In his new book “The Humanist – Continuance” (Amazon) Canadian philosopher Dwight Gilbert Jones outlines an obscure sequence of concepts that very likely will be providing us with a ‘fresh life cycle’ – and do so reliably – whenever we’re ready for it.
The three steps toward this mini-immortality will be as follows:
1) DNA Stewardship is simply storing a strong, highly purified sample of our DNA in a dry, cool environment – such as the stainless capsule you see here, enclosing hermetically sealed glass tubes.
2) A Smart Contract on the Ethereum blockchain, that ensures our ‘birthing’ into a subsequent lifetime, is funded and performed according to our instructions.
3) Oracles who oversee our smart contract’s mounting onto Ethereum, and the proper execution of this sequence.
We will not require protracted old age (longevity), nor will this process involve cryonics, AI, transhumanism, brain uploading, or implants. This is a conservative play with our unique identity.
Continuance merely preserves and recycles our genetic phenotype, our personal franchise in this wide Universe. When the time is right we’ll revisit our paradise planet, with the clear eyes and trust of a child.
The actual biological process will be SCNT (Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer) cloning wherein our complete DNA will be inserted into a human egg cell, and then lab-raised (ectogenesis) for six months. Currently, this approach will bridge advanced embryology, to produce the fetus, with premature baby technologies to support the infant until it can leave its amniotic ‘womb’.
Critics may comment that more than the baby is premature in this scenario, and they will be wrong. The main reason is that DNA stewardship is actually a low-tech, established process that ensures that our DNA sample will be viable for centuries. The smart contract funds can gather interest for decades, while our Oracles wait for the right moment – the near-future when human cloning is routine and accepted – particularly by women.
Oracles are services that send and verify real-world occurrences, and submit this information to smart contracts, triggering state changes on the blockchain. In the book, a clone of Johnny Cash becomes a leader of secularized, re-purposed Jesuits, now teaching biosciences, and their deacons become an organization of Oracles, supporting the humanist notions of ‘continuance’ and from there ‘ascendance’ into a fresh life cycle.
Jones suggests that legacy religions are ideal candidates with which to entrust the future completion of our transition into our new life. Perhaps it was always intended to be this way; that religion would finally leave the realm of the supernatural, to be rooted in culture and science instead. You’ll have to read the book, and/or its companion in The Humanist series ‘1000 Summers’.
Humanism itself promises to be a fitting envelope for embodying the wish for an afterlife, which has entranced our species for millennia.