Evolution of the Human Species: The Challenge of Transhumanism and Posthumanism
Human enhancement, transhumanism, and posthumanism, are often seen as new, secular expressions of the desire for transcendence, traditionally associated with the sphere of religion, religious experience and hope. The transhumanist project includes the use of genetics, nanotechnology, and robotics to eliminate death and enhance humans into god-like beings, into Homo Deus, at least according to some.
Is the project of transhuman and posthuman existence our highest vocation and ultimate human fulfilment, and hope to, through technology, direct human evolution and transform present reality into an eschatological utopia? Or is it a misconceived attempt yet to seize the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and, as the serpent said when telling Eve a lie, become “like gods”?
This series of five lectures aims at addressing some crucial philosophical and theological presuppositions and repercussions of human enhancement, transhumanism, and posthumanism. Invited experts in the field come from different philosophical and theological traditions, which reflects the breadth of the dialogue between science and religion
Angelicum Thomistic Institute – Science & Religion Online Series The Religion of Technology: Transhumanism and the Myth of Progress Michael Burdett University of Nottingham Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, University of Oxford 14 December 2022 7:00 PM (Rome) / 6:00 PM (London) / 1:0…Find out more »
Angelicum Thomistic Institute – Science & Religion Online Series Science in Transhumanism: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Arvin M. Gouw School of Divinity, University of Cambridge 18 January 2022 7:00 PM (Rome) / 6:00 PM (London) / 1:00 PM (New York) Language: English Transhumanism can incorp…Find out more »
Angelicum Thomistic Institute – Science & Religion Online Series The Christian and the Transhumanist Desire for Transcendence: A Critical Evaluation Mariusz Tabaczek, OP Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas 8 February 2022 7:00 PM (Rome) / 6:00 PM (London) / 1:00 PM (New York) Language: …Find out more »
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