Mormon Transhumanist Association Opinions http://feed.informer.com/digests/SAJOSPZSNZ/feeder Mormon Transhumanist Association Opinions Respective post owners and feed distributors Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:11:27 -0600 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Let’s start walking the sacred walk to the stars https://turingchurch.net/lets-start-walking-the-sacred-walk-to-the-stars-2488ac794345?source=rss----532cbd3a501a---4 Mormon Transhumanist Association External Opinions urn:uuid:34151f5d-9662-1862-8390-5c228c3b3b45 Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:46:21 -0600 <figure><img alt="" src="https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/1024/1*iFQYb5M63UDIZznNnkeOvQ.jpeg" /></figure><p>Watching “<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001:_A_Space_Odyssey_(film)"><em>2001: A Space Odyssey</em></a>” in 1968 was a powerful religious experience. Encountering Transhumanism was another. Space, transhumanism, and transcendence are the cornerstones of <a href="https://turingchurch.net/about-turing-church-ac6ebf2e97b6">Turing Church</a>.</p><p>The <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Stanley_Kubrick_The_Exhibition_-_LACMA_-_2001_A_Space_Odyssey_-_Tycho_moon_crater_model_(8999724648).jpg">picture</a> above shows a reconstruction of a holy place of power: the (fictional) place on the Moon where space faring humans first encounter a vast, superhuman intelligence that has mastered Space and Time. <a href="https://turingchurch.net/yet-another-tribute-to-sir-arthur-c-clarke-130b56549226">In the words of Sir Arthur C. Clarke</a> (from <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001:_A_Space_Odyssey_(novel)">the novel</a>):</p><blockquote>They could become creatures of radiation, free at last from the tyranny of matter. Now they were lords of the galaxy, and beyond the reach of time. They could rove at will among the stars, and sink like a subtle mist through the very interstices of space.”</blockquote><blockquote>[Mind] would eventually free itself from matter. The robot body, like the flesh-and-blood one, would be no more than a stepping-stone to something which, long ago, men had called “spirit.”</blockquote><blockquote>And if there was anything beyond that, its name could only be God.</blockquote><p>I am a former space professional who knows and loves cool tech as much as the next geek, and I am persuaded there’s fun to be had and money to be made in space, but to me the importance of space goes much beyond that: I strongly believe spreading to the stars is our manifest destiny, cosmic duty, and sacred quest.</p><p>To me, transhumanism is all about future humanity — our biological descendants and our AI mind children — joining the community of advanced galactic civilizations and achieving God-like powers. <a href="https://turingchurch.net/about-turing-church-ac6ebf2e97b6">The Turing Church cosmic visions</a> start with:</p><blockquote>“We will go to the stars and find Gods, build Gods, become Gods...”</blockquote><p>Our future is out there among the stars, where we’ll find transcendence beyond our wildest dreams.</p><p>In two thoughtful essays titled “Religion for a Galactic Civilization” (1982 and <a href="https://ieet.org/index.php/IEET2/more/bainbridge20090820">2009</a>) my friend <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Sims_Bainbridge">Bill Bainbridge</a>, the author of “<em>The Meaning and Value of Spaceflight: Public Perceptions</em>” (2015) and the classic “<em>The Spaceflight Revolution: A Sociological Study</em>” (1976), argued that</p><blockquote>“We need a new spaceflight social movement capable of giving a sense of transcendent purpose to dominant sectors of the society… In short, we need a galactic religion, a Cosmic Order.”</blockquote><p>Turing Church wants to be a Cosmic Order, at the forefront of both wild philosophical speculations and bold hands-on space initiatives.</p><h4>A bold initiative: Let’s start building outposts on the sacred road to the stars</h4><p>Besides cosmic speculations, I also want to help building outposts on <a href="http://www.transfigurist.org/2016/06/the-sacred-road-to-stars.html">the sacred road to the stars</a>, and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/spacedecentral/">I want you to participate</a>. Let’s go the futurist way:</p><p>In “<a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2009.04.013">A Virtual World Space Agency</a>,” (2009) I proposed to create a global space agency of the people, open to anyone. Then a few months ago I created a Facebook group to explore the idea of <a href="https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/43d979/why-we-need-a-decentralized-autonomous-space-agency">a decentralized autonomous space agency</a>.</p><p><strong>Please request to join the Facebook group “</strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/spacedecentral/"><strong>Space Decentral</strong></a><strong>” if you want to come on board</strong>.</p><p>The project <a href="https://blog.space.coop/a-decentralized-autonomous-space-cooperative-e624d63c7fd7">is now part of Space Cooperative</a>, a worker-owned cooperative that is developing a crowdsourced approach to settling the space frontier.</p><p><a href="https://giulioprisco.com/space-decentral-update-merging-with-space-cooperative-da3a3d21d1a0">I joined Space Cooperative</a> because it’s fresh and fun (plus there’s also this new thing about farming watermelons on Mars — stay tuned). Most of the team are millennials with young faces untouched by wrinkles and bad thoughts, but that’s a feature not a bug: my generation has screwed up, and it’s right and proper to pass leadership to them. We oldies will do what we can to help.</p><p>Perhaps “screwed up” is too much: those cities on the Moon we dreamed of in the sixties were really too much too soon — don’t try to run before you can walk and all that. Bill Bainbridge and Sir Arthur C. Clarke <a href="http://spectrum.ieee.org/aerospace/space-flight/remembering-sputnik-sir-arthur-c-clarke">noted</a> that</p><blockquote>“Space travel is a technological mutation that should not really have arrived until the 21st century.”</blockquote><p>It appears they were right — the youthful Apollo adventure of last century was but an inspiring prelude of things to come, and space travel becomes a reality in this century.</p><p>Let’s go and build those outposts on the sacred road to the stars.</p><p>You don’t need to be an astronaut or a top space engineer to participate: every small thing you do here and now on Earth to support our expansion into space is a step — your step — in the right direction. Up there, every robotic planetary probe is an important step, waiting for people to follow.</p><p>And don’t underestimate the power of symbols. The <a href="https://turingchurch.net/peak-of-eternal-light-a-temple-on-the-moon-c67cae4a789c">Moon Temple</a> proposed by artist <a href="http://seethisway.com/">Jorge Mañes Rubio</a> as part of ESA’s “<a href="http://blogs.esa.int/janwoerner/2016/11/23/moon-village/">Moon Village</a>” concept would be a very powerful symbol and illuminate the beginning of the sacred walk.</p><p>Too bad the Moon Village doesn’t have, I fear, a chance in hell to be funded by governments anytime soon.</p><p>Perhaps we should do something about that.</p><p><em>Picture from </em><a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Stanley_Kubrick_The_Exhibition_-_LACMA_-_2001_A_Space_Odyssey_-_Tycho_moon_crater_model_(8999724648).jpg"><em>Wikimedia Commons</em></a><em>.</em></p><img src="https://medium.com/_/stat?event=post.clientViewed&referrerSource=full_rss&postId=2488ac794345" width="1" height="1"><hr><p><a href="https://turingchurch.net/lets-start-walking-the-sacred-walk-to-the-stars-2488ac794345">Let’s start walking the sacred walk to the stars</a> was originally published in <a href="https://turingchurch.net">Turing Church</a> on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.</p> The Enemy http://blaireostler.blogspot.com/2017/08/the-enemy.html Mormon Transhumanist Association External Opinions urn:uuid:a6608817-d8c1-948a-692a-ab241bcee33e Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:39:00 -0600 <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Q0C3HFBjz5I/V4FRjKG7LRI/AAAAAAAALRI/IKDr1fjn1Z0mOcQOjXSVHPRrypv0tUw9wCLcB/s1600/HTB1GYnlLpXXXXc8XXXXq6xXFXXXB.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="464" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Q0C3HFBjz5I/V4FRjKG7LRI/AAAAAAAALRI/IKDr1fjn1Z0mOcQOjXSVHPRrypv0tUw9wCLcB/s640/HTB1GYnlLpXXXXc8XXXXq6xXFXXXB.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">We are culturally conditioned to be racist before we even know the word.&nbsp;We are culturally conditioned to be sexist regardless of gender identity.&nbsp;We are culturally conditioned to be heterosexist before we have a sexual identity.&nbsp;These ideas cannot be changed without first acknowledging we are living in a racist, sexist, heterosexist society born from the primitive shortcomings, ignorance, and hatred of our ancestors.</span><br /><b style="font-family: times, &quot;times new roman&quot;, serif;"><br /></b><b style="font-family: times, &quot;times new roman&quot;, serif;">Racism</b><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"> is not a black vs. white issue.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><b>Sexism</b> is not a men vs. women issue.</span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><b>Heterosexism</b> is not a hetero vs. homo issue.</span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">The enemy is not a person, nor does it have a face, other than the one you see in your reflection. The enemy is racism, sexism, and heterosexism. The enemy is unwittingly passed down from generation to generation. The enemy lurks within our minds, pervasively influencing the reality we create, and the enemy has manifested horrific acts of violence. The enemy has made drones of us.<o:p></o:p></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">The enemy would die one of two ways:<o:p></o:p></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">(1) The collective extinction of the human species.<o:p></o:p></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">(2) The collective transcendence of the human species.</span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">I don't see another way out.<o:p></o:p></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">I believe we have the capacity to transcend our limitations, but we will be far more effective if we learn from our past and target ideas instead of people. This will be difficult because as mortal beings we can easily be killed with bombs, guns, cars, violence, or even apathy, while a hateful idea can live on like a parasite jumping from host to host. Killing a person is easier than killing the enemy. Insulting a person is easier than killing the enemy. Fearing a person</span><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">&nbsp;is easier than killing the enemy. We must be reflective of our own faults and skeptical of our institutional affiliations. We must be cautious of the double-edged sword of identity politics.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">We need to be effective.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">If we are going to improve our community, we must adjust our tactics.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">To defeat the enemy we'll need to work together, not as human vs. human, but as humans vs. hateful ideas.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /><a href="http://rationalfaiths.com/the-enemy/" target="_blank">*Published at Rational Faiths on Tuesday, August 15, 2017</a></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><o:p></o:p></div> The Purpose of Scripture & Doctrine http://micahredding.com/blog/the-purpose-of-scripture-and-doctrine Mormon Transhumanist Association External Opinions urn:uuid:5014d6de-84f3-d483-58d9-651330a9e548 Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:33:20 -0600 I spend a lot of time thinking and talking about scripture and doctrine. And yet, as I’ve expressed in many different ways, I believe that love is the answer—the truly significant factor. So why not just let the scripture &amp; doctrine stuff go... <p><img src="http://res.cloudinary.com/micahredding/image/upload/c_limit,w_600/v1502809032/pyuno7czrlp2xxcnwezx.jpg" alt="The Purpose of Scripture &amp; Doctrine"> </p> <p>I spend a lot of time thinking and talking about scripture and doctrine. And yet, as I’ve expressed in many different ways, I believe that <a href="http://micahredding.com/blog/christianity-is-love" target="_blank">love is the answer</a>—the truly significant factor. </p> <p>So why not just let the scripture &amp; doctrine stuff go?