In addition, the novel also relies on contemporary theories on cognitivism and transhumanity that help the writer to reopen a debate initiated in City of God (2000) between contemporary science and spirituality (see Collado-Rodriguez 60-69), which now addresses Doctorow's concerns about the role humanity may play in the near future.
Thus, the story explicitly addresses current notions of transhumanity by formulating the idea that in imitation of its human creators--themselves created in the image of God according to Genesis--a computer turned into a full conscious mind would become the new durable being which could ensure the permanence of human memories or even of a previously-human full consciousness, therefore challenging the concept of death.
FROM PRETENDER TO HOLY FOOL, FROM BINARY CODIFICATION TO SYMBIOTIC TRANSHUMANITY
, a 1972 tract that reinserted transhumanism into the lexicon.
The gifted German-Turkish writer Fredericka Musfika, author of the influential book Humanity or Transhumanity
?, drew on conservative Islamic, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, and Confucian social values to offer a universalist vision of a human future embracing peace, love, and harmony with nature.
Computer technology is bringing our species to the brink of an existential leap - "after millions of years of slow germination, we're rapidly beginning to flower." What we're flowering into is "a fiercely new and amazingly interesting species - transhumanity