Inhuman is a pretty interesting documentary that covers the topic of Transhumanism — that is, the idea that humans can “transcend” the limitations of our current biological, intellectual and societal barriers and become a “better” form of life.
It’s a topic rarely discussed by the mainstream church, and can be enticing and exciting to younger and/or less-informed people … which can lead to over-enthusiasm about a subject that is frankly quite disturbing.
This two-disc, three-hour long documentary takes an in-depth look at the origins of Transhumanism, how science and politics is pushing it all over the world nowadays, its ties to eugenics (and the racial eradication attempts by Nazi Germany) and lastly, its connection to the Bible.
I will say that the first two-thirds of the documentary were quite boring to me, because I had heard much about this beforehand, and didn’t necessarily want another explanation of things relating to the Transhumanist movement origin and current agenda. But, luckily, the final act of the documentary ties the content to Biblical discussion, and that is where I feel the film is most effective in its messaging.
The guest speakers for the film from the Transhumanist side — namely Dr. Natasha Vita-More and Dr. James J. Hughes — are quite disturbing. Hughes, in his endorsement of messing with human biology — actually tries to make the case that humans should have cat whiskers if they want, just because it is possible. Meanwhile, Vita-More is visibly shaking (and almost looks possessed) as she talks in one segment about how God did a lousy job and we could do better. These key players in the Transhumanism movement are indeed against Jesus.
The most interesting speakers in the film were Wesley J. Smith (senior fellow at the conservative Discovery Center think tank) and Dr. William B. Hurlbut (a Neurobiology adjunct professor at Stanford) because they seemed to approach the subject from a Biblical perspective (in Smith’s case) and/or simply a “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should” perspective (in Hurlbut’s case). They both understood the positives of tinkering with human potential, but were more concerned about the potential downsides.
I would say watch this movie if you can find it very cheap — my copy cost me $16.00, and I believe that is a bit too much, considering most of the film isn’t necessary if you have some knowledge of the subject matter.