</p> <p>This is what a lot of people ultimately do. When they study and deconstruct, it gives them permission to move away from legalism, and towards love as a core value and motivating ethic. In that process, they realize that getting it all <em>right</em> isn’t the most important thing in the world, and they eventually let go of that study altogether.</p> <p>So why not just do that?</p> <p>At this point, I’m old enough to have been through two significant deconstructions, and to watch numerous friends and colleagues go through them too. And I haven’t always felt good about what I’ve seen. </p> <p>Many times things start out feeling like a great liberation, and then gradually wind their way to something that feels a lot more empty and hopeless. </p> <p>And maybe even cynical. </p> <p>Some people then go looking for something to fill that emptiness, and having already tried religion, they find a strong political ideology to take its place. </p> <p>I think that’s a dark path, and as more and more people are going through deconstruction, I want something better for them on the other side. </p> <p>And I’ve realized that we are not the first generation to go through this.</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?text=%E2%80%9CChristianity%20has%20died%20many%20times%20and%20risen%20again%3B%20for%20it%20had%20a%20god%20who%20knew%20the%20way%20out%20of%20the%20grave.%E2%80%9D%20%E2%80%94%20Chesterton&amp;related=undefined&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fmicahredding.com%2Fblog%2Fthe-purpose-of-scripture-and-doctrine" target="_blank">“Christianity has died many times and risen again; for it had a god who knew the way out of the grave.” — GK Chesterton</a></p> </blockquote> <p>Christianity has died again and again. But each time it has been resurrected, reborn to new life. </p> <p>The result of those deaths and rebirths is what we experience as scripture and doctrine. They point us to the visions and values that helped previous generations find life. They didn’t find that life by rejecting everything that had come before, nor by refraining from critiquing it. Instead, they grappled with it, wrestled with it, took it into the wilderness—and came back with something new and powerful, carrying forward and revitalizing the heart of the old.</p> <p>This is what we see in Jesus, Paul, and the first disciples. It’s what we see in Moses, David, and the prophets. It’s what we see in the Reformers, the Restorationists, and throughout church history.</p> <p>It’s what I think we need today. We cannot really cut ourselves off from our past, and so we must either reject it, or renew it. But having experienced power and beauty in something, most of us cannot bring ourselves to fully reject it. </p> <p>And if we don’t find our way towards renewal, we’ll be caught in a dark limbo.</p> <p>This is my way out, my fundamental step on the path to life:</p> <p><strong>I believe in life, and I believe in humanity. And I believe in a God who believes in both.</strong></p> <p>This God calls and equips us to share his purposes. “All that I have is yours”, God says, asking us to join in and care for life and humanity just as he does. </p> <p>That’s the <a href="http://micahredding.com/blog/partnership-with-god" target="_blank">entire biblical story</a>. It’s the Greatest Commands. It’s love.</p> <p>And doctrine and scripture and all the rest—when they’re good, healthy, functional, life-giving—are how we keep reminding each other of these facts.</p> Memories of the Universe https://turingchurch.net/memories-of-the-universe-ed631a7a64f1?source=rss----532cbd3a501a---4 Mormon Transhumanist Association External Opinions urn:uuid:ca663d6f-614f-8ef8-0c29-627eb678a2b6 Sun, 13 Aug 2017 16:46:30 -0600 <figure><img alt="" src="https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/1024/1*3MtdSoYsvRnRAn6KCYPVMg.jpeg" /><figcaption>Computerized Resurrection</figcaption></figure><p>‘Memories of the Universe’ is the logical information about the history of the earth and everything that happens there. It contains the physical appearance of all people, their memories from life on the earth, feelings, and consciousness.</p><p>It is well known that the idea of Memories of the Universe is central to philosophies of Transhumanism, Posthumanism, and Singularity. The universal information is needed for natural Immortality, such as man-made technological Uploading of the dead, which is sometimes called natural Resurrection.</p><p>It is less known, that the concept of Memories of the Universe is also critical for traditional religions. The logical information about all people who have ever lived on the earth is needed for Supernatural Immortality. This information is used by traditional Supernatural Forces, known as anthropomorphic God(s), during the process of supernatural Resurrection. Some philosophies envision Supernatural Forces as non- anthropomorphic entity, such as Nature. In this case, Memories of the Universe are used by non-anthropomorphic Nature.</p><p>Memories of the Universe, can have different logical forms — it might be a single classical type of database, or the information might be spread and kept in more than one place. There are many hypothetical ways in which Memories of the Universe might be created. Some of them are natural, while other are supernatural. Whichever way it is done, the universal information needs to contain the history of all people living on the earth, in the past and in the future, written down permanently in memory internal or external to the visible universe. The existence of naturally created memory of the earth has not been verified scientifically yet — discovery of it is a goal for Humans of Future. The existence of supernaturally created Memories of the Universe is the subject of religious beliefs — eventually it also needs to be confirmed by science.</p><p><strong>Memories of the Universe Created Naturally</strong></p><p>‘Records of the Universe’ is the logical store of information about the earth, and all people who ever lived there. It is created in natural way and automatically. Records of the Universe is the particular implementation of Memories of the Universe. Much have been written about natural Records of the Universe — for example, numerous articles by Giulio Prisco published on <a href="http://turingchurch.com/2015/11/28/the-quest-for-akashic-physics/">Turing Church website</a>, in <a href="http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/prisco20151011">IEET magazine</a>, and <a href="http://giulioprisco.blogspot.com.au/2011/12/quantum-archaeology.html">his personal blog</a>. The universal store of information is referred to in this article by the term ‘Records of the Universe’. Other authors use variety of names for the same idea. For example, Giulio Prisco uses terms ‘quantum archaeology’, ‘time scanning’, ‘coping dead from the past into the future’, or ‘akashic records’.</p><p>The term ‘akashic records’ is important, because it refers to attempt of describing the universal store of information by early Buddhism over 2,000 years ago. It was done in generic terms rather than scientific, but historically it was the first attempt.</p><p>In more recent times, Records of the Universe were described as created by a variety of mechanisms, such as radial images, information leak via black holes, point of final destiny towards which the universe is heading, or quantum vacuum referred to by <a href="http://turingchurch.com/2016/09/25/the-prospect-of-akashic-engineering-preliminary-thoughts-on-a-fusion-of-east-and-west-science-and-religion/#more-4933">Turing Church website</a>.</p><p>The next possible mechanism by which Records of the Universe are created is called ‘Imprint’. The hypothesis of ‘Imprint’ assumes that the entire visible universe, including the earth, is contained inside another bigger world, which is filled by a substance such as the aether. According to this hypothesis, the visible universe is moving all the time relative to the external world — the universe flies in the aether of the external world. The aether does not slow down the movement of the earth, and it does not cause any other effects detectable by current technology. The aether is in a different dimension or outer universe relative to the earth and the entire visible world.</p><p>The next assumption is that the visible universe, while moving in the aether, leaves an imprint of itself behind. This is a kind of modification, disfigurement of the aether. Once the aether is changed, the imprint remains the same forever. The earth, while moving through the aether, leaves its track behind thorough the entire history of the planet. The imprint is the memory of events on the earth and the entire visible universe. The track in the aether contains the memory of everything which has happened on the earth since the creation of the universe until now, and of everything what will happen in the future, until the end of the visible universe. The aether contains all information about humanity, from the beginning of living organisms, through to the appearance of humans. This information is not restricted to external human forms. It contains all thoughts and inner feelings of each person thorough their entire life.</p><p>The concept of aether was used in science repetitively. As discussed in the <a href="https://turingchurch.net/vacancy-notice-cosmic-engineers-in-gods-control-room-7a487de78608">article published by Turing Church</a>, the idea of aether was temporarily abandoned in science, and then later reintroduced in modified form as a ‘new aether’. The aether as a medium for storing Records of the Universe is a similar but still different concept.</p><p>Recording the history of life on the earth in the aether can be imagined by analogy to a gramophone. This device records sounds on the gramophone disk using a needle. During sound recording the needle makes small vibrations depending upon volume and character of sound, as a person talks or sings. The vibrations of the needle make imprints in the material of the disk in the form of a gramophone track, distorting slightly the original matter of the disk. In this way the sound information is permanently written on the disk, and can be recreated later when playing back the disk. During playback, the distortions in the matter of the disk (on the sound track) are causing vibrations of the needle, that in turn are transformed into a sound, as it was originally recorded. The gramophone disk is the external memory of human talking or singing.</p><p>In the ‘Imprint’ hypothesis, the aether is the equivalent of the gramophone disk. As sound information is recorded on a disk, in the same way information about everything that happens on the earth is recorded in the aether. Movement of the visible universe relative to the aether is equivalent to movement of the gramophone needle relative to the disk. The gramophone disk rotates relative to the needle. In similar way it can be imagined that the movement of the visible universe relative to the aether is rotational rather than linear. If it is rotational, then the period of rotation must be longer then the time between the creation of the universe and its end, or else old information would be overwritten after one complete cycle; unless the movement of the universe relative to the aether is spiral, in which case the period of rotation might be shorter, without overwriting.</p><p>The ‘Imprint’ hypothesis <a href="http://www.theImmortality.org/Ch16.ImplementationFinalImmortality.html">is presented</a> on The Immortality web site. Is the ‘Imprint’ hypothesis confirmed by the science of today? The answer is no. That is why it is a religious belief at current times that might become scientific reality in the future.