Lincoln Cannon, the founder of the Mormon Transhumanist Association that I have quoted here several times before, has just released a new article that he presumably wants people to read, that makes a succinct case that Mormonism Mandates Transhumanism.
He sees no shame in this of course, and in publishing this just a few weeks before the election, he presumably wants people to understand the pro-science progressiveness of Mormonism and presumably Mitt Romney, and present it as a benevolent good moral thing. He understands the contention is controversial and is not the official position of the LDS church or Mitt Romney, but the lack of an official position from them makes his claim stand unopposed and undenied as the agreed, accepted truth about Mormonism and the moral duty and goals of faithful Mormons to pursue Transhumanism, immortality and genetic engineering of future humans.
(Because it’s such a short article, and is set up as a reasoned proof, I think it is appropriate to copy the whole thing, but I recommend the additional reference links and other information at his blog lincoln.metacannon.net.)
Mormonism Mandates Transhumanism
by Lincoln Cannon at 10/20/2012 04:27:00 PM
If you’re a Mormon, you should be a Transhumanist. That’s my contention. I’ve suggested before that “Mormon Transhumanist” is not redundant, but “Transhumanist Mormon” is redundant because Mormonism mandates Transhumanism. In other words, you can be a Transhumanist without being a Mormon, but you can’t be a Mormon without being a Transhumanist, at least implicitly. Of course, this is a controversial claim, but here’s the basic argument, reflecting Mormon scripture:
A) God wants us to use ordained means to participate in God’s work (assumption based on scriptures such as 1 Nephi 3: 7, Alma 60: 7-11, Alma 60: 20-23, and D&C 58: 26-29).
B) Science and technology are among the means ordained of God (assumption based on scriptures such as 1 Nephi 17: 8-11, Alma 37: 38-42, D&C 88: 78-80, and D&C 121: 29-33).
C) God’s work is to help each other attain Godhood (assumption based on scriptures such as 3 Nephi 12: 48, D&C 76: 58-60, D&C 76: 92-95, and Moses 1: 39).
D) An essential attribute of Godhood is a glorified immortal body (assumption based on scriptures such as Ether 3: 6, D&C 76: 70, D&C 93: 33-36, and D&C 130: 22).
E) God wants us to use science and technology to participate in God’s work (from A and B)
F) God wants us to use science and technology to help each other attain Godhood (from E and C)
G) God wants us to use science and technology to help each other attain a glorified immortal body (from F and D)
The conclusion, that God wants us to use science and technology to help each other attain a glorified immortal body, is at once a religious mandate (“God wants us to …”) and a description of the Transhumanist project (“… use science and technology to attain a glorified immortal body”). If these assumptions accurately reflect Mormonism, as I contend they do, then Mormonism mandates Transhumanism.
Now, many of you may read that and say what’s wrong with that? Well, there are costs and implications to using science and technology to help each other attain a glorified immortal body, that might contradict other things God wants, and other things society and people want and need. These are not just long term costs and implications, they directly affect the present and immediate future.