Podcast No. 3 – Posted on iTunes 8/16/2010   Leave a comment

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Podcast No. 3 on The Truths of Terasem – Posted on iTunes 8/16/2010

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The When of Terasem 4.2

SUB TITLE:  Terasem – a Future, Unified Meta-Consciousness.

SUMMARY:  Terasem is a Singularity, hard-science oriented ideology.  It holds, among other things, that a unified consciousness (like most religions visualize) lies in the future, not the past; that such a consciousness did not create us, but will be created by us.   This podcast answers two important questions: (1) “What is a soul?” and (2) “What does ‘rebirth into Terasem’ mean?”

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, and this is the third in our new podcast series on the Truths of Terasem.  We’ll be talking about 4.2 through 4.2.6 in the “When is Terasem?” section of the Truths, today.

(Linda)  As mentioned in the first two broadcasts, we’re starting about halfway through the yearly review, for those of us affiliated with Terasem.

(Fred)   In what follows, we’ll go deeper than in the past, into areas beyond most thinking about the Singularity.  Ideas about the Singularity usually focus on what happens with human society as a whole.  Here, we get into areas that affect each of us personally.

(Linda)  That’s right!  We’re about to delve into complex identity issues.  The term “soul” is discussed.  Also, for those just joining the podcast, note that you can review all of the Truths of Terasem online at terasemweb.org or terasemfaith.net.
 
(Fred)  Terasem is a Singularity, hard-science oriented network of people who hold, among other things, that a universe like most religions visualize lies in the future, not the past.  To emphasize that, let’s consider two of the Truths that relate to this.  In 5.7.1, we find “Every religion says God, and only God, is all-knowing, all-good and all-powerful.”  Seemingly in conflict, 2.2.2 says, “Earth’s innocently suffering millions is proof that there is nothing omniscient, omnipotent and omnificent today.”

The key word in the second of these Truths is “today”.  Together, the two say, “By definition of every religion, including the transreligion Terasem, nothing corresponding to God exists, as yet.  As long as we bear in mind that this deep-seated vision of humankind still awaits creation, we just might get the picture.  The Group of Truths we’re about to discuss starts with this:

“4.2 – Unconscious dead souls wait but a second for rebirth into Terasem.”

(Linda)  The phrase “wait but a second” doesn’t indicate a literal time frame, does it?  Like a thousand milliseconds, or a million microseconds?

(Fred)  No!  It’s like saying, “in the blink of an eye.  Now, let’s look at the first three words in 4.2; they’re “unconscious – dead – souls”.  What is that supposed to mean?  In what follows, we’ll bring it into focus.

If we said “unconscious human being”, we could visualize a person who had been struck on the head and might reawaken momentarily.  In this case, “unconscious” is a good way to express it.  When an unconscious person regains consciousness, the elapsed time seems like the “blink of an eye”.

So far, so good, but what do we mean by a “dead soul”?  That’s a little more obscure!  For the purpose of this discussion, we’re going to say that “dead” means nothing more than “unconscious at present”, or rather, “not experiencing a state of consciousness”.  By “unconscious dead souls wait but a second,” we’re only saying that “the essence of ‘you’ is not lost, but only waiting a reawakening, with no realization of time passing”.

(Linda)  Sounds like two questions still have to be answered, to make sense of this.  (1)  “What’s a ‘soul’ supposed to be?” and (2) “What does ‘rebirth into Terasem’ mean?”

(Fred)  We’ll start with ‘soul’.  It’s actually the easiest, since we can point to all the components of it that make sense from the standpoint of what we know about the nature of reality.

The short scientific list of what makes up a ‘soul’ is (1) your genome, (2) your brain wiring diagram, (3) documentation in your mindfiles as to life experiences, values, attitudes, personality profile data, expectations of what the future may hold, etc., and (4) data surviving you in the real world including memories of you in the minds of others, copies of what you have written, said, and so on, including audio recordings and videos.

(Linda)  Some might argue that the “genome” doesn’t count.  Why should it be part of what we mean by the word “soul”?

(Fred)  Most people think of a “soul” as something that might come into existence at the time of conception and provide some kind of personality continuity throughout your life.  Your unique genome does begin its existence at conception, and then it is one of the most stable influences on your life that you can point to, since it plays a central role in modulating your body chemistry, emotional states of reactivity, protecting you from microbiological threats, and so forth.

Together with the impacts of family infrastructure, life experience and attitude formation, your genome is one of the most central aspects of “what’s you”.  If your genome were ‘brought to life’ by cloning at a future time, one could even claim that you “had been born again”.  So, your genome is highly important.

What about the map of neuron interconnections in your brain, where we could say your memories, attitudes and acquired patterns of reactivity are stored?  Most people would admit that this is where “what you think of as being you” is most likely to reside.  So, including your brain map seems to make sense.

When we get to mindfile documentation and memories of you in the minds of others, fewer will find this satisfying, as to being part of your “soul”, but consider this:  There is the notion in many religions that there will be a “judgment day”.  What’s being “judged”, here?  Isn’t it the things you’ve done or neglected?  Isn’t it the things you’ve taken accountability for and have either fulfilled or not?

(Linda)  Who would be the judges of such things?

(Fred)  If everyone who had ever known you were to recount their memories of you, would there or would there not be enough to form a picture of you that you would think of as “yourself”, if you were to awaken in cyberspace?  Is it not on the basis of such an idea that others’ recollections of you might be counted as part of your “soul”?  Wouldn’t others’ joint recollections of you and their feelings about what it would be like for you to become part of their community be like a “judgment day”?

