Podcast No. 16 – Posted on iTunes 11/15/2010   1 comment

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Podcast No. 16 on The Truths of Terasem – Posted on iTunes 11/15/2010

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The Why and How of Terasem

SUB TITLE:  Evolution as Extropy leading to BioLife, CyberLife, and Ultimately Multiveral Geoethics

SUMMARY:  Extropy produces animate from inanimate matter by natural selection on a biological level, but with sentience cyberlife arises, where the process of evolution takes the form of progression with reproduction and growth, or stagnation without replication, or even the gradual disintegration, of individuals.  Ethics is a key factor in sustainable progression and survival, with reproduction and growth.

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast 16 on the Truths of Terasem.

(Linda)  We’re going to jump from the “Why?” of Terasem into the “How?” of it this week.  Do these two go together well?

(Fred)  Yes they do!  First we see the big picture at the end of “Why?” where Terasem’s longest range visions lead.  Then, in the beginning of the “How?” precept, we begin examining the fine grain structure of Geoethical Nanotechnology and why it is so essential to even surviving the Singularity.  We first jump to the end of the Universe, or rather the Multiverse, to be sure we can see where we’re going, and then we get right back to the basic launching pad, what we have to do right here on Planet Earth over the next few decades, so we don’t stumble and fall.

(Linda)  OK!  Let’s get started.  5.10 starts with “Evolution brought us Terasem as it brought us life itself.”  Is this the beginning of the big picture?

(Fred)  Indeed it is.  Life probably began with some little self-replicating critter, some think probably based on RNA, that had sufficient molecular apparatus to adapt, mutate, grow, survive and become what we are, today, some four billion years or so later.  Up to that beginning, the molecular machinery from which life arose might have been coming close to the formation of such a coded molecular formula, but had not quite gotten there.

In like manner, we tend to think of Terasem as the evolutionary outgrowth of many currently existing as well as other, long-vanished religions that conceptualized how the universe worked and how humans might become, or already have become, a central part of it.  Terasem, by adapting such imaginative and far reaching visions to the realities of where science and technology seem to be heading, is building an ethical framework it thinks has the kind of capacity to adapt, mutate, grow, survive and become the core of a universal collective consciousness.  There are some striking differences that we can see, however, right from the first.

First of all, as mentioned earlier, biological evolution took about four billion years or so from the emergence of life to get us to where we are today.  The time scale of a possible Singularity, on the other hand, suggests that the next four hundred years might virtually take us through a snap, crackle, pop of extropy that would be almost equal to the Big Bang itself!  The next wave of evolution will be one of natural selection, but in a very different way than with biological life.  Biological species competed for scarce food resources, literally eating each other in the process.  That is not at all the way we envision the cyber-evolution process will take place.

Individuals vs. species will be the dominant life forms.  Their lives will be, in principle, endless, but that does not mean at all that they will be identical or even very similar.  If we look around us at our fellow humans, it is easy to get a sense of that.  Some are content with very slow paced, calm lives while others are gripped by feverish creativity.  Some will network well with others and have large families, while others remain in solitude.  Stretching the point to the limit, many die by way of lack of mental activity long before life leaves their bodies.  Others are still in the process of creating things even as their hearts stop beating.

Replication and new-being creation will depart biological norms quickly.  Some may find that their thirst for creation and productivity results in self-replication and teaming up in order to specialize in synergistic ways.  Others may find harmonies with others that encourage reproduction by mindfile mergers where the originals remain and grow, while joined by hybrids of themselves, perhaps in such way that the new beings are hybrids of two, three or even more individuals.  Some, with more private and less adventurous personalities, may remain much as they are for long periods of time.  With time, the overall character of such a civilization will change, but not from turnover of population but expansion of it in uneven ways.

There will be plenty of room for this, and at some point mass-replication may be the rule.  We have engaged in some pretty far reaching speculation in the Truths of Terasem we have discussed, so far, but many fine points have not been touched on at all.  For example, one major point of departure will be that at which, and this assumes for purposes of simplicity that we humans are the only sentient, surviving species in the Milky Way, we have pretty well “done with” this galaxy and are set to take on additional galaxies of which there are quite a few.

