I’m in the occasional habit of watching “The Atheist Experience” on YouTube Sundays, depending on who the host is. One of the callers broached the subject of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, and tried to make it an argument from inference for the existence of a deistic type god. His appropriation of Arthur C Clarke’s 3rd Law; “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” being the springboard for the idea that finding an advanced form of life would be like discovering god. In fact, finding life anywhere other than on Earth will be the final nail in the coffin of Judaic Monotheism. We may even achieve this my making advances in Transhumanism before we are able to master travel outside the solar system.
What do I consider Transhumanism to be?
Medical modifications that permanently alter or replace a function of the human body that become routine and commonplace. As a result, aging loses the “virtue of necessity”. The possible symbiosis of the mechanical and biologic will open up new areas of exploration, in both inner and outer space.
Prosthetics are becoming more sophisticated. We are seeing amazing advances in linking control of these devices directly into the human nervous system. There are limb replacements, cochlear, optic implants, and artificial organs.
The ability to produce offspring independent of the body will solve the ethical dilemma we now face with abortion, bodily autonomy, and consent issues.
Enhancement of cognitive function either genetically or in symbiosis with an artificial method.
How soon do you think we’ll crack this next frontier in evolution? Will it end religion when we do?