Category Archives: Physics / Cosmology

Peter Higgs speaks up against ‘militant atheist’ fundamentalism

Peter Higgs, the theoretical physicist who predicted the “Higgs Boson” particle found at CERN this year, and an obvious candidate for the next Nobel Prize in Physics, has spoken up against “militant atheist” fundamentalism. Continue reading Peter Higgs speaks up against ‘militant atheist’ fundamentalism

Uploaded minds to the stars

In my article “Uploaded e-crews for interstellar missions” on KurzweilAI, republished by io9 as “Why we should send uploaded astronauts on interstellar missions,” I make a modest proposal for cost-effective interstellar missions: to do without the wetware bodies of the crew, and send only their minds to the stars, their software, uploaded to advanced “computronium” circuitry, just like in Charlie Stross’  fictional Field Circus miniature starship.

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The BIG Infinite Fractal Onion Universe

This is a continuation of my previous post on quantum consciousness (or not), also inspired by Ben Goertzel’s “AGI, Consciousness, Life, the Universe and Everything” on H+ Magazine. In a comment, I wrote: “I am often thinking of a meta-[Theory of Everything]ToE (actually an anti-ToE) that we may call “The [BIG] Infinite Fractal Onion Universe” or something like that.” Here are some thoughts on something like that.

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Is consciousness a quantum mystery?

“According to Hameroff, our souls are built of something much more fundamental than neurons,” says Morgan Freeman introducing Hameroff’s quantum consciousness theory in a recent episode of Through the Wormhole. “They are constructed from the very fabric of the universe.” Dr. Hameroff claims, “I believe that consciousness, or its immediate precursor proto-consciousness, has been in the universe all along, perhaps from the Big Bang.”

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Richard Feynman on doubt, uncertainty and religion

A segment of the BBC interview with Richard Feynman, with his views on knowing his answers to everything. “If it turns out there is a simple ultimate law that explains everything so be it. That would be very nice discovery. If it turns out it’s like an onion with millions of layers and we just sick and tired of looking at the layers then that’s the way it is!” Video and transcript below. Continue reading Richard Feynman on doubt, uncertainty and religion

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

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

Recommended Hangouts On Air: MTA and Q+

Last Saturday I had the pleasure to participate in the first Hangout On Air of the Mormon Transhumanist Association (MTA). I also recommend the Q+ Hangouts, a series of online seminars on quantum information and quantum foundations on Hangouts On Air, and I hope also the Terasem Hangouts will be taken On Air soon. Continue reading Recommended Hangouts On Air: MTA and Q+

Happy birthday Alan, I hope to meet you someday

Today, June 23,  is the Centenary of Alan Turing’s birth in London. During his relatively brief life, Turing made a unique impact on the history of computing, computer science, artificial intelligence, developmental biology, and the mathematical theory of computability. Continue reading Happy birthday Alan, I hope to meet you someday