Lecture: Prof. Dr. Thomas Fuchs: "Embodied Cognition and the Neo-Gnostic Roots of Transhumanism"
5 June 17:30
Nissan Lecture Theatre, St. Antony's College, University of Oxford
Professor Fuchs is the Karl-Jaspers Professor of Philosophy and Psychiatry at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.
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 thatwrongly 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.