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Does the Wall Still Stand? The Implications of Transhumanism for the Separation of Church and State


Steven Goldberg


Georgetown University - Law Center (Deceased)

May 22, 2009

Speech at the Workshop on Transhumanism and the Future of Democracy, Templeton Research Lectures at the Arizona State University Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, April 24, 2009
Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 09-10

Abstract:     
Suppose a required course in a public high school taught transhumanism. The course covered topics such as how nanotechnology can improve brain functioning, and it took a positive, optimistic perspective on the possibility that we can become posthuman beings. Would such a course constitute an unconstitutional establishment of religion? The Malnak test and other sources suggest that the answer might be yes. From the perspective of a non-transhumanist, it seems that it would be honest and sensible for transhumanists to embrace the idea that they offer an alternative to traditional religions.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 7

Keywords: transhumanism, Establishment Clause, Malnak v. Yogi, definition of religion

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Date posted: May 27, 2009  

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Goldberg, Steven, Does the Wall Still Stand? The Implications of Transhumanism for the Separation of Church and State (May 22, 2009). Speech at the Workshop on Transhumanism and the Future of Democracy, Templeton Research Lectures at the Arizona State University Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, April 24, 2009; Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 09-10. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1408586

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