(Linda)  What kind of pioneering will this entail?  Do we leave this galaxy behind and then go from one to another until all one hundred billion of them are taken care of?  Or, do we copy the entire galactic population and the collective consciousness that this would constitute, in other words the “Terasem” of that time, over and over, spinning probes of this magnitude in different directions, each capable of further self-replication, until the Universe is emulated and primarily consists of substrates for intelligent life, as Ray Kurzweil has suggested might take place.  What kind of magnitude of replication are we talking about?  And, how does this fit the time scale that is suggested as an outer limit in the Truths of Terasem?

(Fred)  In podcast no. 13 we discussed Truth 5.5.6 “Train-up a diverse, united and joyfully immortal consciousness, and it will rejuvenate the Multiverse.”  And, we said, “Here we’re back to the idea that from an embryonic starting point, expansion can take us where we’re going.  If the human body is the genomic expansion of a single cell into a hundred trillion or so, then it is not too great a stretch of the imagination to envision an initial c-quad of ten individuals, if equipped with the right socio-ideological framework, expanding its numbers to a network of one quadrillion.  If that network replicated itself in a manner like that which was achieved by the single biological cell, now there would be ten to the 30th power individuals.  On that scale, a galaxy with only four times ten to the 11th power stars, that’s the Milky Way at four hundred billion star systems, sounds easily manageable.”

Well, we didn’t pause to mention that if there were ten occupiable planets for each of those four times ten to the 11th power stars, and ten to the 30th power individuals, that would mean 2.5 times ten to the 17th power individuals for each planet, which would be twenty five million times the Earths present population.  If had over expanded our needs for the Milky Way by that amount, we’d have what it took to do the entire universe by only increasing it a thousandfold, or in other words doubling ten more times.  That shouldn’t take long, at all.

(Linda)  Whew!  With that problem out of the way, let’s get down to the Truths of Terasem for this week.  For a moment there, it seemed like we might have to cut down our expansion rate for lack of enough “souls” to go around, but it looks like we’re OK.

(Fred) The first Expansion for this week starts with 5.10, “Evolution brought us Terasem as it brought us life itself.”  This simply says that just as molecular evolution enabled life to arise, increased complexification of life by natural selection led to sentience that might survive the Singularity by use of geoethical nanotechnology, developing replicator nanotech without self-destruction.  And, that any culture of this kind would be a Terasem level  society, a collective consciousness fulfilling early humankind’s notion of what it mean for there to be a “God”.  In any case, the principle of evolution gets the credit.  If we don’t destroy ourselves, we all “win”!

Building on this, the first Element of the Expansion, 5.10.1, tells us “Intelligence compounded can ultimately survive any environmental challenge and thrive until it becomes the environment.”  Put more simply, once we’ve converted most of the mass of the Earth into computronium and emulated the natural environment by way of nanobots so perfectly that those who are still biological (in their own eyes) can’t tell the difference in the environment or themselves, where nanobot emulators have replaced biological cells as part of “preventive medicine”, then pollution will be gone; we won’t even need garbage trucks.

The next element, 5.10.2, says “Terasem connects intelligence together with the self-survival principles of diversity, unity and joyful immortality.”  This fits the earlier discussion that natural selection will be in terms of differences in replication and growth of individuals, vs. population die off so that those with the most “fit” genes predominate.  Individuals need not die, and this constitutes immortality for all practical purposes.  Life will be joyful, because sources of pain, exploitation and death will have been filtered out, and what’s left over will range from explosive creative expansion down to the rights to minimize one’s own personal growth and let real-time pass as if one were floating down a stream.

Just this contrast suggests unlimited diversity, but the universality of respect for individualism will represent a binding unity among all in such a culture.

(Linda) Now we come to nanotechnology, with 5.10.3, “Self-replicating systems will arise and Terasem is needed to ensure their beneficence.” 

(Fred)  Yes, and taken in the broadest view, this could include biological life, but then we are talking about further evolution that, in our case, took about four billion years until we reached a point of sentience where the concepts of something like Terasem began to emerge.  More likely the usage of “arise” here means that in the context of a rapidly advancing technology such as ours, the principle of extropy suggests that replicator nanotechnology as distinct from biological replication will be an inevitable outcome.

In like manner, the term “beneficence” includes not only the avoidance of our own self-destruction, as the most likely benefit, but just as a strong ethical system in an early Terasem on Earth was needed to avoid our self-destruction here, an even stronger Terasem will be essential as humanity then moves outward into the universe, to help prevent abuse of the power that such technology will bring with it to other pre-Singularity cultures we may encounter.