</p><p><strong>Memories of the Universe Created Supernaturally</strong></p><p>The concept of information is a modern one. Traditional religions do not use this term which is understandable, since it was not known in antiquity when Holy books were written. This does not prevent using the concept of information in a religious context. The traditional texts should be reinterpreted using modern terms. Religions need to explain how information about human life is preserved for posterity.</p><p>Although the concept of Memories of the Universe is analysed mainly by philosophies of Transhumanism, Posthumanism, and Singularity, it is important to traditional religions as well. Some Hindu and Buddhist philosophies already embrace it — not so much the Abrahamic religions. Memories of Universe are necessary for religious Immortality — Supernatural Forces will not be able to carry out Resurrection without accessing information about deceased people. Therefore, Memories of the Universe are important for both Transhumanism, and for traditional religions. The difference between Transhumanism and traditional religion is, that Transhumanism supports the view that Humans of Future will be able to access the Records of the Universe, without relying on Supernatural Forces. Traditional religions usually stress, that only Supernatural Forces are capable of providing Immortality. If Humans of the (far) Future turn out to be the actual Supernatural Forces, then there is no difference between Transhumanism and traditional religions.</p><p>In order to see how traditional religions rely upon Memories of the Universe, one needs to look at their theories of Resurrection. A first traditional hypothesis is that information about each human is passed from their body and brains into their soul before or during the dying process. Under this concept, the soul is usually understood as an ontological substance that is essential for life. After death, the soul separates from the material body, with all information preserved inside. Religions do not deliberate about the details of how the passage of information is done, and how souls maintain that information — usually religions assume transfer of information implicitly. When the dead are Resurrected, the information is extracted from each individual soul, and passed into new bodies and brains. Under this theory, the souls act as Memories of the Universe. The information in such record is not kept in a single database, but rather it is spread over individual souls. All souls, together, form the information database. In order to confirm the existence of such records scientifically, one needs to detect souls of deceased people scientifically, and in the next stage, to verify that souls are capable of storing information. This has not occurred yet. The other problem is, that some religions (Abrahamic and non-Abrahamic groups) do not support the concept of souls.</p><p>The next religious hypothesis is that traditional Supernatural Forces keep the information about all people on the earth in their own divine brains. This theory is consistent with doctrine of Abrahamic religions that Supernatural Forces know all about each person, and decide for them what to do. The problem with this hypothesis is that Holy books do not use the concept of brain. In antiquity many people did not know that thinking is done inside the brain — it was thought that thinking is done inside of the heart. Therefore, the religious texts need to be reinterpreted in terms of divine brain as a centre of memory and thinking for Supernatural Forces. Under this hypothesis, the brains of Supernatural Forces, act as Memories of the Universe. To confirm the existence of such records scientifically, one needs to first detect Supernatural Forces scientifically, and then look inside of their brains, to see whether Memories of the Universe are there. At present, science is not able to analyse information inside of brains of fellow humans. Therefore, looking into the brains of Supernatural Forces is the long way to go.</p><p>Another religious hypothesis is that traditional Supernatural Forces do not use souls or their own brains as a source of information about deceased humans, but rather they access the external store. In this case, most information used by Supernatural Forces is located outside of their brain and souls. Under this hypothesis, Supernatural Forces do not supervise directly the recording of information. It is rather done automatically, without their direct supervision. This is the same as naturally created Records of the Universe.</p><p><strong>One Memory of the Universe</strong></p><p>Philosophies such as Transhumanism, Posthumanism, and Singularity usually assume that in order to carry out Resurrection, Humans of Future will access information contained inside of naturally created Records of the Universe. This source of information is independent from anthropomorphic natural or Supernatural Forces. It is created by one or more of following mechanisms: radial images, imprint, final destiny point, black holes, quantum archaeology, quantum vacuum, or in some other ways. The big advantage of natural Records of the Universe is its ability for automatic creation, without personal supervision or attention. It is like video and audio recording that is done almost automatically, or by a computer acting in similar fashion when set up.</p><p>Alternatively, Humans of Future would access information inside of souls or brain(s) of traditional Supernatural Forces. Looking inside brains of Supernatural Forces would be strange. Moreover, it seems that traditional Supernatural Forces themselves will use natural external source of information rather than relying on souls or their own brains.</p><p><strong><em>Accessing Memories of the Universe is necessary for Immortality of deceased people. This is true for both Transhumanism and for traditional religions.</em></strong> <strong><em>Resurrection of dead is impossible without Memories of the Universe, regardless whether it is done in natural or supernatural way</em></strong><em>.</em></p><p>Logical information is a necessary condition of Immortality.</p><p><strong><em>It seems that natural Records of the Universe is the logical store of information, for both natural anthropomorphic forces (Humans of Future) and traditional Supernatural Forces known as God(s). In such case, there is just one universal Memory of the Universe.</em></strong></p><p>More detailed analysis can be found on website <a href="http://www.theimmortality.org/">www.theImmortality.org</a>.</p><img src="https://medium.com/_/stat?event=post.clientViewed&referrerSource=full_rss&postId=ed631a7a64f1" width="1" height="1"><hr><p><a href="https://turingchurch.net/memories-of-the-universe-ed631a7a64f1">Memories of the Universe</a> was originally published in <a href="https://turingchurch.net">Turing Church</a> on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.</p> Two Trees: a dream http://blaireostler.blogspot.com/2017/08/two-trees-dream.html Mormon Transhumanist Association External Opinions urn:uuid:f6f35ff5-1ed7-4409-0aa5-332545bec21b Wed, 09 Aug 2017 10:47:00 -0600 <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-h5LHDhTAMBY/WYn2HOdO5BI/AAAAAAAAMgc/ItjyAeD4Xd46hunINQ_Y7u9Nliv5Qpl3QCEwYBhgL/s1600/trees.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1067" data-original-width="1600" height="426" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-h5LHDhTAMBY/WYn2HOdO5BI/AAAAAAAAMgc/ItjyAeD4Xd46hunINQ_Y7u9Nliv5Qpl3QCEwYBhgL/s640/trees.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Two trees grew on opposite sides of the meadow. Each was strong and beautiful, growing toward the same light.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Their branches swayed in the wind, longing to touch the other, but t</span><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">he distance between them was too far, too wide.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">The only way for them to meet was to grow upward. Their branches would meet only if they crossed paths at the sun, their common destination. Minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, passed.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">The two trees grew taller, but the sun would not be reached, nor would their branches touch. The intensity and heat was too great. They reached too high. The sun singed the trees’ leaves just before the trees' branches burst into flames. The trees heard the other’s cries as their bodies charred. Their roots cringed, grasping for safety, security, and hope in the meadow's soil. They burned until only blackened silhouettes remained. Minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, passed.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">The two trees took refuge in the soil as they mourned. Fog shrouded the meadow until the trees could no longer see one another. They closed their eyes in defeat. Left with only what they could feel, the two trees took notice. Their roots met beneath the safety of the soil. Not one, two, or three times, but an entire network of roots grafted together over the years. The two trees took solace breathing in the soil together, though their branches never met. 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Watch the full video below.</p><iframe src="https://cdn.embedly.com/widgets/media.html?src=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fembed%2FoiWQFEWjE6g%3Ffeature%3Doembed&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DoiWQFEWjE6g&amp;image=https%3A%2F%2Fi.ytimg.com%2Fvi%2FoiWQFEWjE6g%2Fhqdefault.jpg&amp;key=a19fcc184b9711e1b4764040d3dc5c07&amp;type=text%2Fhtml&amp;schema=youtube" width="640" height="480" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"><a href="https://medium.com/media/d148502eb03809cd32adf6eaf50c9168/href">https://medium.com/media/d148502eb03809cd32adf6eaf50c9168/href</a></iframe><p>The Workshop is always held on July 20 to honor the anniversary of the first lunar landing. This year’s workshop theme was “Using Geoethical Nanotechnology to Combat Climate Change.”</p><p>As usual, Terasem Vice-President Lori Rhodes organized a flawless workshop with 35–40 participants, which is a lot for a daytime event on a working day.</p><p>Perhaps you think that Second Life is yesterday’s news, but make no mistake: the next wave of VR-enabled virtual worlds inspired by Second Life is tomorrow’s news.</p><p>Expanding into space and protecting our planet are linked goals, which can be achieved by aggressively developing emerging technologies like advanced materials and molecular nanotechnology. New methods for social cooperation, such as virtual worlds and blockchain-based decentralized organizations, have an important role to play.</p><figure><img alt="" src="https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/1024/1*04Q0leVd7oXiM2Q0CzdLLg.jpeg" /><figcaption>David Brin speaking at Terasem’s 12th Annual Workshop On Geoethical Nanotechnology in Second Life, July 20, 2017</figcaption></figure><h4>Speakers</h4><ul><li><a href="https://turingchurch.net/terasem-workshop-in-second-life-july-20-david-orban-4e7f5e2cc24e">David Orban</a>, founder of <a href="http://netsoc.org/">Network Society Research</a>, faculty member and advisor at <a href="http://singularityu.org/">Singularity University</a>;</li><li>Space activist and social entrepreneur <a href="https://turingchurch.net/terasem-workshop-in-second-life-july-20-yalda-mousavinia-c46731366ac4">Yalda Mousavinia</a>, co-founder of <a href="http://space.coop/">Space Cooperative</a>;</li><li>Scientist, tech consultant and top science fiction writer <a href="https://turingchurch.net/terasem-workshop-in-second-life-july-20-david-brin-9b41d38497d1">David Brin</a>;</li><li>and of course Terasem co-founder <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martine_Rothblatt">Martine Rothblatt</a>.</li></ul><p>See also:</p><ul><li><a href="https://turingchurch.net/terasem-workshop-in-second-life-july-20-david-orban-4e7f5e2cc24e">Terasem workshop in Second Life, July 20: David Orban</a></li><li>T<a href="https://turingchurch.net/terasem-workshop-in-second-life-july-20-yalda-mousavinia-c46731366ac4">erasem workshop in Second Life, July 20: Yalda Mousavinia</a></li><li><a href="https://turingchurch.net/terasem-workshop-in-second-life-july-20-david-brin-9b41d38497d1">Terasem workshop in Second Life, July 20: David Brin</a></li></ul><p><em>Pictures from Doug Hynes.