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Nov 13, 2018

When Silicon Valley gets religion — and vice versa

Posted by in categories: life extension, Ray Kurzweil, transhumanism

Some of the tech world’s brightest luminaries hope to postpone the unpleasantness of death, or avoid it entirely. Calico, a secretive company founded by Google, is looking for ways to lengthen human lifespans. Billionaires Larry Ellison, Peter Thiel, and Jeff Bezos have all contributed huge sums for research into anti-aging treatments. Ray Kurzweil, one of the tech industry’s leading futurists, has described three scientific and technological “bridges” that might lead to radically longer life.


Devotees of many religions believe in a soul that lives forever. In transhumanism, techies have found their own version of eternal life — and it’s finding unlikely fans.

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  • flashgordon on November 13, 2018 8:15 pm

    Religion is better defined as believing in a hell, and saying “If you don’t dress according to my dress code, then you’re going to hell.”

  • flashgordon on November 13, 2018 8:18 pm

    Diodorus of Sicily is interesting here because he’s b.c. time and notes that hell is made up to keep people inline(book 1.2.2 -”For if it be true that the myths which are related about Hades, in spite of the fact that their subject-matter is fictitious, contribute greatly to fostering piety and justice among men,”)