UPDATED on Dec. 28 – The first meeting took place on Sunday, December 27 in a Stonehenge-themed garden in the Terasem sim (pictures below). I think Stonehenge, which included a celestial observatory as well as religious, mystical, and spiritual elements, is an ideal theme. We discussed organization and format, and of course the usual mix of mind uploading, personality capture, techno-immortality and transhumanist religion.
Thanks to the ten avatars from all over the planet who participated in the first meeting, and special thanks to Bill Bainbridge, the renowned sociologist and author of seminal papers on virtual worlds and new religions.
Future meetings will take place on the second and fourth Sunday of each month, at 8:30am Pacific time (11:30am Eastern time, 5:30pm European time, 4:30pm GMT). This time is convenient for participants in the US (morning), Europe (late afternoon), and India (late evenings). Please check the time if you are in another timezone.
[Click here to teleport to Stonehenge @Terasem] or teleport directly to Terasem, 180/180/31.
Future meetings will feature themed discussions at the intersection of science and spirituality, technology and religion. Discussion topics and reading materials will be announced here before the meetings. Please join the Turing Church group in Second Life. Turing Church VR will be both a futurist sci/tech salon and a virtual church. See “Virtual reality a new frontier for religions.”
The first meetings will take place in Second Life, but we are following the development of next-generation virtual worlds like Philip Rosedale’s High Fidelity and Linden Lab’s Project Sansar, both of which should become stable and publicly available in 2016, and will set up outposts there as soon as practical.
Cover image from Wikipedia Commons.