Transhumanism debunked: Why drinking the Kurzweil Kool-Aid will only make you dead, not immortal

Transhumanism debunked: Why drinking the Kurzweil Kool-Aid will only make you dead, not immortal

In this article, I'm going to reveal how transhumanism is a dangerous, irrational death cult shrouded in the language of geeky cybernetics. In fact, the entire idea that you can "upload your mind to a computer" is complete junk science quackery, as you'll soon see.

In case you're new to the term, "transhumanism" means uploading your mind to a machine, discarding your body, then achieving immortality by living forever through machines and robots. Google's director of engineering, Ray Kurzweil, has been pushing this cult for many years, and just recently he promised that by 2045, humanity would achieve what he calls the "singularity," where our minds can be uploaded to computers. (Click here for the source of this claim.) In less than a century, Kurzweil says, we could all discard our "fragile" human bodies and inhabit advanced robotic systems as our new immortal selves.

Kurzweil's cult is so bizarre and dangerous that following it can only lead to a lunatrocity of mass death and deception. Kurzweil's sci-fi cybernetic mind-meld theories are so outlandish that they make Scientology's galactic narratives sound like Christian Sunday school.

Where to even begin the debunking of it all? Let's start with its claims...

How would transhumanism even work?

Let's examine the claims of the transhumanism cult leaders like Kurzweil. They are saying that by 2045, all the following technology will exist:

Technology #1) A way to "scan" your entire brain and record every neuron and holographic patterning that exists in your brain.

Technology #2) A way to build an equally complex computing system that has equivalent computational capabilities as your brain.

Technology #3) A way to COPY your brain scan into the computing system. This is called "uploading" your brain to the machine.

Once these three technologies exist, we are promised, we can all transfer our minds to computer systems and experience "digital immortality!"

But wait a second. Something's already missing here, do you see it? In this plan there is no mechanism to transfer your consciousness to the machine. So even if all three of these technologies are adequately developed (which is possible, by the way), they still don't provide a way to merge your mind with a machine.

Nothing more than a computer simulation of your brain

All you've really done, even if all three technologies are developed and working by 2045, is made a copy of your brain. This copy may, indeed, be able to run on the machine, but it's nothing more than a simulation of your brain. It is not you.

Similarly, if someone takes a photo of you and posts a print of the photo on the wall, they can say they've made you "immortal" through photography, but your mind is obviously not living inside the photograph.

If you're a star in a motion picture, you may be "immortalized" by your fans who see you as "living forever" in your famous films, but your consciousness does not live inside the movie. The real "you" is still inhabiting your human body.

No matter how complex the depicted simulation, a "scan" of you that is replicated in another medium (a photo, a movie, or a highly advanced computer) is not you. Thus, the promise of transhumanism is a fraudulent one, and "uploading" is the wrong metaphor. You aren't uploading your consciousness to a machine; you're simply creating a non-conscious computer simulation of your brain.

And how do we know that's true? To answer that question, we have to dig deeper... into the definition of YOU.

What are YOU?

I'll keep this short by beginning with the ending: You are not merely your body.

"You" are far more than your body. And the way we know this is because the instant you die, your body is still the same it was, but the "you" is no longer present.

"You" are actually a non-physical consciousness interfaced with a physical brain. "You" are a non-physical consciousness sometimes called a soul or spirit. This consciousness experiences the world through your physical sensory organs.

This discussion of consciousness is the part that drives the transhumanists bonkers because to be a member of their cult, you have to believe that there is no such thing as consciousness... or a soul... or free will. You have to believe that consciousness is an artifact of the brain itself -- a kind of "ghost in the machine," if you will, that somehow gives rise to the self-delusion of awareness.

This means you have to believe free will is an illusion and that if you copy the brain and paste it somewhere else, then somehow magically that other thing becomes "you."

But this makes no sense. There is no mechanism for the transfer of the focal point of consciousness. If you copy and paste your brain (i.e. "upload" your brain) to another machine, but your human body is still alive and breathing, then you haven't "uploaded" your consciousness anywhere. You have only made a complex facsimile of your neurology.