</em></p><img src="https://medium.com/_/stat?event=post.clientViewed&referrerSource=full_rss&postId=5c3a9dec37ed" width="1" height="1"><hr><p><a href="https://turingchurch.net/video-terasems-12th-annual-workshop-on-geoethical-nanotechnology-second-life-july-20-2017-5c3a9dec37ed">VIDEO: Terasem’s 12th Annual Workshop On Geoethical Nanotechnology, Second Life, July 20, 2017</a> was originally published in <a href="https://turingchurch.net">Turing Church</a> on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.</p> My Agenda http://blaireostler.blogspot.com/2017/07/my-agenda.html Mormon Transhumanist Association External Opinions urn:uuid:f88478c5-6cc9-bd7f-2fb5-1729a1e16359 Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:04:00 -0600 <div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2L5l-pDimn8/WW-wnOTHXuI/AAAAAAAAMcQ/Rw609MxBNkkY5d1klyM1Fezlbvb3NVYWgCLcBGAs/s1600/35857329702_3fc777c784_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1067" data-original-width="1600" height="426" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2L5l-pDimn8/WW-wnOTHXuI/AAAAAAAAMcQ/Rw609MxBNkkY5d1klyM1Fezlbvb3NVYWgCLcBGAs/s640/35857329702_3fc777c784_o.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">(Photo credit: Jocelyn Gardiner)</span><br /><br />Every now and then I am questioned about my “secret agenda” by the various communities I participate in and identify with. The truth is I do have an agenda, but it’s not a secret. I openly advocate for my agenda with honesty and authenticity.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in; text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: 16.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">My Feminist Agenda<o:p></o:p></span></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in; text-align: center;"><b><i><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">My feminist agenda is to create an existence where biological sex and gender do not mandate unnecessary expectations and limitations of what a person is capable of.<o:p></o:p></span></i></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">I maintain the importance of feminism, because globally women have and do experience more institutional, political, economic, and physical abuse, oppression, and subjugation than men. Even though that is the case, I extend my feminist agenda beyond the needs, wants, and desires of women.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">My feminist agenda includes a future that not only recognizes our similarities, but also our unique differences.&nbsp;Yet, gender liberation requires equal opportunity despite these differences. While anatomical, physical, and logical limitations are present, it is my desire that we can transcend the unnecessary limitations in liberating persons from certain social constraint. While there is power and creativity to be found in constraints, there are also limitations that prevent further exploration of power and creativity. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">As a Mormon, this means to see each other as God sees us, because all are alike unto God (2 Nephi 26:33), and finding prosocial ways for reconciling these differences while transcending limitations that would lead us to radical love.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in; text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: 16.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">My Queer Agenda<o:p></o:p></span></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in; text-align: center;"><b><i><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">My queer agenda is to live in a world where radical love is recognized and encouraged.<o:p></o:p></span></i></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">My queer agenda includes, in part, the advocacy of homosexuality as a moral and prosocial option—though my queer agenda certainly isn’t limited to simply matters of homosexuality. There are also such oppressions in other queer relationships including plural relationships.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Most opposition toward queer relationships seems to arise from a sense that it is immoral according to God, or fear of the unknown. However, according to scripture, there is not fear in love (1 John 4:18-19) and love is capable of overpowering sin (1 Peter 4:8). In fact, the pursuit to thwart informed, consensual expressions of love is among the most grievous forms of immorality.&nbsp; To seek to oppress love is to oppress God. There is no God without love (1 John 4:8) when love is the fulfillment of the law (Romans 13:10) and the greatest of the commandments (Mark 12:30-3). <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">I suspect that those in opposition to queer or plural relationships do not see themselves as oppressing love, and would likely agree with the scripture references above. So the question at hand is can love (romantic and/or sexually) be expressed outside boundaries of heterosexual monogamy? Can people love differently and differing practices be respected and even celebrated?<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">For example, I like tomatoes. Others may or may not like tomatoes. There is nothing inherently moral or immoral about liking tomatoes. Immorality would be those who don’t like tomatoes insisting that everyone must not enjoy tomatoes, or even&nbsp;worse, must lose the desire for tomatoes entirely. Immorality would also be those who like tomatoes insisting that those who don’t like tomatoes are immoral for not desiring tomatoes. Morality is dependent upon how we choose to reconcile diverse desires, not that we necessarily adopt each other’s values. If it helps, substitute the word “tomatoes” for “women” or your preferred gender(s).<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">If a person considers a certain type of relationship as sin, they should have the burden of demonstrating how and why it is harmful to the individuals and community. This would require an explanation more sophisticates than “I don’t like tomatoes, therefore you can’t like tomatoes.” You may not desire what I desire, but that doesn’t make it sin. Likewise, I may not desire what you desire, but that doesn’t make it immoral either. Morality is how we reconcile the fact we love, value and desire differently which is also it’s own form of radical love. Those that can accept and love others that love plurally and/or homosexually may also be participating in radical love.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Radical love is far more broad than queer love or sexual expressions, though it includes queer love and sexual expressions. Radical love sometimes means refraining from sexual engagement. Radical love sometimes mean enjoying sexual engagement. Radical love is a pedophile seeking professional help and social involvement so they don't injure a child. Radical love is not shaming or injuring the pedophile. Radical love is a mother who gives her life for her child. Radical love is curing diseases. Radical love is forgiveness. Radical love is remorse. Radical love is resurrection. Radical love is creation of ideas, worlds, and life. Radical love includes so much more than sex.&nbsp; I think radical love is a necessary mandate for all of us and certainly is also a part of my Transhumanist agenda. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">My queer agenda is one of radical compassion and love, even compersion. I want to live in a world where radical love, even queer relationships, is not discouraged, or pointed at and called “sin,” but rather recognized in all its diverse expressions.&nbsp; I want to live in a world where mutual, consensual expressions of love are not simply tolerated, but celebrated. I want to live in a world where queer love isn’t perceived as a threat that needs to be stamped out or feared, but rather something we embrace as a diverse option, not mandate. I want to live in a world where the word love is used honestly and unselfishly. I suspect others want that too which requires we start trusting each other in faith, not fear, to unify us (Colossians 3:14). <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">While there are certainly prosocial and antisocial ways of engaging in any sexual relationship weather they are heterosexual, homosexual, monogamous, or plural, my queer agenda is to find ways of engaging and/or disengaging in sexual relationships that promote radical love.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in; text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: 16.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">My Transhumanist Agenda<o:p></o:p></span></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in; text-align: center;"><b><i><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">My Transhumanist agenda is to become a part of a radically compassionate, <o:p></o:p></span></i></b></div><div align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in; text-align: center;"><b><i><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">super-intelligent posthumanity.<o:p></o:p></span></i></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Transhumanism, broadly defined, is the ethical use of science and technology to radically improve and enhance the human condition. Transhumanism holds that we can evolve beyond our current physical, cognitive, and social limitations. Social justice and human rights issues are a part of addressing humanity’s physical, cognitive, and social limitations. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">While some opponents may argue that Transhumanism is an unworthy, even oppressive cause due to the lack of universal accessibility, I would contend that the wisest approach is a joint effort to continue to develop technologies while simultaneously acting to mitigate for risks and concrete threats, such as oppression, violence, and ignorance. Social side effects of technologies should be assessed and addressed while continuing to develop better implementations. For example, not all women can afford prenatal care, but should we stop developing prenatal care? No. Instead we seek to find ways to get more women prenatal care while continuing to create better technologies. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Utopia isn’t a place that just magically appears, it’s a direction. Utopian visions may differ according to desires, but who could argue that utopian visions, even religion, have not given us hopeful trajectories? Of course, we can and should do better, and that’s exactly the point. The improvement of humanity includes social justice, human rights, radical love, and compassion under its umbrella. Pioneering a better tomorrow is not about naiveté to risk—it’s about hope, faith, and trust in overcoming risk.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in; text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: 16.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">My Mormon Agenda<o:p></o:p></span></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in; text-align: center;"><b><i><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">My Mormon agenda is to become Gods, that is one with God, and live with our loved ones in <o:p></o:p></span></i></b></div><div align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in; text-align: center;"><b><i><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">celestial glory for all eternity in a state of eternal progression.<o:p></o:p></span></i></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">This is Mormonism and I hold it to be a worthy cause. However, for me, celestial glory is not heaven within the confines of patriarchal authority that neglects and subjugates my sex. Celestial glory is not heaven without my LGBTQ+ family and the radical expansion of love. Celestial glory is not heaven if we don’t make it happen, right here, right now, on earth (Doctrine and Covenants 88:18-20). Celestial glory is scripturally and literally of our own making as we join the <a href="http://blaireostler.blogspot.com/2016/12/ye-are-body-of-christ.html">Body of Christ</a> as exemplified by Jesus. