Can Transhumanism Overcome a Widespread Deathist Culture?

Transhumanism is a worldwide social movement that’s gaining rapid fame; but only with a selected group of individuals. In the hierarchy of priorities, avoiding death is at the very top of the transhumanists’ agenda. Transhumanists believe that the 21st century’s science is capable of guiding the world to that direction. The laid out theories and plans to make man an immortal being look plausible, except for one problem. The world is made of 7 billion people and not all of them are not happy with the ‘immortal man’ idea.

Christianism and Islam are religions based on the belief of a religious deity, and the belief in life after death, which according to transhumanists is a deathist culture. The dilemma is that science is quickly progressing and in the next 30 years or so, technology might be able to overcome death. Will religious people who believe in meeting their religious deities after death transform to the possibility of immortal life? Or will there be another world war instigated by the need to persecute ‘blasphemic’ transhumanists?

Most deaths are caused by the natural aging process, which gerontologists and other researchers in 2010 proved for the first time that it is irreversible. Although the studies were carried out in mice, the advancements in modern medicine will also see most diseases being wiped out in the near future. Moreover, world’s big conglomerates, like Insilco Medicine, Google’s Calico, Human Longevity LLC, etc. are making huge investments into the anti-aging research.

Perhaps there is hope that more people in the world will diverge from the deathist way of thinking; i.e., when science will finally hit that milestone, the world will view death as a choice and not something that accidentally happens to someone. Because if religious people don’t begin to transform their way of thinking and start seeing these possibilities as complementary to their beliefs and not transhumanists being blasphemic, they will have a hard time in adopting. According to the famous gerontologist Dr. Aubrey de Grey “we have a 50/50 chance of bringing aging under what I’d call a decisive level of medical control within the next 25 years or so.”



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