Category Archives: Human potential

Curiosity and the Value of a Creative Belief System

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” Albert Einstein, perhaps the most creative thinker of our time said of the ability to think and dream creatively. He also said, ”The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.” Continue reading Curiosity and the Value of a Creative Belief System

A Cosmist Manifesto, by Ben Goertzel

(First published by IEET and H+ Magazine, 2010) – The term Cosmism seems to have been introduced by Konstantin Tsiolokovsky and other Russian Cosmists around 1900.  Now, Ben Goertzel’s Cosmist Manifesto (published by Humanity+ Press and available on Amazon) gives it new life and a new twist for the 21st century.  Cosmism, as Goertzel presents it, is a practical philosophy for the posthuman era.  Rooted in Western and Eastern philosophy as well as modern technology and science, it is a way of understanding ourselves and our universe that makes sense now, and will keep on making sense as advanced technology exerts its transformative impact in the unfolding future.  Goertzel weaves a philosophic tapestry using AI, nanotechnology, uploading, immortality, psychedelic drugs, meditation, future social structures, psi phenomena, alien and cetacean intelligence and the Singularity.  The Cosmist perspective is shown to make plain old common sense of even the wildest future possibilities.

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Shadows and the concept of self

Shadows and the concept of self
By Giulio Prisco and Richard L. Miller
March 11, 2005

Let us begin with the dead cat in the box — or maybe it is the live cat. Or maybe both, depending upon how the radioisotope decayed during the time of the original thought experiment. Or maybe, it really took place. Somewhere. Someplace. Or maybe not. Or maybe the cat is only a shadow, and its source is not really a cat (look closely at the picture above).

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