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The Future of Transhumanism as a New Religious Movement

November 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Despite the rejection of traditional religious views of immortality on the part of Trasnhumanists (H+), the H+ agenda looks more and more like that of the religion being rejected. What makes H+ exciting is its promise of everlasting life either biologically through Radical Life Extension (RLE) or supra-biologically through Cybernetic Immortality. Everlasting life will come as the achievement of science, not as the gift of God. Could H+ itself be a form of secular spirituality? In this presentation Ted Peters will provide an introduction to the key components within the Transhumanist vision and show that there is greater compatibility with
classic religious commitments than is usually assumed. The Promethean zeal for a techno-utopia will lead to an ethical proposal: if we fall short of achieving an immortal utopia, might the H+ agenda still contribute to human flowering by providing advanced biotech therapies and even enhancement techniques?

 

Contact: Matthew Rose matthew.rose@binst.org

Details

Date:
November 9
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Venue

Berkeley Institute
2134 Allston
Berkeley, CA United States
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