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Terasem Colloquium in Second Life, December 10, 2016: Program and Speakers

The 2016 edition of the Terasem Annual Colloquium on the Law of Futuristic Persons will take place in Second Life – Terasem sim – on Saturday, December 10, 2016. There are two main themes: “Legal Aspects of Futuristic Persons: Cyber-Humans,” and “A Tribute to the ‘Father of Artificial Intelligence,’ Marvin Minsky, PhD.” This is a can’t miss event with stellar speakers and content. You are invited!

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India Awakens Conference Update: ‘Mixed’ Virtual Conference in February 2017, full Conference inFebruary 2018

INDIA AWAKENS CONFERENCE UPDATE: The full Conference will be postponed by one year, to Sunday, February 11, 2018.  A “mixed” virtual/physical Conference, free of charge, will be held as scheduled on February 12, 2017.

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Terasem Colloquium in Second Life, December 10, 2016

The 2016 edition of the Terasem Annual Colloquium on the Law of Futuristic Persons will take place in Second Life – Terasem sim – on Saturday, December 10, 2016. There are two main themes: “Legal Aspects of Futuristic Persons: Cyber-Humans,” and “A Tribute to the ‘Father of Artificial Intelligence,’ Marvin Minsky, PhD.” This is a can’t miss event with stellar speakers and content. You are invited!

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Merlin Speaks – Arthur C. Clarke on technological resurrection

Sir Arthur C. Clarke wasn’t a believer in any traditional religion, but he had a “Possibilian” open mind – he was open to the wonders of the possible. Sir Arthur’s disciplined but visionary scientific imagination included technological resurrection – the possibility that future super-advanced science and technology could bring the dead back to life.

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Mixing Christianity and Hinduism, reincarnation and resurrection

My essay “Christianity and Transhumanism are much closer than you think” has provoked some interesting discussions. Among the most interesting, a discussion about how Hinduist ideas about reincarnation and Christian ideas about resurrection could co-exist.

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The prospect of Akashic Engineering: Video Q/A with Robert Geraci

Yesterday I hosted an online video chat with Robert Geraci, the author of “Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality” (Oxford 2010) and “Virtually Sacred: Myth and Meaning in World of Warcraft and Second Life” (Oxford 2014). We discussed Robert’s exploration of religion, science, and technology in contemporary India, and the prospect of “Akashic Engineering” as a fusion of East and West, science and religion. Full video and slides below.

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The prospect of Akashic Engineering: preliminary thoughts on a fusion of East and West, science and religion

Early next week I will host an online video chat with Robert Geraci, the author of “Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality” (Oxford 2010) and “Virtually Sacred: Myth and Meaning in World of Warcraft and Second Life” (Oxford 2014). We will discuss Robert’s exploration of religion, science, and technology in contemporary India, and the prospect of “Akashic Engineering” as a fusion of East and West, science and religion.

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India Awakens Conference Fundraiser and Ticket Sale

The India Awakens Conference fundraiser and ticket sale is live! Please contribute to our fundraiser to cover the Conference’s costs, and choose one of the recommended donation levels to attend the Conference (in person or online) or receive the video proceedings on DVD.

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Unitive Cosmic Consciousness: Video Q/A with Amit Goswami

I hosted an online VR/video chat with with physicist and “quantum activist” Amit Goswami, a sometime controversial scientist who wrote an excellent textbook on quantum physics and many popular books. Goswami, prominently featured in the cult film “What the Bleep Do We Know!?,” is persuaded that consciousness shapes physical reality. Full video, slides, and first impressions below.

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Templeton-funded essay competition on ‘The Dialogue Between Science & Religion’

Creative Nonfiction and Issues in Science and Technology will award two prizes to original essays on the compatibility of science and religion – a best essay prize of $10,000, and a $5,000 runner-up prize – and up to five honorable mentions, each with a $500 prize.

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Akashic Physics and Engineering, Video Q/A with Ralph Abraham and Sisir Roy

I hosted an online VR/video chat with mathematician Ralph Abraham and physicist Sisir Roy, authors of “Demystifying the Akasha: Consciousness and the Quantum Vacuum.” Full video, slides, and first impressions below.

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