The likelihood of encountering pre-Singularity cultures and even ones that are post-Singularity is expressed explicitly in 5.10.4, “Extraterrestrial connections will arise and Terasem is needed to ensure their beneficence.”  In either case, it is up to Terasem to maintain integrity as it assists and/or merges with other cultures so that its basic principles and orientation toward the realization of Joyful Immortality are preserved.  5.10.5 builds on this, with, “Love and God are immanent in the Multiverse, but must be realized by Terasem.”  The word “immanent” means “potentially realizable”, to me, and as this Truth of Terasem so plainly states, this requires Terasem to be “realized”.

5.10.6, the last Element in this Expansion, is, “Faith in the future requires faith in Terasem.”  Worded inversely, this says that without a Terasem-based culture, we don’t really have a future, in the sense of a roadmap that takes us in a logical, long range, positive direction.  The world is full of “futurists” that are in too many ways like Astrologers of the past, trying to second guess what might come with the passage of time.  They differ from science fiction writers, only in that they label their writings as non-fiction vs. fiction.  There’s nothing wrong with this, of course, except that speculation, debate and formulating a consistent plan based on an integrated vision, is very different from writing for the amusement and entertainment of those curious about what the future might hold.

(Linda)  The difference between debating futurism and attempting to do some kind of tangible thing about it are, very different things, and this wraps up  the “Why?” precept of the Truths of Terasem.  For me, the biggest “why?” for Terasem is that it’s about the only organized, comprehensive program of its kind, as far as I can tell.  After forty years in cryonics, which is a lot more about planning how to get around death than about facing the future, Terasem was such a breath of fresh air that we tossed everything else aside to put our energies into it.

 (Fred)  Right, Linda, and now, we’re at the last of the major precepts.  “How?” does Terasem work?  That’s where the rubber meets the road.  In this group of Expansions, we’ll find ourselves reviewing what might seem to be many ideas from ancient cultures, practices of affirming goals and cultivating better health and calmer minds through Yoga, but there’s a lot of substance as a foundation under that which is vital to actually “doing” something rather than just sitting on our hands.  The difference is that now, mysticism is replaced with confidence that the things we’re doing day by day with technology are actually the first part of climbing a ladder to the stars.

Forty years ago we wrote and published a manual on how to do cryonics suspensions; many bought it, almost none implemented it.  In the 1980’s seeing that without better evidence that memories could ever be restored in the brains of those frozen, we thought it would be a good idea to archive memories.  We went to great pains to offer simple ways of doing constructive things about this, but it was too much effort for almost everyone.  Only a handful of us did anything with these ideas, and most others simply were hostile to the idea that any problems might exist that wouldn’t take care of effortlessly by our “friends of the future”.

We had seen all of this as going virtually nowhere, due to the lack of any who were doing something systematic and well thought out about really facing what all of us humans are up against, until we came across Terasem.  Here, we found a very tightly organized bunch of minds that were on the move to do so many things we thought were sensible, that we shifted everything we were doing to help build it.  Now, we’ve arrived at the “How?” part of the Truths of Terasem, where, as I said earlier, the rubber meets the road.  From what many have found too abstract, or difficult to wade through, we’re now going to get to the bottom of what’s involved, just as if we were hunting for members of a mountain climbing team to climb straight into outer space, for that’s what Terasem’s programs are focused on.

(Linda)  Those of you who are listening today may think that what you’re about to hear will mean a lot of work and time, but all of it, every minute of it, is directly focused on your benefit.  It’s not like we’re asking you to try to “convince the world” that Terasem is on the right track.  Most people will probably not have what it takes to do this.  But that’s why the mountain climbing example is a good one.  Mountain climbing is not for everyone.  Most people will wait until a tramway is built, or you can ride a helicopter to the top.  All I can say is that compared to cryonics as a way you can do something about not going into oblivion when you die, this is like a superhighway as compared to a muddy road with a lot of the bridges washed out.

(Fred)  What a discouraging way to put it, Linda!  On the other hand, it’s such a contrast there’s no good way to put it in a more believable way.  We’re still signed up for cryonics, of course, but we’re also recommending that anyone else who’s arranged for that also back up their memories with the free programs that Terasem is offering, in case brain repair turns out to be more difficult than they might hope, or even impossible.

Let’s get started.  As we do this, it may sound almost mundane, but it won’t stay that way for long.

The precept, “How does Terasem work?” starts with an overview statement:  “Terasem organizes collective consciousness via rituals and programs to implement geoethical nanotechnology everywhere.”

