Is this natural?

16 Dec

Is Death Natural?

Transhumanist, claim that mortality and religion is a model which was created by humans. They do not agree on the fact, that life is limited and immortality is just an illusion. Nor do they agree that, an extended life can only be attained in heaven or after death, in fact, for them death is old fashioned or even primitive and needs abolishment.

As transhumanists are questioning the future of human, at least the direction in which human being will develop and evolution will proceed, it brings to light moral, religious and philosophical belief systems and for a great part ethical concerns regarding tampering with nature, human nature and what is considered (at least in the Western World understanding) as natural.

3 Responses to “Is this natural?”

  1. peterwicks January 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    Sorting out these questions is a hugely important, and indeed urgent, challenge for humanity.

    We are at a very singular moment in the history of civilisation. On the one hand, there are several existential threats (environmental, inter-species i.e. diseases, geopolitical, technological) that are relevant on a timescale of decades at most, in addition to the low-frequency high-impact risks such as supervolcanoes, meteorites and the like. On the other hand, the potential opportunities offered by emerging technologies are breathtaking. Our ability to embrace those opportunities while steering clear of the threats depends crucially on our willingness to come to a common view on these issues.

    So I’m very excited to become part of this community! I also comment regularly on the practical ethics blog of Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute, and have just set up a (completely undeveloped so far) website of my own and would love to receive comments there.

  2. Emmanuel Okai January 9, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    If we should really reach the final goal all legends would become true and the human nature returns to its true nature, a god like creature of internal existence. That means all we have created if virtual or real becomes one projection into… thime and space and the first time in history evolution was made by man. In order to do so we have to concentrate all our abilities and should not fear any faults on the way reaching the primary objective of the humanity.In my opinion we shouldn’t care about old fashioned descriptions as natural realting to the nature. We have come so far and if some of the great pioneers would live today surely they would seize every chance to go on further. Its apparent that a lot of people are afraid of consequences that might go along with the progress but we have started long time ago to explore and it remains a commitment and legacy that will last forever.

    • peterwicks January 9, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

      That’s beautiful! Of course we also need to be cautious, so we must listen to those who are afraid of consequences, and even those who object on religious or other grounds. But this is the kind of vision that I espouse.

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