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This is a brainstorm session on how to design and launch a Virtual Turing Church. As usual I am sending this post to several mailing lists, Facebook pages and discussion groups, but I would appreciate it of you could comment on the Turing Church website (commenting is much easier now) to have all inputs in the same place.
Writing on The Guardian, Damien Walter says that science fiction has evolved into a religion for modern times. His interesting and thoughtful article covers much of the same ground explored in my essay “Religion Fiction Inspires Real Religion.”
Disqus is more or less a standard comment system these days, so I installed it to replace the old comment system. You can comment using any of your social media identities, or create a new one. All existing comments have been imported to Disqus. Please test!
Legendary cyberculture icon (and iconoclast) R.U. Sirius and Jay Cornell have written a delicious funcyclopedia of the Singularity, transhumanism, and radical futurism, just published on January 1. The book includes a short chapter dedicated to my favorite interpretation of these things – Cosmism – with a short and accurate high-level summary.
This conversation between Ben Goertzel and myself was first published by H+ Magazine, then republished by the IEET. It’s the most detailed explanation of my thoughts on how to launch and promote The Turing Church.
Editor’s note: this delightful short story is a new year present from Stephen Kagan, the author of the mystically beautiful VR/AI novel “Augmented Dreams, the Singularity Palimpsest “. Stephen says: “This story has taken extensive thinking, imagination and meditation to craft. It was inspired by some of your work, beginning with Religion for the Cosmic Frontier, combined with some of Ben’s Manifesto, and some of my conversations with you. My goal was to create the grandest vision I can build for our cosmic future, in some ways beyond even what Stapledon created in StarMaker… Becoming godlike and becoming God…”
Annalee Newitz wrote an article on io9 titled “Stop Putting New Age Pseudoscience in Our Science Fiction.” I respect Newitz and I like most of what she writes, but this article is total bullshit, and a disturbing indicator of where the dull bureaucrats of ultra-rationalism want to take science fiction, and science.
My friend Nupur asked me to write a short Turing Church introduction for her new Facebook page “India Awakens,” a community page for discussion of our ideas with an Indian slant. The page is mainly aimed at Indian but open to seekers from everywhere, so please Like the page and join the discussion.
I created a Turing Church subreddit: r/turingchurch. This post is about existing and future Turing Church online discussion spaces.