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Breakthrough Starshot: The first steps to the stars

On on the 55th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s pioneering space flight, Internet investor and science philanthropist Yuri Milner and physicist Stephen Hawking announced a plan for our firsts steps to the stars: Breakthrough Starshot.

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The Irrational Mechanics wiki

The Irrational Mechanics wiki is open to friends and collaborators, and partly open to the public. It contains several inter-related projects inspired by a positive attitude toward highly imaginative science and technology, including the Akashic Physics Roadmap (closed) and the India Awakens Conference (open). There is an open News page frequently updated with links and short summaries.

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Video – 2016 Annual Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association

Yesterday, April 9, the 2016 Annual Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association was held in in Provo, Utah, at the Provo City Library. The Conference reaches beyond Mormonism and is the de-facto annual conference of the religious/spiritual transhumanist community. The Conference was live-streamed and the recording of the stream is online on YouTube. You can watch more than nine hours of awesome talks at the intersection of transhumanism and religion.

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Christianity and Transhumanism are much closer than you think

I have long been persuaded that there are strong parallels between transhumanism and religion, not only “new” religions but the traditional religions of our grandfathers as well. There are, of course, differences, but I prefer to emphasize the parallels. After some deep reading and thinking, I realize that Christianity and Transhumanism are closer than I thought, and much closer than you probably think.

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The Diamond Lady of Decentralized Leadership 2.0

After interviewing my friend Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof, founder of Bitnation, for my recent Bitcoin Magazine article titled “Bitnation Launches World’s First Blockchain-Based Virtual Nation Constitution,” I am thinking of the parallels between Susanne’s vision of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) “Governance 2.0” and my vision of DIY “Religion 2.0.”

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VIDEO | Cryonics for Uploaders – Brain Preservation discussion in Second Life, February 14

The Turing Church meeting in Second Life on Sunday, February 14, featured a discussion of the recent Brain Preservation Foundation announcement: the Small Mammal Brain Preservation Prize has officially been won.

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The Cosmos and the Brain – A great week for science

Yesterday I and thousands of viewers around the world watched live the LIGO press conference on the first gravitational waves detection from a black hole fusion event. Two days before, the Small Mammal Brain Preservation Prize was awarded to the first demonstration that a brain can be preserved for future mind uploading. What a great week for science!

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Cryonics for Uploaders – Brain Preservation discussion in Second Life, February 14

UPDATE – VIDEO recording of the meeting | The next Turing Church meeting in Second Life on Sunday, February 14, will feature a discussion of the recent Brain Preservation Foundation announcement: the Small Mammal Brain Preservation Prize has officially been won. The spectacular result achieved by 21st Century Medicine researchers provides the first demonstration that near-perfect, long-term structural preservation of an intact mammalian brain is achievable.

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The Small Mammal Brain Preservation Prize Has Been Won

The Brain Preservation Foundation (BPF) announced that the Small Mammal Brain Preservation Prize has officially been won. The spectacular result achieved by 21st Century Medicine researchers provides the first demonstration that near-perfect, long-term structural preservation of an intact mammalian brain is achievable.

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