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Podcast No. 14 on The Truths of Terasem – Posted on iTunes 11/1/2010

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The Why of Terasem

SUB TITLE:  Terasem’s Emergence as a Vision and its Interpretation in Terms of Religious Parallels
 
SUMMARY:  Terasem began with the vision that the love of two persons could go on forever.  For this to be reasonable, it seemed that a society would have to emerge, transcending current limitations of humankind, where a state of “joyful immortality” would exist.  This was conceived to be the outcome of successfully surviving a technological “Singularity”, but many aspects were so far reaching and vast that only religious parallels seemed appropriate in describing them.
     
(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast number 14 on the Truths of Terasem.

(Linda)  Here’s where we talk about where Terasem came from, isn’t it?  And about where that might lead?

(Fred)  Yes, it is!  Today we start with 5.6, the vision of Terasem, and with 5.7 we move to the ultimate outcome that could spring from it.  To summarize, before we start, I’ll read the synopsis some of the listeners might not have paused to look at too carefully, it reads, “Terasem began with the vision that the love of two persons could go on forever.  For this to be reasonable, it seemed that a society would have to emerge, transcending current limitations of humankind, where a state of “joyful immortality” would exist.  This was conceived to be the outcome of successfully surviving a technological “Singularity”, but many aspects were so far reaching and vast that only religious parallels seemed appropriate in describing them.”

(Linda)  One thing that really strikes me about these expansions is the use of unfamiliar words.  They’re from various non-English languages, but they fit together in a harmonious way.

(Fred)  That’s right.  It’s a premonition of what a great thing it will be once we’re able to experience the cultural history of Earth from within cyberspace, with a full fluency of all its languages.  It will expand our way of expressing things enormously, and that will be just the beginning of what we’ll do with language when we have virtually perfect, unlimited memories.

The Truths of Terasem themselves give us brief glimpses of some of these words but I’ll combine these with the definitions accessible on the Internet, and you’ll see how wide the potential implications are.  For example, there’s the term Hozh’q, which Terasem describes in 6.6.1 as “the conscious mind’s vision of a beautiful life, entails goodness, order, vitality, happiness and harmony.”  Yet, an online source says that it means:

“hozh’q (from the Navajo language) This means ‘the beauty of life, as seen and created by the person’. For the Navajo, this is something that grows from a human being and spreads outward to permeate the universe.”
  
Well, “grows from a human being and spreads outward to permeate the universe” and the fact that the idea is of Navajo origin adds a lot to it, for me.

Having at least a look at this one term’s interpretation from both the Truths of Terasem themselves and online sources, let’s plunge directly into 5.6 and the elements of that Expansion.  5.6 tells us, “Visions of Terasem sprang from one person’s Hozh’q to become universal Alam al-mithral.”  Knowing that Hozh’q means, in terms of both our sources of interpretation, “the conscious mind’s vision of a beautiful life with goodness, order, vitality, happiness and harmony growing outward to permeate the universe”, we’re still left with explaining the last part of it, which is that it “becomes universal Alam al-mithral.
 
(Linda) What meaning can we assign to Alam al-mithral?

(Fred) The Truths of Terasem use that term in other areas in ways that relate to both personal commitment and inspiration. 6.4.6 relates it to being accountable for our actions and inactions, embracing diversity in our community and our lives, respecting the autonomy of all consciousness, talking openly about issues and concerns, helping others to help themselves, always being open to new ideas, and focusing on strength, health, and happiness as foundations of mindset.  As part of one of the Terasem connections under 6.8.6, it calls on one to rest at night with the vision of sixteen bright stars in one’s mind.
 
