: there is no physical law precluding particles from being organized in ways that perform even more advanced computations than the arrangements of particles in human brains. An explosive transition is possible, although it may play out differently than in the movie: as Irving Good realized in 1965, machines with superhuman intelligence could repeatedly improve their design even further, triggering what Vernor Vinge called a “singularity” and Johnny Depp’s movie character calls “transcendence.” One can imagine such technology outsmarting financial markets, out-inventing human researchers, out-manipulating human leaders, and developing weapons we cannot even understand. Whereas the short-term impact of AI depends on who controls it, the long-term impact depends on whether it can be controlled at all.

But despite these reservations from many in the scientific community, many transhumanists are pushing ahead as hard as they can.  Many of them are absolutely convinced that what they are doing will bring a new golden age to this planet.  Just consider the words of transhumanist Zoltan Istvan

Despite this, people continue to worry that technology and science that make our species more transhuman will be used to create a deeper divide in society for the haves and have-nots. Those worries are unfounded. A close examination of the issues show that transhumanist technology and science liberates us, brings us better health, and has improved the living standards of all people around the world. If you value liberty, equality and progress, it makes sense to embrace the coming age of transhumanism.

Doesn’t that sound wonderful?

And there are even some transhumanists that couch their hopes and dreams for the future in religious terminology.  For example, transhumanist Mark Pesce is fully convinced that transhumanism will allow ordinary humans “to become as gods”

“Men die, planets die, even stars die. We know all this. Because we know it, we seek something more—a transcendence of transience, translation to incorruptible form. An escape if you will, a stop to the wheel. We seek, therefore, to bless ourselves with perfect knowledge and perfect will; To become as gods, take the universe in hand, and transform it in our image—for our own delight. As it is on Earth, so it shall be in the heavens. The inevitable result of incredible improbability, the arrow of evolution is lipping us into the transhuman – an apotheosis to reason, salvation – attained by good works.”

That is some pretty strong stuff.

So what do you think about all of this?  Please feel free to join the discussion by leaving a comment below…

 

  • Robert

    No shortage of utter nonsense coming from the minds of men.

  • Mike

    Godless people trying to achieve only what God can do.

    • LOL

      Notice they are probably all Round-Earthers too.

      • Josiah Larsen

        In the Old Testament, Job 26:7 explains that the earth is suspended in space, the obvious comparison being with the spherical sun and moon. [DD]

        A literal translation of Job 26:10 is “He described a circle upon the face of the waters, until the day and night come to an end.” A spherical earth is also described in Isaiah 40:21-22—“the circle of the earth.”

        Note, the Biblical Hebrew word for “circle” (חוג—chuwg) can also mean “round” or “sphere.”

      • Russell C.

        Influence in this life has nothing to do with your lot in the next. You might want to read the story concerning Lazarus and the rich man.

    • 400 years ago most people would not believe you if you told them about the modern marvels we take for granted today. They would have called you crazy if you talked about horseless carriages, TV, planes, internet, ipod that holds 10,000 songs, etc.

      • Jonathan

        The difference is, this new technology is for elites, not us the commoners. They become gods while we’re still men.

        • Yes, that’s the problem. The elite use technology to enslave us. They enforce they’re tyranny with machine guns, helicopters, tanks, missiles & everything else. The only way to defeat them now is to stop supporting them financially; Bilderberg companies like Pepsi, Microsoft, Amazon. Big Pharma, big banks, Monsanto,
          Of course this will never happen.

      • Guest

        You really need to read Catholic prophecies. Most of these inventions are alluded to. These technologies will lead men to forget God and the antichrist will rise after the great apostasy.

        • disq

          Looks like u forgot the Catholic Church killed 50-150 million people. They make Hitler & Stalin look like amateurs.

  • Jim Davis

    The flat earth commenters here never disappoint.

    • rmc9

      “..it is appointed for a man, once to die, and then the judgment…” yours will probably be in a car accident…

      • Jim Davis

        Another loving Christian wishing a painful death on someone. I would be careful about wishing judgement on someone.

        • rmc9

          …nobodies wishing anything on you JIMMY BOY, except maybe a little sobriety…

          • Jim Davis

            I’m sober, but maybe you and Glen Beck should go and have a drink.

          • Russell C.

            When the first words out of your mouth are an insult don’t recoil like a little girl when it comes back around.

  • LOL

    Making people able to connected to machines or end aging? Being able to do soing stuff like creating the world in 7 Days or a person out of a lump of clay? Nope.

    Ghost in the Shell TV series is good for beginners too.

