August 9, 2011 by musehick
i am sitting here watching ‘transcendent man’ a film centred around ray kurzweill and the technological singularity and its an interesting perspective. the scenarios that all these guys trot out are things which are common parlance in science fiction.
the problem i have with seeing the views of ray kurzweill as purely the views of a visionary trying to cheat death, are that you see how obsessed he is with his own father’s death, and how scared he is of his own. so, is he really looking to the future or is he looking fixedly at the past? for a man overly interested in the physical continuation of self and the need to physically alter the body in order to prolong its lifespan, the effort he puts into maintaining his health, he does not seem very healthy.
i do see his viewpoint as very reductive – his idea of what a human being is, of what death represents, and how one can cheat it, are all grounded in the physical universe.
so, yeah, there you have it – my major problem is that it contradicts my spiritual reality. i see that the things he is talking about will be great ways to manipulate the physical universe but that is it. he talks of information in a pseudo-religious way, as he does the transcendence, and the singularity; it represents an expansion of conciousness, but i would suggest that his focus on the physical nature of this basically spiritual awakening means that he is looking at it from the wrong angle, and he does this because his own health and the health of his father have trapped into thinking that maintaining the body is the only way for his essence to survive.