Should only smart people have babies? Should it be a privilege reserved for the upper classes? Should parents be pre-qualified by the government––have a license before being allowed to reproduce? Be able to prove they can afford them?
Edward Hudgens wrote: “Zoltan Istvan, author of the provocative novel The Transhumanist Wager recently suggested in Wired that individuals be required to secure a government license before having a child. I disagree with Istvan. So does Wesley Smith, who pens the Human Exceptionalism column for National Review. But Smith disagrees because Istvan rejects the morality of individual self-sacrifice. Istvan’s rejection is, in fact, a good reason for anyone who loves life to consider the bright future that the Transhumanist enterprise can offer.”
He further states: “Transhumanists seek to develop and apply technologies to greatly enhance human physical and mental capacities. Centers like Singularity University, founded by futurist Ray Kurzweil and space entrepreneur Peter Diamandis, are facilitating major advances toward this goal. Too many people? Istvan and many other Transhumanists argue that in a few decades technology and breakthroughs in biology and genetics will literally allow humans to live forever. But with thousands of children starving to death in our world everyday, Istvan believes the situation will be even worse with a growing, undying population.”
Istvan himself recognizes objections that, Hudgins argues, require us to reject his proposal.
“Telling a person when and how many children they can have violates just about every core value we possess in a free society. Who wants the government handling human breeding when it can’t do basic things like balance its own budgets and stay out of wars? Suggestion that a United Nations agency handle the matter is laughable. Do you really want to hand these dangerous authoritarians power to control the most intimate aspects of our lives?”
THE FUTURE IS NOW
I have long believed Transhumanism offers us hope, where counting on the evolution of consciousness in time to save the world, is laudable, but not doable. Why walk with the defeated in a day and age we can make true progress? At the end of a lifetime too many of us will check out with a losers limp mumbling,“Oh, well I tried. But no one wanted to change. They were just all too selfish and greedy.” Even a mouse learns if you keep going down the same hole for cheese and find none, you need to take a new route.
Hudgins and Kurzweil, and many brilliant scientists know our progeny could live in a world with hope. Hudgin says: “Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, clinical depression, dementia, diabetes, and cancer, a world in which lives are not only longer—perhaps never-ending—but healthier.”
And think about it. If you have an artificial heart, a hip replacement, and artifical limbs––what percent of you is human and what percent is artifical? Are you any less a man or woman?
If you haven’t been keeping up with this, read the “Singularity Is Near,” by the world’s smartest man, Ray Kurzweil, (At least Google thinks so. They recently made him head of engineering.)
Between Dr. Kurzweil’s work and that of the Singularity University (practically next door to Google’s headquarters in the Silicon Valley) I think as many do, there is hope for a peaceful and prosperous world where all can live happily ever after, free from disease, hunger and pain. Free to pursue their fondest dreams for themselves and their children. Live happy.
One could ask, why not revert to the old way banking? Throw away the computers. Turn back the clock. Become a Luddite and join forces with the Uni-bomber? Because it is already too late. There is no going back. If the United States and the rest of the free world doesn’t keep pace with technology––make use of our best scientific minds––the world’s sociopaths and religious fanatics, will.
Like emergency surgery our brightest men and women could fail, but not to keep moving on this technological expressway, is sure suicide. The change over we are making is breathtaking and fast paced, but the road promises a better future for all, where everyone has the opportunity to live the good life.
Left-wingers reveal a fundamental moral error when they declare that “we owe duties to our posterity and not just ourselves.”
In other words, if one is paying attention to recent Obama Care induced regulations, one might interpret them to read that when we grow old, we have a moral duty to die, so others in the world can live. Is this political correctness gone amuck, or an exercise in, “How low can I bow?”
For me? I agree with Hudgins, “Transhumanists offer incalculable goods for future generations.” I’m convinced there has to be a better way than the one we’ve been relying on for thousands of years. We came out of the dark ages but now leftist big governments threaten to throw us back.
Like riding a bike, if we don’t move forward––use technology for good––power hungry political and religious fanatics won’t hesitate to use it to further their own purposes.
Huggins further states, “Economist Walter Williams once quipped, ‘What have tomorrow’s Americans done for today’s Americans?’ This witticism gets to the fact that each of us must pursue our own values and happiness in order to create the greatest meaning in our own lives. Out of love we help our children as best we can but they, too, will need to find their own meaning.”
Later, he adds: “There are still many serious discussions to have concerning the Transhumanist enterprise. For example, does that enterprise take away from current human exceptionalism and dignity? But for love of self as well as love of our children and of what the future offers, we should embrace the Transhumanist goals.”
Quoted Excerpts: Transhumanism Vs. a Conservative Death Ethos 9/20/14
The Atlas Society by Edward Hudgins tas @atlassociety.org
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