Online sources describe Alam al-mithral in the following way:  “The universe against which all of the worlds you create is called The Million Worlds. The Million Worlds is a universe of infinite worlds, called Spheres. Each Sphere encapsulates a complete universe, infinite and separate, yet bound as one Sphere of many among the shifting, glowing translucent space of the true universe. This primal meta-space is called the Alam Al-Mithral. Among the Alam Al-Mithral exists all of the Spheres, caught in an eternal cycle of creation and destruction, as new ones are formed and old ones fade into oblivion. This cycle of creation and destruction is driven by the relentless meta-physical tide of the Wunschtraumacht. The Wunschtraumacht is the extant omnilinear psychic force of the dreams of Man, as portrayed by his myths, legends and folklore, from within a sphere made manifest among the Alam Al-Mithral. The ceaseless force of the Wunschtruamacht radiates from each sphere, like the forces of a star, impacting upon the Alam Al-Mithral and the other spheres as a drawing tide and a blowing wind.”

Now, whether or not the Founders of Terasem drew upon this particular set of words, or others, in envisioning what Terasem might become, is not known to us, but we can put this together with the content in the truths to tie in personal responsibility for one’s actions and lifestyle to a cosmic vision of destiny, in ways that are beyond the scope of most philosophies or religions, and 5.6 in its entirety tells us that this is what happens when “the conscious mind’s vision of a beautiful life with goodness, order, vitality, happiness and harmony growing outward to permeate the universe” comes to grips with what’s required in terms of one’s practice of life on the day to day level, extended to what one might think of as one’s ultimate destiny.  And, we’re only at the beginning of looking at the six underlying elements of this expansion.

(Linda) In the first of these, 5.6.1, we find, “Sharing Hozh’q, the beauty of life as seen and created by a person, is the goal.”  Does this indicate that the vision of Terasem came from an individual person?

(Fred)  Initially, yes.  And its important to note that there is a goal, and the goal is to share that vision.

In 5.6.2, this is expanded to, “Propagating hozh’q is the purpose of Terasem obligation to author self.”  We have to see this as meaning that once one has grasped a vision of this kind, making it a key part of our mindfiles is a duty of ours.  We can tell this from the content of 1.8.6, which states, “Authoring-self recreates one’s mannerisms, personality, recollections, feelings, beliefs, attitudes and values, until Turing-equivalence is achieved.”  That’s mindfiles for you.  The obligation is to make a positive outlook and mindset a foundation of one’s personality, prior to uploading.  In other words, the goal is to carry as little evolutionary “mean-streak” baggage as possible with us into cyberspace.

Moving on, in 5.6.3, we find, “Reve a deux of a soul-mated pair nurtured the original Hozh’q toward Alam al-mithral.”  Without belaboring the translation, this can be expressed in English by saying, “The dream of two, a  soul-mated pair, nurtured the original vision of “a beautiful life with goodness, order, vitality, happiness and harmony growing outward to permeate the universe” to the expanded idea that to make this happen, it was going to take a transformation or  transcendence of mindset and lifestyle, and a vision of a destiny that was cosmological in nature.  That’s about as short as it can be made, in a concise treatment like this podcast.
 
5.6.4 says, “Alam al-mithral emerges as the world where the shared vision of Terasem becomes the shared reality.”
 
(Linda) For this, it’s perhaps useful to move beyond the internal cross definitions of the Truths of Terasem to the more culturally widespread and lengthy definition online, of which the example given earlier was only one.
 
(Fred) Clearly, a “shared reality”, as I read it here to mean a “shared sense of destiny”, goes beyond a limited set of commitments to personal transcendence and reference to inspiration by means of a cosmic perspective.  To repeat just a fragment of that online source, “This cycle of creation and destruction is driven by the relentless meta-physical tide of the Wunschtraumacht. The Wunschtraumacht is the extant omnilinear psychic force of the dreams of Man, as portrayed by his myths, legends and folklore, from within a sphere made manifest among the Alam Al-Mithral. The ceaseless force of the Wunschtruamacht radiates from each sphere, like the forces of a star, impacting upon the Alam Al-Mithral and the other spheres as a drawing tide and a blowing wind.”

