- Originally posted in 2014
‘Sometime in the next decade, the number of worldwide godless people — atheists, agnostics, and those unaffiliated with religion — is likely to break through the billion-person mark. Many in this massive group already champion reason, defend science, welcome radical technologies, and implicitly trust and embrace modern medicine. They are, indeed, already transhumanists. Yet many of them don’t know it because they haven’t thought much about it. However, that is about to change. A transformative cultural storm comprised of radical life improving technologies is set to blow in soon.
Whenever atheists start artificially inflating their numbers and start promising revolutionary changes, my skeptic-o-meter starts to go off. Perhaps Zoltan can better explain to the agnostics and unaffiliated what they believe:
Broadly defined, the word transhuman means beyond human.
Oh, oh. I think I know where this is going.
The growing transhumanist social movement encompasses and encourages virtually all ideas that enhance human existence via the application of science and technology. More specifically, transhumanism includes the fields of radical life extension, Singularitarianism, robotics, artificial intelligence, cryonics, genetic engineering, biohacking, cyborgism, and many other lesser known fields of science.
Hmmm. A social movement built around the idea of using applied science to “enhance human existence.” Sounds familiar. We had one of those in the early 1900s called……eugenics. Certainly, Zoltan doesn’t have in mind a reboot of an updated version of eugenics, does he?
The core of transhumanist thought is two-sided. It begins with discontent about the humdrum status quo of human life and our frail, terminal human bodies.
Atheists discontent with “the humdrum status quo of human life and our frail, terminal human bodies?” What could that mean?
It is followed by an awe-inspiring vision of what can be done to improve both — of how dramatically the world and our species can be transformed via science and technology. Transhumanists want more guarantees than just death, consumerism, and offspring. Much more. They want to be better, smarter, stronger — perhaps even perfect and immortal if science can make them that way. Most transhumanists believe it can.
Whoa! Better, smarter, stronger? This is a reboot of eugenics. But it is eugenics on steroids. For this “science” also promises perfection and immortality! I thought atheists embraced death and were not afraid of it.
These atheist voices and their writings have paved the way for us, and now the 21st Century will bring the age of transhumanism to the forefront of society. The transhumanist hero is the person who constantly eyes improving their health, lifestyle, and longevity with science and technology.
Did he just use the word “hero?” So in his atheistic universe, the “hero” is someone obsessed with Self.
They are not okay with the past age of feeling guilty for aspiring to be different or better than they were born — or for wanting the power to become godlike themselves.
So the atheist proudly announces his desire to become “godlike.” In an atheistic universe, Self gets to decides its own purpose, its own meaning, and even what is right and wrong. So why not go all the way to declare your intentions to become “godlike?”
They have no sin to erase; they have no reason to search for something outside of the material universe.
Better, smarter, stronger, guilt-free, sinless, and godlike. All purchased with science and technology. What could go wrong?
So transhumanism is form of pseudoscience that mixes atheism, narcissism, and the quest for power. Of course, from the Christian perspective, this is all quite predictable.