Transhumanism

Interesting article about the transhumanism, religions, science & technology. The differences and similarity in concepts they bring about trans humanism. Some of the excerpts from the article are below and if you find its something to ponder about, link given below at the end of the post.

After all, the human mind is nothing but software running on the “machine” of the brain—software that could potentially run on hardware made of chips and wires instead of neurons and blood vessels.

Sound intriguing? Welcome to the endless wormhole of biology and futurology that is transhumanism.

If human beings are able to upload their minds into computers, what implications does that have for the soul? What does it mean for free will? What does it mean for morality?

if human consciousness can be run on a machine, like software, doesn’t that imply that there is no such thing as a “soul”? Doesn’t it basically prove that “free will” and “choice” are nothing more than illusions and mysticism?

Many religious people agree that transhumanism and religion are incompatible, and therefore conclude that the project of transhumanism is destined to fail.

The basic assumption behind transhumanism is that your mind, identity, and consciousness are nothing more than software running on the hardware of your body.

“Complexity can be understood in a positive way rather than a negative way. When things are further complicated in the scholarship of religion, we religious people get excited because novel ideas are about to burst forth.”

Like a soul, a computer program is not a material thing. A computer program is just an abstraction. “Religion, like science, evolves,” says Stevens. “It sits at the boundless unfolding of knowledge, not in some timeless universal land of thought. Amen! How exciting, for all fields of thought, that they’d get to transform in light of such epic discoveries.”

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http://kernelmag.dailydot.com/issue-titles/religion/11103/transhumanism-and-the-search-for-digital-immortality/#sthash.EDGJoZji.dpuf

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