Mormonism Mandates Transhumanism
20 October 2012 (updated 3 June 2015)
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:
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.