As we reported last week, Joe Biden’s September 12 executive order forming a National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative pivots the entire federal government to support, fund, advance, and embed transhumanism into the fabric of American culture, economy and overall ethos.
“Transhumanism has evolved from an idea in sci-fi novels into a secular religion for many,” reports Wesley Smith in his new article, Transhumanism: A Religion for Post-Modern Times.
Patrick Wood, editor-in-chief of Technocracy.news, makes a point in his summation of Smith’s article that seems obvious but few people will make the connection and you won’t hear anything about this in the corporate media. Wood states: “If transhumanism is a religion, then Biden has just instituted a state religion, which is in direct violation of the First Amendment. Read this article (below) word for word.”
We are witnessing the birth of a new faith. It is not a theistic religion. Indeed, unlike Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, it replaces a personal relationship with a transcendent God in the context of a body of believers with a fervent and radically individualistic embrace of naked materialistic personal recreation.
Moreover, in contrast to the orthodox Christian, Judaic, and Islamic certainty that human beings are made up of both material body and immaterial soul – and that both matter – adherents of the new faith understand that we have a body, but what really counts is mind, which is ultimately reducible to mere chemical and electrical exchanges.
Indeed, contrary to Christianity’s view of an existing heaven or, say, Buddhism’s conception of the world as illusion, the new faith insists that the physical is all that has been, is, or ever will be.
Such thinking leads to nihilism. That’s where the new religion leaves past materialistic philosophies behind, by offering adherents hope. Where traditional theism promises personal salvation, the new faith offers the prospect of rescue via radical life-extension attained by technological applications – a postmodern twist, if you will, on faith’s promise of eternal life.
This new religion is known as “transhumanism, ” and it is all the rage among the Silicon Valley nouveau riche, university philosophers, and among bioethicists and futurists seeking the comforts and benefits of faith without the concomitant responsibilities of following dogma, asking for forgiveness, or atoning for sin – a foreign concept to transhumanists. Truly, transhumanism is a religion for our postmodern times.
Transhumanist prophets anticipate a coming neo-salvific event known as the “Singularity”.
Transhumanism makes two core promises. First, humans will soon acquire heightened capacities, not through deep prayer, meditation, or personal discipline, but merely by taking a pill, engineering our DNA, or otherwise harnessing medical science and technology to transcend normal physical limitations. More compellingly, transhumanism promises that adherents will soon experience, if not eternal life, then at least indefinite existence – in this world, not the next – through the wonders of applied science.