I think religions that provide hope in personal resurrection – either traditional religions based on the “supernatural” or modern, Cosmist religions based on science, might be our best protection from reckless pursuit of superintelligence and other risky technologies.
The recent site problems were due to thousands of spam comments every day, coming in too fast for the system and the database to cope with. I guess that’s the price to pay when a site starts to become popular. What I did after repairing the database was:
All comments disappeared, which is really disappointing because there were many excellent comments. I will try and do something to recover.
UPDATE – SOLVED with this excellent WP database repair tool: WP-DBManager. I also deleted more than 8,000 spam users, added CAPTCHA to the comment form, and disabled new user registration, please write if you want to register a user here.
Last week I sent my article “A minimalist, open, extensible Cosmic Religion” to several mailing lists: turingchurch, cosmic-engineers, transfigurism, christian-transhumanism (Google Groups) and universalimmortalism (Yahoo Groups). This is a summary of the very interesting discussion on the mailing lists and this website.
In an interesting article titled “Transhumanism has never been modern” Richard Jones argues that “[Transhumanists] have deep roots, perhaps surprising roots… in the views of the early 20th century British scientific left-wing, and in the early Russian ideologues of space exploration.”
I am updating this site to a new layout. The update will take a week.
DONE (more or less).
Robert Geraci presented and discussed his new book published by Oxford University Press: “Virtually Sacred – Myth and Meaning in World of Warcraft and Second Life” in Second Life, on Sunday June 29, in Soleri City. Watch the full video below.
The recently relaunched website Venus+X, founded by my friends Alison Gardner and Dan Massey (1942-2013) and now managed by Alison alone, has serialized and published a chapter of my forthcoming book “Tales of the Turing Church.” The chapter is titled “Sex and the Art of Cosmic Governance.” Enjoy, and please support Venus+X.
“A new religion has set out to store memories for centuries and deliver its believers into a world where our souls can outlive our selves.” So begins a Time Magazine article about Terasem. The end: “[T]echnology can do almost everything for us… but it can’t bring the people we love back from the beyond. At least, the Terasemians say, not yet.”