Originally Posted by halo13del
As far as the Euro-caucasoid race theory, I guess Ray Kurzweil is from the right race for eternal life considering he is one of 'God's Chosen People'. Are rich Jews gonna be the only transhumanists?
I can't believe I just said that.
I can believe you just said it. It was only a matter of time. Most of those who really seem to hate Christians also say similar things about Jews. Though I'm not halachically Jewish, I am Jewish. I'm also a Christian. I'm a Fortean too. I don't hold it against you, we all miss the mark. Just realize you said it and work to change your feelings on the subject.
Transhumanism is the Rapture for nerds. For those who cannot believe in the supernatural and in God, they want to create intelligence that surpasses humanity but will succor humanity like the Minds in an Ian M. Banks novel. By the way, I like his SF, despite his atheism and trashing of religion (both imagined alien and Christianity in the one short story set on earth). I find Bank's imagined Culture living on great ships as do gooder travelers to be compelling, despite the hedonism he imagines in some of his novels (or maybe because of it, I've always liked SF consensual heterosexual sex scenes that aren't too strange).
There is nothing in my religious beliefs opposed to subcreating (to use Tolkien's phrase) computer sentience. There is nothing in my beliefs opposed to copying our personalities into virtual realities, though I'm more inclined to Greg Bear's "partials" in "Eon" and "Eternity". What I am opposed to is Kurzweil's idea that copying a human into a virtual existence should be done, even if it's destructive copying (he equates it to the transporter in Star Trek), but I see it as destroying a person to make a copy. It doesn't matter if the copy thinks it's the whole original person, the original person is dead. Thus, destructive copying is both suicide and manslaughter, if done willingly and murder if done unwillingly.
Sawyer's "Calculating God" has an interesting plot twist that involve the same ideas and goals as in Transhumanism, but there it's a dead end choice for some alien species that humanity hasn't yet been capable of making.