[extropy-chat] Census Declaration - Transhumanism as a Religion?

Bret Kulakovich bret at bonfireproductions.com
Mon Aug 7 19:58:18 UTC 2006

Personally, I don't think you should, even though the modern context  
and use of the word "religion" could be interpreted in that manner.

Seeing that the Latin prefix of religion is rooted somehow in  
"supernatural" and "superstition".

It's like lumping Atheism into religion. People that want to keep  
clear of a certain mess through choice are simply redefined by mess- 
participants as another form of mess. Then the meme-pool needs cleaning.

Ultimately, I'm sure that there are people that view it as such, it  
is a personal choice.

Philosophy? Yes. Religion? No.


On Aug 6, 2006, at 9:27 PM, kevin.osborne wrote:

> Hi All
> I'm about to complete my census declaration for the Australian
> national census tomorrow, and was wondering whether there is a
> concerted effort by Singulatarians/Futurists/Transhumanists to
> identify themselves as collective.
> I guess you can compare it to the 'Jedi' census-hacking thats been
> going on for years.
> I'm quite happy to complete my census declaration of religious
> affiliation as atheist but thought maybe we might be exploiting the
> chance to come to the notice of policy makers and/or the media by
> entering a moniker-of-choice suited to our little future-fetish.
> While I'm not the biggiest fan of 'Transhumanist' as a term (choosing
> to view 'being human' as more of an ideal, and less a biological
> birthright, I think we're only going to become *more* human as time
> progresses) I'm more than happy to enter it if that's the term we as a
> collective associate with the most; simply because I'd rather have ,
> for example, 1500 australian transhumanists on the polls than 500 each
> of singulatarian/futurist/transhumanist.
> So which term? And would it be extra cheeky to list it as my Ethnic
> origin as well?
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