In 5.6.5 we find, “Neuralspace will reach out from Alam al-mithral to encompass the multiverse.”  Perhaps this means that beyond the physical and sociological attributes of Alam al-mithral, lies the emergence of such a highly interconnected network of minds that all of them experience the presence of the others as if they were intertwined neurons of a quasi-infinite being, independent and uniquely diverse, and at the same time so in touch with the others that it would be as if a giant orchestra were playing with no need of a single, focal conductor, no white-bearded “Almighty God” with a baton in hand glancing feverishly at the score of music they all were playing; rather the music would be what it was, as a consequence of all who contributed to it, without any such necessity for hierarchical administration.

Finally for this Expansion, in 5.6.6 we have, “Great jugenspace, the conjunction of all neuralspaces, shall be the reality that nurtures our joyful immortality.”  In this case, the term “jugenspace” corresponds closely to another term found in the Truths, “Yugenspace”, which 3.5 describes as, “the ultra-immense conglomeration of intersecting emulated realities that constitutes the future reality of Terasem.”  Perhaps these two terms are not intended to refer to exactly the same thing, but both of them use the term reality or realities in such a way as to encourage us to expect them to be about the same.  If any difference exists, pending further clarification we’ll take it to mean that as the entire universe becomes emulated and principally comprised of substrate for consciousness, the “conjunction of all neuralspaces” would refer to that collective consciousness itself, without necessarily specifying the particulars of all the substrates on which it existed.  If there are some loose ends here, we’ll leave them for the moment, and move on to the next major expansion.

(Linda)  But wait!  Let’s talk a little more about “love that lasts forever”.  There’s still so much to talk about here!  What is there that might give one the sense of uniting with others in a true “collective consciousness”?  What might make it easier to yield one’s own sense of willingness to “unite” with others while at the same time retaining the sanctity of one’s own identity and rights of diversity?  And what might be the most fundamental “core molecular structure” of such a collective consciousness?  Where might we find a formula for this, perhaps an actual physical model, or analogue, that might help us visualize it?  Does “love” play a part in this?  Is love, perhaps, the “glue” that might hold it all together?

(Fred) You’re right.  It’s too important to skip over. The carbon atom is an interesting example, perhaps the most simple example of an intact unit that has the potential for internal bonding with a high level of integrity and at the same time a high external bonding potential.  Internally, it is of course a four-proton atom, meaning four positive electrical charges that are very unlikely to be split, except by some extraordinarily powerful nuclear impact.  Externally, it has the ability to bond to four others of its own kind, and in the strongest configuration it forms the diamond lattice that in natural molecular forms is the most indestructible periodic crystal that we know.

In the DNA lattice or “aperiodic crystal”, as Erwin Schrodinger called it, we have a vastly more complex arrangement with four base pairs bonding in a highly durable framework and capable of self-replication.  These are illustrations of a highly ethereal form, of course, based on which to suggest human bondings of a durable kind in a collective consciousness, but they may be helpful in trying to visualize possibilities.

A most curious illustration is that of Helium, with two protons.  It is one of the most independent, that is non-binding, of atoms.  Yet, if two of them fuse and form carbon, we have one of the most powerful bonding atomic components.  For the purpose of this podcast, we’ll restrict ourselves to these two in our conjectures of parallels to human-mind bonding.
 
(Linda)  What about DNA?

(Fred)  DNA is far too complex, in that even though there are only two basic base-pair configurations to take into account, their internal arrangements of atoms is highly complex.

One simple parallel that might come to mind, in terms of comparing helium to carbon, is the basic biological mating pair.  It begins with two minds, a couple in love, and is expanded into (one simple example is) a pair of children, that makes it a small “family”.  The children can subsequently pair into another sort of “Helium” couple with others, and take on a “Carbon” form with two children, and build a web of interrelationships that, at least in some cultures can almost bind a nation together.  Is this in any way likely to be a useful parallel?