Transhumanism debunked

Such is the great gap in the theory of transhumanism: There is no mechanism to transfer your consciousness (your soul) from your body to the machine. How do you "transplant" your soul? The transhumanists have no answer for that. They simply pretend your soul doesn't exist and therefore need not be considered at all.

There is nothing in their plan to transplant your soul. So what's actually going to happen to all these transhumanism cult members -- and here's the hilarious part in all this -- is that people like Ray Kurzweil will just DIE, and if they did manage to copy their brain to a machine, that machine will simply run as a simulation, carrying on the computational appearance of Ray Kurzweil, but doing so mindlessly, with no soul or consciousness.

What do you call fifty transhumanists who have uploaded their brains to machines and then killed off their physical bodies? A busy day at the morgue.

Transhumanism is a death cult, much like Heaven's Gate

Ultimately, transhumanism is a death cult much like the infamous Heaven's Gate cult led by Marshal Applewhite. Marshal promised his followers that their minds would merge with space aliens who were hiding in a mothership piggybacked on the Hale-Bopp comet. Just like Ray Kurzweil, Marshal Applewhite promised immortality and said that disconnecting from your body (via suicide, of course) was the path to enlightenment.

Believe it or not, Applewhite said that he was actually an alien spirit who hijacked a human body, taking it over for his own delusional purposes. (He never explains what he did with the previous soul that once occupied the body.) You can watch a video of him explaining this here:



Mirroring all this kookiness, Ray Kurzweil promises that you will live forever if you discard your body and merge your brain with machines that have yet to be invented. At some point, just like with Heaven's Gate, you will need to "kill" your physical body in order to complete the "upload" to Kurzweil's cybernetic computers. There's probably some Kool-Aid involved in all this, no doubt. Kurzweil-Kool-Aid.

Both Applewhite and Kurzweil are obviously insane. Both are also extremely convincing and charismatic. Kurzweil's shtick is that he's very convincing to techno-geeks at Google... people who have now put him in charge of Google's technology. This alone is frightening, realizing that Google has been suckered into the cult of transhumanism -- a cult based on such bizarre sci-fi distortions that it makes Scientology look downright conservative by comparison.

Perhaps Google will soon announce its own cult: Googletology. Or Kurzweilianism.

But there's something even more frightening in all this: The transhumanists may succeed in creating such convincing simulations that they fool huge numbers of other people into thinking the mind-meld with machines actually works! And they may then commit suicide to "merge with the machines" as Kurzweil describes.

Are you getting this yet?

A convincing simulation is still not you

See, if you do manage to scan a human brain and copy it over to a highly-complex computer system -- and this very well may be possible by 2045 -- it may create a strongly convincing simulation that appears to be alive. It may be able to talk with you, reason with you and even inhabit a humanoid robot that walks around the world much like a human. This illusion of consciousness may be so convincing that large numbers of individuals are convinced to kill themselves as part of some sort of "transference" to the machine. It will be given a friendly-sounding name, of course, such as "You 2.0." Drink the Kool-Aid, kill off your physical body, and then your brain pattern gets copied to a digital simulation of you while the Kurzweil cultists stand back and say, "Shazam! You've been uploaded into a machine!" Ain't it trendy?

Not really. You're actually dead, and now the machine is running a "convincing simulation" of your personality. This simulation may manage to convince your friends that you're still "alive" inside the machine, but your spirit is actually long gone, having departed the earthly realm when your physical body died (from drinking the Kool-Aid).

Realistically, the task of creating computer systems capable of fooling human beings into thinking they're "real people" is not so astonishing given a timeframe of 30 years or so. But the Turing test never took into account the existence of a non-physical consciousness or soul. Turing's theories were missing something vital to existence: consciousness!

So if you see a computer system running an on-screen personality that claims to be Ray Kurzweil, and it invites you to drink some Kool-Aid and merge with the machines, just hit delete and go back to playing Farmville.

