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 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).