Category Archives: Science / Technology

Martin Gardner | The Church of the Fourth Dimension

The Church of the Fourth Dimension is a chapter of Martin Gardner‘s book The Colossal Book of Mathematics: Classic Puzzles, Paradoxes, and Problems. It gives a nice and (relatively) simple introduction to the mathematical concept of a transcendent, trans-dimensional elsewhere, where perhaps Gods and souls can be found. Continue reading Martin Gardner | The Church of the Fourth Dimension

Afterlife? – my very first post to the Extropians list, 1999

Today I found by chance an important bit of personal history: my very first post to the Extropians list, on December 6, 1999. It is interesting to see many of the ideas which I have been thinking and writing about in these 13 years already covered in that first post.

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Let a thousand turtles fly, in the quest for joyful immortality

This article continues a series of posts dedicated to a discussion of Terasem. See also the articles by Dan Massey. Please read the “Truths of Terasem” (ToT) and join the discussion. Continue reading Let a thousand turtles fly, in the quest for joyful immortality

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

Please join to save a life, and say ‘fuck death!’ (and deathists)

Kim Suozzi is 23, and about to die from a fatal brain tumor. She has already lived far longer than expectations. Kim is seeking donations to help fund her cryosuspension. The Venturists have created a charitable fund for all donations and almost achieved the funding goal in a week. With some more help, she will have a chance. Please DONATE NOW to give Kim hope and a good chance to continue life.

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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

Socrates Had Haemorrhoids and Diarrhea

Dale Carrico writes: “I updated and extended a golden oldie in response to a report posted at the World Future Society by transhumanoid Hank Pellesier about how Robot Cultists want expect demand technno-immortality. I must say it probably qualifies as one of my grumpier columns.” Not surprisingly, he doesn’t even bother to spell Hank Pellissier‘s name right.

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