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John Lennox: Transhumanism Is Not a New Idea


In his just-published book, 2084, Oxford mathematician John Lennox points out that, in the 20th century, both the Communists and the Nazis had attempted transhumanist projects. For example,

In the former Soviet Union, attempts were made to use science to create a “New Man.” In 1924, Leon Trotsky wrote: “Man will make it his purpose to master his own feelings, to raise his instincts to the heights of consciousness, to make them transparent, to extend the wires of his will into hidden recesses, and thereby to raise himself to a new plane, to create a higher social biologic type, or, if you please, a superman.” What that program of eugenics involved is explained by historian Andrey Zubov as cited by Sergei Gogin: “The Soviet man” evolved as a result of a deeply negative selection process, whereby “the best, most honest and most cultured people were either killed or prevented from having a family and raising children by exile or imprisonment, whilst the worst sort of people, namely those who took part in the creation of this new form of man or silently supported the new authorities, could ‘be fruitful and multiply.’ ”

John Lennox, “https://evolutionnews.org/2020/07/transhumanisms-challenge-to-humanity/” at Evolution News and Science Today:

He fears that the likely outcome of all transhumanist attempts to re-engineer humanity will be the extinction of humanity.

Read more of the excerpt, reprinted by permission, at at Evolution News and Science Today

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John Lennox: Transhumanism Is Not a New Idea