"We will transcend all of the limitations of our biology. That is what it means to be human-to extend who we are." stated Ray Kurzweil. The ideas of transhumanism are not all that dissimilar from Adolph Hitler's racial ideations laid out in his book Mein Kampf, and with the policies of the Third Reich. First and foremost, this is not to say that all proponents of transhumanism are Nazi's, I am simply comparing these ideas of creating a master race to that of an upgraded race. The idea of becoming more than human is as old as the human race itself, therefore, I don't credit Hitler with an abundance of original ideas.
Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." in Gen 4:5. But Hitler's ideas of racial purity were not developed in a vacuum. The three main influencers who impacted his philosophy the most were: German composer Richard Wagner, biologist Charles Darwin, and philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Hitler envisioned a world where the Aryan (white) race would become the dominant race on the planet and go on to rule for a thousand years. Along with the aforementioned influencers, Hitler looked to Martin Luther (focusing not on his Christianity, but on his anti-Semitic beliefs), Teutonic history, the American and British eugenics movement, and the occult. He borrowed heavily from previous secular and religious theories to concoct one for his time and his place. Aside from the idea that man is not beholden to a Creator, the most significant idea Hitler borrowed from Darwin was what eventually developed out of Darwinian evolution, Social Darwinism.
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