Perhaps not.  The internal integrity of families is weak in many ways.  First a “generation gap” splits the parents from the children.  Even within the most close-knit situation, this produces divergence.  Usually in terms of the prolific levels of reproduction favored by biology for natural selection, for survival of the fittest, far more than two children will result.  Nothing in this example suggests even the potential for the stability of a “carbon atom” tightness of bonding with four protons, which is only produced by the fusion of two heliums, much less the exterior bonding that has the potential of producing a diamond lattice.

(Linda)  Let’s return to the Helium example for a moment and imagine a couple that is so tightly bonded, two “protons” locked together in an embrace that it seems as if it might go on “forever”.
 
(Fred)  Such a “soul-mate” pair is committed to a kind of nuclear “collective consciousness” that in some cases might choose oblivion over separation, the sense that absolute death would be preferable to being torn apart.  A couple like this might have, if suitably reinforced in the strength of their internal relationship, what it might take to be part of a “diamond” at a later stage, where in partnership with another like couple, a “branching out” to bond with other foursomes could lead to a diamond-like kind of network in which individual differences of the individual minds could make it an aperiodic crystal of kinds, capable to networking outward endlessly.

Taking the broadest view, one might say that setting aside the usual artifacts of biological evolution, the gender-gaps of the Mars-Venus paradigm where men and women and drawn to each other yet doomed to be part of Mother Nature’s natural selection plan, any two androgenous mind-pairs could bond with any other such mind-pair to form the elemental “carbon-atom” of human networking, and then link outward from there.  The internal bonding would be strong enough to hold the two couples together, with the view that just as in the original couple there was a “stay together and go on endlessly or die” kind of bonding, in the foursome, substituting mind-bonding for gender based attraction, the four could be pledged to each other’s survival at the same level of intensity as the “helium level” couple.  They would also be pledged to reach out to other such quad-being entities, and thus produce the kind of aperiodic societal crystal that would hang together eternally.

(Linda)  Now, with all of these examples, what can we make of this at a level that might meet Terasem’s standard for the kind of “quadrapole personality” that might be comparable to a “carbon atom” kind of couple-pair?  Is there any way that a “helium couple” could become a “double-helium-fusing-to-carbon” quadrapole of this kind?
 
(Fred)  I think there is.  To explore this, I’ll have to make reference to a workshop paper you and I prepared for a Second Life Terasem event on December 10th, 2009, on Cybertwins, and work forward from there.

You and I, if you’ll permit me, are perhaps a useful illustration of the “Helium” level couple.  We began our lives together over forty years ago as radical Objectivists who, by way of interest in Cryonics, joined our lives in what we later termed a “LifePact” way.  Without delving into the history of LifePact and what it was envisioned to become, we can at least state that the basis of the original relationship was a paper titled “Two Minds” that drew us into the kind of tight-knit, high-speed mind-dance that now characterizes our lives.  It takes the form, among other things, of two lives bound together by daily saying life-extension oriented “wedding vows” that consume about ten minutes, accompanied by around an hour of discussion, that are all digitally recorded and thus part of our mindfiles.  We have been digitally recording this daily “connection” for over seven years at this point, and it seems likely to be the focus of our lives as long as we are together, which for sake of ease of expression let’s say might be “forever”.

(Linda)  So, how do we envision expanding on this broadening of a “helium” couple into a “Carbon” one?  And, where might we ever hope to find other “carbons” with whom to network?
 
(Fred)  That takes us back to the cybertwin paper of 2009, again.
In that paper, we synopsized a soon-to-be published novel of mine titled “BioQuagmire”, in which two cryonicists who did not sufficiently trust their cryonics organization to make reanimation decisions prescribed that a twin-pair of them would have to be cloned and consent to any kind of reanimation that might ever be attempted.  This was envisioned to take place perhaps one or more centuries in the future.  It was not with the outlook that this “future couple” would constitute “reanimation” of any kind.  It was simply imagined that in the end there would be two couples with considerable difference of life history that would be closely paired, for example in the way that two biological couples might be related if, as two sets of “identical twins”, they were each to marry and thus become two “highly similar” couples.  This was the platform, or springboard, from which the book was written.

