Who says the new information technology is messing up human life? A new study has found that couples who first met online have happier marriages and fewer divorces than those who first met in the real world. [Read more…]
The director of engineering at Google, Ray Kurzweil–who has written a couple of books on these subjects– told a conference that in about 30 years, we will be able to download our minds into the internet to achieve “digital immortality.” We will also be able to dispense with our physical bodies in favor of “non-biological bodies.”
Think of these goals as the promises of a new religion for our day. Note the gnosticism, that ancient but always recurring heresy that denigrates the body and the material creation. No families would be needed, since there would be no need for reproduction. This would seem to herald the end of sex, though perhaps it would simply be the next step in internet pornography replacing sex. (Though what would be the locus of desire without bodies?) Getting rid of biological bodies, of course, would mean killing them, so this opens the door to mass murders, but that would be all right since people’s “minds”–which is the only part that counts–would be downloaded into Google’s servers. Not much privacy there, but we could access everyone else’s minds, which would be the new version of human relationships, replacing such retro concepts as love and community.
What else? (After the jump, details from Kurzweil’s sermon to the futurist conference.) [Read more…]
We posted about Glenn Stanton’s “Fact Checker” post at Gospel Coalition challenging the notion that college tends to undermine the faith of its students. Here are some other topics he takes up:
Exodus International, the evangelical ministry to gays that sought to help them change their orientation, has announced that it is going out of business. The group publicly repented of its advocacy of “reparative therapy” (behavioral conditioning techniques) and of being judgmental against homosexuals. See this. After the jump, the statement from the organization. [Read more…]
Back in 2007, about three different servers ago when this blog was with World, I wrote a post entitled The Rapture of the Bees. Honeybees were disappearing, which is a major concern, since they are so important in the pollination of crops. Since then, I’ve read several pieces that purportedly solved the mystery of why that’s happening, but I guess there is still controversy over the causes, and the problem remains. Thanks to Pete Muller, who sent me an account of a “Bee Summit” sponsored by pesticide-maker Monsanto.
Some are blaming pesticides for the die-off of bees, while others are blaming a kind of mite that preys on bees and that presumably could be controlled by. . . pesticides. Anyone want to guess what the diagnosis will be from the Monsanto summit? Or from environmentalists? Notice how science, though supposedly objective, is not free from conclusion-shaping presuppositions. [Read more…]