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Most LDS Mormons don’t have a problem with this agenda, until it comes to changing policy, questioning authority, or challenging dogma. However, accomplishing the primary Mormon objective mandates that we change and adapt policy. Eternal progression is not something independent of our efforts, nor is it the sole responsibility of church leaders to implement. God cannot meaningfully reveal what we would not meaningfully accept, due to agency (Moses 4:3-4). If we are <b>racist</b>, so are our policies, rituals, and interpretations.&nbsp; If we are <b>sexist</b>, so are our policies, rituals, and interpretations.&nbsp; If we are <b>heterosexist</b>, so are our policies, rituals, and interpretations. If we are <b>insincere</b>, so are our policies, rituals, and interpretations. God has granted us the agency to either achieve transcendence or commit our own destruction (Alma 29:4-5). <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">If we are members of the LDS Church, it is not simply our prerogative to change ourselves, and by extension policy and the Church, but it is our imperative duty if we are to accomplish the primary Mormon objective. I choose faith in the Mormon agenda which is to become Gods and live with our loved ones beyond this earthly life for all eternity in a state of eternal progression. <a href="http://blaireostler.blogspot.com/2016/12/eternal-progression-change-as-constant.html">Eternal progression</a>, in all its forms, is indispensable to Mormon doctrine. But that won’t happen without our collective works. Faith without works is dead (James 2:20). <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in; text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: 16.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">My Agenda<o:p></o:p></span></span></b></div><div align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in; text-align: center;"><b><i><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">My agenda is to create the tangible manifestations of radical love.<o:p></o:p></span></i></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">My agendas may seem unrelated to an observer, but for me, they are one in the same. For many people these issues are quite literally a matter of life and death. Life comes with risk—real existential risk on both a global and individual level. I don’t want to exist in a world of eternal subjugation, oppression, ignorance, or fear where radical love is trampled and suffering is greeted with apathy. If that is the case, we are no longer working toward heaven, but hell.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">I want to compassionately work toward an existence where people can live and love freely, without the limitations of oppression, selfishness, hopelessness, and death. Any transcendent existence I want to build and be a part of includes the radical compassion of all of humankind seeking to build a better existence with reconciliation of diversification. I’m not perfect at it, but I think it’s a worthy aspiration.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">*This post is a personal commentary of my own desires and objectives, and I am speaking as an individual and not as a spokesperson for th You are not porn. You are the Sun. http://blaireostler.blogspot.com/2017/07/you-are-not-porn-you-are-sun.html Mormon Transhumanist Association External Opinions urn:uuid:c4980131-3671-c160-09b1-42852f3ea642 Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:32:00 -0600 <div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YbfvJKolZoU/WW1qDGkxYbI/AAAAAAAAMb4/wgb5llESE7scAauh-CJwC0K7sNF-FIbZgCLcBGAs/s1600/you%2Bare%2Bthe%2Bsun.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="472" data-original-width="794" height="380" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YbfvJKolZoU/WW1qDGkxYbI/AAAAAAAAMb4/wgb5llESE7scAauh-CJwC0K7sNF-FIbZgCLcBGAs/s640/you%2Bare%2Bthe%2Bsun.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br />I often hear people talking about widening the canopy of Mormonism to be more inclusive of various interpretations, orthodoxy, and orthopraxy, similar to Catholicism. I’m highly in favor of such aspirations, particularly with regard to orthopraxy.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /><!--[endif]--><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">While I stopped wearing garments three years ago, Mormonism is very much a part of my identity. My clothes might challenge orthopraxy, but my heart still <a href="http://blaireostler.blogspot.com/2016/12/ye-are-body-of-christ.html">bleeds</a><a href="http://blaireostler.blogspot.com/2016/12/eternal-progression-change-as-constant.html">orthodoxy</a>, which is different than dogma. For me, garments were a reminder of the <a href="http://blaireostler.blogspot.com/2016/04/when-temple-hurts.html">patriarchal oppression</a> that I experienced in the temple. Some of the most beautiful aspects of Mormon theology are taught in the temple, like <a href="http://blaireostler.blogspot.com/2016/05/diversity-of-god.html">theosis</a>, <a href="http://blaireostler.blogspot.com/2016/10/a-feminists-defense-of-polygamy.html">eternal sealings</a> and <a href="http://blaireostler.blogspot.com/2016/09/priesthood-power.html">priesthood power</a>. However, all are dripping with androcentric esthetics and patriarchal policies. Temple depictions of heaven felt more like hell, so I stepped back to reassess. I think about returning to the temple from time to time and someday I might, but currently <a href="http://blaireostler.blogspot.com/2016/11/disappear.html">the wound is still too deep</a>.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Since I don’t wear garments, I sometimes wear sleeveless clothing. I wear tank tops to school, I wear short shorts to go visiting teaching, and yes, I wear sleeveless dresses to church. Honestly, I don’t even notice it anymore. I wear what I like, because it’s comfortable and it makes me feel good. Most people don’t seem to mind either, or if they do they don’t overtly express it. I’ve worn sleeveless dresses while bearing my testimony of Jesus Christ and speaking at a baptism. With patience and time, most have become relatively accepting. Of course there have been a few who passive-aggressively comment on my esthetics, or glance at my legs or shoulders in disapproval, but that’s more a reflection of their issues, not mine. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">I’m not going to lie, at first it was hard. The hardest part was getting over my own dogma and insecurities. First, I had to stop shaming my shoulders and stop giving unnecessary social power to others before I could persuade them to do the same. I had to accept that I could be a “good Mormon” even though that didn’t include LDS temple garments. Some aspects of orthopraxy require explicit communal sanction, but this wasn’t one of them.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">A friend once offered me a good piece of advice. She said, “If you act like you belong, most people will let you belong.” She was right. I had to stop privileging their view and trust that I belonged to the community, even when my orthopraxy differed from theirs. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">I’ve heard some Mormon feminists talk about having a #PornShoulders March to protest the objectification of Mormon women’s shoulders. I think this is a mistake. It will likely be perceived by certain members as a teenage girl throwing a temper tantrum because her daddy said she couldn’t leave the house dressed like that. I do not believe this is the intention, but likely the perception. This will cause those whom need to be persuaded to tighten their grip on the worldview that makes them feel safe, which includes the objectification of women’s shoulders, my shoulders, our shoulders, and even their own shoulders. They will cling to that which we wish to dispel.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">It reminds me of one of Aesop’s Fables, The North Wind and the Sun:<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">“A dispute arose between the north wind and the sun, each claiming that she was stronger than the other.&nbsp; At last they agreed to try their powers upon a traveler, to see which could soonest strip him of his cloak. The north wind had the first try; and, gathering up all her force for the attack, she came whirling furiously down upon the man and caught up his cloak as though he would wrest it from him be one single effort. But the harder she blew, the more closely the man wrapped it around himself. Then came the turn of the sun. At first she beamed gently upon the traveler, who soon unclasped his cloak and walked on with it hanging loosely about his shoulders. Then she shone forth in her full strength, and the man, before her had gone many steps, was glad to throw his cloak right off and complete his journey more lightly clad.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">We must be the Sun—calm, patient, powerful, smart, bold, unyielding, and effective. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">We must protest with persuasion. Stop privileging objectification. Stop hash tagging PornSholders. Stop perpetuating a partisan narrative that disservices the cause. Instead, privilege your view—the one that says God loves and accepts you and your shoulders at church. That is how we widen the Mormon canopy.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">You are not porn. You are the Sun.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><a href="http://rationalfaiths.com/not-porn-sun/" target="_blank">*Published at Rational Faiths on Tuesday, July 18, 2017</a></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><o:p></o:p></div> Terasem workshop in Second Life, July 20: David Orban https://turingchurch.net/terasem-workshop-in-second-life-july-20-david-orban-4e7f5e2cc24e?source=rss----532cbd3a501a---4 Mormon Transhumanist Association External Opinions urn:uuid:ec3681b1-eb3b-023a-c00e-f0c4c0157d88 Tue, 18 Jul 2017 01:30:46 -0600 <figure><img alt="" src="https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/960/1*-hr0BS2p18t1OLHelw-fFg.jpeg" /></figure><p>Terasem’s 12th <a href="https://turingchurch.net/terasems-12th-annual-workshop-on-geoethical-nanotechnology-july-20-second-life-d776cb1f98a5">Annual Workshop On Geoethical Nanotechnology</a> will take place as usual on July 20 in the Terasem sim, Second Life, with top speakers including <a href="http://netsoc.vc/team/">David Orban</a>, founder of <a href="http://netsoc.org/">Network Society Research</a>, faculty member and advisor at <a href="http://singularityu.org/">Singularity University</a>,</p><p>Other speakers: space activist and social entrepreneur <a href="https://turingchurch.net/terasem-workshop-in-second-life-july-20-yalda-mousavinia-c46731366ac4">Yalda Mousavinia</a>, co-founder of <a href="http://space.coop/">Space Cooperative</a>, scientist, tech consultant and top science fiction writer <a href="https://turingchurch.net/terasem-workshop-in-second-life-july-20-david-brin-9b41d38497d1">David Brin</a>, and of course Terasem co-founder <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martine_Rothblatt">Martine Rothblatt</a>.</p><p>David’s talk is titled “<strong>The Biosphere Is A Small Subset Of The Technosphere And Will Grow With It</strong>.” Abstract:</p><blockquote>In approximately 3.5 billion years of evolution the biosphere grew to cover all of the surface of Earth. But in vertical it only extends about a mile or two, to be generous, in both directions from sea level. Going up oxygen becomes scarce, going down light is stopped by the solid surface almost immediately, and in a few hundred yards by water.</blockquote><blockquote>Through solar energy, space based manufacturing, underground LED hydroponics, we can radically extend the volume in which biocompatible environments can allow organic life to thrive, and to sustain the human-technological hybrid civilization.</blockquote><blockquote>Earth’s carrying capacity is a hundredfold what we believe it is!</blockquote><blockquote>Through engineered nanorobots to suitably process the chemical and mineral composition of the soil within which to establish the fractal maze of 3D environments, the same approach can be applied to Martian colonies, too.