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New God Argument (Version 3.1)



Below is version 3.1 of the New God Argument, as it appears in "What is Mormon Transhumanism?", published today in the peer reviewed journal of Theology and Science. This formulation is closer to version 2.0 than version 3.0. Version 3.1 restores approximations of the Faith Assumption and Benevolence Argument as formulated in version 2.0, but it maintains the new subtitle switch from "Benevolence Argument" to "Compassion Argument" that I introduced in version 3.0. Version 3.1 also includes some minor syntax adjustments, as recommended by editors of Theology and Science.

The New God Argument is an argument for faith in God, or trust in post-humanity that may qualify as God in some religions. The argument does not prove that God exists. Rather, the argument proves that if humanity does not become extinct before evolving into superintelligent post-humanity then, given assumptions consistent with contemporary science and technological trends, superintelligent post-humanity probably is more compassionate than us and probably created our world. The only alternative is that humanity probably will become extinct before evolving into superintelligent post-humanity. In other words, the New God Argument shows that trust in our own superintelligent potential may entail faith in God; and conversely, reasons for skepticism about God may be reasons for skepticism about our own superintelligent potential.

Faith Assumption

[F1 assumption]
humanity will not become extinct before evolving into superintelligent post-humanity

Compassion Argument

[CO1 assumption]
EITHER humanity probably will become extinct before evolving into superintelligent post-humanity
OR superintelligent post-humanity probably would not have more destructive capacity than humanity
OR superintelligent post-humanity probably would be more compassionate than us

[CO2 assumption]
superintelligent post-humanity probably would have more destructive capacity than humanity

[CO3 deduction from CO1, CO2, and F1]
superintelligent post-humanity probably would be more compassionate than us

Creation Argument

[CR1 assumption]
EITHER humanity probably will become extinct before evolving into superintelligent post-humanity
OR superintelligent post-humanity probably would not create many worlds emulating its evolutionary history
OR superintelligent post-humanity probably created our world

[CR2 assumption]
superintelligent post-humanity probably would create many worlds emulating its evolutionary history

[CR3 deduction from CR1, CR2, and F1]
superintelligent post-humanity probably created our world

God Conclusion

[G1 deduction from CO3 and CR3]
BOTH superintelligent post-humanity probably would be more compassionate than us
AND superintelligent post-humanity probably created our world

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