Sometimes atheist Transhumanists ask me, "What do imaginary sky masters have to do with Transhumanism?" Of course there's an appeal to ridicule in the question, so it's not exactly a shining model of rational engagement. But underlying the ridicule is a real question worth addressing. Here's my answer.
Today is the tenth anniversary of my blog! Thank you so much for reading, reasoning, feeling, imagining, commenting, agreeing, disagreeing, and supporting my work over the years. In celebration, below is a list of my top 10 most viewed posts, followed by a list of the top posts for each year. I'd also really love to hear from you. If there's a post I've written that you've particularly liked, will you please tell me about it in the comments, along with a link to it? Thanks again!
In the spring and fall of each year, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds its annual general conference. Hundreds of thousands of Mormons converge on Salt Lake City for two days of sermons from top leaders of the Church, which with around 16 million members is by far the largest Mormon denomination in the world. The most recent conference was held just a couple days ago. Below are 124 thoughts, from me and others, that I collected as I watched the conference and discussed it. As usual, the thoughts range from affirmations to criticisms, and from questions to assertions. I intend them to provoke reflection, questions, and comments, and contribute to a meaningful engagement with the ideas generally.
Zoltan Istvan is running for President of the United States as the candidate for the party he founded, Transhumanist Party USA. As a concerned individual Transhumanist, and not in affiliation with any organization, Transhumanist or otherwise, I have authored and circulated a petition among Transhumanists, urging disavowal of Zoltan's candidacy because (1) he has misrepresented Transhumanism, (2) he has promoted cultural hostility, and (3) he has operated unilaterally.