When we think about the US, we make the error of imagining it as a single nation, a marbled mix of Red and Blue people.
Religious people want to overcome the limitations of the body and mind and live forever, as do transhumanists.
There is no risk-free way to proceed into the future. In the end, only science and technology properly applied have the power to save us.
Humans are not an end, but a beginning. They need not fear imaginary gods, but need instead to create minds more powerful than the gods.
We can only speculate as to the extent of our scientific knowledge today had the spirit the first Greek philosophers continued unabated.
The scientific winds are blowing against these ancient beliefs. So while immortality is logically possible, it’s easy enough to see it isn’t plausible.
The opponents of progress may have legitimate fears about future technologies, or they may be guided by ignorance and irrationality.
Recent trends reveal that the USA is becoming more authoritarian, totalitarian, and fascist. The very survival of the republic is now in doubt.
Philosophical thinking protects us against unsupported ideology, unjustified authority, unfounded beliefs, and questionable cultural values.
There is simply no way to understand anything about ourselves without understanding evolution – not our bodies, our behaviors, or our beliefs.