Virtual Immortality – God, Evolution, and the Singularity in Post- and Transhumanism
In recent years, ideas of post- and transhumanism have been popularized by novels, TV series, and Hollywood movies. According to this radical perspective, humankind and all biological life have become obsolete. Traditional forms of life are inefficient at processing information information and inept at crossing the high frontier: outer space. While humankind can expect to be replaced by their own artificial progeny, post-humanists assume that they will become an immortal part of a transcendent superintelligence. Krüger's award-winning study examines the historical and philosophical context of these futuristic promises by Ray Kurzweil, Nick Bostrom, Frank Tipler, and other posthumanist thinkers.
»Speculation about ›the end of the human being‹ and questions about human survival on this planet have been constantly gaining ground since the turn of the millennium. In his masterful analysis, Oliver Krüger introduces the reader to a huge field of research that has gone largely unnoticed by scholars of religion and culture. Written in a highly accessible style, this book is a must-read for everyone interested in the links between technology, virtuality, media, and humanity's future.«
(Kocku von Stuckrad, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Groningen, Netherlands)
»Virtual Immortality offers a thorough and detailed exploration of how embedded and in-bodied technological innovations continue to stretch our ideas of what the limits of being human in the 21st century truly are. Krüger provides a useful who's who of key thinkers defining and pushing the boundaries of posthuman thought and existence.«
(Heidi A. Campbell, Professor of Communication & Presidential Impact Fellow, Texas A&M University)
27. September 2021, ca. 356 Seiten
Erscheint voraussichtlich bis zum 27. September 2021
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