Transhumanism: Taking the Place of Our Creator

God made man, man-made technology, technology revolutionized man. That’s all that some religious people know. If only they paid close attention, they would realize that the impact of technology is not just as simple as revolutionizing man; some people see it as a way of making man immortal.

Transhumanism look at technology from a different perspective. They see it as a way of not just preventing or treating diseases, but also of creating perfect humans that reason and function like super computers. The utopic world of transhumanists uses technological advancements, like nanotechnologies and genetic engineering tools to create posthuman.

According to the singularity theory by some transhuman believers, future technology will lead to a complete replacement of human parts, such as the digestive system, the nerves, and even the heart with non-biological nanobots. The resultant superhuman will be unnaturally healthy, emotionally more stable, psychologically unbreakable and unrealistically always happy. The superhuman will live in a virtual reality where every single thing is perfect.

Isn’t transhumanism trying to be god?

Transhumanistic proponents argue that since transhumanism is not based on a set of dogmas, it does not try to compete with religion. In fact, transhumanists don’t seek to explain existence using religion or superstition. They argue that since there is really no religious explanation about what happens to the soul after people die, it could mean that one can be immortal and still have their soul in heaven.

However, tranhumanistic thinkers don’t delve so much into the topic of soul and God. They only focus on the future and how technology can help us live a longer, happier and more fulfilling life. The general argument is that if Science has entered to a phase where female embryos can be frozen and implanted into another human’s body to produce a healthy being,  nanotechnology, uploading, cloning and cryonics can also be done to achieve the same result – only more superhuman.

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