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  • Man will become like God, say Mormons and transhumanists in Salt Lake City

    04/11/2013 2:55:09 PM PDT · by blasater1960 · 78 replies
    Kurzweil ^ | 4-10-13 | Giulio Prisco
    Man becoming godlike: belief or heresy? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), aka Mormon Church, has a concept of boundless elevation and exaltation of Man, through all means including science and technology, until he becomes like God. Conversely, God was once like Man before attaining an exalted status. “[Mormonism] allows for humans to ascend to a higher, more godlike level,” writes Max More in his introduction to The Transhumanist Reader, “rather than sharply dividing God from Man.”
  • Glenn Beck with Author Edwin Black of "War Against the Weak" on Eugenics and Transhumanism.

    03/28/2013 11:27:14 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 4 replies
    GBTV/youtube ^ | 2/5/13 | Glenn Beck Show
    In War Against the Weak, award-winning investigative journalist Edwin Black connects the crimes of the Nazis to a pseudoscientific American movement of the early 20th century called eugenics. Based on selective breeding of human beings, eugenics began in laboratories on Long Island but ended in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany. Cruel and racist laws were enacted in 27 U.S. states, and the supporters of eugenics included progressive thinkers like Woodrow Wilson, Margaret Sanger, and Oliver Wendell Holmes. Ultimately, over 60,000 "unfit" Americans were coercively sterilized, a third of them after Nuremberg declared such practices crimes against humanity. This is...
  • Transhumanism: Taking the Place of Our Creator

    11/25/2012 3:47:46 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    NC Register ^ | November 24, 2012 | REBECCA TAYLOR
    There is a dangerous philosophy emerging in our fast-paced, technology-driven world of which most people are totally unaware. And yet, when Francis Fukuyama, economist at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, was asked what idea posed the "greatest threat to the welfare of humanity," his answer was this philosophy.  And yet I'm positive most Catholics have never heard of it. Catholics certainly do not realize that they are being fed a steady diet of images in popular media that play right to the more seductive aspects of this ideology. What is it? It is transhumanism. "What is that?"...
  • Bus Ride from Hell

    09/05/2012 9:13:35 AM PDT · by spirited irish · 21 replies
    Renew America ^ | Sept. 4, 2012 | Linda Kimball
    Transhumanism is a powerfully influential planetary 'elite' movement that believes man can begin a radical transfiguration of himself by merging his brain with technology with the long term goal of eventually transferring his 'essence' out of his decaying body and into a highly advanced robo-machine. A Daily Mail article reported that, '...inserting technology into human brains is not the only thing going on. Some scientists also want to insert human brains into technology" ("Hitler would have loved The Singularity: Mind-blowing benefits of merging human brains and computers," Ian Morris, 6 February 2012, dailymail.co.uk) In July 2012, transhumanism officially came out...
  • Endowed by Their Creator?: The Future of Constitutional Personhood[Trans-Human]

    03/10/2011 7:56:20 PM PST · by Palter · 7 replies
    The Brookings Institution ^ | 09 Mar 2011 | James Boyle
    Part I of this paper appears below.  To download the full paper, click here. Presently, Irving Weissman, the director of Stanford University's Institute of Cancer/Stem Cell Biology and Medicine, is contemplating pushing the envelope of chimera research even further by producing human-mouse chimera whose brains would be composed of one hundred percent human cells. Weissman notes that the mice would be carefully watched: if they developed a mouse brain architecture, they would be used for research, but if they developed a human brain architecture or any hint of humanness, they would be killed. [1] Imagine two entities.Hal is a computer-based artificial...
  • Calling All Transhumanists [The Singularity is not yet here, but its annual conference is]

    10/07/2009 8:23:30 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies · 297+ views
    Forbes ^ | 10.02.09 | Courtney Boyd Myers
    Technology futurists love to talk about the Singularity as the point in time when technology starts to progress so rapidly that machine intelligence melds with and surpasses human intelligence. It is to futurists what the Rapture is to fundamentalist Christians. Those who welcome or fear this eventuality are gathering this weekend in New York City for the fourth annual Singularity Summit. Speaking at the summit are some of the better-known tech soothsayers, including author and programmer Ray Kurzweil; Steve Wolfram, the founder of the novel search engine Alpha; and Aubrey de Grey, an expert on anti-aging science. Also giving talks...
  • Exploring the New God Argument by the Mormon Transhuman Association

    05/26/2009 10:55:59 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 59 replies · 843+ views
    Salt Lake City Freethinking Examiner ^ | May 24, 2009 | Jonathan Montgomery
    Lincoln Cannon recently left me the following comment: I'd like to invite your feedback on the New God Argument (do a Google search). It's basically a moral argument for trust in the existence of beings that may qualify as gods from a Mormon perspective. Lincoln Cannon and Joseph West, founders and directors of the Mormon Transhuman Association, presented the New God Argument for Sunstone in 2008.  I've included the video presentation at the bottom of this page.I was honored that Cannon would ask me about his argument, and overall I found it to be fair.  By this, I mean that...
  • Most Epistemologically Unprepared For Bioenhancement Nightmares

