The religion of atheistic humanism: “Transcendence” and the trans-humanist path to godhood

transTal Brooke and Brian Godawa (ironically with a name like that) have written an insightful review of the movie Transcendence in which they say (regarding the main theme of the film of “the universal nature of mankind to seek godhood,” and in this case through transhumanist efforts to create truly Artificial Intelligence):

An anti-technology advocate confronts Caster[whose intelligence has been uploaded and evolves into the god he wants to become]: ‘So you want to create a god. To make your own god.’ Caster replies, ‘Isn’t that what mankind always does?’ And of course, the god that Transhumanism seeks to create is human godhood, revealing the ultimate and inescapable religious nature lurking beneath atheistic humanism. But on the other side of this is that man is a religious being in need of worshiping the Creator God. But when he denies God, he replaces Him with himself, and inevitably seeks to achieve godhood through self-transcendence. Such godhood always leads to control of others, ruthless control.” Brian Godawa and Tal Brooke, “‘Transhumanism’: The Latest Doorway to Godhood,” SCP Newsletter, Volume 38:4, Summer 2014, p.7.

Many films have explored the themes related to human efforts to live forever, but the remarkable truth is that there are many well-funded folks who sincerely believe that they are going to create bodies that will not die (“humans” that are an eternal interface of technology, mind, and Artificial Intelligence). Some language of this atheistic, religiously humanist movement to create god-hood for humans through technology to transcend human limitations has become part of the lingua franca of our mythologically-oriented “scientific” age:

  • Bioethics
  • Genetic engineering and human cloning
  • Cyborgians
  • Technosapiens
  • Transhumanism
  • Neurotheology
  • Neuroethics
  • Technoethics
  • Roboethics
  • Neuromythology
  • Posthumanism
  • Whole Brain Emulation
  • Intelligence Enhancement
  • Nanotechnology and nanoethics
  • Cryonics
  • Cryogenics
  • Eugenics: This last term on my list, I suspect, would become the modus operandi of these new god-men-women. That is, if they succeed to jump-start “hyper-evolution” through genetic, biological selection, identifying genomic biomarkers to eliminate disease and all other human obstacles to becoming gods (errrr . . . trans-human-god-men-women).
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