  • K

    I see no mention of their technology overcoming greed and hate. The repairs need to be made to the soul. They seek to make themselves gods. They are more likely to find themselves like Lucifer. You might be surprised, how many of them would be alright with that outcome.

  • Andy Sloan

    Genesis 3:15 “For ye shall be as gods”

    John 17:2 “As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he may give eternal life to all whom thou hast given him.”

    • Mark

      Andy, I encourage you to continue to exhort Brandon Smith’s readers against his anti-Christian supremacy of “liberty” over the Social Reign of Christ the King.

  • kfilly

    I hope that jerk gets run over by a car. I hate to be a person to preach a hateful message like that, but it would kind of ironic to watch a super villain die.

  • chriscas

    “Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; and he said to Him, ‘All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.’ ” Matt 4:9. Haven’t we seen this movie too many times before??? Ask Lenin and Hitler in their perches in Hell about it! Kyrie Eleison, Christe Eleison

    • rmc9

      …truth be told…

  • DJohn1

    First they have to arrive at being a little more intelligent than they are now. Then they have to have a backup in case of accidental deaths. Which means using either the backup or reversing time to a place before the accident.
    Most important is a reason to live. Death can be a blessing in disguise.
    According to science not me, the Universe is at least 15 billion years old. That means God, the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end, is at least that many Earth years old.
    Scientists also inform us that there are many galaxies out there with huge numbers of stars and possibly planets with life on them.
    Immortality is an important step and with that step comes a lot of knowledge. Pretty soon nothing would be beyond their ability to do.
    I seem to remember my Bible saying man has come close to this several times and each time God has disrupted the process so that they never achieved immortality.
    Hard disks are very much similar to brains. They both contain data and memory. Yet after about 4400 hours the disks die.
    We often use things to rearrange the information on a hard disk so that all the parts fit better.
    Will we have to do that with an immortal brain?
    I know time heals wounds. That memories fade. But what happens in the case of someone who lives forever?
    I think we need those answers BEFORE anyone goes immortal.

  • JB Conway

    I totally agree DJohn1 … There does not exist 1 single human that walks the face of this earth that I or anyone should trust to become a god… That is simply way toooooo much power for the human condition. If there is one thing that the people of this earth should understand is that this kind of power can, will and does currupt compleatly.

  • Jonathan

    Why does science become more and more like a new religion?

  • Tracy Coltellino

    you are aware, are you not, that Christians do not believe, nor have they EVER believed, in a ‘flat earth’?! Just wondering…..Also-the more science develops, the more it comes into line with biblical concepts. Science continues to SUPPORT the bible. In places where it doesn’t, just be patient…. because concepts that SEEM to contradict will change with discovery. Science and Christianity do NOT conflict!
    (Of course, I am talking about the ACTUAL bible….not ‘religion’. Religion is a man-made construct to try to EXPLAIN the bible. So I am talking about the BIBLE….NOT, say Roman Catholics or Evangelicals. These ‘religious constructs’ get things wrong by interpretation a LOT! MAN is fallible.)

    • ariel

      As is religion the bible is also man made. Choices were made by men about what books to include and what books to leave out. That in itself should concern anyone who want to believe that the bible was god basically auto-writing through man.

      • Mark

        And you, 2,000-3,000 years after the fact, who likely are not fluent in all the Biblical languages, and to whom the original texts in St. Jerome’s possession are lost to you today, think you are in a better position than St. Jerome to determine what is and what is not canonical?

        Such vanity.

      • Russell C.

        The first generation of churches set a standard for what would be canonized text and what wouldn’t. The council of Nicea didn’t sit down for 20 min. and fling a Bible together. This process took 20 years and very few texts that didn’t meet all of the criteria were not included. The text’s that were not included are still available today to be read by anyone. They just didn’t meet all of the criteria laid out by the early church fathers. Some of the texts not included are mentioned by books that serve as canonized scripture. The Books of Jasher and Enoch chief among them. I study both of those extra biblical texts all the time. They are extremely valuable and serve to re-enforce biblical concepts,geneaology and historical events

  • Sally

    It’s interesting how the last comment is about ” attaining salvation through good works”. .. Jesus free gift of atonement for our sins is not accepted .. I guess that’s mostly because it involves repentance and admitting you’re a sinner. If only they knew how that can set them free .

    • ariel

      If it is a “free gift” then there should NOT be any strings attached. Once should not have to repent for being anything but exactly what we are. Gods. Capable of great love, kindness, mercy. Also capable of great hatred, jealousy, anger, etc.

      We are all a tiny piece of the source.

