Can We Transfer Consciousness to Synthetic Bodies without the Move Proving Catastrophic?

Can we transfer consciousness to synthetic bodies without the move proving problematic, even catastrophic? The move would be made easier if we are ghosts in fleshly machines who are not vitally connected to our bodies, and who can fly about freely in cyberspace. But are we ghosts in fleshly machines?For those like myself who think we are embodied beings rather than ghosts in fleshly machines, we may fear the loss of our point of reference as humans, if we transfer consciousness to synthetic … [Read more...]

Pushing the Outer Limits of Humanity and Its Bearing on Space Travel: The Trans-human Quest

In a recent post, I noted E. O. Wilson’s rejection of the idea of possibly improving humanity, such as altering our emotional states. For Wilson, the only thing that separates us from super-intelligent robots is our emotions. See “Jesus ‘became what we are so that we can become what he is’–an astronaut, an alien, a trans-human?” Here’s what Wilson says in an interview with SPIEGEL: Do we really want to improve ourselves? Humans are a very young species, in geologic terms, and that’s probably why … [Read more...]

Who Gets Left Behind If We Must Abandon Earth for Space?

Who gets left behind if we must abandon earth as a species for space? Now some might consider the answer to the question to be a secularized version of Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins’ Left Behind series drama: instead of answering in the affirmative to “Do you believe in Jesus?” be able to answer in the negative to “Do you have bad genes?” More on that later. For now, let it be said that “Who gets left behind if we must abandon earth as a species for space?” is by no means an abstract one, if we ac … [Read more...]

Do Rocks on the Moon and Mars Have Rights? And What about Life that Might Be Found There?

Do rocks on the Moon and Mars have inherent rights? And what about Aliens, who aren't human, and their livestock and pets? If not, can Earthlings own them, especially if there are no property laws on those planets?Some might consider these questions and issues far-fetched, but they are only as far-fetched as the aspirations of corporations and individuals considering claims to privatizing domains in outer space (They also reflect what has happened over generations on this planet). Take for … [Read more...]

The Universe Is In A Grain Of Sand: So Let’s Be Careful With What We Sweep Out The Door

This was originally posted over at Northwest Dharma News, we are very grateful for the permission to re-post this piece here.(Northwest Dharma News Editor’s note: A year after the September, 2014 death of Portland Zen teacher Kyogen Carlson, evangelical Christian Paul Louis Metzger has published a memoir, “Evangelical Zen: A Christian's Spiritual Travels with a Buddhist Friend,” about his own spiritual journey and his collaboration with Carlson. Metzger is professor of theology and culture at … [Read more...]

Jesus “became what we are so that we can become what he is”–an astronaut, an alien, a trans-human?

Think about it, if Jesus didn’t pass out when he ascended to heaven, what does that convey about his body? Was Jesus the first astronaut, an alien, a trans-human?The classic Christian view of divinization claims that he became what we are so that we might become what he is. But how are we to interpret the doctrines of incarnation, resurrection and ascension in the space age? If we are to become what he is, does that mean we will all become astronauts, aliens, or trans-human, too? If so, are w … [Read more...]

“The Finest Hours”: A Story of Human Dignity for Submerged Souls

WARNING: Contains Possible Spoilers for Disney's upcoming movie, The Finest Hours!Is it easy to lose sight of human dignity and decency in the rat race to work in the morning, or when you consider the House of Cards-like drama of Washington, or mass shootings and terrorist bombs going off on the evening news? Last night, there was no time for the evening news, as my daughter and I went to see a screening of Disney’s The Finest Hours (The movie’s official release is January 29th). The light sp … [Read more...]