Church Of Kurweilia
Thesis, Statement of Purpose:
Currently there is a divide in society’s perception of the role of technology development, social media within our society, and those who welcome and are developing the technology. As expressed by students for the “Introduction to Humanism” course, “there are issues in play greater than the general public is aware about.” There is research like that of Laura Portwood-Stacer, a Professor at New York University, who lectured at LaGuardia on the new age of media refusal. Her lecture, “Conspicuous non-consumption in the digital age,” seeks to understand those who oppose the integration of social-media. In addition, individuals like Sherry Turkle who lectured at a “TED Talk” called “Connected but, Alone?” spoke about the interpersonal issues emerging from the development of social media and texting. On the other hand, Ray Kurzweil in his book, The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, and Braden Allenby in his lecture “You Want the Future, You Can’t Handle the Future!,” present a future dominated by technology, and enhanced by it. The emergence of “the Singularity,” or the moment where artificial technology becomes self-aware, is said to mark the moment of human evolution into our next form. Due to the historical role of religious beliefs being used as a coping mechanism for death, the answer to the indecisiveness of these individuals would be resolved by the knowledge revealed to them by technology. All of their physical mental struggles leading to the spiritual question of “who are we? Why are we here?” All of these questions are answered by the singularity. Eternal life, disease eradication and our final hope to feel connected will be accomplished. Aversion to social media will cease. Our brains will become accustomed to technology and our interpersonal relationships will flourish. A religious organization would integrate technology into the lives of those who are not aware of its presence in our society. It would endorse funds, activism, and the new age of spiritual connection to what will free us from suffering. Prompting questions, research and information will persuade viewers to joining the Church of Kurzweil. Initial resistance to marked changes may result in conflict with pre -existing religions. Those who do not agree with the ideology that the Church of Kurzweil advocates for, may deter its goal of a futuristic utopia. Our Church breaks the traditional mold of religion versus science, focusing its foundation on the interworks of sciences and religion. This merging will lead to a punctuated amount of advancements in the medical field. Whereas previous religious tradition, has oppressed the enlightening principles of science and deemed advances unholy, and a threat to the control they have on society. The innovation of the Church will ensure that these attacks are well prepared for. The Church will liberate the mind and the body.
Medium/Platform : Brochure seeking to recruit members into a new scientific movement, with the purpose of maximizing the development rates of futuristic technology. The Church will eradicate the fear of the unknown.
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Social media and technological advancements such as the integration of mobile phones into society have been the topic of much debate. The effects of technological implementation on socializing, interpersonal relationships and even romantic relationships, are becoming a force we can no longer ignore. Many welcome these changes, while others remain resistant, believing that “traditional is better,” seeking to protect the integrity of the present moment, and face to face interactions(Van der Loos 2).
While this dialogue occupies a lot of what we discuss, there is fairly little mention in pop-culture media about the extreme impact of medical advances. This might be primarily due to the predominant existence of propaganda and other current events occupying news engines and social media. There are significant advances such as attitude manipulation through the use of magnetic devices. These practices reveal that brain capacity can be changed or “cured” through medical manipulation. Positive changes in society are therefore in our sights(Briggs 1). In addition, socially forgotten and disabled individuals are regaining a place within our society. Technologies implanted within eyeballs are now able to provide movement to these individuals who were previously at the mercy of others(Gray 1). Military droid technology is preserving life for enlisted individuals. Clearly, technology is unlocking the brain’s capacity and release us from its limitations.
The Singularity, or the moment that a super-computer with artificial intelligence becomes self-aware as Ray Kurzweil mentions in his book “The Singularity is Near”, marks “the next step” in our human evolution: where all of our diseases, including the instance of death is eradicated. The amelioration of aging, birth defects and brain malfunctions are all well within our reach (Kurzweil 11). We need only the resources to further develop these technologies. There is evidence that longer work hours result in a shorter life span. Many individuals believe that they begin to reap the benefits of their life’s work toward the end of their life span. Kurzweil suggests that death can be eradicated within our lifetime (Walsh 1), a worthwhile goal, and a sensible target for our money and resources (Kurzweil ).
Braden Allenby agrees with these outlooks, and adds yet another layer to our future, stating that he believes religion and technology will come to odds. He believes that there is already an individual out there, whose life expectancy can be as high as 150 years old with the right genetic treatments. He foresees that there will be conflicts between the older individuals, with extended lives, traditional ways, and the emerging population. Clearly, the promise technology is introducing into our world is to be taken seriously. We urge for larger investment in technology, and believe it is the duty of our community’s individuals to participate and facilitate the invitation of technology to our lives. The eradication of death poses an uncertain tone to our future. However, the flourishing future is near, we need only not be afraid of it.
We are currently already at the mercy of technology, brainwash, and media control. Why not use these resources to our advantage?(Wong 1)
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