Glenn Beck Fears for Humanity’s Future and He Wants You to be Afraid Too

Published by

In this corner: former Fox News personality and non-college graduate, Glenn Beck. Glenn Beck is a neo-Luddite. He is afraid of technology. He is not alone. Many conservatives fear technology. Conservatives are, after all, wedded to the past; to the status quo. Anything new and innovative is dangerous because it disrupts their comfort zone and their sense of privilege.

Advertisement

Science is a friend and an offshoot of liberalism. Science birthed the democratic revolution and cannot flourish outside of a liberal environment, because, as Timothy Ferris writes, “science is inherently antiauthoritarian” (The Science of Liberty, 2010). Conservatism is, by contrast, inherently authoritarian. This is why we have books like Chris Mooney’s The Republican War on Science (2005) and The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science- and Reality

Advertisement
(2012).

In the other corner: The Singularity, what some see as humankind’s destiny.  In Episode 65 of the Big Bang Theory (“The Cruciferous Vegetable Amplification“), which aired in 2010, Sheldon becomes obsessed with living long enough to  transfer his consciousness into a machine, and his estimates (numbers don’t lie, he insists) reveal that he will miss “the singularity … when man will be able to transfer his consciousness into machines, and achieve immortality”.

Advertisement

The idea of the singularity excites some. As the Singularity Institute informs us, the Singularity is,

A future that contains smarter-than-human minds is genuinely different in a way that goes beyond the usual visions of a future filled with bigger and better gadgets. Vernor Vinge originally coined the term “Singularity” in observing that, just as our model of physics breaks down when it tries to model the singularity at the center of a black hole, our model of the world breaks down when it tries to model a future that contains entities smarter than human.

The Singularity and transhumanism horrifies others. Like Glenn Beck: “I didn’t know about it. You didn’t know about it. We have to know about it.”

We won’t know if Schrödinger’s cat is alive or dead until we open the box. We won’t know the results of humankind’s march into the future until we have marched into the future. We can fear the unknown, certainly. It’s not an unreasonable emotion, since people always fear what they do not understand. But the future holds promise and hope for better lives, while the past, a well-revealed 2,000 year Church history, holds none at all for the living, and only an unproved and unverifiable paradise for the dead.

Advertisement
Published by

Recent Posts

Biden Does More For Veterans In A Day Than Trump Did In 4 Years

President Biden signed legislation to look at disparities in VA disability ratings and benefits, get…

5 hours ago

1/6 Committee Member Says They Expect To Beat Trump In Executive Privilege Lawsuit

Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA) who serves on the 1/6 Committee said that the committee expects…

6 hours ago

Trump Is Running Scared As Mark Meadows To Cooperate With 1/6 Committee

The 1/6 Committee has announced that Mark Meadows has been cooperating with the Committee and…

7 hours ago

Marjorie Taylor Greene Suggests Conservatives “Will Never Lose Again” Once GOP Respects Her QAnon Quackery

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) was widely criticized after she suggested that conservatives "will never…

11 hours ago

Tom Cotton Slammed After Suggesting That Dr. Fauci Is Not a “Public Health Professional”

Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) took to Twitter to criticize Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the…

12 hours ago

A Significant Portion of Trump’s Wall of Secrecy Could Topple Today: DC Circuit Hears Executive Privilege Appeal

Today represents one of the greatest threats to Trump's obsession with secrecy.

12 hours ago

This website uses cookies.