Recently on transhumanity.net, there has been an influx of religious themed posts. Based on an editor’s note, a bunch of people sent emails to him, asking for it to stop. I find it interesting, but not surprising that no one was willing to post their opinions in the comments section.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but we should all be willing and able to mention that having an opinion does not make it valid.
I posted quite a few replies to the comments sections of these posts. THis is a copy of the latest reply, for those of you that aren’t lurking on t.net. I didn’t want to make it a post their, but I’m happy to drop it here.
The original comment can be found in this thread
I love it. We basically agree on the point that transhumanism is a series of stories we tell ourselves. Like Christianity. The use of strong declaratives with little evidence is consistent with other pieces here.
As the editor noted, we can talk about tranhumanism if we are some what logical. Like somewhat pregnant, or mostly dead. It’s a lot easier to maintain that suspension of disbelief that classic Transhumanism and Christianity both require.
I agree that more people should post. But let’s post something legitimate. Post about the work being done. And use the comments sections. Emails to the editor undermine the open discourse that makes the internet so great. If you believe something, you should be able to say it out loud, not sneak it in a private email.
I would write about transhumanism, but it is fiction and speculation. I wrote my piece on grinding and that was all I could offer. There is nothing more to be said that isn’t eschatology crammed through a science filter. I thought about making this reply a post, but we don’t need any more doom and gloom and a rallying call to action just isn’t cutting it these days.
Which is sad. Transhumanism still hasn’t made that step into action. I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised. Most philosophies are just that. Talk. All this time and we’re still just waving our hands in the air. We should be learning more, growing and developing. Instead we are trading mythologies, hot swapping stories to stop us from fearing the future. Now we’ve started co opting (or being co opted by?) other story lines in a bid for legitimacy and sticking power. I am consistently impressed the the church’s historical record of success. I just didn’t think that we were going to try to make friends with the biggest kid on the block because we can’t actually kick the ball ourselves.
If someone else thinks this needs to be said, feel free to copy and paste this comment into a post, or post yourself. Or we can all just, yknow, kumbaya ourselves to death here.