October 2012 Discussion Group of the Mormon Transhumanist Association

Today I had the pleasure to participate in the October 2012 Discussion Group of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, via Google+ Hangouts. We had a lively discussion on how to make our ideas much more appealing to many more people. See also previous post on “How to make Cosmism appealing and popular.”

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How to make Cosmism appealing and popular

Cosmism, in its modern version formulated by Ben Goertzel in his wonderful book A Cosmist Manifesto, is my personal philosophy. Two very interesting recent discussions on the KurzweilAI Forums, “Why New Agers will never accept Terasem” and “Cosmism, Terasem etc. – what is the missing ingredient?,” have interesting thoughts on how to make it more appealing and popular.

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Richard Feynman on doubt, uncertainty and religion

A segment of the BBC interview with Richard Feynman, with his views on knowing his answers to everything. “If it turns out there is a simple ultimate law that explains everything so be it. That would be very nice discovery. If it turns out it’s like an onion with millions of layers and we just sick and tired of looking at the layers then that’s the way it is!” Video and transcript below. Continue reading Richard Feynman on doubt, uncertainty and religion

So what is ‘Terasem’ exactly?

If there is one “transhumanist”-inclined movement out there I really admire and appreciate it is Terasem. I had the pleasure of interacting with its founder shortly before and after my attendance at Transvision 2010. For those who don’t know, the founder of Terasem is the very successful Martine Rothblatt, who was at one time the most highly paid CEO of the Washington DC area. So its safe to conclude that Terasem is in large part a derivative entity of Martine’s ambitions and ideological packaging. Continue reading So what is ‘Terasem’ exactly?

Welcome Khannea!

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Welcome to my good friend Khannea Suntzu, a restless walker on the wild side who likes to tell the bare and blunt truth. We will publish some of her (alas infrequent) positive thoughts here, see her main blog for the rest.

She is a blogger, and a far leftist critic of exclusive corporate culture, and the confluence of technological self-empowerment, paired with money. She travels the world making surprise shock rock presentations with a fine mix of dystopian, utopian and cosmist/cosmicist angle. Continue reading Welcome Khannea!

Let’s go to Alpha Centauri (and leave some crap here)

Last week astronomers have discovered a planet with about the mass of the Earth orbiting a star in the Alpha Centauri system — the star system nearest Earth. It is also the lightest exoplanet ever discovered around a star like the Sun. The planet is too hot to be hospitable to life as we know it, but the fact that it exists at all raises hopes of finding another, more human-friendly planet within the same star system. io9 reviews possible ways to get there someday.

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Martin Gardner | The Church of the Fourth Dimension

The Church of the Fourth Dimension is a chapter of Martin Gardner‘s book The Colossal Book of Mathematics: Classic Puzzles, Paradoxes, and Problems. It gives a nice and (relatively) simple introduction to the mathematical concept of a transcendent, trans-dimensional elsewhere, where perhaps Gods and souls can be found. Continue reading Martin Gardner | The Church of the Fourth Dimension