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Merlin Speaks – Arthur C. Clarke on technological resurrection

Sir Arthur C. Clarke wasn’t a believer in any traditional religion, but he had a “Possibilian” open mind – he was open to the wonders of the possible. Sir Arthur’s disciplined but visionary scientific imagination included technological resurrection – the possibility that future super-advanced science and technology could bring the dead back to life.

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Templeton-funded essay competition on ‘The Dialogue Between Science & Religion’

Creative Nonfiction and Issues in Science and Technology will award two prizes to original essays on the compatibility of science and religion – a best essay prize of $10,000, and a $5,000 runner-up prize – and up to five honorable mentions, each with a $500 prize.

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Consciousness, Reality, and The Simulation Hypothesis

Yesterday a post in the Turing Church Facebook group (h/t Martin C.) mentioned a Skeptico interview with filmmaker Kent Forbes, the creator of “The Simulation Hypothesis,” a recent film about the reality-as-a-sim concept, consciousness and quantum physics. Review and related thoughts below.

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The Age of Em – Robin Hanson in Second Life, Sunday June 26

Robin Hanson will present his new book “The Age of Em: Work, Love and Life when Robots Rule the Earth” at the next Turing Church meeting in Second Life on Sunday, June 26. The presentation will be followed by a discussion, and everyone will be able to ask questions.

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Paradiso and Inferno in Robin Hanson’s ‘The Age of Em’

Robin Hanson’s future scenario in “The Age of Em: Work, Love and Life when Robots Rule the Earth” reminds me of Dante. On the one hand, many people will transcend (current concepts of) humanity and “transhumanize” – a word invented by Dante in Paradiso, Canto 1 – to become uploaded souls running on high performance computing circuitry. On the other hand, they will live in red-hot metal cities that create strong hot winds to disperse the excess heat generated by billions of uploads computing their way to continued existence. The infernal city of Dis, described by Dante in Inferno, Canto 8, comes to mind.

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Transhumanists as ‘Overlords’

Editor’s note: This essay by Khannea Suntzu is inspired by the TV adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s science fiction masterpiece “Childhood’s End.” See also “How ‘Childhood’s End’ Finally Made It to TV” on Rolling Stone. I haven’t started watching the miniseries but I’ll be sure to post a review in a few days. I hope they haven’t departed from the book too much, and at least respected Clarke’s spirit and atmosphere. “Childhood’s End” is one of my favorite science fiction novels – see my mini review here. See also some absurdly idiotic comments by the usual suspects.

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Zoltan Istvan on Transhumanist Persons in Virtual Reality at the upcoming Terasem Colloquium in Second Life

Transhumanist philosopher, writer, and politician Zoltan Istvan will give a talk at the 2015 edition of the Terasem Annual Colloquium on the Law of Futuristic Persons, themed “Moral and Legal Imperatives for Sentient AI.” The Colloquium will take place in Second Life – Terasem sim – on Thursday, December 10 (time and access coordinates below).

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