I wouldn’t mind transhumanism’s fantasies–eternal life, uploading minds into computers, changing our bodies so we can fly. Whatever. Whatever gets people through the night.
I don’t think it will ever happen. But: The movement is driven by a neurotic fear of suffering–terror of death–and a loathing of the normal vicissitudes of human living.
In short, transhumanists are on a quasi-religious quest to gain hyper-control over every aspect of living. Add it all up, and you have a distinctly Utopian movement.
History tells us clearly that Utopianism is one of humankind’s most dangerous propensities.
An article–at NPR, no less–predicting that the “singularity” will bring an end to the human race as we know it, illustrates my reason for concern. From, “Should Science End Humankind?” by Adam Frank:
But if you’re an optimist, then you think something wonderful is going to happen. With the help of our super-intelligent machines we become more. “More what?” you ask. Well, more than human. We become the next step in evolution — and that will mean humanity, as we know it, will come to an end. What comes next will be a new post-human era
That would be intelligent design, not ”evolution.” But I quibble.
Realize that part of this supposed Nirvana includes genetic manipulation of progeny, remaking them in the parents’ image. In other words, they would not be free, but pre-programmed to serve the desires of their manufacturers.
Even more disturbing is the transhumanist belief that “science” can end human death, as well as bring about an end to “suffering:”
Given the likely completeness of the post-human transformation, how ready are we to be so completely replaced? It’s a question that has to be on the table because we are, as a culture, rapidly pushing the enabling technologies forward right now.
So even in the most optimistic scenario, does the end of human suffering have to mean the end of human kind (at least this version)?
Now, there’s the nub.
Utopians believe that ends justify means. For example, up-and-comer transhumanist, Zoltan Istvan, has said that impeding transhumanism would be just cause for war.
And what could be a more Utopian end than no more suffering?
Very dangerous stuff. Fantasies. But if enough people ride the transhumanism Fantasy Land roller coaster, people could get hurt.