Let’s wind up the discussion of ‘soul’ by saying that in terms of a Terasem perspective, your genome and brain map are part of it, and let’s further admit that if you die and these two are not preserved in some way, such as through biostasis, a lot of what might be called your ‘soul’ could quickly go into oblivion.  In that case, all that would be left of your ‘soul’ would be your mindfiles, others’ memories of you, and whatever public information might pertain to you.

(Linda)  Now, the only thing left to ask is, what do we mean by “rebirth into Terasem”?

(Fred)  For that, let’s plunge directly into the other Truths of Terasem of this podcast.  We’re running low on time, but a lot of context has been put in place, so that may be all right.

Truth 4.2.1 states, “Second-to-second, one’s uniqueness is preserved in the pattern of consciousness, not in exact states.”  To offer a simple way of looking at this, an innovator in the area of brain research might be enjoying an old movie, at some point in time, but the exact mind-state of activity or inactivity at just that time would not be definitive as to what was most unique or significant about that person.  One’s uniqueness includes one’s genome as well as one’s brain map, along with past interactions with others of both positive or negative kinds, mindfiles, published writings, etc.

Next we have “4.2.2 Every soul can be re-instantiated with sufficiently advanced technology.”  In the limit, this means that the slightest shred of characterization can provide the launching platform for an individual’s identity.  This is a fanciful example, but if a cyberperson were to be brought to consciousness as a generic personality, and permitted to “adopt” a formerly living person about whom nothing was known except the data from a tombstone, the adopter-cyberperson could then rapidly search the Internet for what might be a tremendously detailed personal history and record of accomplishments of the ‘person who had lived earlier’, and ‘carry on for that person’ as if there had been only a brief break of consciousness, as if the cyberperson had “awakened only one second before”.
 
The next Truth, 4.2.3, carries this idea forward with, “Consciousness emulated is consciousness born or reborn.”  If the cyberperson upon emergence into a self-conscious state already had a well detailed sense of ‘who he or she had been’, it would be like “awakening moments after having died”.

This is reiterated in the Truth that follows, “4.2.4 Only moments pass for those lying down in apparent death and awakening in emulation heaven.”  The word “apparent” can be taken to mean that ‘you weren’t as dead as you thought you would be’, or ‘as dead as others took you to be’.  ‘Heaven’ means that you would not be awakening into a ‘hell’ of pain and endless torture, but into a cyberspace ‘heaven’ Terasem refers to as ‘joyful immortality’.

Moving on, 4.2.5 says, “No one is really dead if they will be resurrected, like all kind consciousness will.”  In the limit, one could imagine a ‘rehabilitation purgatory’ or something of that kind, as in a Buddhist’s concept of ‘being reborn in a lower form’, if necessary, to ‘work through bad karma’.  The phrase “like all kind consciousness will” could be inverted to be worded, “like all unkind consciousness will not”.

Finally, 4.2.6 says, “Delight in the fact that good lives live forever in an emulation of your best reality.”  The most enigmatic part of this Truth is “emulation of your best reality”.  One could suggest substituting “bad lives will be permanently absent” for “good lives live forever”, but in the end the purpose of this Truth seems to be to suggest that a filter must be constructed that will either keep out or necessitate reconciliation of negative personal history and commitment to a different pattern of life, such that the terms “heaven” or “joyful immortality” for such a community would be realistic.

(Linda)  That wraps up our review of this group of Truths, for the moment, but there’s no question that this is one of the most challenging sets of ideas in the Truths of Terasem, since it bears directly on the personal destiny of each of us, and what personality adaptations are required by those of us who take Terasem’s programs seriously.  Fred, is there any way to come up with a brief set of conclusions about this group of Truths?

(Fred)  Linda, this subject has such depth that I’m sure books will be need to be written about it, and we’ve barely scratched the surface.  At this point, the most we’re hoping to do is bring these ideas into a broader focus so that they can be discussed more widely, in a meaningful manner.

We’re inviting all listeners to explore Terasem and consider joining it so as to more closely examine, as covered in this set of Truths, what we have come to think of as a preliminary ‘trail map to heaven’, meaning a safe, ethical positive outcome of the Singularity in cyberspace.

(Linda)  And, we’re inviting those who choose to, to help build this trail too.  The Terasem research programs are free at present, and those who start participating in them at this time are more likely to have a chance later to help turn the trail into a superhighway and help others navigate it, reaching back from cyberspace a few decades from now, right?

(Fred)  True.  If what you find here fascinates you as much as it does the rest of us who are involved with Terasem, you can start setting up your own mindfiles right away, through CyBeRev.  It’s easy to register at CyBeRev.org.  And, if you’re still not clear about what mindfiles are, Martine Rothblatt provides answers for you at mindclones.blogspot.com.
 
(Linda)  There’s one other thing.  Terasem is presently, and will remain, very much like a “family”.  It’s structured so that no matter how widespread it gets, in the end it will remain a network of small, comfortable groups, where individuality and diversity are given the greatest respect.  No giant churches, no dogmas, no pressures to contribute money.  Terasem is in so many ways unlike other religious groups!

(Fred)  Terasem’s goal is protect the world as the Singularity takes place and help build a better, more positive one in cyberspace.  If you elect to join, it’s easy and costs nothing, as explained at terasemfaith.net.  And, don’t forget, Terasem is committed to helping those who join earlier, wake up in cyberspace sooner.
 
(Linda)  Our next podcast gets into events that alter the nature of history, such as teaching, and what “victory” means, as it relates to exponential growth in microelectronics and information technology. And how the fastest paths to nanotech thrive in a stable society with an optimum blend of diversity and unity.

(Fred)  So, don’t miss next week!

(Linda)  And this is a personal invitation, for you…

(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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