News Review - 25 Dec 2020
Transhumanism

No more death… no more diseases… no more viruses… no more human frailties… no more intellectual incompetence… mankind’s impossible dream…

Transhumanism

Two new technology-based ideologies have been born in the Silicon Valley - transhumanism and posthumanism. Who is behind these ideas? What do they want to achieve? Why are they going in this direction? Let’s investigate!

Dummy’s Guide To Transhumanism

“If there was a way for humanity to achieve a stage where there were no diseases, viruses, human frailties or any form of intellectual incompetence, why wouldn’t you want to stretch your hand and grasp it? But how far would you stretch it is the question. Would you be willing to let go of humanity as we know it today?

The intricacies and nuances of the discussion are, of course, endless. Reasons both for and against it are just as meaty and relevant on both sides. Let’s begin with what Transhumanism essentially aims to achieve.

Transhumanism simply refers to a philosophy which seeks to improve the efficiency and capability of mankind using technological advancements. If you’ve ever wondered about cryogenics, you’ve had a brief fling with the notions of this philosophy. If evolution has led us to where we are today as a species, what should stop us from taking over from here and determining where we go next?” ( igyaan.in)

No Death And An Enhanced Life: Is The Future Transhuman?

“The aims of the transhumanist movement are summed up by Mark O’Connell in his book To Be a Machine… ‘It is their belief that we can and should eradicate ageing as a cause of death; that we can and should use technology to augment our bodies and our minds; that we can and should merge with machines, remaking ourselves, finally, in the image of our own higher ideals.

The idea of technologically enhancing our bodies is not new. But the extent to which transhumanists take the concept is. In the past, we made devices such as wooden legs, hearing aids, spectacles and false teeth. In the future, we might use implants to augment our senses so we can detect infrared or ultraviolet radiation directly or boost our cognitive processes by connecting ourselves to memory chips. Ultimately, by merging man and machine, science will produce humans who have vastly increased intelligence, strength, and lifespans; a near embodiment of gods.

Is that a desirable goal?

Ultimately, adherents of transhumanism envisage a day when humans will free themselves of all corporeal restraints. [US inventor and entrepreneur Ray] Kurzweil and his followers believe this turning point will be reached around the year 2030, when biotechnology will enable a union between humans and genuinely intelligent computers and AI systems. The resulting 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 gods, or more likely ‘star children’ similar to the one at the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

These are remote and, for many people, very fanciful goals. And the fact that much of the impetus for establishing such extreme forms of transhuman technology comes from California and Silicon Valley is not lost on critics. Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, the entrepreneur who wants to send the human race to Mars, also believes that to avoid becoming redundant in the face of the development of artificial intelligence, humans must merge with machines to enhance our own intellect.

This is a part of the world where the culture of youth is followed with fanatical intensity and where ageing is feared more acutely than anywhere else on the planet. Hence the overpowering urge to try to use technology to overcome its effects.

The position is summed up by Blay Whitby, [an artificial intelligence expert at Sussex University]. ‘History is littered with the evil consequences of one group of humans believing they are superior to another group of humans,’ he said. ‘Unfortunately in the case of enhanced humans they will be genuinely superior. We need to think about the implications before it is too late’.” ( theguardian.com)

How Humans Are Shaping Our Own Evolution

"Nielsen [data measurement company] reported in 2015 that the average adult over 18 spent roughly 10 hours a day looking at a screen. Seven out of 10 Americans take a prescription drug; of these, one in four women in their 40s or 50s takes an antidepressant, though studies show that for some of them anything from therapy to a short walk in the woods can do as much good. Virtual reality headsets are one of the hottest selling gamer toys.

Our cars are our feet, our calculators are our minds, and Google is our memory.

Our lives now are only partly biological, with no clear split between the organic and the technological, the carbon and the silicon. We may not know yet where we’re going, but we’ve already left where we’ve been. Like any other species, we are the product of millions of years of evolution. Now we’re taking matters into our own hands.” ( nationalgeographic.com)

Tech Big Shots Are Charging Into Neuroscience, But Do They Even Have A Clue?

“According to neuroscientists, several figures from the tech sector are currently scouring labs across the US for technology that might fuse human and artificial intelligence. In addition to [entrepreneur Bryan] Johnson, Elon Musk has been teasing a project called ‘neural lace,’ which he said at a 2016 conference will lead to ‘symbiosis with machines.’ And Mark Zuckerberg declared in a 2015 Q&A that people will one day be able to share ‘full sensory and emotional experiences,’ not just photos. Facebook has been hiring neuroscientists for an undisclosed project at Building 8, its secretive hardware division.” ( technologyreview.com)

What Is Transhumanism?

“The quest for immortality is one of the most ancient and deep-rooted of human aspirations. It has been an important theme in human literature from the very earliest preserved written story, The Epic of Gilgamesh, and in innumerable narratives and myths ever since. It underlies the teachings of world religions about spiritual immortality and the hope of an afterlife. If death is part of the natural order, so too is the human desire to overcome death.( whatistranshumanism.org)

Silicon Valley’s ‘Suicide Pill’ For Mankind

“Last year, start-ups in America attracted more than $60 billion in venture capital funding. Of this, $12 billion alone was for artificial intelligence. Yet what the men and women who want to transform our society believe in has largely escaped our attention. It’s time we were told.