      Our energy was transferred to human bodies.

      Some say to be used as labor for other gods, others to learn lessons and rise above our previous state through experience to climb further on the vibrational level and into other more civilized dimensions.

      All religion is man made to keep up controlled. Why do you think we are referred to as sheep? It is a mockery to be called something so stupid and feeble minded that you would follow the rest of the herd right off a cliff.

      • Russell C.

        Being honest isn’t a string it’s for your benefit. Jesus paid a price beyond human measure. He has every right to set the terms. There can be no system of true value without it. All he asks is be honest about your condition, your short comings and your need to change. If you are good to ask he is good to forgive.

    • Mark

      Pay attention to what GOD says is necessary to enter Heaven:

      “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” James 2:20

      “Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 7:21

      “…But if thou wilt enter into life, keep the
      commandments
      .” Matthew 19:17

      “Wherefore, my dearly beloved, (as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but much more now in my absence,) with fear and trembling
      work out your salvation” Phillipians 2:12

      What shall it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but hath not works? Shall faith be able to save him? And if a brother or sister be naked, and want daily food: And one of you say to them: Go
      in peace, be ye warmed and filled; yet give them not those things that are necessary for the body, what shall it profit? So faith also, if it have not works, is dead in itself. But some man will say: Thou hast
      faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without works; and I will shew thee, by works, my faith.” James 2:14-18

      “…Who will render to every man according to his
      works
      .” Romans 2:6

      “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels: and then will He render to every man according to his works.” Matthew 16:27

      “For we must all be manifested before the judgement seat of Christ, that every one may receive the proper things of the body, according as he hath done, whether it be good or evil.” 2 Corinthians 5:10

      “And I saw the dead, great and small, standing in the presence of the throne, and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged by those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” Apocalypse 20:12

      See also Matthew 25:31-46 (the unrighteous are condemned for failing to do good deeds), 1 Corinthians 13:2 (faith without love is useless), Galatians 5:6 (faith without love is useless), etc., etc., etc.

      There are about 30 MORE verses that testify to the necessity of good works to enter Heaven. I will gladly supply them all.

  • DJohn1

    I just read an article on DNA.
    What used to take a long time is now taking days at most.
    The scientists involved are tracking humans back through the ages.
    It used to be the father of a child was who the mother said it was. Not any more. We are able to pinpoint who mated and conceived with who as never before and over multiple generations.

    Even varieties of human. Neanderthal for instance.
    They somehow think they have pinpointed when they were alive. Some of which are 40,000 years old. Now that is an accomplishment since that DNA has got to be very old and difficult to analyse.
    I suggest it is only a matter of time before they not only crack the code of humans being human but are able to redesign the human species.
    There is a reason why we die before we reach 126 years of age.
    It is in the mechanism of reproduction that each cell that reproduces has a little less data in it than the one before it. When that data becomes so much less, the human dies.
    There are over 400 genetic diseases native to humans.

    A simple change in the program? Might happen.
    What is happening is going to change every religion on the face of the Earth when it occurs. If we live that long without killing ourselves.
    I suggest that a lifespan of many hundreds of years is very possible. Immortals are likely. Just from changing one program within the human program of ageing.
    Truth. The truth of what we are and how we are made is going to come to light in this process of analysing DNA. One social aspect is defining race. Because no one is completely of one race or another. The mix is there in the DNA to be found and it can tell where and who you came from back many many generations.

    I suggest the Bible is right. We are an artificial creation designed in the recent past of the last 200,000 or so years.
    The ultimate article would be where does that leave us?
    Because people that live thousands of years means tremendous problems with population control. Death means eliminating old people. Our entire social systems depend on people being born and people dying.
    Designing the perfect human? Not possible right now. But in the future with advances in both DNA and Computer technology? Right now all the factors of human come from shuffling a kind of deck of cards. When shuffled you have everything under the sun from genius to idiots. That is all about to change if this article is true.
    Under the current system of poker we have everything from two of a kind to four of a kind showing up. So what if we could analyse exactly what that person is capable of being? What if we could guide that person to a happy life? Even to finding that person’s most likely mate?
    The devil in all of this is misuse. And that too is very likely to happen.

  • Deanna Clark

    People will still die of broken hearts. Anyone who likes this nonsense has never lost a close loved one or soulmate. This is boys with toys.

  • Thunderbolt

    No man has ever lived longer than 999 years, God told Adam that he would surely die that day, and he did in God’s economy living less than 1000 years. Every man must face death and we will NEVER be able to escape that fact unless they are saved by the grace of God and given eternal life by Him, end of story.