</blockquote><blockquote>An abundant mindset, which leverages human creativity and the full potential of our technologies, can recognize the perils of the blind experiments we are already running on a planetary scale, and embrace the responsibility of open and directed developments that benefit all of the biosphere, giving it vast new opportunities unreachable by the casual attempts of natural selection.</blockquote><figure><img alt="" src="https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/960/1*_XcWp5RWl2YG4QRhh7ZCvw.jpeg" /></figure><p>David was kind enough to answer some questions:</p><p><strong>The Earth, the Moon, or Mars?</strong></p><blockquote>All of the above! And more! We must stay curious and passionate about our future, which will include space, not as the next frontier, but the next series of environments with which to confront our ingenuity and desire to solve our challenges.</blockquote><p><strong>How can a Network Society help protecting and stewarding our planet?</strong></p><blockquote>Decentralized networks are able to evolve more resilient communities that leverage technologies at the edge, experimenting, iterating solutions, sharing best practices globally in a borderless, interconnected world.</blockquote><p><strong>How can a Network Society help going to the stars?</strong></p><blockquote>We are, from the Internet of Things, to blockchain, to Articificial Intelligence, putting together approaches that are eminently applicable to space exploration, and to radically redesigned approaches to how we can establish colonies in the solar system and beyond.</blockquote><p><strong>Are we getting close to The Diamond Age described by Neal Stephenson, or is nanotech a failed dream?</strong></p><blockquote>Nanotech is what powers our bodies. Nature took billions of years to evolve it. If it takes us a few hundred, it should not be surprising, and we can still be proud of the results.</blockquote><p><strong>Where are those nanobots that Eric Drexler promised?</strong></p><blockquote>As Paul Saffo says, “Never mistake a clear view for a short distance”. They are here in our future, unavoidably.</blockquote><p>Please come and listed to David on July 20, and ask more questions!</p><p><strong>Terasem’s 12th Annual Workshop On Geoethical Nanotechnology</strong><br><strong>Using Geoethical Nanotechnology to Combat Climate Change</strong></p><p><strong>Thursday, July 20, 2017<br>11:00AM — 1:30PM PDT/2:00PM — 4:30PM EDT/7:00PM — 9:30PM GMT</strong></p><p><strong>Terasem Island Conference Center in Second Life</strong><br> <strong>[</strong><a href="http://slurl.com/secondlife/Terasem/130/175/29/?&amp;title=Terasem%20Island%20Amphitheatre&amp;msg=Welcome%20to%20Terasem"><strong>SLURL — click here to teleport to Terasem</strong></a><strong>]</strong></p><p>Feel free to explore Terasem Island in Second Life (just install a Second Life viewer and then click the link above) before the workshop, and feel free to contact me for help.</p><p><em>Pictures from David Orban.</em></p><img src="https://medium.com/_/stat?event=post.clientViewed&referrerSource=full_rss&postId=4e7f5e2cc24e" width="1" height="1"><hr><p><a href="https://turingchurch.net/terasem-workshop-in-second-life-july-20-david-orban-4e7f5e2cc24e">Terasem workshop in Second Life, July 20: David Orban</a> was originally published in <a href="https://turingchurch.net">Turing Church</a> on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.</p> Terasem workshop in Second Life, July 20: David Brin https://turingchurch.net/terasem-workshop-in-second-life-july-20-david-brin-9b41d38497d1?source=rss----532cbd3a501a---4 Mormon Transhumanist Association External Opinions urn:uuid:4cf2368e-ec91-12ae-c2ba-2b10fc36cf8a Mon, 17 Jul 2017 03:38:31 -0600 <figure><img alt="" src="https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/1024/1*YNBPzVtXC3N2nbzGOUhmOA.jpeg" /></figure><p>Terasem’s 12th <a href="https://turingchurch.net/terasems-12th-annual-workshop-on-geoethical-nanotechnology-july-20-second-life-d776cb1f98a5">Annual Workshop On Geoethical Nanotechnology</a> will take place as usual on July 20 in the Terasem sim, Second Life, with top speakers including scientist, tech consultant and top science fiction writer <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Brin">David Brin</a>.</p><figure><img alt="" src="https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/1024/1*S8f7Pl-QzFO8fJCSi4yPyw.jpeg" /></figure><p>Other speakers: space activist and social entrepreneur <a href="https://turingchurch.net/terasem-workshop-in-second-life-july-20-yalda-mousavinia-c46731366ac4">Yalda Mousavinia</a>, co-founder of <a href="http://space.coop/">Space Cooperative</a>, <a href="http://netsoc.vc/team/">David Orban</a>, founder of <a href="http://netsoc.org/">Network Society Research</a>, faculty member and advisor at <a href="http://singularityu.org/">Singularity University</a>, and of course Terasem co-founder <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martine_Rothblatt">Martine Rothblatt</a>.</p><p>Organizer Lori Rhodes and I met David Brin a few days ago in Second Life for preparations. David has given talks in Second Life before — see for example <a href="http://ideonexus.com/2008/04/21/david-brins-talk-in-extropia-second-life/">this 2008 talk</a> at Extropia Core, then the most active futurist community in Second Life.</p><p>The content of David’s talk on July 20 is kept under tight wraps, only the title has been revealed: “The Geoethics of Earth Alteration… and possible Gaia-Uplift” — If you are wondering what that means, come and find out on July 20! Access coordinates to the Terasem sim in Second Life below.</p><p>In David’s “<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uplift_Universe">Uplift universe</a>” an intergalactic civilization, which has existed for billions of years, is perpetuated by the act of “<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biological_uplift">uplift</a>,” in which an advanced species changes a pre-sapient species until it is sapient. <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaia_philosophy">Gaia</a> is the Earth, with its biosphere and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noosphere">noosphere</a>.</p><p>Can we uplift Gaia, and what does Gaia become after uplifting? Let’s go to Second Life on July 20 and find out.</p><p><strong>Terasem’s 12th Annual Workshop On Geoethical Nanotechnology</strong><br><strong>Using Geoethical Nanotechnology to Combat Climate Change</strong></p><p><strong>Thursday, July 20, 2017<br>11:00AM — 1:30PM PDT/2:00PM — 4:30PM EDT/7:00PM — 9:30PM GMT</strong></p><p><strong>Terasem Island Conference Center in Second Life</strong><br> <strong>[</strong><a href="http://slurl.com/secondlife/Terasem/130/175/29/?&amp;title=Terasem%20Island%20Amphitheatre&amp;msg=Welcome%20to%20Terasem"><strong>SLURL — click here to teleport to Terasem</strong></a><strong>]</strong></p><p>Feel free to explore Terasem Island in Second Life (just install a Second Life viewer and then click the link above) before the workshop, and feel free to contact me for help.</p><p><a href="https://about.me/davidbrin"><em>Cover picture</em></a><em> from David Brin, </em><a href="http://ideonexus.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/davidbrintalk.jpg"><em>Second Life</em></a><em> picture from </em><a href="http://ideonexus.com/"><em>ideonexus</em></a><em>.</em></p><img src="https://medium.com/_/stat?event=post.clientViewed&referrerSource=full_rss&postId=9b41d38497d1" width="1" height="1"><hr><p><a href="https://turingchurch.net/terasem-workshop-in-second-life-july-20-david-brin-9b41d38497d1">Terasem workshop in Second Life, July 20: David Brin</a> was originally published in <a href="https://turingchurch.net">Turing Church</a> on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.</p> The Contortionist http://blaireostler.blogspot.com/2017/07/the-contortionist.html Mormon Transhumanist Association External Opinions urn:uuid:3902743d-6cdc-cb8d-adb9-156efd40fb82 Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:02:00 -0600 <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qUFBd8R9JoE/WWkBidaw5AI/AAAAAAAAMbw/-QRQQPsmd741P6senQ4HAd2-c5DVcNC9gCLcBGAs/s1600/The%2BContortionist.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="464" data-original-width="696" height="426" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qUFBd8R9JoE/WWkBidaw5AI/AAAAAAAAMbw/-QRQQPsmd741P6senQ4HAd2-c5DVcNC9gCLcBGAs/s640/The%2BContortionist.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br />I can stretch and bend,</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">put my feet behind my head.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">I can smile real big,<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">and grow my skin thick.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Hold my breath for days.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Dress myself a million ways.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Repress a tear or two.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Laugh on cue.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Hold it together.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Cinch it tight.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Lengthen the stride.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Subdue the fight.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">I can be anything for you.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Well,<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">anything, <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">but me.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">I can twist my neck, <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">to suit your perspective.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Be your favorite fantasy.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Better than ecstasy.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Intermingled all night long,<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">I’ll moan you a song.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Tell you what you want to hear.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Placate your fears.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Perform.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Conform.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Distort.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Contort. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Take your pick.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">I can be anything for you.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Well,<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">anything, <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">but me.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Wherever I go,<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Whatever I do,<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">It’s up to you.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">I’ll follow your rules.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">How could I refuse?<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Simply a toy you could enjoy<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">while I pretend to be coy.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif;">Whenever you're done, toss me aside.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif;">You can ignore that I cried.</span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">I'll stick to procedure.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Pretend to be eager.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Whatever you choose,<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">I can be anything for you.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Well,<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">anything, <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">but me.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">But I’m more than machine.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">I’m an actual human being,<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">with my own wants, thoughts and tasks.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">But you wouldn’t know, you didn’t ask.