Software immortals: science or faith?

Proudfoot, Diane (2012). Software immortals: science or faith?. In Amnon H. Eden, James H. Moor, Johnny H. Søraker and Eric Steinhart (Ed.), Singularity Hypotheses: A Scientific and Philosophical Assessment (pp. 367-389) Berlin, Germany: Springer-Verlag. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-32560-1_18


Author Proudfoot, Diane
Title of chapter Software immortals: science or faith?
Title of book Singularity Hypotheses: A Scientific and Philosophical Assessment
Place of Publication Berlin, Germany
Publisher Springer-Verlag
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-32560-1_18
Open Access Status
Series The Frontiers Collection
ISBN 9783642325595
9783642325601
ISSN 1612-3018
Editor Amnon H. Eden
James H. Moor
Johnny H. Søraker
Eric Steinhart
Chapter number 18
Start page 367
End page 389
Total pages 23
Total chapters 20
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
...My aim in this essay is to show that techno-supernaturalism is much like supernaturalist religion, philosophically speaking. I analyse similarities between techno-supernaturalism and ‘old’ religions (in the section ‘The New Good News’), and argue that the former’s account of spiritual resurrection faces severe philosophical problems (in the section ‘The Perils of Being a Pattern’). Techno-supernaturalism, moreover, seems to be based as much on faith as on science (see the section ‘Doctrine and Faith’), and also may fail as a terror management strategy (see the section ‘Terror Management’). If death is a tragedy, then—despite the confidence of Kurzweil and others—our only options seem still to be tragedy or mysticism.
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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