TRANSHUMANISM: THE HERETIC ROOTS OF OUR CULTURE IN CRISIS (1) – INTRODUCTION

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Transhumanism is a form of Postmodern Utopianism applied to biotechnology. The morality typical of every form of Utopianism, is that the end goal is so noble, that any method is acceptable to achieve it: in other words, the end justifies the means! Invariably its high priests demand sacrifices stacked up high on the altar of good intentions. The basic fallacies and moral transgressions of the technocrat psychopomps may be numerous, but Transhumanism must be shunned like the plague for its dangerous Utopianism alone.

Courtenay Turner Podcast: Dr. James Lindsay & Jay Dyer on the Gnostic Roots of Modernity. Entire podcast available on Courtenay’s Rokfin page.

This is going to be a project worthy of several postings in a series on the roots of what we know today as Postmodernism, of which Transhumanism and ‘wokeism’ are but the latest subbranches. It may come as a surprise that the sources must be sought in early Christian heresies and other rebellious movements throughout the ages.

It has given rise to what we know as various forms of Gnostic heresies, Iconoclasm, Marxism, Malthusians, Socialism, Communism, Naziism, Maoism, the New Left of the Frankfurt School, the peaceniks of the sixties, the anti-human environmentalists of the Club of Rome and the Schwabies of the WEF and finally Postmodernism and all its subbranches. As we shall see, the basis is always the same: a grievance with the material world, a rejection of reality and cosmological narratives of a malevolent universe.

Dr. James Lindsay takes the cultural and political opposition seriously and reads a lot of the junk they produce so we don’t have to. He is a mathematician and a leading critic of Critical Race Theory (CRT). He has authored several books. He writes and blogs at New Discourses. YouTube Channel.

Jay Dyer is a cultural critic who has written a lot on Hollywood. Lately he is podcasting on the vacuity of Roman Catholic apologetics. Website: Jay’s Analysis, Jay’s YouTube Channel.

Since the root of Postmodernism is sought in Platonic philosophy, this subject is right in our wheelhouse. Through the cosmopolitan Hellenistic city of Alexandria in Egypt, the Platonic fallacies influenced Judeism and early Christianity, growing into what we know as the Gnostic heresies (Leonard Peikoff on Neo Platonist Plotinus). What is Gnosticism?

Dr Ryan Reeves in this video on Gnosticism in the early Church explains it as an amalgam of various ideas growing out of the Middle and Near East at the time. This is like burying the lede, given that Gnosticism is looking at the Cosmos from a fundamentally different perspective than Christianity.

An abyss could not be greater between a view of the Universe as the Crown of Creation with the purpose to re-unite Man with God, and the idea that all flesh is evil, that the world at large is created by a demonic subcontractor sometimes called the Demiurge (literally the Creator) who doesn’t know what he’s doing, and that the reality does not exist at all! The Demiurge could be seen as some precursor of what we today call random Evolution.

The idea of a dumb, evil subcontractor comes awfully close to the Unforgivable Sin committed against the Holy Spirit Jesus is referring to in Matthew 12: attributing works of God to those of Satan. For those interested in going into the weeds of Gnosticism watch Father Peter Heers’ Lesson 3 (Series 2) – The Revelation of Jesus Christ to the Apostle John the Theologian, specifically from the 30:35 mark onwards about the evil of physical creation.

Interestingly Reeves is pointing to the exclusive nature of Gnosticism, the elitist attitude elevating the superior knowledge of the in-group above and far removed from the inferior and simple beliefs of the dumb masses. Sounds familiar? We’ll see more about the later.

I simply have to comment as briefly as possible on Reeves’ false quotation from C.S. Lewis because it explains a lot of what we are dealing with. Reeves is attributing the words, “you don’t have a soul, you are a soul” to some snobby form of Gnosticism. Reeves apparently is not trained in Aristotelian philosophy which is fundamentally different from the Platonic.

Plato’s dualism divides the Universe into two realms: on the one hand the world of Forms where Universals live and which is real; on the other hand we have the world of the Senses, what we perceive as real but really isn’t, according to Plato (check the Peikoff lecture on Neo Platonism). It is reality on its head: ideas are primary and real whereas reality is not. This school is therefore called Idealism.

Aristotle’s Universe is entirely different. The world of the Senses is primary and real, whereas Aristotle’s Universals are immaterial Essences in the mind. They are tools to help us reason. His Forms are particular properties of Matter. Matter and Form (which includes Essence) make up the Substantial Form, or the Soul. In other words the Soul is the sum total of our Being, our material body and our immaterial intellect. We are Souls!

It goes without saying that people who implicitly or explicitly accept Plato’s world view, come to entirely different conclusions than those who accept the Aristotelian cosmology. This already explains the fundamental divide between Postmodernism and the culture of those adhering to (the common) senses.

Since Merriam-Webster definition of common sense reads “judgmentwisdom, ability to reach intelligent conclusions, sense implies a reliable ability to judge and decide with soundness, prudence, and intelligence” we shall hereafter refer to the followers of common sense as Wizards.

We have to be careful with simply applying the classic alignment of the Left and the Right to this dichotomy. There are Left and Right Postmodernists, as well as Left and Right Wizards. Among the Right wing Postmodernists we find speculative philosophers as Kant, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer and Heidegger and almost the entire Romantic Movement, who were soft on intellect but first class when it comes to the arts.

Marx’s teacher George Hegel with his important dialectic sprouted Leftist and well as Rightist wings who agreed on goal, but vehemently disagreed on the road that would lead there. Left wing Wizards are standing out like soar thumbs and usually do not remain on the Left for a very long time. We have seen plenty of these walk-away apostates in our own time.

Also check our essays on The Counter Enlightenment on this subject with indepth analysis of Rousseau, Kant and Hegel, the proper realms of the law, culture and personal freedom, and Internationalism, the root of Globalism.

In the next postings we shall go further into what James Lindsay and Jay Dyer have to say on the subject. Next up: TRANSHUMANISM: THE HERETIC ROOTS OF OUR CULTURE IN CRISIS (2) – BEWARE OF NEMESIS!

Previously in Transhumanism