Transhumanism: The Danger of Humans without Bodies

Transhumanism is a futuristic movement that seeks to computerize and immortalize the human species. In fact, this has been termed “technological singularity.” The main avenue for attaining this is through science and technology. Transhumans seek to merge humans and computers to produce an ultra-intelligent being that will break down all immortality barriers and create a new paradigm shift in communication and social relations.

Transhumanism anchors its root in postmodernism, the aesthetic worldview that human being is simply the result of evolution. As a result, humanity is not permanent but rather dynamic. Based on this philosophy, humans are at liberty to change the aspects of their bodies that they’re not comfortable or happy with.

Transhumanism relies on technologies like bio-engineering, artificial wombs, human cloning, and many others. This means that parents can decide on the genetic traits they want for their kids. Opponents of the tranhumanistic belief argue that such freedom will eventually constrain the variety in the posthumans’ generation. However, transhumanists argue that this is not true because not everyone likes the same things. Some parents will want their kids to be musical geniuses, while others will want their kids to be painters or talented designers.

When it comes to death, transhumanists have only one view and one approach – humans can be immortal. This might resonate well with many Christians, except for the fact that in the case of transhumanism, the hope of eternity is placed on technology but not God. While Christianity uses ‘hope’ as reassurance of immortality, transhumanists use nanotechnologies and genetic modifications for cloning, cryonics, or even uploading memory to robots to create extremely brilliant beings.

The technologies used by transhumanists have been a subject of debate. Anti-transhumanists argue that these technologies are not safe for the environment and  blending technology with human being erodes the very essence of humanity and its purpose.

 

Rajat CHAKRABORTY Written by:

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