Category Archives: Art / Literature

Art, literature, music, novels, film, photography, creative design.

Talk in Madrid — A spectre is haunting the world: Is the Singularity near?

I will give a talk on the Singularity in Madrid on September 22. My talk will be a simple and fairly standard overview of the Singularity, with some (less standard) considerations on Singularity politics and spirituality. Continue reading Talk in Madrid — A spectre is haunting the world: Is the Singularity near?

Human+, a novel about transhumanism and spirituality by Martin Higgins

The Singularity meets Eastern mysticism in Human+, by U.K.-based writer and journalist Martin Higgins, a just-published science-fiction page-turner inspired by of futures studies, psychic spy research, and the transhumanist movement. Required reading for Turing Church discussions. See also this review on KurzweilAI. Continue reading Human+, a novel about transhumanism and spirituality by Martin Higgins

The Praxis, by Dirk Bruere

I have known Dirk Bruere online for many years, but I only met him in person a few weeks ago in London. He came to my talk on Turing Church unlimited – Transhumanist Religions 2.0, on July 14 in London, and gave me a copy of his book The Praxis.

The official description: Immortality in the multiverse, The Artilect Messiahs, The end of death and suffering, Humans into Gods, The rise of the unreal, Raising the dead, Apocalypse and Judgment Day, The validation of religion, … and what we must do about it. These are the same matters that I discuss here, and I wish to recommend the book to all Turing Church readers.

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The God Problem: How A Godless Cosmos Creates, by Howard Bloom

KurzweilAI | Howard Bloom‘s forthcoming book The God Problem: How A Godless Cosmos Creates, is arguably his best book so far, a page-turner with deep thoughts and entertaining bits on every page.

Is The God Problem a book on the history of science? No, more like a philosophical novel. Wait, perhaps an autobiography? Pop culture?

All of the above, and none. The God Problem defies categorization; it’s a cascade of books within books within books, like the novels of Joyce and Pynchon. The difference is that Bloom writes about the thoughts of the deepest thinkers of all times, from the Babylonians to our days, then proposes new ideas of his own. Continue reading The God Problem: How A Godless Cosmos Creates, by Howard Bloom

July 2012 Discussion Group of the Mormon Transhumanist Association

Last Saturday I had the pleasure to participate in the July 2012 Discussion Group of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, via Google+ Hangouts. We discussed The Singularity is Near movie, my talk in London on July 14, how to make transhumanism more appealing to women, and other issues. Continue reading July 2012 Discussion Group of the Mormon Transhumanist Association

Ragged Trousered Philosopher, great stories on God and resurrection

Harry Stottle’s Ragged Trousered Philosopher website has two totally great fictional stories, the first on a conversation with on God and the second on resurrection. READ THEM NOW. Stottle’s views are bit-by-bit identical to my own ideas, and embedded in entertaining and well written stories. Thanks to Lincoln Cannon for finding this and sharing on Google+.

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EVA — What do you see when you close your eyes?

EVA is a recent Spanish science fiction film, very good and fresh, one of the best I have seen recently. In 2041, humanoid robots are commonplace. There are strict safety requirements and, if a robot proves unsafe, the words “What do you see when you close your eyes?” will switch it off and wipe its memory out.

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The Perils and the Promises of Mind Uploading

Science fiction authors Richard Morgan and Greg Egan have described mind uploading  and “backup copies” as a practical technology for immortality. Of course, “carbon chauvinists” often speak against mind uploading, and some have interesting things to say. Continue reading The Perils and the Promises of Mind Uploading