As you may know, some transhumanists (and others) are interested in cryopreservation as part of their goal of achieving immortality, and if not immortality then greatly extended life span. The hope is that at some point in the future, when medical science has greatly improved, their bodies might be able to be resuscitated and/or their brains revived and uploaded into a computer or placed in an artificial or robotic body.
What do you see in the pictures? Hope or sadness? What should we say to the people in these pictures? How are our own hopes for the here and now (and for the future) shaped (and misshaped) by a reliance on and the prospects of science, technology, and medicine?
I entitled my paper, “Transhumanism, Technicism, and Christianity.” My abstract concludes:
The paper will examine the cultural situation in which Transhumanism has emerged, Transhumanism itself, and will offer thoughts on responding to the Transhumanist movement. In addition, the paper will trace connections between Christianity, Gnosticism, and Transhumanism; and will conclude with an evaluation of Transhumanism through a Christian theological lens. This will reveal intersections and parallels between Christianity and Transhumanism that present opportunities for dialogue and engagement.
The little documentary I wrote and produced with Jennifer Lahl — Anonymous Father’s Day — has sold in almost a dozen countries in just three months. Here’s a brief piece I wrote on some current international developments in anonymous sperm donation and donor conception.
Among the many reasons this blog has been silent recently is the fact that I have been writing and producing a documentary film, Anonymous Father’s Day, which explores the stories of women and men who are the children of sperm donors. I was in New York last month for the premier screening, and we’ve posted a few photos from the evening on the film’s facebook page.
A terrific piece from the always insightful Barbara Nicolosi, currently executive director of the Galileo Forum at Azusa Pacific University. Money quote:
Our response to the mercy-killing machine must be more than an occasional op-ed piece; we need a shrewd and all-encompassing cultural strategy if we are going to make a good fight in the euthanasia war.
Shrewd means that we fight smart. It means appealing to the emotions of the masses through stories, not non-fiction tomes. Songs, not philosophical tirades. Heroes, not pundits.
[Indian] Govt proposes womb banks to legalize surrogacy
“Infertile couples don’t have to go hunting for surrogate mothers. The bank will help them get one. As a result, the couple will have all information about her background and medical history before hiring her womb,” said Dr R S Sharma, deputy director general of Indian Council of Medical Research ( ICMR…), who has been involved in the process of drafting the Bill.”
I’ve long been a fan of Chuck Lorre’s vanity cards, slides that appear at the end of programs he produces such as Big Bang Theory. I even cited one in a paper I wrote last year (he catalogs them on his website).