VFTB 179: The Transhumanist Wager

The Transhumanist WagerTHE FUTURE of humanity may well be determined in the 21st century. Christians may look to the fulfillment of Bible prophecy, while transhumanists may look to the Singularity. Either way, the two worldviews are diametrically opposed and on a collision course.

Zoltan Istvan is the author of The Transhumanist Wager, a book that lays out a new philosophy undergirding his belief that technology is the key to human immortality. We discuss his philosophy, called Teleological Egocentric Functionalism, comparisons between The Transhumanist Wager and Atlas Shrugged, and why some other transhumanists are a little uncomfortable with the worldview expressed by the book’s protagonist Jethro Knights.

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  1. An atheist must struggle with finding meaning and purpose in a purely naturalistic/closed system, as there is no difference between a rock and a baby. Both happen to be random/accidental combinations of atoms and molecules. This transhumanist worldview, being atheistic, seems to find value in human life and it’s extension at “any cost” without an objective standard to point too, to determine why at “any cost”.
    Extension of ones life “At any cost”, to the extinguishing of other lives, would render this world view contradictory/hypocritical and thus absurd and untrue. Even frightening.

    Interesting interview. Love your show. Been listening for years.


  2. Agreed, Phil; if everything is random, by definition it hasn’t any “meaning”, at all.

    Accidental combinations compel no morality, no conscience and no value system.

    It is therefore worthless, and merits no consideration, whatsoever. Consequently:
    its perpetuation is not worthy of ANY effort, and certainly none “at any cost”. My
    previous allusion to Adam & Eve is, again, pertinent as they were promised similar
    ‘Transhumanism”: “ye shall be as gods”. The same falsehood. And, by the way,
    nothing happened after Eve ate the fruit, as Adam surely should have noted. It was
    only after ADAM ate that “all hell broke loose”; he was authorized, she was not.

    Eve was just a stepping-stone to Adam for Satan, where the authority was placed.

    How can ‘consciousness’ be contained, or transferred, when we don’t even know
    what it is? This level of arrogance is intellectually dishonest & morally bankrupt.

  3. Hence, monism gets the transhumanist off the hook. Think of “Alien” vs. E.T.

  4. George Brewer –

    Your comment is specious.

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