Atheism and transhumanism

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The atheist Julian Huxley coined the term transhumanism.[1]

According to the Oxford University philosopher Nick Bostrum, transhumanism has its roots in an atheistic/secular humanism/evolutionary worldview.[2] The atheist, evolutionist and eugenicist Julian Huxley coined the term transhumanism.[3]

Julian Huxley wrote:

The human species can, if it wishes, transcend itself – not just sporadically, an individual here in one way, an individual there in another way – but in its entirety, as humanity. We need a name for this new belief. Perhaps transhumanism will serve: man remaining man, but transcending himself, by realizing new possibilities of and for his human nature.[4]

The pseudoscientific sector of the transhumanism movement which desires to transcend being human through technology and become posthuman in order achieve a type of non-theistic immortality is completely unrealistic and is engaging in wishful thinking.[5] See also: Atheism and irrationality and Atheist cults

The atheist worldview cannot explain the existence of consciousness

See: Atheism and irrationality

The atheist worldview cannot explain the existence of consciousness either and the theistic worldview can offer a reasonable explanation.[6]

Mind uploading and cryonics are unfeasible

See also: Atheism and cryonics and Atheism and irrationality and Atheism and death

Advocates of mind uploading (Mind uploading is the notion that someday mankind may be able to scan and upload their minds to a mechanical storage mediums) are generally strong advocates of cryonics as well.[7] For a number of reasons, mind uploading is an entirely unfeasible hypothesis.[8] See also: Atheism and cryonics

Endeavoring to upload the human brain and achieve a technological singularity

Ray Kurzweil is endeavoring to achieve an atheistic version of heaven.[9] (photo obtained from Wikimedia Commons, see license agreement)

An article entitled The 25 Most Influential Living Atheists describes the atheist Ray Kurzweil thusly:

Ray Kurzweil sees technology as fulfilling all aspirations previously ascribed to religion, including immortality. He argues that computing machines will soon outstrip human cognitive capacities, at which point humanity will upload itself onto a new, indestructible digital medium (an atheist version/vision of “resurrection”).[10]

The article Top 10 atheist inconsistencies declares:

Some atheists like Ray Kurzweil advocate transhumanist doctrines that prophesy of a near future - in as few as 20 years, according to him - in which a singularity event will occur. With the singularity event, humans will be able to use science to achieve immortality. Kurzweil speaks of this singularity event with the same fervor in which the proverbial Southern Baptist minister raves about the Rapture. Fantasizing about post-singularity humanity, Kurzweil proclaims that, being able to live for eternity, we will eventually be able to know everything that can possibly be known.

But does he believe it's possible that there just might be another being in this vast universe who has achieved all knowledge before he has? No, that is ludicrous.[11]

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Notes

  1. A HISTORY OF TRANSHUMANIST THOUGHT, Nick Bostrom, Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford University
  2. A HISTORY OF TRANSHUMANIST THOUGHT, Nick Bostrom, Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford University
  3. A HISTORY OF TRANSHUMANIST THOUGHT, Nick Bostrom, Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford University
  4. A HISTORY OF TRANSHUMANIST THOUGHT, Nick Bostrom, Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford University
  5. The Argument from Consciousness for the Existence of God by John Piippo, 3/20/2012
  6. Mind uploading - Thought experiments as knowledge
  7. The 25 Most Influential Living Atheists
  8. The 25 Most Influential Living Atheists
  9. Top 10 atheist inconsistencies