My essay “YES, I am a believer” does not contain the word “robot” or refer to robotics, and I am not very interested in robots (I prefer cyber angels). But, predictably, anti-transhumanist blogger Dale Carrico replies with a post titled “Robot Cultist Admits He’s A Robot Cultist.” He says: Continue reading Robot cult or Religion 2.0?
I frequently write and talk about things at the intersection of science and religion, spirituality and technology, and I am often asked if I am a believer.
I used to give complicated, intellectual answers, but now I prefer giving a simple answer. My answer is YES, I am a believer.
We need to go back to space. We need to go back to the Moon now. We need to see people working and living in space for our mental health as a species. In the video We Stopped Dreaming (Episode 1), Neil deGrasse Tyson says that when we came back from the Moon we stopped dreaming. He is right, and we need to go back and start dreaming again. Continue reading We need to go back to space and start dreaming again
In A Window of Opportunity, Dr. Randal A. Koene says that the long term future will either not involve us or will demand that we become vastly more adaptable. “Ultimately, that is where the solution to adaptability lies, in the ability to move functions of the mind to many different types of substrates — to be substrate independent minds (SIM)… Almost every religion attempts to address the problem of Being, and most espouse some form of adaptable existence whereby experience can be carried on in another substrate,” he says. I agree, and I think our ultimate cosmic destiny is to leave biology behind and become cyber angels. Continue reading Mind uploading, vitology, and crystal minds
Welcome to new author Kathy Wilson. Kathy will cover phenomena “beyond the norm” (e.g. channeling) as spiritual experiences that are not yet explained by science, but may be explained by science someday. Kathy’s first article here: Treasure seeker. Continue reading Welcome to “Mormon Mystic” Kathy Wilson
Yesterday May 10 the Terasem crowd in Florida scattered the ashes of our beloved friend Fred Chamberlain on the beautiful beach near the Terasem Ashram. The ashes were scattered, but Fred’s brain is stored at the Alcor cryonics facility, and someday it will be possible to retrieve all thoughts, feelings and memories from Fred’s frozen brain, merge them with his extensive mindfile (much more about mindfiles in a forthcoming post), and bring him back to life. Continue reading Scattering Fred on Terasem beach
Even though this is a new and not widely advertised blog, I am receiving about 20 spam comments a day. Most are like “I totally agree, I like your articles, please keep up posting…” with a spam link. Continue reading Note to spammers
There is more and more, and often positive, coverage of mind uploading and cybernetic immortality in the press, and it appears that leaving biology behind and becoming cyber angels is an idea whose time has come. Continue reading Becoming cyber angels
I cultivate the excellent habit of rationality and consider it as a very useful tool. But rationality is indeed a tool (a useful means to achieve a desired result), and not an end in itself. Far from being the enemies of science, religion and spirituality otfen drive scientific advances. Open-minded soft rationality is a much better approach to science than dull, fundamentalist rationalism.