Humans want to survive. Religion is about getting “saved”, and the desire to be saved is basically an allegory on the urgency to want to live. Living isn’t always fun (ask Eugen) but over-all it beats being dead. The desire to live is innate to us as human beings, and many would want to do so even in stark and hostile conditions. Think about the sacrifices the Inuit make for survival. Think about the sheer perseverance of people in concentration camps. Many went on, no matter what hardship they endured. Continue reading Immortality, Quantum Archaeology and my Poo Collection
In July the John Templeton Foundation awarded a three-year, $5 million grant to John Martin Fischer, distinguished professor of philosophy at the University of California, Riverside, to study a wide range of issues related to immortality. The project plan, grants and essay prizes, are now online on The Immortality Project website. Continue reading Riverside Immortality Project
Singularity Weblog | Giulio Prisco on Singularity 1 on 1: The End Is Not The End, by Socrates: “During our conversation we cover a wide variety of topics such as: how Giulio got interested in transhumanism and the singularity; the inspirational role of science fiction in general and Arthur C. Clarke in particular; the many definitions of the technological singularity; transhumanism and why he is a singularitiarian who doesn’t believe in the singularity; happiness as the ultimate motivation; religion, spirituality, unreligion and science; the Order of Cosmic Engineers; The Turing Church; hope and resurrecting the dead.” Continue reading Giulio Prisco on Singularity 1 on 1: The End Is Not The End
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.
Harry Stottle’s Ragged Trousered Philosopher website has two totally great fictional stories, the first on a conversation with on God and the second on resurrection. READ THEM NOW. Stottle’s views are bit-by-bit identical to my own ideas, and embedded in entertaining and well written stories. Thanks to Lincoln Cannon for finding this and sharing on Google+.
We may be bots in a reality-wide simulation, and perhaps the player(s) from above can violate our simulated physics when they want. In a more popular formulation of the same concept, called Religion, the player(s), called God(s), created our reality and can perform miracles. The two formulations are equivalent for all practical purposes. Many religions assume that Gods are omnipotent and benevolent, but then we have the problem of evil: how can omnipotent and benevolent Gods permit evil and suffering?
On Saturday, July 14, 2012, in London, I will give a talk on Turing Church unlimited – Transhumanist Religions 2.0, organized by David Wood and the London Futurists Meetup group. The talk is free to attend – no charge. I look forward to seeing all my friends in the area, and meeting new friends. Continue reading Talk on Turing Church unlimited – Transhumanist Religions 2.0, London, July 14, 2012
My essay “YES, I am a believer” does not contain the word “robot” or refer to robotics, and I am not very interested in robots (I prefer cyber angels). But, predictably, anti-transhumanist blogger Dale Carrico replies with a post titled “Robot Cultist Admits He’s A Robot Cultist.” He says: Continue reading Robot cult or Religion 2.0?
While reading ‘The History of God’ by Karen Armstrong, it became apparent that we conceptualise God in two different ways. It struck me that we approach the Singularity with similar conceptualizations. Continue reading Holy Singularity!