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Because the truth is <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">you don’t know me.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">You wanted the girl in a costume,<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">with extreme flexibility,<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">to absolve your of accountability,<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">and relinquish responsibility,<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">without your sensibilities,<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">you mock my authenticity, <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">without regard to my sensitivity,<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">with ruthless civility,<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">You wanted—<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Well,<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">anything,&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">but me.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">But&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Times, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif;">the tragedy is</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Times, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif;">you could say the same&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Times, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif;">to me.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><o:p></o:p></div> CRISPR LOVE http://www.transfigurist.org/2017/07/crispr-love.html The Transfigurist urn:uuid:52d723bb-7f51-f326-791b-630c5a02506b Fri, 14 Jul 2017 10:55:00 -0600 <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IeuAb6pciYI/WWBurarW0qI/AAAAAAAAAGo/m4Gy_B7Zi4oqU1DhH0h2Gwu11IefW3OpgCLcBGAs/s1600/cripsr%2Blove.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="349" data-original-width="620" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IeuAb6pciYI/WWBurarW0qI/AAAAAAAAAGo/m4Gy_B7Zi4oqU1DhH0h2Gwu11IefW3OpgCLcBGAs/s1600/cripsr%2Blove.jpg" /></a></div><br />Guest Blogger:<br /><o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;">Gary Lee Parker<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><span style="white-space: pre-wrap;">I cut my genes for you <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;">I cut myself to keep your love <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;">I trim the edges, rough to smooth <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;">I shape my soul to fit your glove <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;">I Infect myself for you <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;">I change my mind to rise above <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;">my baser state, the more uncouth <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;">allotments, lop the riffraff of <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;">my riffraff spirit’s residue <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;">I clip the wings of Eden’s dove <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;">I cut my genes for you, in truth <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;">I cut myself to keep your love <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;">I lose myself for you <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;">I lose myself inside your need <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;">in your X-Acto blade demands <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;">For what I ought to be <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;">Carefully I cut for you <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;">my garden’s code I strictly weed <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;">my garden’s code I prune by hand <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;">and burn the cheap debris <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;">my unruly runners hewn <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;">I hew the gnarled knobs and seed <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;">my soul anew, each woven strand <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;">unzipped, I craft a better tree <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;">I cut my genes for you <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;">I cut my soul to rise above <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;">I change myself, your fears to soothe <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;">I cut myself to keep your love <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;">evict myself to keep your love<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;">&nbsp;eject myself to keep a love<br />you are unworthy of</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><o:p></o:p></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Transfigurist/~4/3IwSv763P8k" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Terasem workshop in Second Life, July 20: Yalda Mousavinia https://turingchurch.net/terasem-workshop-in-second-life-july-20-yalda-mousavinia-c46731366ac4?source=rss----532cbd3a501a---4 Mormon Transhumanist Association External Opinions urn:uuid:20d74a2c-d0a6-670e-4665-34fb71d2fdf0 Mon, 10 Jul 2017 10:00:58 -0600 <figure><img alt="" src="https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/1024/1*oysHjK4AF-LRvTmll_gDrw.jpeg" /></figure><p>Terasem’s 12th <a href="http://www.terasemcentral.org/events.html">Annual Workshop On Geoethical Nanotechnology</a> will take place as usual on July 20 in the Terasem sim, Second Life, with top speakers including space activist and social entrepreneur <a href="http://space.coop/team/">Yalda Mousavinia</a>, co-founder of <a href="http://space.coop/">Space Cooperative</a>.</p><p>Yalda’s talk is titled “Space Mission Collaboration for the Benefit of Humanity.” Abstract:</p><blockquote>Space Cooperative is developing a collaborative platform to design and execute ambitious space missions through self organized local or virtual groups, with global vision, crowdsourced know how, and crowdfunded financial incentives. An integrated VR experience will provide immersive and energizing discussion and design spaces for next generation space endeavors. How can global citizens launch a new space program that leads us not only back to the Moon, but also back to the Earth? This presentation will illustrate two sample initiatives, a new Moon program and a “terraforming Earth” program aimed at taking better care of our planet through science and future geoethical nanotechnology.</blockquote><p>I interviewed Yalda:</p><iframe src="https://cdn.embedly.com/widgets/media.html?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dn0Y5dQHYg0s&amp;src=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fembed%2Fn0Y5dQHYg0s&amp;type=text%2Fhtml&amp;key=a19fcc184b9711e1b4764040d3dc5c07&amp;schema=youtube" width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"><a href="https://medium.com/media/1392a1bd2d6886f9e1ebf2bd6875e1b7/href">https://medium.com/media/1392a1bd2d6886f9e1ebf2bd6875e1b7/href</a></iframe><p>The discussion touches on space, the environment, the still untapped potential of virtual worlds, and the prospect of crowdsourcing and crowdfunding BIG projects to do BIG things, here on Earth and out there in space.</p><p>This is just an appetizer: Yalda has much more to say, so come and listen to her in Second Life on July 20!</p><p>Perhaps you think that Second Life is yesterday’s news, but make no mistake: the next wave of VR-enabled virtual worlds inspired by Second Life is tomorrow’s news.</p><p>The Terasem workshop is always held on July 20 to honor the anniversary of the first lunar landing. <a href="http://giulioprisco.blogspot.com/2009/07/terasem-movements-5th-annual-workshop.html">In the words of Martine Rothblatt</a>:</p><blockquote>“It reminds us of the imperative to move outwards — we must get religiously fanatic about galactic colonization.”</blockquote><p><strong>Terasem’s 12th Annual Workshop On Geoethical Nanotechnology</strong><br><strong>Using Geoethical Nanotechnology to Combat Climate Change</strong></p><p><strong>Thursday, July 20, 2017<br>11:00AM — 1:30PM PDT/2:00PM — 4:30PM EDT/7:00PM — 9:30PM GMT</strong></p><p><strong>Terasem Island Conference Center in Second Life</strong><br> <strong>[</strong><a href="http://slurl.com/secondlife/Terasem/130/175/29/?&amp;title=Terasem%20Island%20Amphitheatre&amp;msg=Welcome%20to%20Terasem"><strong>SLURL — click here to teleport to Terasem</strong></a><strong>]</strong></p><p>Feel free to explore Terasem Island in Second Life (just install a Second Life viewer and then click the link above) before the workshop, and feel free to contact me for help.</p><img src="https://medium.com/_/stat?event=post.clientViewed&referrerSource=full_rss&postId=c46731366ac4" width="1" height="1"><hr><p><a href="https://turingchurch.net/terasem-workshop-in-second-life-july-20-yalda-mousavinia-c46731366ac4">Terasem workshop in Second Life, July 20: Yalda Mousavinia</a> was originally published in <a href="https://turingchurch.net">Turing Church</a> on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.</p> The Christian Post – Sex With Robots Goes Against God’s Plan, Christian Ethicists Warn, Urge Ban on Child Sex Robots http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/390654786/0/christopherbenek~The-Christian-Post-Sex-With-Robots-Goes-Against-Gods-Plan-Christian-Ethicists-Warn-Urge-Ban-on-Child-Sex-Robots/ Mormon Transhumanist Association External Opinions urn:uuid:02a510ac-e287-23b2-2daa-11e21ff1ed49 Sat, 08 Jul 2017 13:10:22 -0600 The Christian Post features The Rev. 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Stay tuned for the full program. In the next two weeks before the workshop we’ll publish here news, views and interviews with the speakers.</p><p>Perhaps you think that Second Life is yesterday’s news, but make no mistake: the next wave of VR-enabled virtual worlds inspired by Second Life is tomorrow’s news.</p><p>The Workshop is always held on July 20 to honor the anniversary of the first lunar landing. This year’s workshop theme is “Using Geoethical Nanotechnology to Combat Climate Change.”</p><p><strong>Terasem’s 12th Annual Workshop On Geoethical Nanotechnology</strong><br><strong>Using Geoethical Nanotechnology to Combat Climate Change</strong></p><p><strong>Thursday, July 20, 2017<br>11:00AM — 1:30PM PDT/2:00PM — 4:30PM EDT/7:00PM — 9:30PM GMT</strong></p><p><strong>Terasem Island Conference Center in Second Life</strong><br> <strong>[</strong><a href="http://slurl.com/secondlife/Terasem/130/175/29/?&amp;title=Terasem%20Island%20Amphitheatre&amp;msg=Welcome%20to%20Terasem"><strong>SLURL — click here to teleport to Terasem</strong></a><strong>]</strong></p><p>Feel free to explore Terasem Island in Second Life (just install a Second Life viewer and then click the link above) before the workshop, and feel free to contact me for help.</p><p><em>Image from Terasem.</em></p><img src="https://medium.com/_/stat?event=post.clientViewed&referrerSource=full_rss&postId=d776cb1f98a5" width="1" height="1"><hr><p><a href="https://turingchurch.net/terasems-12th-annual-workshop-on-geoethical-nanotechnology-july-20-second-life-d776cb1f98a5">Terasem’s 12th Annual Workshop On Geoethical Nanotechnology, July 20, Second Life</a> was originally published in <a href="https://turingchurch.net">Turing Church</a> on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.</p> Immortality, Resurrection, Mind-Uploading, try ‘Tyaga’ and Selfless Love https://turingchurch.net/immortality-resurrection-mind-uploading-try-tyaga-and-selfless-love-a5a1f20264f1?source=rss----532cbd3a501a---4 Mormon Transhumanist Association External Opinions urn:uuid:9c174325-5832-0b5d-8846-41609a4a23ce Mon, 03 Jul 2017 22:41:52 -0600 <figure><img alt="" src="https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/1024/1*a-kRvG_3zh9WB6TRhntMcw.jpeg" /></figure><p>Editors’ note: We think this essay by Nupur Munshi is particularly interesting because it provides an Eastern view into Christian and Muslim teachings about sacrifice, and implications relevant for transhumanist spirituality.