Is Religion Dying: Singularity is just around the corner
Experts state that within 25 years or less, computers will be smarter than machines. The law of the jungle states that only the fittest will survive, so if humans are going to survive they will have to undergo upgrades such as memory enhancements, adding more neurones or improving neurone connectivity, etc
“Within thirty years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence,” he wrote. “Shortly after the human era will be ended,” Vinge claims that singularity will be as dramatic a change to the planet as the rise of humanity once was, and that these changes will happen at a rate with which humanity will struggle to cope.
“From the human point of view this change will be a throwing away of all the previous rules, perhaps in the blink of an eye, an exponential runaway beyond any hope of control. Developments that before were thought might only happen in ‘a million years’ (if ever) will likely happen in the next century,” Vinge wrote.
Is Religion Dying Because Human life extension is near
In September 2013 Google announced the creation of Calico, short for the California Life Company. Its mission is to reverse engineer the biology that controls lifespan and “devise interventions that enable people to lead longer and healthier lives”. Though much mystery surrounds the new biotech company, it seems to be looking in part to develop age-defying drugs.
In April 2014 it recruited Cynthia Kenyon, a scientist acclaimed for work that included genetically engineering roundworms to live up to six times longer than normal, and who has spoken of dreaming of applying her discoveries to people. “Calico has the money to do almost anything it wants,” says Tom Johnson, an earlier pioneer of the field now at the University of Colorado who was the first to find a genetic effect on longevity in a worm. Full Story
PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel created Breakout Labs
To fund scientists and start-ups that include some working on achieving immortality, and he invested $3.5 million in the Methuselah Foundation, co-founded by Aubrey de Grey, the biomedical gerontologist whose Strategies of Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS) treats ageing as an engineering problem to be solved at the cellular level by reprogramming cells to stop ageing. A tireless promoter of the belief that our generation will be the first to achieve immortality—or at least to live indefinitely—de Grey is on record claiming that the first human to live 1,000 years is alive today.
If you’ve seen any television show or documentary film on ageing, you’ve seen the inimitable Aubrey de Grey, with his waist-length ponytail and Methuselahlike beard and baritone British accent. I’ve met Aubrey and shared a beer or two with him (if there is a fountain of youth in de Grey’s world, it bubbles with beer) as he leaned in to bend my ear on the latest shields against the grim reaper’s scythe. Full Story
Researchers Claim That Believing In God Makes You Stupid
University of Ulster professor Richard Lynn will draw the conclusion in new research due to be published in the journal Intelligence, the Times Higher Education Supplement reports.
Lynn and his two co-authors argue that average IQ is an excellent predictor of what proportion of the population are true believers, across 137 countries. They also cite surveys of the US Academy of Sciences and UK Royal Academy showing single-digit rates of religious belief among academics.
That professional sceptics don’t believe in a creator is perhaps not all that surprising. Lynn argues, however, that it is their intelligence that directly gives rise to the boffinated classes’ non-God-bothering tendencies. He said: “Why should fewer academics believe in God than the general population? I believe it is simply a matter of the IQ. Academics have higher IQs than the general population.”
London Metropolitan University’s Dr David Hardman said: “It is very difficult to conduct true experiments that would explicate a causal relationship between IQ and religious belief. Nonetheless, there is evidence from other domains that higher levels of intelligence are associated with a greater ability – or perhaps willingness – to question and overturn strongly felt intuitions.” Full Story
Now the colossal picture that almost everyone is missing- by everyone we mean 99% of the populace, is that singularity could lead to the end of religion. There is a small trend in play, and it will gather momentum in the years to come; that trend is called the end of religion.
There are treatments in labs that can already extend the life and cure many diseases but are purposely being held back. When individuals find out that death can be defied, they will slowly but surely walk away from religion. Most of today’s Catholics and Christians are just Catholics and Christians in name only; as more people get a taste of freedom and the prospects of earning a decent income increase so do their religious views.
Please note that we are not trying to offend anyone; we are just speaking of developing trends.
Other Stories of Interest
The American dream is nothing but the American Nightmare (March 2)