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The Turing Church Preaches the Religion of the Future | Motherboard

A balanced and informative article by Andrew Paul titled “The Turing Church Preaches the Religion of the Future,” published on Motherboard, describes the Turing Church as a transhumanist group that wants to “curate the crowdsourcing of a techno-rapture” and “provide a literal faith in the future.” Paul interviewed yours truly, Micah Redding, and Eliezer Yudkowsky (who declined to comment on the Turing Church).

Excerpts:

“Based in part on the philosophy of early 20th century Russian cosmists like Nikolai Fedorov, Prisco and his supporters believe that, one day, we may, among other things, actually reach back into time through quantum weirdness and reconstitute our “information,” thus providing, for all intents and purposes, a resurrection. Once reconstituted, we should be able to evolve into higher forms of consciousness currently incomprehensible to mortal minds and indistinguishable to our current conceptions of gods…”

“Redding is one of the founders of the Christian Transhumanist Association, a group merging millennia-old Western belief with the most innovative, global scientific progress of our generation…”

“I think a philosophy or religion should be a DIY project to build an always incomplete, flexible, work-in-progress, always evolving personal system of thought,” [Prisco] writes to me. “Just like a free software project, which is a living project constantly revised and improved upon, released incrementally, and open to everyone to contribute…”

  • spud100

    This religion or theology requires plausibility, in physics and astronomy. Here is an interesting article which appears to support the concept of the universe as behaving in a computational manner. I am thinking that the abstracts author’s will not likely support my conclusion. However it does serve to firm up your Cosmism, Guilio.

    http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1367-2630/16/12/123049

    • spud100

      Here is a link by another interesting writer in The Journal of Cosmology. However, it is a broken link which works fine if one chooses to “cache” the article instead of a direct PDF download, which is an option on Google. The article is called, God is a Quantum Fluctuation,” and reminds me of how Ben Goertzel has written.

      http://journalofcosmology.com/JOC24/Forrest_Paper_2.pdf

      When on Google, please use the tiny arrow option to select cache, to read.

      • Giulio Prisco

        Thanks, interesting Christmas morning reading.

        By the way I am setting up a wiki titled “Irrational Mechanics” for the Akashic Phisics Roadmap and other related projects:
        http://irrationalmechanics.com/

        The wiki is a good platform for organizing, cross-linking, commenting and discussing links.

        The wiki is open only to invited contributors (everyone here will be invited). I will create a login for you, what’s your preferred login name (I guess spud100, but please confirm).

        • spud100

          Thanks, Dr. Prisco. I happily will accept the invitation to irrational mechanics. Spud100, sounds good enough. Joyous Cosmos Day to you. On can always celebrate Jesus’s purported birthday, or acknowledge the date the 9 Walkers set off to deliver the Ring to the Mount Doom in Mordor. Either or neither is good.

          • Giulio Prisco

            Hi Spud, I also need your email to invite you.

          • spud100

            Use spudboy100@aol.com

            much thanks

          • spud100

            I am at work today, and hopefully a quiet weekend for me. However I was able to locate a short lecture, perhaps 20 minutes, with an appearance that scientist, Richard Terille, from NASA, describing the Universe as a simulation. It is a very smooth lecture, direct, and geared for the general audience, who are interested in the universe. It was good to listen to, and is similar in content to what Ben Goertzel has indicated, as well as Nick Bostrom. It was from 2015 in Toronto, Canada.

            http://www.ideacity.ca/video/richard-terrile-the-universe-as-a-simulation/

          • Giulio Prisco

            I created a login for you. Please let me know if you receive the invitation (sent automatically by the system) and everything works well.

            “A randomly generated password has been sent to you. It can be changed on the change password page upon logging in.”

          • spud100

            Hi, yes, I was able to create an acct-thank you.

  • magnus

    Hi,
    Interesting article at …iop. Errorcorrecting codes, hashfunctions and informationexchange in biology is somehow well known. The similar stuff on that fundamental level forces me to grab some physics books again. Very interesting. Curious about Giulios thoughts on that, as a trained physiscist.
    Thanks for the links.

    Regards

    • Giulio Prisco

      Hi Magnus. You are also invited to contribute to the Akashic Physics Roadmap in the Irrational Mechanics wiki (link in comment below). What’s your preferred username and email? Now that you mention it, let’s add a section on recommended physics books for self-study.

      Galileo said interesting things about what contemporary scientists refer to as the surprising effectiveness of mathematics in describing the universe. He thought God was a mathematician.

      • magnus

        Hello and thankyou ror the invitation!
        tmwebsync at gmail and user name magnus will be good.
        Regards

        • Giulio Prisco

          Hi Magnus, I created a login for you. Please let me know if you receive the invitation (sent automatically by the system) and everything works well.

          “A randomly generated password has been sent to you. It can be changed on the change password page upon logging in.”

          • magnus

            Hello,
            Log in works fine!
            WIll be exciting to see it grow, and hopefully find something good to contribute with.
            cheers