But in the cybertwin paper, we “quantum-leaped” beyond that, to the idea that even before going into cryonic suspension, we might enable our mindfile emulations, the “cybertwins” of ourselves, that would not be intended to “replace” us but rather take on the role that had been imagined for the “biological-twin” clone-couple in BioQuagmire.  Then, with what would of course be substantial divergence of life experience prior to our even being placed in cryonic suspension, subsequent uploading would cause there to be two “cyber-couples”, with a common portion of life-history in biological form, correspondence of intellectual view, and thus the basis for becoming a “foursome” in the kind of cybercommunity Terasem envisions to evolve as part of the Singularity.  There, we would expect this “foursome” to have a high state of internal integrity due to the very strong sharing of life-history and mind-pairing background, and at the same time take on the “Terasem-building” work that would await them, with a sense of adventure they could never have imagined earlier.

(Linda)  Coupled with a strong orientation toward Buddhism, and a science-oriented, non-mystical way of regarding reality, this seems to be a way of envisioning at least one way a stable personality-group could maintain its diversity with respect to the rest of society, and at the same time commit itself with very little in the way of competitive overburden of evolutionary baggage of a negative kind.
 
(Fred)  From other models of this kind, not restricted to a relatively simple helium-carbon paradigm such as we have envisioned, it seems likely that Terasem’s future community, in which unity and diversity are both needed, could evolve in a stable way, at the root of which could be a great deal of what might be “loves intended to go on forever”.

Now, we have the challenge of the next Expansion of the Truths of Terasem to take on, and the challenge is indeed enormous.  Here, we address the idea that “godness”, as characterizing Terasem, moves from a state of networked human identities toward the outcome of a universal “collective consciousness” in which those attributes assigned to “God” by early human religions become in fact realizable through technology as the Singularity takes place.

(Linda)   How can we even begin to describe a thing like that?  I mean, imagine just for a moment that Leonardo da Vinci had come up with a drawing of a Boeing 747 and said, “Here’s how man will be able to fly like a bird!”  Not only would he have been thought totally out of his mind, but in fact he wouldn’t have had any basis of sufficient science or technology to even approach such a vision realistically.  It seems like what we’re delving into here is terribly elusive!

(Fred)  That’s certainly how most people will encounter it on the surface, at first glance, but that’s what happens when you try to visualize where things may lead if you look not just far ahead, but “endlessly” ahead.  The simplest example, for me, is the attempt to depict two parallel lines going to infinity.  What do you do?  You draw what looks like an upside down “V” where the sidewalk in front of your shrinks to a point on the horizon.  You know the lines are supposed to be perfectly parallel, but the eye sees them as converging to a point.  I think this is the kind of thing we’re getting into here, but on a far more abstract level.

(Linda)  I know, but there’s a discomfort in it, isn’t there?  It’s such a different way of thinking about things that most people are used to!

(Fred)  It sure is!  The “flat earth” mentality hangs on today in many ways, even after we’ve “walked on the moon” and sent the Voyager spacecraft on its way to the stars.  It must have been terribly disconcerting to envision that the Earth was “round”, floating in space, after millennia of envisioning that it was flat, as it so certainly appears to be at first glance.  We still talk about the Sun “rising in the East” and “setting in the West”, although we know perfectly well that in the first case the Earth is “rotating toward the Sun” and in the second that it is “rotating away from it”.