    07/07/2007 7:31:38 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies · 122+ views
    The American Chronicle ^ | July 6, 2007 | Frederick Meekins
    An old adage posits that what you don’t know can’t hurt you. Whoever came up with that one obviously had little imagination to foresee the horrors about to be set loose upon the earth in the years and decades to come. In my column “Scientists Suggest Bestiality”, I wrote about findings by MIT and Harvard researchers suggesting that millions of years ago ancient humans and chimpanzees engaged in interspecies liaisons resulting in fecund offspring, bolstering the claims by a growing number of geneticists and the like that the boundaries between the species might not be as set in stone (or...
  • Superhuman: The Uncharted Territory of Transhumanism

    12/03/2009 3:47:11 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies · 774+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | December 3, 2009 | Eric Pavlat
      Cryonics. Neural implants. Designer babies. Welcome to the future of transhumanism. This energetic movement, comprising thousands of adherents, actively promotes the enhancement of humans via cybernetics, genetics, medicine, surgery, nanotechnology, and a full panoply of other scientific advancements. This enhancement would, according to Nick Bostrom's "Transhumanist Declaration," seek to advocate "the moral right for those who wish to do so to extend their mental and physical (including reproductive) capacities and to improve their control over their own lives. [They] seek personal growth beyond [their] current biological limitations" (see www.transhumanism.org).   This may sound like science fiction, but the...
  • "Transhumanism"

    05/12/2009 3:35:15 AM PDT · by mft112345 · 278+ views
    Youtube ^ | 51209 | MT
    Watch Video Poem. (Short parody about atheists' "transhumanism" movement.) Doctor came in sad faced Said he had bad news for me "Cancer's spread throughout you It's metastasized, you see?" "Doc, I got it covered I don't need this old body. Know a friend on Venus Who can make a trade with me. I'll have a new body And outlive my grand baby. Don't you call it crazy. Call it transhumanity." Tell me would you want to Live beyond two hundred years? Still feel like you're twenty And escape an old man's fears? You'll stay young and happy And forget all...
  • Bailey on Transhumanism and the Limits of Democracy

    04/30/2009 12:15:27 PM PDT · by steve-b · 6 replies · 417+ views
    Reason Online's science correspondant Ronald Bailey has published a paper he presented at the Arizona State University's Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict Workshop on Transhumanism and the Future of Democracy last week. The workshop addressed such questions like, how does the enhancement of human beings through biotechnology, information technology, and applied cognitive sciences affect our understandings of autonomy, personhood, responsibility and free will? And how much and what type of societal control should be exercised over the use of enhancement technologies? In his paper, Bailey argues that a number of democratic transhumanists, including James Hughes, have "fetishized"...
  • Chimpanzee should be a legal person, animal rights activists say

    05/23/2008 12:04:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 55 replies · 228+ views
    CNA ^ | 5/23/2008
    Strausburg, May 23, 2008 / 02:49 am (CNA).- Animal rights advocates are appealing to the European Court of Human Rights to declare a 26-year-old chimpanzee named Matthew to be a legal person. British teacher Paula Stibbe and activists with the Vienna-based Association Against Animal Factories want to declare Matthew a person so that Stibbe may be appointed his legal guardian if the bankrupt animal sanctuary where Matthew lives in Vienna shuts down, the Evening Standard says. Matthew lives with another chimpanzee and a crocodile in an animal shelter. The shelter requires about $8,000 each month in expenses. While donors have...
  • Making Manimals

    08/02/2007 11:24:10 AM PDT · by BGHater · 19 replies · 819+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 24 June 2007 | William Saletan
    If you've been laughing at those Neanderthal presidential candidates who still don't believe in evolution, it's time to sober up. Every serious scientist knows we evolved from animals. The question now is whether to put our DNA and theirs back together. We've been transplanting baboon hearts, pig valves and other animal parts into people for decades. We've derived stem cells by inserting human genomes into rabbit eggs. We've created mice that have human prostate glands. We've made sheep that have half-human livers. Last week, Britain's Academy of Medical Sciences reported that scientists have created "thousands of examples of transgenic animals"...
  • "Scientology Fugitive" Arrested ["Interfering With a Church" - Hate Crime]

