24. Transcendent Engineering

  1. Max More and
  2. Natasha Vita-More
  1. Giulio Prisco

Published Online: 11 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118555927.ch24

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future

How to Cite

Prisco, G. (2013) Transcendent Engineering, in The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future (eds M. More and N. Vita-More), John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118555927.ch24

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 29 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118334294

Online ISBN: 9781118555927

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Keywords:

  • mind uploading;
  • resurrection;
  • science;
  • simulation;
  • synthetic realities;
  • technology;
  • time-scanning;
  • transcendent engineering;
  • transhumanism;
  • transhumanist religion

Summary

In “Engineering Transcendence” the author argued that science may someday develop the capability to resurrect the dead and build God(s), and proposed to base a “transhumanist religion” on this idea. Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins rejects the “supernatural,” but he acknowledges no limit to the evolution of civilizations in the physical universe and their technologies. The cornerstones of the transcendent engineering spirituality or “religion” include: mind uploading, time-scanning, and synthetic realities. Transcendent engineering offers not one, but two possibilities of resurrection. Hope in resurrection is, the author believes, a necessary component of any alternative to traditional spiritualities. He prefers not to define transhumanism as a spiritual endeavor or a religion. Many transhumanists with an ultra-rationalist approach have a hard time considering parallels between transhumanism, spirituality, and/or religion. What all transhumanists have in common is the conviction that using advanced technologies to radically change the human condition is both feasible and desirable.