Episode 32 | Understanding Transhumanism

On Friday, September 10th, 2021, The Trinity Forum hosted theologian and author Richard Mouw and scholar and inventor Rosalind Picard for an exploration of the interconnection of AI, transhumanism, and human flourishing.

Understanding Transhumanism

Rapid developments in artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies can add confusion to the existential questions of who we are and why we are here. Through this conversation, Mouw and Picard explored the potential benefits and cautions of these technologies and thoughtfully examine the philosophical foundation of transhumanism.

This conversation is a part of our Discovery and Doxology series, and hosted in partnership with Biologos and Church of the Advent and made possible through the support of Templeton Religion Trust. This series brings together leading scientists, philosophers, and theologians to discuss the relationship between science and faith.

Learn more about Rosalind Picard and Richard Mouw.

Authors and books mentioned in the conversation:
Raymond Kurzweil
Brave New World, by Alduous Huxley
Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility and Uncivil World, Pluralisms and Horizons, He Shines in All That’s Fair, Praying at Burger King, Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport: Making Connections in Today’s World, all by Richard Mouw
BF Skinner
The Concept of Mind, by Gilbert Ryle
Hubert Dreyfus
Friedrich Nietzsche
He Jiankui
Neil Postman
John McCarthy

Related Trinity Forum Readings:
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
God’s Grandeur: The Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins

Related Conversations:
Faith in an Empirical World: an Online Conversation with Ard Louis and Tremper Longman
Science, Faith, & the Pursuit of Truth with Elaine Howard Ecklund and Ted Davis

Neurobiology and the Soul with Curt Thompson and Jeffrey Dudiak

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Special thanks to Ned Bustard for the artwork and Andrew Peterson for the music.

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