Coexistance of Religion and Transhumanism

By Kenneth Kuzmich.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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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?

Keywords: Religion, Humanities, Science

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp.291-298. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 820.835KB).

Prof. Kenneth Kuzmich

Assistant Professor, Global Studies, Mitchell College, New London, CT, USA

Professor Kuzmich has taught at a number of colleges and universities in New England. He is presently an Assistant Professor of Global Studies at Mitchell College, New London, Ct. He has been a guest lecturer at Griffith College - Dublin, and Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. He has also been an active lecturer at various religious organizations throughout southeastern Connecticut. He has published in three Common Ground Journals; the International Journal of Technology and Society, the International Journal of Humanities and the International Journal of Social Studies.

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