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Recently I participated in yet another Facebook discussion, initiated by a good friend, about atheism and religion. In the discussion, I referred to some (not all) atheists as “rabid, unthinking atheists,” which caused an heated debate. I promised to write a longer and hopefully thoughtful post, and here it is with a deliberately provocative title. TRIGGER WARNING FOR SJWs: you won’t like this post, perhaps you should stay in your safe space.
The 2015 edition of the Terasem Annual Colloquium on the Law of Futuristic Persons, themed “Moral and Legal Imperatives for Sentient AI” will take place in Second Life – Terasem sim – on December 10, with Zoltan Istvan and Jack Sarfatti among the speakers.
We are planning a conference in India, late 2016 or 2017. The conference will be titled “India Awakens.” Everything besides the conference’s name and rough time-frame is open, so please join the discussion.
The date for the 2016 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association (MTA) has been announced. The conference will take place on Saturday, 9 April 2016, at the Salt Lake City Public Library. One of the two keynote speakers will be Eric Steinhart, professor in the Department of Philosophy at William Paterson University, and author of “Your Digital Afterlives: Computational Theories of Life after Death.” The other keynote speaker will be announced later.
Editor’s note: In this article first published in the India Future Society website, Nupur Munshi writes about Durga, Goddess of victory of good over evil, and the Durga Puja celebrations as “an inspiration to work with conviction, to learn and conquer the evil and succeed.”
A group of transhumanists issued a petition to “Disavow Zoltan Istvan Candidacy for US Presidency.” Many good friends invited me to sign the petition, but I didn’t sign it.
I am back from the Modern Cosmism Conference last Saturday in New York. I will write more soon and hopefully share a video as well, but now I want to congratulate the Cosmism Foundation for the excellent organization, and share the slides of my talk.
The Modern Cosmism Conference on Saturday October 10 in New York City will be a super must-go event dedicated to a fresh, modern interpretation and formulation of Cosmism. I will be there and give a talk, and if you are in New York next Saturday I hope to see you there!
“[Nikolai Fedorov]’s idea that space travel might be part of a larger transhuman evolution is a familiar one today, from both science fiction and science speculation,” notes an essay titled “Resurrecting Nikolai Fedorov,” by Nader Elhefnawy. “This means not only achieving immortality, but restoring all the people who have ever walked the Earth to life so that they may share the gift as well, making the heaven of the afterlife a physical reality.”