Yesterday May 10 the Terasem crowd in Florida scattered the ashes of our beloved friend Fred Chamberlain on the beautiful beach near the Terasem Ashram. The ashes were scattered, but Fred’s brain is stored at the Alcor cryonics facility, and someday it will be possible to retrieve all thoughts, feelings and memories from Fred’s frozen brain, merge them with his extensive mindfile (much more about mindfiles in a forthcoming post), and bring him back to life. Continue reading Scattering Fred on Terasem beach
I cultivate the excellent habit of rationality and consider it as a very useful tool. But rationality is indeed a tool (a useful means to achieve a desired result), and not an end in itself. Far from being the enemies of science, religion and spirituality otfen drive scientific advances. Open-minded soft rationality is a much better approach to science than dull, fundamentalist rationalism.
Here is my presentation on The Turing Church of Transcendent Engineering at the 2012 conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association. The conference was held on 6 April 2012 from 9am to 5pm at the Salt Lake City Public Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
I spent a few days in Utah for the MTA 2012 conference organized by the Mormon Transhumanist Association (MTA), and my good local friends took me around for a crash course in Utah life and Mormon ways, and the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church, aka Mormon Church) and its enigmatic founder, with a culture shock and many interesting conversations about the ins and outs of Mormon culture.
My friend Fred Chamberlain recently had his brain placed into cryostasis at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Scottsdale. He created a large mindfile, probably one of the most complete created so far, which will be used together with the information stored in Fred’s frozen brain to reconstruct him after cryonic sleep, once the technology is available.
The Rev. Mark Douglas, a Presbyterian minister, theologian, ethicist, and professor at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga., said in a lecture in Sylvania that transhumanism is “inevitable,” as long as humanity continues to exist. He also said that one can find support in the Bible for transhumanism (Source: toledoBlade). Continue reading Theologian: Transhumanism ‘inevitable’
I watched George Carey‘s film “Knocking on Heaven’s Door,” aired by the BBC last year on the 50th Yuri’s Night. The one-hour film is recommended to all those who are interested in space, the history of the Russian space program, the amazing beautiful philosophy known as Russian Cosmism (and, more recently, just Cosmism), our place and future in the universe, technological immortality and resurrection. Continue reading Knocking on Heaven’s Door — Russian Cosmism, Transhumanism and Space Exploration
On April 6 I will give a talk on “The Turing Church of Transcendent Engineering” at the 2012 conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association. Continue reading Mormon Transhumanist Association conference, SLC, April 6
The Telegraph | He is regarded as the most famous atheist in the world but last night Professor Richard Dawkins admitted he could not be sure that God does not exist. Continue reading Richard Dawkins: I can’t be sure God does not exist
Good article (in French) published in February 2012 by the Swiss popular magazine L’illustré, based on an interview with me of December 2011. The Singularity, transhumanism, cyborgs, virtual realities, cryonics, brain preservation, mind uploading, post-biological life, living in a simulation, all included. Continue reading 2050, ET L’HOMME DEVINT SURHOMME | L’illustré