Republished from NaturalNews
​Written by Mike Adams

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For more information check out Technological Singularity on Wikipedia. The following video also explains bits of the theory with a twist:

Featured image: yt video screenshot 

Comments

JoeCya 3 years ago

Here's a fast opinion THIS IS THE MOST ABSURD STUPID GROSSLY CREATED IDEAS FROM HUMAN BEINGS if they are and if ya have trouble being people then don't be people. BUT STAY AWAY WITH YOUR STUPIDITY AND CALL IT SOMETHING TO LIVE FOREVER IN CYBER VILLE.
What a bunch of baloney and waste!!!!


Dee 5 years ago

Life was "BREATHED" into Adam. Life is breath, or a spirit. Will computers also breathe?

heegenees 5 years ago

Your whole artical is based on the assumption there is a soul and you will have to kill your physical body in order to merge yourself with computers. If you make a copy of a film, does that mean that the original is destroyed? Why do you make that assumption? Also you state that it is proof we have a soul because if we die our body remains but our conciseness doesn't. How is this different for a computer? If the CPU (mind) or Power unit (heart) breaks down the computer won't start anymore but it is still physically present. Also you state that this is a cult and you keep repeating it (as if repeating makes it true). In a cult, there is always a leader. In your mind Kurt is that leader? Then why doesn't he lead? He only makes predictions (which one of the richest companies in the world beleave) about the future. Granting his predictions that already came true it seems he understands what he is talking about. In short. Singularity WILL come. Every scientist that has a grasp of this matter will tell you so. It is quite simpely the moment computers are smarter then people and its called singularity because we cannot predict what will happen after this point since nobody is intelligent enough to foresee this. That you misunderstant something and place it out of context doesn't dismiss it or make it less true. It is the only logicall outcome.

BadDaddy1 6 years ago

Nanobot tech, Telemorase and stemcell advancements I think will have more of an impact than Kurzweil's path. Each of those three are making leaps and bounds in advancing your current body's ability to live longer, self repair faster and regenerate lost organs. I think by 2045 there may well be no need for anytype of body transfer as the human body will be a far better vessel with it's soul intact. In order for their theory to work and dominate, they need to stop these other research fields, and that my friend is not gonna happen. BD

Elijah Lynn (@BadDaddy1) 5 years ago

ahh, I agree, but the author is right about one thing: our bodies will be much better vessels, but with all the technology infused within them people won't want to stick to the form of the human body. Enter shape-shifting. That, while an extraordinary prospect, would be unbelievably dangerous and potentially throw much of civilization into anarchy (for a time, at least...nature tends to find stability...only the stability following a revolution like that would be unimaginably different from current civilization)

solanoid 6 years ago

Good article, No matter how you break it down, transhumanism (h+) is a very bad thing. Transhumanism/posthumanism is the next phase of the NWO. They will use this technology to become gods over the folk.

Elijah Lynn (@solanoid) 5 years ago

Ah, but placing moral qualifiers like "bad" or "good" upon an inevitable event pointless. Humanity has gradually progressed for 5 million years through periodic technological revolutions that became more frequent over time (see: paradigm), and we are now at the point where these revolutions are happening multiple times per century. In other words, there's no stopping the next one. Even if more than half the world, say 5 billion people, fought against this technological evolution, the other 2-3 billion would eventually attain it. We're human: things we can do, we will do. So it's time to stop being scared of it, and start preparing for it.

med tes 6 years ago

hunab ku, The lord,the primordial creator, allah,God, Dieu...or what ever you call him gave each of us a tiny part of him called ''THE SOUL''and what ever the amount of technology that human beings will one day reach, i believe they will never ever be capable of creating it.transferring it can perhaps be achieved, but before achieving this very hard task, they must begin by understanding what the soul is, which is not simply neuronal connections...the soul inhabit an organic ,beautiful,complex machine, the human body , which is million time more marvelous than a cold iron made machine...may God pardon us if we offended him, we are just learning...and by the way, i don't feel that i am mortal at all, i don't seek immortality because i already have it.

