So I am about to launch The Turing Church, which will be a minimalist, open, extensible Cosmic Religion. I am sending this to several mailing list, but the discussion will continue on the Turing Church mailing list, please join if you want to participate.
I think religions that provide hope in personal resurrection – either traditional religions based on the “supernatural” or modern, Cosmist religions based on science, might be our best protection from reckless pursuit of superintelligence and other risky technologies.
Last week I sent my article “A minimalist, open, extensible Cosmic Religion” to several mailing lists: turingchurch, cosmic-engineers, transfigurism, christian-transhumanism (Google Groups) and universalimmortalism (Yahoo Groups). This is a summary of the very interesting discussion on the mailing lists and this website.
In “Cosmology is not Geography” (please read it first) I argue that we need a new form of religion, based on awesome cosmic visions and enlightened spirituality (cosmology), without “provincial” mythologies and rituals (geography) and petty lifestyle prescriptions (zoning norms).
The recently relaunched website Venus+X, founded by my friends Alison Gardner and Dan Massey (1942-2013) and now managed by Alison alone, has serialized and published a chapter of my forthcoming book “Tales of the Turing Church.” The chapter is titled “Sex and the Art of Cosmic Governance.” Enjoy, and please support Venus+X.
All seems to indicate that new, fully immersive next-generation virtual worlds and user interfaces may be around the corner. Let’s go back to the future in the Metaverse!
“A new religion has set out to store memories for centuries and deliver its believers into a world where our souls can outlive our selves.” So begins a Time Magazine article about Terasem. The end: “[T]echnology can do almost everything for us… but it can’t bring the people we love back from the beyond. At least, the Terasemians say, not yet.”
Researchers believe they have found the signal left in the sky by “inflation” – the idea that the cosmos experienced an exponential growth spurt in its first trillionth, of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second. In related news, surveyors have been climbing and re-measuring some of Britain’s highest peaks, to see if they are high enough to be called mountains. I am sure you see something odd here.
Death is Wrong is a delicious little book for children and for life-extension advocates of all ages. Written by philosopher and futurist Gennady Stolyarov and illustrated by artist Wendy Stolyarov, the book shows that death is not inevitable, but a disease that can and will be cured by science. I am very pleased to see that Death is Wrong is going viral, with mentions and discussions all over the mainstream Internet.
Peter Rothman, editor of H+ Magazine, has written a piece on “What is Transhumanism?” I like Peter’s article, and mostly agree with his opinions. However, here I want to focus on the points of disagreement.
To the self-righteous, boring New Atheists, I wish to counterpoint the smiling (or perhaps smi2ling followers of Timothy Leary’s transhumanist vision), science-oriented New Believers.
For French speakers, here is the video of the second TechnoXLR8 online conference organized by the French Transhumanist Association on teleXLR8. Marc Roux, president and co-founder of the French Transhumanist Association, shared his thoughts on the impact of, reactions to, and future of transhumanism in France and the French speaking world.