Transhumanism and Genetics

Image: The Ancient Days by William Blake

Through the decoding of the human genome and ongoing genetic studies, we are beginning to understand how the sequence of our own genome influences susceptibility to disease and human traits, including, for example, intelligence and longevity. Technologies now exist that permit targeted modification of the genome, and some think that it just a matter of time until germline genome modification will become accepted. If so, Transhumanism could be much more than a simple merging of our consciousness with artificial intelligence; it could fundamentally alter our genome and evolution as a species. How should we interpret Rudolf Steiner’s indications about the future in light of such developments?

Watch this free video from last years MysTech Conference 2020 where presenter Doug Smith, Ph.D., an Independent Consultant with over 40 years of experience and 70 publications in genetics, DNA sequencing, technology development, and bioinformatics, expertly walks us through the following:

  • Highlights of major anthroposophical teachings on heredity, reincarnation, and karma.
  • Summarization of the major developments in the study of genomics and genetic disease.
  • Overview of advancements in genetic technology.
  • Current trends in vitro fertilization technology.
  • The phenomenon of Transhumanism in terms of transforming humanity using genetic technologies.
  • Consideration of some key ethical issues that arise in the light of spiritual science.

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