Special Lecture, 5 June 2019, "Embodied Cognition and the Neo-Gnostic Roots of Transhumanism"

Special Lecture, 5 June 2019, "Embodied Cognition and the Neo-Gnostic Roots of Transhumanism"

Andrew Pinsent 89 days ago

Nissan Lecture Theatre - St. Antony's College University of Oxford, Wednesday June 5, 2019 at 5:30pm.

According to transhumanism, the human being in its current shape is fundamentally imperfect. Consequently, transhumanists propagate possibilities of enhancing and reshaping one's body, culminating in the idea of virtual immortality, or "mind-uploading." The idea of mind-uploading, however, is based on an untenable neuroreductionism that wrongly assumes the brain to be the only substrate of the mind. In contrast, Thomas Fuchs argues that processes of life and processes of consciousness are inseparably linked through the living body as a whole. In the unity of the person, both aspects are intertwined: the body is alive and therefore also mindful; the mind is alive and therefore also truly embodied.

THOMAS FUCHS is the Karl-Jaspers Professor of Philosophy and Psychiatry at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and the author of Ecology of the Brain: The Phenomenology and Biology of the Embodied Mind (OUP, 2018).