Silicon Valley is famous for its technological innovation. It’s less well known for being at the ideological cutting edge. Two new technology-based ideologies that have been born in the Valley are transhumanism and posthumanism. It is hard to understand one without the other, and the boundaries between these two still rather rough sets of beliefs are very blurred.

Transhumanism has been described by Francis Fukuyama [American political scientist] as one of the greatest threats to the idea of human equality and says that transhumanists are ‘just about the last group I’d like to see live forever’.

Today, transhumanists count among their member’s influential figures such as futurist Raymond Kurzweil, Google’s Director of Engineering, Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and Space X, and Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal and the venture capitalist most people love to hate.

Transhumanism, critics argue, has become one of the de facto ideologies of the Silicon Valley establishment in that it justifies the Valley’s culture of ‘move fast, break things and make as much money as possible’ – because ‘hey, what we are doing is liberating humanity’.

Our Posthuman Self

Our posthuman self could be an immortal digital entity able to download its consciousness into a synthetic body of its choice on Earth, or a robot exploring the moons of Jupiter. It could mean that we alter our very biology to enhance our bodies or become a new species of posthuman. Other researchers have wondered if there is the need for an international treaty to save the endangered human.( unherd.com)

Elon Musk’s Transhumanist Dreams

“Musk has long sought to upgrade humanity claiming that ‘to avoid becoming like monkeys, humans must merge with machines.’ This argument is based on a materialistic and in some cases an evolutionary worldview that concludes we must improve upon evolution’s current iteration of humanity or be left behind by the rise of sophisticated machines. Musk, along with many other transhumanists, seek to transcend our frail humanity through the use of technological upgrades or even ultimately by the uploading of minds and discarding of the body.” ( erlc.com)

Man’s Impossible Dream

This is the goal of transhumanists:

The quest for immortality is one of the most ancient and deep-rooted of human aspirations.

A world where they can “ …eradicate ageing as a cause of death…

A world where there are “… no diseases, viruses, human frailties or any form of intellectual incompetence…

A world where they can “… merge man with machine to achieve vastly increased intelligence, strength, and lifespans; a near embodiment of gods .”

A world where they can “… transcend our frail humanity - even ultimately by the uploading of minds and discarding of the body .”

Man wants to live in a perfect world…

Man wants to abolish all the problems we have today…

Man wants to get rid of the physical body…

Man wants to become spirit…

Man wants to become God!

The Transhumanist Mindset

Those following this idea are the mega rich. And because they are so wealthy, they feel that, given enough money, they can achieve their goal – for themselves. What these people want is simply to rule the world! But what about the other 7+ billions of people on planet earth? If this goal could be achieved, then the world would be ruled by “spirits” that exist in a computer program.

Once they have reached the state of immortality – then what. What power will they have? What goals will they have? Do they intend to rule over the earth? Who decides who becomes immortal? What happens to the rest of the inhabitants of planet earth?

Why This Quest For Immortality?

What people don’t realise is that there is a devil – Satan – and that he rules this world.

The Bible makes this very clear:

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” (2 Corinthians 4:4)

And that devil – Satan – has deceived the whole world…

“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” (Revelation 12:9)

Transhumanism is all a part of his counterfeit religion.

This was revealed at the beginning!

Satan’s Deception Revealed

“And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4-5)

It’s All About World Government

By taking of the fruit of the Tree Of The Knowledge Of Good And Evil, Adam had…

rejected the Government of God! …and so Adam’s children have been cut off from God and the government of God until the government is restored .” ( Sermon - 2 October 1980)

There IS A Purpose Being Worked Out Here Below

Now God’s purpose is a purpose He’s working out through man. And the purpose is dual: one is, of course, to restore His government, but second, it is to restore it through man and that necessitates and requires the fact of God reproducing himself!

Man has to become GOD and become a very GOD-being!

Man must first reject Satan and Satan’s way . Man must turn to God and GOD’S WAY, which is His law, that basic law of God’s government, and man must then develop the character of God, which is holy, righteous, perfect character.” ( Sermon - 2 October 1980)

The True Destiny Of Mankind

Man is not destined to become a machine… or a computer program… man was created to become a son of GOD!

However, there is only one way that this can happen – God’s way!

“The real reason for human life, and man’s ultimate destiny is so fantastic – so awesome – so overpowering, that it literally staggers the imagination!

God is reproducing Himself!

Man was made to become a very son of God!

There is a MASTER PLAN working out that divine PURPOSE here below. And it WILL BE accomplished!

When that is accomplished, when the last, final human being has had opportunity to CHOOSE which way he will go, when God has increased His own family by millions and millions, the apostle Paul reveals ‘then cometh the end [the total end of man’s way of life, of his organized society on this Earth], when he [Christ] shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power’! (I Corinthians. 15:24.)

THEN comes the inspiring thunder of the voice of the Great Creator of all things who says, ‘Behold, I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW… HE THAT OVERCOMETH SHALL INHERIT ALL THINGS; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son’! (Revelation 21:5-7.)

Can you envision it?

Can you comprehend it?

Can you now begin to understand?( Who Will Rule Space?)

It’s our destiny…