Transhumanism (specifically life enhancement) offers humankind opportunities that, in the past, could only be imagined. This evolving technology allows humanity to transcend its limitations of mind and body. It can and will alleviate various kinds of suffering, including the psychological and physical suffering that we have always equated with death. Many critics claim that transhumanism is an attempt to usurp god. It is a scientific process that takes much of the natural elements out of the human condition and gives them to the technologists who can replace body parts, create (as of today unimaginable) anti-aging remedies, and who can ultimately prolong life to the extent of hundreds of years. This technology is present in today’s world. As it inevitably advances and incorporates itself into the mainstream of the “natural” human condition, the questions that will be addressed are these: can religion and the secular discipline of life enhancement sciences coexist in our future world? Will there come a time when transhumanism replaces conventional religions? Is this the time to address ethics based in religious thought with ethics based in scientific thought?
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Assistant Professor, Global Studies, Mitchell College, New London, CT, USA
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