Abstract – Rationalism, Transhumanism and the Technological Singularity – Meredith Doig

At first reading, these concepts sound far-fetched and somewhat ‘out of this world’.  But as rationalists, we have an obligation to keep an open mind to new ideas and to evaluate them on their merits.  Are these ideas just wacky or are they the extrapolation of a particular line of scientific research?  And if the latter, what moral implications are there?
The Rationalist Society is in favour of science and evidence, as opposed to superstition and bigotry. When Transhumanism hits the general public, what sort of moral support and moral opposition might be encountered?  If it looks as though the Singularity is really about to happen, what sort of public mood is likely to be encountered?

This discussion will raise issues of rational evaluation of Transhumanism and the Technological Singularity, and the implications for those in the H+ and Singularity ‘communities of interest’ if these ideas really hit the public consciousness.

Meredith Doig

Meredith DoigPresident of the Rationalist Society of Australia (“We’re in favour of science and evidence as opposed to superstition and bigotry”).
Background in blue chip corporate business; board director of companies in commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors; consultant in governance and management.
Known as an effective moderator and speaker.

Current Activity

Director at University of Ballarat Council
President at Rationalist Society of Australia
Facilitator at Australian Institute of Company Directors

Strategic Advisor at Finsbury Green
Founding Chairman at Australian Friends of AUW
Director at Asian University for Women Support Foundation
Senior Moderator at The Cranlana Programme
Principal at Midlothian Consulting

Past Activity

Secretary and Treasurer at Rationalist Society of Australia
Director at Bakers Delight Holdings
Chair at MUSUL

Director at Port of Melbourne Corporation
Councillor at University of Melbourne
Deputy Chair at V/Line Passenger Corporation
Managing Director at Potentia Australia
General Manager at Zeal Consulting
Chief Manager at ANZ Bank

Education

RMIT University
Monash University

University of Melbourne
Fintona Girls’ School

Rationalist Society of AustraliaThe Rationalist Society of Australia was formed in 1908 to promote the adoption of ethical principles based on shared human values rather than religious doctrine. It defends freedom of thought and conscience, advocates separation of church and state, endorses and supports science and the scientific method, and works for the secularization of education systems.