Alex 6 years ago

The clownish voice of the essay actually made reading it very entertaining. The author is pretentious enough to believe that he or she is actually outwitting the entire staff at Google because the author has found the truth about Transhumanism before the educated Google staff has. Really? The main problem with this essay is in explaining how we'd transfer our consciousness over to the machines. The way the transfer is described in the essay is by merely copying the pattern mechanisms of our brain onto a brain-like machine or by "uploading" our consciousness into a machine. If these statements were true, the points listed debunking Transhumanism are legitimate. However, this isn't the way it's going to happen. Darwinian evolution describes macroscopic evolution as a product of microscopic evolution happening gradually over an extended period of time. Similarly, we can describe transcending biology as the macroscopic result of gradually merging our bodies with technology. First, we'll enhance ourselves with nano bots, extending our health and longevity, then we'll replace bits and pieces of our anatomy as the advent of technology progresses and ultimately, the final frontier: we'll incorporate computation into our minds; exponentially amplifying our own intelligence. This incredible enhancement of our intelligence is the essence of the Kurzweilian Singularity. We don't know the possibilities that will reveal themselves to us once we become super intelligent beings. The essay describes that many of the advancements in technology predicted to exist by the year 2045 are actually possible, then so too is the ability to artificially enhance our own biological intelligence to the point where we can't even comprehend the implications of doing so. It's this amplification of intelligence that we even call the Kurzweilian dream a "Singularity" because the future post singularity becomes inconceivable to our pre-singularity minds. Transhumanism may become possible post-singularity. That's why we have so many skeptics today: because they can't see the route in which we can achieve such a wondrous dream.

Dude (@Alex) 5 years ago

was about to post a response with the same ideas but not nearly as long. thanks for covering them for me.

Dana 6 years ago

I only read the first two paragraphs and skipped down to this. forgive me if i should have kept reading. psychotronic warfare is real and has existed for some time. look it up. imagine if some evil genius stole that technology and used it on innocents. there are all kinds of technologies that exist that can control the nervous system from the outside in remotely. is this a poor comedians joke or did some jerk ask you to write this? people should be able to vote on what technologies are being used on the masses in the future. it shouldn't be secret. the singularity is real, and it is approaching. how do we want to merge with technology. i know i don't want to be controlling others or be friends with anyone who would. what are we becoming?

AF 6 years ago

Excellent article. I absolutely agree. The "21 grams" factor has not, indeed, been factored into these transhumanists' understanding of the human being. Unfortunately, many are brainwashed into thinking simulations are real - through TV, etc. My own theory is that Angela Jolie's recent headlines around slashing off her own breasts in anticipation of a possible, future disease (though even her hubby states her having the gene for possible breast cancer is a "disease" -what idiocy, your genes are not a disease and, in fact, SHE doesn't even have one) is a step toward mind-numbing us to transhumanism. First step is to distort/dismember the human body so it is viewed as an "object" separate from the self, then, of course, we will all be clamoring for a "new, improved" mechanical body, free from "genetic diseases." One step at a time, leading us to 2045. Unfortunately for Kurzweil, he will probably be dead by then. Our cultural terror of the natural processes of life and death - part of the mysterious workings of mother nature, so beyond our control - is one appalling to behold. This fear is the place from which Kurzweil and the transhumanists operate. So very pathetic. His "singularity" is the same as that idiotic, physics-driven irrational desire to discover "the god particle." So way beyond their reach. Always will be. The despising of the flesh and blood and soul of us must end. And, by the way "slowdown," yes, we are made up of a neural network - but that is simply the physical framework through which our soul experiences the world. It is NOT who the person is, as the author of this article has so eloquently pointed out. Though, with you, slowdown, the effort at elucidation and awareness appears to be wasted.

FC 6 years ago

These guys think they have a higher authority to spy on us?? Ding-Dong! And there are SO many of them in US military and weapons upper levels. Read about Jack Parsons and the Pasadena coven -- http://www.amazon.com/Sex-Rockets-Occult-World-Parsons/dp/0922915970/ Check out MITRE and JASON etc. at NASA and nutjobs at NSA and NRO. Dangerous, ego maniacal insane people with more power than the president.

slowdown 6 years ago

you are way too quick to dismiss something new. dont be so hasty. your own brain is a neural computer network.

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