Ep: 142 Transhumanism
Transhumanism is the attempt to use technology to transcend human aging, cultivate human super-intelligence, and ensure human super-wellbeing. Sometimes simply called H+, this movement holds out hope for a purely secular eschatology. It is fraught with ethical and theological considerations. To better understand these issues, we brought back Dr. Oesch, who is the director of Concordia University, Irvine's MA Theology program, an Associate Professor of Theology, and creator of Fishing For Leviathan, which currently is in the midst of a three part series on transhumanism. He's got great insights into the movement, and argues that this is no frivolous conversation, but important for thoughtful folks to address, as we seek virtue in an increasingly complex age.
If you are not yet convinced that this is a lively movement, check out the video below, explore the work of Ray Kurtzweil, or check out what Aubrey De Gray is advocating. As we teach young people, we are finding that H+ represents a real alternative to the problem of death for our students. Come join our lively expedition through the world where some believe we might be able to upload our consciousness onto a digital platform and create something like eternal life sans religion.