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A Journal of Mormon Scripture 29 Some sources have described Mormonism as the faith most friendly to the intellectual movement known as Transhumanism.
This paper reviews an introductory paper by the past President of the Mormon Transhumanist Association. A syllogism that purports to show that Mormonism is compatible with — or even requires — Transhumanism is analyzed.
The article does not accurately reflect LDS teachings, and thus has not demonstrated that Transhumanism is congenial to LDS scripture or doctrine. Or so says Cannon.
Mormon authorities, I suspect, would disagree. Adding to that difficulty is the reputation that Transhumanists have acquired for being diverse and fractious. As one author observed: Transhumanism is not a static or crystallized doctrine — it has already had its share of schisms and internecine skirmishes.
We have many visions — many dreams. So, I make no claim that the analysis here applies to all Transhumanists, all Mormon Transhumanists, or even all that Cannon has written and said elsewhere. This review serves as a preliminary study, by a newcomer to these ideas, of a single introductory paper intended to help beginners get up to speed.
We will find that most of the premises upon which these syllogisms rest are not accurate representations of LDS thought. We will see that Cannon often either misreads or misrepresents LDS scripture.
On a superficial reading, his citations may appear to support his argument. We find that LDS theology and Transhumanism use the concept of human nature in different ways. He offers four premises, accompanied by appeals to LDS scripture: Even a valid argument i.
A failure at any point destroys the entire argument downstream. The First Premise P1 Few Latter-day Saints would quarrel with the idea that God provides means for mortals to accomplish the purposes he sets them 1a.
Perhaps without intending to do so, Cannon has already shifted the scriptural ground — a command about using available means to escape a mortal, physical threat in the political realm has been shaded through choice of language into a command about how we ought to approach matters of human salvation in the eschatological sense.
This shift is not an inconsequential move. Here the argument implicitly lays the ground to assume — without evidence — what it will eventually be enlisted to prove.
An admonition to engage in good causes without being commanded in the details 1c applies in this case only if the transhumanist approach to salvation is a good one. We cannot assume it at the outset. If such things are either impossible or improper, such efforts are at best a colossal waste of time, money, and talent that could be better spent on a thousand other pressing needs or at worst a type of fatal hubris, sin on a vast scale.
Let me draw an analogy from technological advancements in my field of study and career medical science: P1 God wants happy families and P2 many scientists have worked wonders to ease the technical and legal obstacles to elective abortion as a contraceptive method. But abortion as contraception is hardly an undertaking that LDS doctrine endorses, even if we believe it will make for a happier family a good cause!
This analogy is not farfetched. I have trouble seeing the common aspirations and parallels between this vision of Transhumanism and Mormon thought. Behold, he rejoices not in that which is given unto him, neither rejoices in him who is the giver of the gift.
Or that Mormon Transhumanists view it as such? It does not need biological children to become one. One begins to suspect this particular Mormon Transhumanist view is not terribly Mormon at all and even hostile to Mormon thought in spots. This is not an auspicious beginning.
Poison and nuclear weapons are forms of human science and technology, yet God does not necessarily mandate their use. To pick an example not more extreme than some Transhumanist reveries, one might conceive of a brain-control device that prevents humans from committing acts of sin.
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