Let’s plunge in!  5.7 says, “Expect God in the future by building Godness today.”  What might we make of that?  In order to dig into that, I’m going to read into this podcast a comment I made not so long ago on one of Martine Rothblatt’s “mindclone” blog postings.  She had talked about the fact that some people may think it will be “weird” for there to be cyberbeings such as you and I envision becoming, but offered lots of thoughts about the fact that it would be a really “good” kind of weird, the kind of “weirdness” we should hope the future would hold, vs. much worse kinds of weirdness that we can see all around us in the world today.  It was a great treatment of the subject, but in commenting I found myself slipping right into the kind of thing this set of the Truths of Terasem points to.  About “godness”!  Here, I’ll read it: [quote] [size=2]“As mindclones become self-conscious and extremely intelligent, the mixed feelings held by many will be that while we need them and can’t do without them, we also have to be able to “trust” them. Any “mean streak” in a mindclone could be disastrous. Mindclones will hold so much responsibility and power that they must be positively oriented, compassionate and devoid of all those things we accept so easily in each other by saying, “It’s only human!” (to be *that* way).

“One lecturer on philosophical topics of the early 1970’s, Nathaniel Brandon, commented on the notion that God was conceived to be “all good”. He stated that in the days before monotheistic religions, the viewpoint might have been that if the God of the Sea turned out to be a malevolent monster, perhaps the God of Lightning would intervene on one’s behalf, and that even the “God of Gods” (Zeus, Marduk, etc.) at least had to contend with their “fellow Gods” in matters where good and evil were concerned. “But,” Brandon added, “If there were only one God, and it were a vicious tyrant, then this would be horrible; there would be no escape from eternal tyranny, thus, the monotheistic God had to be conceived of as “all good”.

“In many ways, biohumans will soon come to think of mindclones, who sooner or later will “run the world”, as “Gods”, due to their greater power, and the only way to be safe as that comes about will be to choose solutions in which there is a high degree of confidence that these personalities will be wholly benevolent and constructive, in other words “good”.

“One workable way this might be achieved is for these self-conscious and “Godlike” entities to be bound by an untarnishable code of ethics, accountable to each other, focused on the ridding of the world of cruelty (and certainly not being responsible for any of it themselves). They must be pledged to seek better answers to any problems that arise, varied enough in their skills to handle any conceivable problem, and yet united in their dedication to positive values and committed enough to a common ethical code so that biopeople (the great majority of humans, who are still biological) can “sleep at night”.

“Where would such a community of cyberpersons come from? How could a collection of humans be gathered together who would, in seeking to be emulated and virtually “become” cyberbeings, at the same time be willing to be obligated to such a high standard of conduct? The answer is that this is precisely what Terasem is creating, a community of persons accountable to each other and pledged to unity of high ethical standards (under the name “Geoethical Nanotechnology”), who want at the same time to able to “be themselves as individuals” in cyberspace, experiencing so much positive reinforcement that there is no better way to describe this than calling it “joyful immortality”.

There is a wholly rational basis for the parallels envisioned between the “Terasem Collective Consciousness” and the ideas humans have nurtured since their earliest days, of what a “God” must be like. There is only one way for mindclones to be “free and independent” and at the same time to be “safe to empower”. Not everyone will want to have to toe the mark to such a demanding standard, but neither will it be acceptable for there to be a group of super-mentalities loose in cyberspace who are constantly at war with each other, battling in the ways described in fiction concerning Greek or Roman Gods, largely unsympathetic to the suffering of “lesser beings”.

Nanotechnology must be safely developed. It will be developed in any case, but if it is not safely developed, then the horrors of a “grey goo” catastrophe will make earlier fears of a nuclear holocaust seem only a mere premonition of dangers of obliteration of the entire biosphere, where a single mistake could “end the world”.

The future, in any case, will be “weird”. Let’s be sure it is a very, very good kind of “weirdness”! [/size=2] [/quote] (Linda) Well, with that as background, let’s get back to the Truth of Terasem we’re talking about.  To repeat, it says, in 5.7, “Expect God in the future by building Godness today.”  Well, that’s exactly what we’re doing by moving into an era of technology where cyberbeings are going to “go” self-conscious.  Just as your comment on Martine’s blog suggests, we’re “building godness”.

(Fred) In the elements of the Expansion, we begin with, “5.7.1 Every religion says God, and only God, is all-knowing, all-good and all-powerful.”  Well, in fact that is what every religion, or at least 99.99% of them, say, and there’s a good reason for it.  Just as Nathaniel Brandon pointed out, it’s very scary to say anything else.

