Robert M. Geraci, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Manhattan College.
Robert studies the power of religion in contemporary culture, particularly with regard to the interaction between religion and technology. Other interests include the history of science, anthropology of science, contemporary art, literature, Christian history, and economics.
His past research focused upon the relationship between artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and religion (primarily the Singularity, mind uploading, & sentient machines, but also Shinto and Buddhist ideas as they relate to the development of Japanese robotics). He is the author of Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality and Human Nature and the Ethics of Progress: Power and Purpose in 20th Century Religion, Science and Art.
Robert’s papers include: Cultural Prestige: Popular Science Robotics as Religion-Science Hybrid, Apocalyptic AI: Religion and the Promise of Artificial Intelligence, Spiritual Robots: Religion and Our Scientific View of the Natural World, Robots and the Sacred in Science and Science Fiction: Theological Implications of Artificial Intelligence, Laboratory Ritual: Experimentation and the Advancement of Science, and Signaling Static: Artistic, Religious, and Scientific Futures in a Relational Ontology.
Robert earned his BA, Plan II Honors in Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his MA and Ph.D. in Religious Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. His Ph.D. dissertation was The cultural history of religions and the ethics of progress: Building the human in 20th century religion, science, and art.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Tue, 2012-01-17 11:17
What aspects of religion should atheists (respectfully) adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a "religion for atheists" -- call it Atheism 2.0 -- that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Mon, 2011-12-12 17:55
The Workshop will explore transhumanist spirituality and “Religion 2.0″, the convergence of science and religion, highly imaginative future science and technologies for resurrection, emerging science and technologies for immortality, social and memetic engineering.
Turing Church Online Workshop 2, December 11, 2011. Remi Sussan, incoln Cannon, Brent Allsop, Dan Massey, Mike Perry, Andrew Warner, Lincoln Cannon, Brent Allsop, Dan Massey, Mike Perry.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Tue, 2011-11-29 15:39
The Turing Church Online Workshop 1, on Saturday November 20 2010 in Teleplace, explored transhumanist spirituality and “Religion 2.0″ as a coordination-oriented summit of persons, groups and organizations active in this area.
Ben Goertzel (Cosmist Manifesto)
Giulio Prisco (Turing Church)
Mike Perry (Society for Universal Immortalism)
Lincoln Cannon (Mormon Transhumanist Association)
Martine Rothblatt (Terasem)
Submitted by Exponential Times on Fri, 2011-11-25 12:59
Second part of series on morality. See below for bible references included in this video.
Death for victimless 'crime'
Yahweh requires death of sabbath workers
(Numbers 15 : 32-36)
Yahweh requires death of gay people:
(Leviticus 20 : 13)
Yahweh requires death of women who can't show virginity on wedding night:
(Deuteronomy 22 : 20-21)
Yahweh kills 70,000 for David's census:
(2 Samuel 24 : 1-15)
Yahweh kills almost all land animals for human wickedness:
(Genesis 6 : 5-7)
Entrapment through mind-control
Yahweh hardens Pharaoh's heart:
Submitted by Exponential Times on Tue, 2011-08-30 11:19
"Nightline" tackled the debate with a provocative take on the issue. The sixth "Nightline" "Face-Off" asked: Are we at a time in history when the argument can now actually be settled? Given all that we know today about the cosmos and life on Earth, is science killing God -- or can it bring us closer to him? Does God -- or should God -- have a future?
Submitted by Exponential Times on Sat, 2011-08-27 02:34
In this highlight from May 2007, noted atheist Christopher Hitchens compares monotheistic belief to a despotic dictatorship -- similar to his observations of North Korea under Kim Jong Il. The key difference, he argues? "You can get out of North Korea - you can die, and it's over. You can't do that with monotheism."
Christopher Hitchens speaks about his new book God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Thu, 2011-06-09 06:28
Transhumanism - the proposition that human beings should use technology to transcend the limitations of the body and brain - is a product of the Enlightenment humanist tradition. As a consequence most avowed transhumanists are secular, and many religious are skeptical or hostile towards the transhumanist project. However there are also many religious transhumanists who find the project of human enhancement at least consistent with, and sometimes a fulfillment of, their metaphysics, soteriologies and eschatologies.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Thu, 2011-06-02 15:39
After spending the first years of his life in an Anglican household in Nairobi, the path was in no way clear for Richard Dawkins to become a scientist. Here the legendary evolutionary biologist chronicles his passion for the field, describing his first discovery as well as his favorite research project.