Peter Rothman, editor of H+ Magazine, has written a piece on “What is Transhumanism?” I like Peter’s article, and mostly agree with his opinions. However, here I want to focus on the points of disagreement.
The discussion at the Mormon Transhumanist Association (MTA) Online Discussion Group, 23 November 2013, was focused on collaboration between the MTA, the Christian Transhumanist Association (CTA), and other religious transhumanist associations that may emerge in the future.
We discussed the creation of an umbrella “Transfigurist Network” for religious transhumanists. Your input is requested! Watch the video below.
CLAWING AT SPECIALNESS: THE SOUL.
“It has been said that astronomy is a humbling… experience”.
So said Carl Sagan, but what did he mean by this? It is almost certainly a reference to the Copernican revolution and subsequent advances in astronomy, which have served to reveal just how vast and ancient the universe is, and how small, short-lived and insignificant the Earth and the life that crawls, swims and flies over it, is, in comparison.
Editor’s note: This is part 4 of Khannea’s 2113 future history.
I think science fiction is at its best when it ignites our mind with imaginative, daring visions of beautiful possible futures, and the drive to turn them into reality. Recently I joined The World Transformed hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon to discuss the importance of positive stories in science fiction, and why there are not enough positive stories in today’s science fiction.
Star Bridge, by Jack Williamson and James E. Gunn (1955), is a solid, entertaining and well written vintage space opera. Of course the book shows its age, but like old wine, not like an old gadget. Highly recommended.
Several hundred million years ago a large object drifted in to the solar system. Deep inside the object was a dormant intelligence. The object swirled by the sun hundreds of times on a fast hyperbolic trajectory before it had sufficiently slowed down. The slowing down process took thousands and thousands of years but the intelligence inside the metallic asteroid didn’t care about a few thousand years. It was one of millions that traveled endlessly through the galaxy on a mission.
Robert Charles Wilson, the author of the awesome Blind Lake, Spin trilogy, and Darwinia, is one of my favorite science fiction writers. More than any other living author, he is able to conjure breathtaking stories of real people in a vast and strange universe. Of course I couldn’t miss his last novel, Burning Paradise, published last week.
“Memories With Maya is a magic carpet ride, and DeSouza tells me he’s working on the sequel,” writes Ann Reynolds on The Huffington Post. She cites my review of Clyde DeSouza’s “Memories With Maya” and the excellent review of Joe Nickence.
I recommend to everyone the scientific thriller Blasphemy, by Douglas Preston. A real page turner, this book tells the biggest story: the birth and unstoppable growth of a new scientific religion, perhaps revealed by God himself. This fictional religion, “The Search,” is very, very close to my own.