    05/10/2007 10:41:03 AM PDT · by TChris · 249 replies · 3,807+ views
    10 Zen Monkeys ^ | 2/4/2007 | RU Sirius
    On Friday, Arizona police arrested a 64-year-old man — a fugitive since 2001 in a bizarre war that mixes free speech, copyright law, and the Church of Scientology. Keith Henson’s journey began seven years ago while innocuously watching another critic mock the group on an internet newsgroup. In a gonzo discussion about procuring a "Tom Cruise missile," they’d joked about working with "Secret Agent 99, wearing a stunning black leather biker outfit." Other posters joined in the internet discussion, asking whether Tom Cruise missiles are affected by wind. "No way," Keith joked. "Modern weapons are accurate to a matter of...
  • The prospect of all-female conception

    04/13/2007 8:52:40 PM PDT · by VxH · 75 replies · 2,017+ views
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 4/13/2007 | Steve Connor
    Women might soon be able to produce sperm in a development that could allow lesbian couples to have their own biological daughters, according to a pioneering study published today. Scientists are seeking ethical permission to produce synthetic sperm cells from a woman's bone marrow tissue after showing that it possible to produce rudimentary sperm cells from male bone-marrow tissue. The researchers said they had already produced early sperm cells from bone-marrow tissue taken from men. They believe the findings show that it may be possible to restore fertility to men who cannot naturally produce their own sperm. But the results...
  • Vt. Senate passes bill banning gender identity discrimination (Howard Dean home state alert!)

    03/16/2007 8:28:59 AM PDT · by Princip. Conservative · 22 replies · 597+ views
    MONTPELIER — A bill that would prohibit discrimination against people based on their gender identity or expression won preliminary approval in the Senate on Thursday and the governor said he was likely to sign it if it reached him. That's despite Gov. Jim Douglas' veto of a similar bill last year because he believed it could cause some unintended consequences, such as a man trying to enter a woman's locker room for nefarious reasons and then defending himself by claiming he was identifying himself as a woman. Additional provisions were added to the bill to avoid those concerns and Douglas...
  • Senate OKs bill to ban gay adoptive, foster parents (AR Senate approves ban 20-7)

    03/14/2007 8:19:10 AM PDT · by Princip. Conservative · 9 replies · 564+ views
    LITTLE ROCK - Legislation to ban gays and unmarried couples who live together from adopting children and serving as foster parents passed the Senate on Tuesday, along with a proposed renewal of a $575 million interstate highway bond program. -- SNIP -- Senate Bill 959 by Sen. Shawn Womack, R-Mountain Home, is a legislative response to a June 2006 state Supreme Court decision upholding a lower court ruling that struck down a state regulation that banned gays from serving as foster parents. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Timothy Fox ruled in December 2004 that the state Child Welfare Review Board overstepped...
  • Top general won't apologize for remarks on gays

    03/13/2007 8:32:37 AM PDT · by cilbupeR_eerF · 312 replies · 9,237+ views
    CNN ^ | March 13, 2007 | Barbara Starr
    The top U.S. military officer, Marine Gen. Peter Pace, doesn't plan to apologize for telling a newspaper that homosexuality is immoral. Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Chicago Tribune on Monday that he supports the "don't ask, don't tell" policy banning openly gay people from serving in the U.S. armed forces. The general also compared homosexuality to adultery -- behavior that is prosecuted in the military, he said. "My upbringing is such that I believe that there are certain things, certain types of conduct that are immoral," Pace told the Tribune. "I believe that military members...
  • Two N.J. Women Sue NYC Reproduction Lab Over Lost Embryos

    03/05/2007 8:25:52 PM PST · by Calpernia · 19 replies · 629+ views
    1010wins ^ | Monday, 05 March 2007
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Two women have sued a reproductive bank for $3 million, claiming the frozen storage facility lost their embryos. Cathy L. Berger and Adriana Pacheco of Hoboken, N.J., said in court papers they gave Repro Lab Inc. six embryos to store in September 2003. The pair said they had signed a contract to store the tissues there. The couple tried to collect the frozen embryos, created with eggs from Pacheco, in March 2006 after Berger began medical preparation for implantation, according to court papers. But the Manhattan-based Repro told the couple: "The aforesaid embryos were missing, could...
  • Brave, new biotech world – Human, animal mix raises ethical concerns

    02/15/2007 6:38:16 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 14 replies · 595+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 13 Feb 2007 | John L. Allen Jr.
    English tabloids are nothing if not colorful, but recently they’ve outdone themselves, splashing images of bizarre genetic mixtures of humans with rabbits and cows across their front pages, derisively dubbed “Franken-bunnies” and “moo-tants” by the headline writers of Fleet Street. The frenzy was triggered by England’s Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority, which is pondering the legality of “chimeras,” meaning organisms that carry both human and animal genes. Such creatures may seem like science fiction, but in less spectacular form they’re already common, from cows injected with human stem cells in order to produce a human protein in their milk, which...