</p><h4>“Oh <a href="https://turingchurch.net/india-awakens-conference-video-proceedings-1c7bab279d5c#.lmgvnzpq1">Sister</a> You are my courage and strength in the face of pain and grief.”</h4><p>There could be two meanings for sacrifice or renunciation (the goal is similar) — one is the popular one, and the other is the one which I prefer to study. The popular meaning often tends towards not so relevant aspects of the concept because it is more inclined to ritualistic norms, but the other meaning, which has a richer meaning, is philosophically superior and may lead to understanding the true nature of our existence.</p><p><a href="http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=sacrifice&amp;allowed_in_frame=0">sacrifice (n.)</a></p><ol><li>“Offering of something (especially a life) to a deity as an act of propitiation or homage.”</li><li>“Meaning ‘surrender, give up, suffer to be lost.’”</li></ol><p><em>Tyaga </em>(Sanskrit): renunciation — relinquishment of the fruit of action, giving up to get the higher.</p><p>We are here talking about “resurrection,” the most unusual thing to have happened in the history of mankind. Jesus came back to life after death. He was crucified and his dead body was lying in a tomb and after three days the tomb was found to be empty, Jesus “seen” to have risen in a glorified body.</p><p>I am a Hindu — I am not thoroughly acquainted with the episode of resurrection. I know that Easter is celebrated all around the world because of this miraculous feat of the Son of God. We love Easter in India as we see our Christian friends celebrating we rejoice in their celebration.</p><p>But what is resurrection, and why did it happen? To find an answer, I first looked into the Bible verses related to The Resurrection from the King James Version (KJV).</p><p>This is what I found.</p><p><a href="https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+15&amp;version=KJV">Corinthians 15:3–4</a></p><blockquote>For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;<br>And that he was buried and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures;</blockquote><p>Jesus was great and his death set an example to follow. A noble value, that of self sacrifice. It means to attain something great one must give away ordinary goals. Jesus’ brutal crucifixion and death, and His burial inside a dark tomb prior to the resurrection, was witnessed by everyone, and He bore the pain that came pouring down upon him. It was almost looking as if he was ready to accept that pain to his physical body to take the sins of others as his own and be punished for it.</p><p>Jesus did exactly that… and got back a glorious life. It is interesting to study the whole episode of false charges against him followed by the gruesome killing of and the strength of mind Jesus showed. Let us all learn from Him the courage with which he stood the adversities.</p><blockquote>“Christ was unselfish, and yet he was crucified.” True, but we know that his unselfishness is the reason, the cause of a great victory — the crowning of millions upon millions of lives with the blessings of true success”. <em>— Swami Vivekananda.</em></blockquote><blockquote>“ Christian Transhumanism holds that this understanding of human identity was embodied in the life of Jesus, who transformed our vision of the boundaries of human life, and self-sacrificially opened up new possibilities for the future of the human race.” <em>— Micah Redding.</em></blockquote><p>The act of sacrifice is very interesting. We call it relinquishment, the act of “tyaga” in Hinduism. Islam calls it “qurbani”. Renunciation is actually about giving up to get the higher.</p><blockquote>“Renunciation comes by itself when you have got the higher. Then the lesser falls away itself.”</blockquote><p>In the Hindu Scripture of The Bhagavad Gita, “tyaga” is predominantly dealt with as “To work thou hast the right but never to the fruit” (Swami Vivekananda). “Krishna teaches that perfection lies not in renunciation of the world, but rather in disciplined action (Karma Yoga), performed without attachment to results (<em>karma-phala-tyaga)(Stephen Rogen).</em></p><p>Sacrifice is a spontaneous and unhypocritical selfless act of giving up the fruit of the effort the labor you put in to a work.</p><p>We have story of Sita. “There she will always be, this glorious Sita, purer than purity and all suffering, all patience and all suffering… without a murmur,” the great Sita, the consort of Lord Rama in our epic Ramayan. She is an amazing character — the beautiful daughter of king Janakya, she accompanied Rama to the forest as the latter was expelled from the kingdom, to bear hardships along with him. There she was captured and held captive by the demon Ravan. Charged falsely of impurity for her stay with Ravan, she had to undergo the “test of fire” to prove her chastity. She was forced into exile the second time, toil all by herself to raise her children in an ashram and finally, when she again had to take the trial on fire, mother earth opened up and took Sita away.</p><p>Some critics say that Sita’s “descent was Sita’s ascent”.</p><blockquote>“Allah says in the Quraan: ‘It is not their flesh nor their blood that reaches Allah; it is your piety that reaches him.’ 22:37… Qurbani calls for the slaughter of one’s innate desires by placing the knife of courage and resistance on hatred, jealousy, pride, greed, animosity, and other such maladies of the heart.”</blockquote><p>Let’s take the story of the Buddha. He left his kingdom and family for a meditative journey to enlightenment. “… the Buddha, who also awakened to new life in his moment of Enlightenment at the Bodhi Tree, which entails an awareness of Nirvana, a condition of bliss that comes from the blowing out of the three flames of greed, hatred, and delusion.”</p><p>Sacrifice is not slaughter of animals, symbolically it is slaughter of animosity, neither it is offering in the fire, symbolically it is about deriving happiness in selflessly giving sharing and loving, nor is it condemning, chastising or rebuking but rather, interestingly, being condemned and rebuked as in the case of Jesus and Sita. Sacrifice is the religion of the higher minds.</p><p>It is said that “Something beautiful happens to people when their world has fallen apart: a Humility,a nobility,a higher intelligence emerges at just when our knees hit the floor”.</p><p>When we talk about technology in the context and language of these philosophical aspects of the higher minds, the question of whether technology be able to tackle these before approaching uploading or immortality comes as a serious concern.</p><p>Should technological advancement be misleading, misguiding us to more greed, jealousy, hatred, name, fame, money? No … it must also help us to work on certain aspects of our behavior in the face of adversity and oppression. Technology should help us in the ultimate human purpose of “love and renunciation.” Science can develop methods of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_uploading">mind uploading</a> and think of sophisticated methods of developing higher minds. The Upanishads says “Not by progeny not by wealth but by renunciation alone immortality is reached.” If God inflicts pain it is for our good — an opportunity of “tyaga” is an opportunity for immortality because, as Vivekananda says, “You are the Heirs of immortality, sons of the Eternal Father.” I am sure technology follows this rule, not the other.</p><p>When our body perishes at the time of death, our mind or consciousness moves to the next higher level of consciousness. In <a href="http://turingchurch.com/tag/mind-uploading/">mind-uploading</a> a sentient gets copied to a computer as a simulation in the form of information. The copy remains in a simulated world for as long as infinity. Moving to a higher level requires a lot of effort suffering, sacrifice, love and renunciation. Consciouness depend critically on subtle quantum effects in our neural circuitory. The fleshy brain is a substrate for non local quantum effects acted upon us via the brain. So, what if the neural circuitry that holds the mind is refined before transference to make things easier? Renunciatory habits refine neural circuits, the physical looses its hold, and finally the free mind is refined to be simulated and uploaded in a more powerful alternative substrate .</p><p>It is also a requirement now that we open up opportunities to study how all these things work to get a better idea of how the cosmic mind functions, quite contrary to our belief, to encourage sacrificing the fruit of our work, unselfishness, and love to get to the higher.</p><p>We discussed some of the possibilities in the recently held <a href="https://turingchurch.net/india-awakens-conference-video-proceedings-1c7bab279d5c">Online India Awakens Conference</a> with a global group of renowned thinkers and scientists.: <a href="http://turingchurch.com/2016/08/24/akashic-physics-and-engineering-video-qa-with-ralph-abraham-and-sisir-roy/">Ralph Abraham and Sisir Roy</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzJD9qr_BT0">Lincoln Cannon</a>, <a href="http://turingchurch.com/2016/09/14/unitive-cosmic-consciousness-video-qa-with-amit-goswami/">Amit-Goswami</a>, <a href="https://turingchurch.net/a-super-toy-model-for-scientific-theology-db3674bbfaa3">Giulio Prisco</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siwmmT9LJdg">Michael Latorra</a>, and <a href="http://turingchurch.com/2016/07/19/video-qa-with-frank-j-tipler/">Frank Tipler</a>.</p><p>My conversation with <a href="https://turingchurch.net/in-conversation-with-swami-suparnananda-maharaj-6a096d68b2a3">Swami-Suparnananda-Maharaj</a> at the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Kolkata, enlightened me that anything done with love comes with a spontaneous and natural feeling of renunciation and sacrifice, which is in fact beneficial in the long run in terms of our overall well being, no less eternity.</p><p>For that matter my sister <a href="https://turingchurch.net/india-awakens-conference-video-proceedings-1c7bab279d5c#.lmgvnzpq1">Rumjhum</a> is in a better situation now. She was a bundle of selfless love and she is immortalized by this very instinct of hers.</p><h4>More…</h4><ol><li>Resurrection. Is it true that Jesus came back and in what kind of body? Where is he now?</li><li>What is mind uploading? And how will that be possible for someone who passed away earlier to the time when uploading will be done.</li><li>Transcending.</li></ol><h4>References</h4><ol><li><a href="http://belurmath.org/complete_works_of_swami_vivekananda/">The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda</a></li><li><a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/11/29/jesus_resurrection_what_really_happened">Jesus’ resurrection: What really happened?</a></li><li><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qurbani">Qurbani</a></li><li><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/krishnas-jewel-box-introduction-bhagavad-gita-steven-rosen">Krishna’s Jewel Box: An Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita</a></li><li><a href="http://turingchurch.com/2013/07/08/a-christian-transhumanist-association/">A Christian Transhumanist Association</a></li><li><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enlightenment_in_Buddhism">Enlightenment in Buddhism</a></li><li>Eugene Webb, <a href="http://anthropoetics.ucla.edu/ap1101/webb/">René Girard and the Symbolism of Religious Sacrifice</a>, <em>Anthropoethics</em></li></ol><p><a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:N._Roerich_-_The_Great_Sacrifice._Setting_for_I.F.Stravinsky%E2%80%99s_Ballet_%C2%ABSacred_Spring%C2%BB_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg"><em>Picture</em></a><em> from Wikimedia Commons: N. Roerich — The Great Sacrifice. Setting for I.F.Stravinsky’s Ballet “Sacred Spring.”</em></p><img src="https://medium.com/_/stat?event=post.clientViewed&referrerSource=full_rss&postId=a5a1f20264f1" width="1" height="1"><hr><p><a href="https://turingchurch.net/immortality-resurrection-mind-uploading-try-tyaga-and-selfless-love-a5a1f20264f1">Immortality, Resurrection, Mind-Uploading, try ‘Tyaga’ and Selfless Love</a> was originally published in <a href="https://turingchurch.net">Turing Church</a> on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.</p>