[extropy-chat] Putting God to Rest
robert.bradbury at gmail.com
Mon Apr 23 10:18:13 UTC 2007
On 4/23/07, Stathis Papaioannou <stathisp at gmail.com> wrote:
> It's one thing for scientists to simply regard religion as irrelevant to
> their work, but when they start to talk about transcending biology and
> living forever, that might sound to a believer like a rerun of Satan's
> rebellion against God.
Though I am sure there are some readers of the Bible or Koran who could cite
"Satan's rebellion against God" in detail (Spike perhaps?) I suspect a
majority only is aware of it in a very loose sense (speaking as someone
brought up in a "traditional" Irish Catholic framework.) It is only those
who know those writings in depth (and happen to believe in them) where
transhumanism is a problematic rerun.
The goal before transhumanists is to displace "belief in fantasy" with
"belief in science". It is a simple transformation of "We can never go to
the moon." to "We have walked on the moon.".
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