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Does Transhumanism Refute Human Exceptionalism? A Response to Peter Clarke   by Fazale Rana    April 3, 2019                  I just finished binge-watching Altered Carbon. Based on the 2002 science fiction novel written by Richard K. Morgan, this Netflix original series is provocative, to say the least. Altered Carbon takes place in the future, where humans can store their personalities as digital files in devices called stacks. These disc-like devices are implanted at the top of the spinal column. When people die, their stacks can be removed from their body (called sleeves) and stored indefinitely until they are re-sleeved—if and when another body becomes available to them. In this world, people who possess extreme wealth can live indefinitely, without ever having to spend any time in storage. Referred to as Meths (after the biblical figure Methuselah, who lived 969 years), the wealthy have the financial resources to secure a continual supply of replacement bodies through cloning. Their wealth also affords them the means to back up their stacks once a day, storing the data in a remote location in case their stacks are destroyed. In effect, Meths use technology to attain a form of immortality. Forthcoming Posthuman Reality? The world of Altered Carbon is becoming a reality right before our eyes. Thanks to recent advances in biotechnology and bioengineering, the idea of using technology to help people live indefinitely no longer falls under the purview of science fiction. Emerging technologies such as CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing and brain-computer interfaces offer hope to people suffering from debilitating diseases and injuries. They can also be used for human enhancements—extending our physical, intellectual, and psychological capabilities beyond natural biological limits. These futuristic possibilities give fuel to a movement known as transhumanism. Residing on the fringe of the academy and culture for several decades, the movement has gone mainstream in the ivory towers of the academy and on the street. Sociologist James Hughes describes the transhumanist vision this way in his book Citizen Cyborg: “In the twenty-first century the convergence of artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and genetic engineering will allow human beings to achieve things previously imagined only in science fiction. Lifespans will extend well beyond a century. Our senses and cognition will be enhanced. We will gain control over our emotions and memory. We will merge with machines, and machines will become more like humans. These technologies will allow us to evolve into varieties of “posthumans” and usher us into a “transhuman” era and society. . . . Transhuman technologies, technologies that push the boundaries of humanism, can radically improve our quality of life, and . . . we have a fundamental right to use them to control our bodies and minds. But to ensure these benefits we need to democratically regulate these technologies and make them equally available in free societies.”…                                      Responsibility as the Crown of Creation: Ultimately, our exceptional nature demands that we thoughtfully deliberate on how to use emerging biotechnologies to promote human flourishing, while ensuring that no human being is exploited or marginalized by these technologies. It also means that we must preserve our identity as human beings at all costs.It is one thing to enjoy contemplating a posthuman future by binge-watching a sci-fi TV series. But, it is another thing altogether to live it out. May we be guided by ethical wisdom to live well.


Reference: (Continue to read in) https://reasons.org/explore/blogs/the-cells-design/does-transhumanism-refute-human-exceptionalism-a-response-to-peter-clarke

Recommend book forHuman 2.0” :

Will technology usher in a new future—or have we gone too far?  Unprecedented developments in bioengineering, biotechnology, and biomedicine—breakthroughs that could improve the lives of people with debilitating diseases and injuries—can also serve as stepping-stones to technologies that can enhance human beings and alter human nature, raising fears about how biotechnologies could be misused. Should we discourage advances in biotechnology and bioengineering that can be used for human enhancement? Or should we take control of our own “evolution” and usher in a posthuman age? Is there another option?

In Humans 2.0, authors Fazale “Fuz” Rana and Kenneth Richard Samples open a window to the new world of human enhancement technologies and transhumanism—their promises, potential, and pitfalls. “What would it mean for humanity if technology’s advances merged with the human passion to be superhuman? Would we play God to extend our lives indefinitely or create genetically modified ‘designer babies’? If we could, should we? Showing how to examine these and other questions is an ambitious—and successful—endeavor of this book. It culminates in a reflection on how the desire for a complete human merging with technology—transhumanism—bears an unexpected relationship to the Christian gospel. Everyone concerned about the future of ‘human enhancement’ and its serious implications should read this book now while the crucial decisions to be made are still in our power to make.”  –Mark R. Perez, Philosopher of Science


Humans 2.0: Transhumanism and the Gospel  (Nov 3)

Does Advancing Science Refute or Prove Genesis? / Science & Genesis: Enemies or Allies (Nov 5)

Talk in English, with Cantonese translation 

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Biochemist Fazale “Fuz” Rana is president, CEO, and senior scholar at Reasons to Believe, an organization that researches and communicates the compatibility of science and Christianity. Rana holds a PhD in chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry from Ohio University and is the author of several ground-breaking books, including Humans 2.0Creating Life in the Lab, and Fit for a Purpose.

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