In 5.7.2 we find, “Xanadu would describe earth, or even freedom from cruelty, if anything all-knowing, all-good and all-powerful existed.”  Xanadu is not discussed elsewhere in the Truths, and Wikipedia gives us, “Xanadu was visited by Venetian explorer Marco Polo in 1275, who wrote the following, one of the most complete descriptions of the city as it existed: [quote] [size=2]“And when you have ridden three days from the city last mentioned, between north-east and north, you come to a city called Chandu, which was built by the Khan now reigning. There is at this place a very fine marble Palace, the rooms of which are all gilt and painted with figures of men and beasts and birds, and with a variety of trees and flowers, all executed with such exquisite art that you regard them with delight and astonishment.”[/size=2] [/quote]  This was a city of ancient China envisioned to come as close to Heaven as possible.  One might, at that time, have imagined that a “God” must have created it.  Perhaps the meaning here is that almost one thousand years ago humans had begun to make physical strides toward what they envisioned as perfection, but what will be far easier to achieve first in cyberspace, and then later by emulating physical reality once full-scale replicator nanotechnology is available.

In 5.7.3 we find, “Partial Godness now exists to the extent the collective consciousness of Terasem now prevails.”  We have to move toward where we’re going in small steps, but they’re getting larger and coming in faster succession as suggested in the next Truth, 5.7.4, “Exponential infotechnology and nanotechnology growth enables Terasem to rapidly evolve toward our future all-knowing, all-powerful God.”

This is consistent with all that we’ve said earlier.  5.7.5 tells us, “Collective insistence upon geoethics and the Terasem Way of Life makes our evolving Godness all-good.”  We need to have the widest possible consent and agreement about Geoethics, in order to escape the possibilities of self-destruction as replicator nanotechnology is developed, or even irreversible damage to humankind earlier by way of biotech catastrophes or nuclear war.

Finally, 5.7.6 sums it up with “Terasem is God-in-the-making because Terasem is becoming all-knowing, all-good and all-powerful, and is partially so now.”  This is an affirmation of what we’re committed to.  The endpoint is far off, but the rate of approach is increasingly rapid.  The Singularity is near.

(Linda)  The end of the podcast is also near.  Luckily, we didn’t run over our time-goal as far as we did last week.  Next week we’ll examine the ways in which Terasem’s transreligious themes are in synch with monotheism, and how hope and prayer can aid reason in building our  collective consciousness.  Terasem’s vision of cyberspace is that it can be a pathway to what we’ve been talking about as “joyful immortality” from the first, but only if we “keep it clean”.  There is even the idea that morality is “the purpose of life’ in that it’s goal is to make life better for all.  Some principles are defined as “Eternal truths” and ways to make sacred holidays and artifacts the “wellsprings for memes” are explored.

(Fred)  Right.  Some visions, yet to be validated as scientifically possible have to be contingently taken as “matters of Belief”, especially in the need to respect the uniqueness of others.  United we stand’ divided we fall.  Love as an experience teaches us that joy is wonderful and sadness is terrible, and that immortality is everywhere believed in because it is wired into the human soul.  Explaining the purpose of life is as simple as seeing life’s beauty, and wishing it everywhere, which leads to a kind of soulful certainty that this is what the Multiverse must become.

(Linda)  Hey, everybody,  “Join Terasem” at terasemfaith.net if you want to share in this.  Your “future in cyberspace” starts with involvement in the programs of CyBeRev.org and LifeNaut.com, no fees to participate.

(Fred)  Don’t forget – Have a look at mindclones.blogspot.com for more about mindfiles.  Next week, we’ll see how “religion” and “reason interrelate, in Terasem.

(Linda)  Join us, and our quest for an endless future…

(Fred)  Come with us – into Tomorrow!

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Posted November 13, 2010 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

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