My friend Fred Chamberlain recently had his brain placed into cryostasis at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Scottsdale. He created a large mindfile, probably one of the most complete created so far, which will be used together with the information stored in Fred’s frozen brain to reconstruct him after cryonic sleep, once the technology is available.
“A mindfile is the sum of saved digital reflections about you,” says Martine Rothblatt. “All of the stored emails, chats, texts, IMs and blogs that you write are part of your mindfile. All of the uploaded photos, slide shows and movies that involve you are part of your mindfile. Your search histories, clicked selections and online purchases, if saved, are part of your mindfile. Your digital life is your mindfile.” Martine believes that future AI technology will be able to merge the information stored in the mindfile with suitable “human firmware” (me-program) and bring it back to life as a valid continuation of the original person, who will feel the continuation of the original. Her organization Terasem runs two separate programs, CyBeRev and LifeNaut, to help people creating and storing their mindfiles.
Both key members of Terasem, Fred and
his our beloved Linda dedicated a lot of effort to the creation of their mindfiles. The great Truths of Terasem weekly podcasts, by Fred and Linda, is available on iTunes, and transcripts are available on the Truths of Terasem podcasts website. In Podcast 66 (2011) they refer to one of our frequent email exchanges.
In the email I said: “I am reading again my Carlos Castaneda collection and thinking of analogies between the “warrior’s album” described in The Active Side of Infinity and the modern concept of mindfiles.” A short excerpt below:
I suggest that you gather a collection of the memorable events of your life.
The shamans of ancient Mexico conceived of the collection of memorable events as a bona-fide device to stir caches of energy that exist within the self. They explained these caches as being composed body itself and becomes displaced, pushed out of reach by the circumstances of our daily lives. In this sense, the collection of memorable events is the means for redeploying our unused energy.
The prerequisite for this collection is the genuine and all-consuming act of putting together the sum total of one’s emotions and realizations, without sparing anything. The shamans of our lineage were convinced that the collection of memorable events was the vehicle for the emotional and energetic adjustment necessary for venturing, in terms of perception, into the unknown.
The total goal of the shamanistic knowledge that we are handling is the preparation for facing the definitive journey: the journey that every human being has to take at the end of his life. Through their discipline and resolve, shamans are capable of retaining their individual awareness and purpose after death. For them, the vague, idealistic state that modern man calls “life after death” is a concrete region filled to capacity with practical affairs of a different order than the practical affairs of daily life, yet bearing a similar functional practicality. To collect the memorable events in their lives is, for shamans, the preparation for their entrance into that concrete region which they call the active side of infinity.
In the video below, presented at the Turing Church Online Workshop 2, Fred and Linda explain mindfiles, technological immortality, and resurrection.