Transhumanist Imagination

transhumanist imagination

Thorsten Moos

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“Towards an ecology of visions: A short introduction to religious future management”

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FEST - Heidelberg

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Abstract: In ancient times, the past was the prominent time of perfection. The Golden Age, the paradise: Perfection was thought of as lost, and time was the movement of decline. If things should ever get better again, divine intervention was needed. The Kingdom of God should restore perfection, but in a new world, not in history. In the era of the enlightenment, times changed. Future took the role of the past. Now, perfection was yet to come. Progress was invented. Perfection became history’s goal. Moreover, the time scale changed. The future stretched, to provide enough space for all the steps towards perfection. Vision management changed from grief to hope; and it changed from expecting (divine intervention) to acting (towards perfection). Some cultural pessimism came in between. The assumption of perfectibility shrivelled in confrontation with experience. But transhumanism appeared, resolutely restoring the enlightened time scheme. Perfection, here: to overcome the lifespan’s finitude, is to come. More precisely, it is technically in our hands. Future is now.  Dealing with finitude, and: managing visions, are two core competences of religions. The short statement gives a survey of some major features of religious future management. Trying to prove the intuition that future’s most prominent virtue is to lie ahead (and that it should stay there).