Mr. Smith, perhaps for your next citation against scientific materialism and in favor of mystical, metaphysical human exceptionalism, you should go through back issues of Weekly World News.
Does Mr. Smith also believe in the mystical powers of holy Catholic relics such as the bones of saints or fragments of the “True Cross”?
For those who suggest that Smith is a marginal figure, be assured that he is not. He has debated Peter Singer on the issue of robot ethics, and co-authored books with Ralph Nader. My theory is that Mr. Smith would not really mind transhumanism and artificial intelligence so long as they did not inherently mock and contradict the religious view of Homo sapiens as a god-favored being. This is in contrast to some others who seem to detest the prospect of morphological freedom for its own sake.
Checking Wikipedia, apparently there is a connection between Catholic tradition and Hindu claims of inedia. It’s funny how the actions of deceptive people from over a thousand years ago now force a modern theo-pundit to dance an odd dance defending the phenomenon.
Like amor mundi, Mr. Smith’s Secondhand Smoke blog is a popular watering hole for anti-transhumanists. Here is one choice comment from a recent post:
Well i respect you highly wesley for standing up to the lies and criminal acts of transhumanism. You can consider me a loyal ally in this war against ray kurweil and his army of idiots. Anyone who believes immortality is a good idea or thinks we should do non-medical enhancement is my enemy. These people will destroy the world simply because they are afraid of death. Get ready for the transhuman eugenics war wesley its coming.
Sure sounds menacing to me! Aren’t eyeglasses, scopes, and caffeine non-medical enhancement?