BOOKS  &  PAPERS  ABOUT
TRANSHUMANISM

 

Note:

Hebrews 5:14
 teaches that mature Christians should be capable of discerning between good and evil, between true doctrine and the
doctrine of devils.
 The publications included below are intended to provide the diligent truth-seeker with a thorough understanding of this topic. We at Inquisitive Christianity do not endorse all of the content included in these publications. After all, it is a rare gift to discover an author with which one has no disagreement. Nevertheless, we believe that these publications offer valuable information for those who seek the truth and are spiritually mature enough to exercise discernment.

 

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Christian:

 

Forbidden Gates
by Tom Horn  

   BOOK DESCRIPTION

 

In recent years, astonishing technological developments have pushed the frontiers of humanity toward far-reaching morphological transformation that promises in the very near future to redefine what it means to be human. An interdemensional, intellectual, and fast-growing cultural movement known as transhumanism has been embraced within the deepest and darkest chambers of the military. There, genetics, robotics, artificial intelligence, and nanotechnology—GRIN technologies—are envisioned as tools that will radically redesign our minds, our memories, our physiology, our offspringeven perhaps our very souls.

 

 

Pandemonium's Engine
by Tom Horn

 

In every generation, when dangers gather, there is a group of men and women courageous enough to confront evil and inform the populace. Pandemonium’s Engine is the vehicle through which Tom Horn and an elite team of commentators are informing a still-sleeping public about radical changes coming to our culture…very soon. This book is a landmark offering, making such issues as “transhumanism” compelling reading. A shadowy world of intrigue, power-grabs, and seismic changes in daily life is the stuff of sci-fi movies. Yet the authors contributing to Pandemonium’s Engine show us in disturbing detail that these mind-blowing technologies are quite real.

 

 

 

Secular:

  

The Artilect War
by Hugo de Garis

 

Professor Hugo de Garis, the author, is predicting that the next great industry will be robotics. Robots will have many uses in homes, hospitals, by the military, etc. He also predicts that a great controversy over these massively intelligent machines, (called Artilects), likely will occur this century as these "machines" become more and more intelligent. Hugo de Garis is a theoretical physicist and head of the research group which designs and build "artificial brains" in the Department of Computer Science at Utah State University. As a professional brain building researcher, he is in a unique position to see more clearly than most the potential of 21st century technology in building Artilects, trillions of times smarter than humans! Professor de Garis is deeply concerned over this issue: Who should prevail, the Cosmists, people who are in favor of building such godlike machines with their unpredictability towards humans, or the Terrans, who are frightened at the prospect of machines far more intelligent than humans, and are strongly opposed to their being built? Professor de Garis', pro and con arguments in this book are profoundly important for humans. The essence of the artilect debate is, "Do we build gods, or do we build our potential exterminators?"

 

 

The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology
by Ray Kurzweil

 

For over three decades, Ray Kurzweil has been one of the most respected and provocative advocates of the role of technology in our future. In his classic The Age of Spiritual Machines, he argued that computers would soon rival the full range of human intelligence at its best. Now he examines the next step in this inexorable evolutionary process: the union of human and machine, in which the knowledge and skills embedded in our brains will be combined with the vastly greater capacity, speed, and knowledge-sharing ability of our creations.

 

 

The Transhumanist Reader
Edited by Max More & Natasha Vita-More

 
The rapid pace of emerging technologies is playing an increasingly important role in overcoming fundamental human limitations. The Transhumanist Reader presents the first authoritative and comprehensive survey of the origins and current state of transhumanist thinking regarding technology's impact on the future of humanity. Featuring core writings by seminal thinkers in the speculative possibilities of the posthuman condition, essays address key philosophical arguments for and against human enhancement, explore the inevitability of life extension, and consider possible solutions to the social and ethical implications and concerns. A multidisciplinary approach to themes of transhumanism reveals the full breadth of the philosophical study of issues relating to human enhancement, human futures, and teh advancement and transformation of the human condition.

 

 

H +/- : Transhumanism & Its Critics
Edited by Gregory Hansell & William Grassie

 
Humanity +/- : Transhumanism & Its Critics brings together sixteen of the foremost advocates and critics of transhumanism to debate the promises and perils of bioengineering and improved humanity. As it turns out, transhumanism is a catalyst for profound philosophical and theological inquiry. If the idea of a fixed human nature no longer applies, can we still speak of humane dignities and essential human rights? Should we try to limit the development of certain technologies? Is it even possible? Are the new sciences and technologies hailed by transhumanists just wishful thinking? And which utopic and dystopic visions have the power to motivate us to build a more wholesome, just, and sustainable tomorrow? This volume does much to advance critical dialogue on the future course of our species and our planet.

 

 

Life, Liberty and the Defense of Dignity: The Challenge for Bioethics
by Leon Kass
 

At the onset of Life, Liberty and the Defense of Dignity, Dr. Leon Kass gives us a status report on where we stand today: "Human nature itself lies on the operating table, ready for alteration, for eugenic and psychic 'enhancement,' for wholesale redesign. In leading laboratories, academic and industrial, new creators are confidently amassing their powers and quietly honing their skills, while on the street their evangelists are zealously prophesying a posthuman future. For anyone who cares about preserving our humanity, the time has come for paying attention." Trained as a medical doctor and biochemist, Dr. Kass has become one of our most provocative thinkers on bioethical issues. Now, in this brave and searching book, he also establishes himself as a prophetic voice summoning us to think deeply about the new biomedical technologies threatening to take us back to the future envisioned by Aldous Huxley in Brave New World. In a series of meditations on cloning, embryo research, the Human Genome Project, the sale of organs and the assault on mortality itself, Kass evaluates the ongoing effort to break down the natural boundaries given us and to refashion the human body into an instrument of our will.

 

 

Transhumanist Declaration

The Transhumanist Declaration was a a joint effort between members of Extropy Institute, World Transhumanist Association, and other transhumanist groups worldwide. The Transhumanist Declaration was originally crafted in 1998 by an international group of authors: Doug Baily, Anders Sandberg, Gustavo Alves, Max More, Holger Wagner, Natasha Vita-More, Eugene Leitl, Bernie Staring, David Pearce, Bill Fantegrossi, den Otter, Ralf Fletcher, Kathryn Aegis, Tom Morrow, Alexander Chislenko, Lee Daniel Crocker, Darren Reynolds, Keith Elis, Thom Quinn, Mikhail Sverdlov, Arjen Kamphuis, Shane Spaulding, and Nick Bostrom.  This Transhumanist Declaration has been modified over the years by several authors and organizations.

 

 

*The above book overviews come either from the books' cover jackets, or from the posts on Amazon.com.