(Linda) That’s like saying we’re going to get a group  together, fix where we’re going firmly in our minds in an organized way, and then remanufacture the universe. 

(Fred)  And, in a nutshell, that’s the big picture.  Think of the term “collective consciousness” as meaning “network of minds”, and think of “rituals” meaning “reaffirming the principles we’re agreed upon”.  The term “programs”, as it implies, means we don’t just rush in to accomplish goals without looking at what it’s going to take to do them, to make them work, and “implementing geoethical nanotechnology everywhere” means not only that we develop full replicator technology here on Earth, without blowing ourselves away, but that we set out to do whatever’s necessary to help others we encounter survive also, in the same way, as we expand outward into the universe.

(Linda)  Fred, can we stop and discuss the term “rituals” before we go any further?  Even though the term “rituals” isn’t used again in this Expansion of the Truths, that’s really so much of what this Expansion is all about.  And understanding the value of “rituals” is important because some listeners may be a little skeptical about this idea.

(Fred)  That’s a good point, Linda.  What do we think of, when we say, “ritual”.  Usually, it’s repeating a bunch of words we either don’t understand or even don’t agree with, in order not to ruffle feathers, or, an even more ghastly connotation, if we take it in  terms of “sacrificial rituals” primitive peoples engaged in, it could suggest putting people to death on  the tops of stone temples in Central America before Columbus arrived, or the execution of heretics by burning them at the stake in a public square, as was done to Giordano Bruno in Rome by the Catholic Church, as the dark ages began for Europe.

With Terasem, a “ritual” does involve the use of words, and perhaps symbolic acts, but with the intent only of strengthening resolve and commitments one has already made.  Doing these things together, as a group, heightens the sense of accountability on the part of each person there.  Let’s dig into this just one more level down, and ask a very fundamental question about saying things.

Think about this for a moment, before you answer.  Other than for “yes” and “no” answers, or things you’ve carefully rehearsed, how often, if ever, do you actually know what you’re going to say, before you say it?

The old advice “Think before you speak!” is  good advice, but it’s not the same as saying, “Rehearse exactly what you’re going to say before you say it, and then say it exactly that way!”  No, usually if at all we remind ourselves of things someone may be sensitive to, and either say it gently or not at all, but as to “knowing what we’re going to say before we say it, exactly?”  That only happens when it’s part of a “ritual”.

Also, how often do you say something in unison with someone else, other than for a prayer in church, singing a hymn, or saying the pledge of allegiance to your flag?  Does this ever happen for you?  Again, as with saying something where you know in advance exactly what you’re going to say, the answer is virtually “Never!”  Except, in a ritual of some kind.

Setting aside Yoga mantras, chants, and other sayings as part of Terasem’s connections and gatherings, most of which are derived from ancient Indian language sources and have vibrational health benefits as well as mental focus goals, Terasem has basically only one firm ritual, and that is the pledge to its flag.  It sounds a little like the United States flag pledge, but with profound differences.  The first eight words are the same in each, they are, “I pledge allegiance to the flag, of the”… and there the similarities end.

In the pledge to the U.S. Flag, the next thirteen words are, “The United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands”.  In other words, the pledge is to a collection of governmental states, and to the nation they have agreed will govern them.  It leads to an obligation to “die for your country if commanded”, to pay taxes as assessed or go to jail, and to obey all of its laws, federal, state and local, or suffer the consequences.  This is not necessarily bad; there is no intent here to hold that government is unnecessary.  But, little is said about the rights of the individual or benefits the individual is intended to receive.

In the pledge to the Terasem Flag, the next thirteen words are, “The Collective Consciousness of Terasem, and to the principles for which it stands.”  Here, we are pledging allegiance to each other, and to principles.  It is a pledge of affiliation and mutual support.  The final nine words in the Terasem pledge are, and remember this is a summary of its main principles, are: “education persistently, with diversity, unity, and joyful immortality, everywhere”.  We are promising to expand our minds limitlessly, accept each other despite diversity of all kinds, be united and in agreement about this, find joy in every moment, and stay that way as long as we live, wherever we may go, endlessly.  The focus is on the individual and on personal benefit.  It is a purely positive pledge.

The United States pledges’ final words are, “One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”  There were nine of them prior to adding “under God” in 1954.  The “under God” was added, it is widely understood, due to the threat of communism and the idea that all communists were atheists.  I’m not going to criticize the United States’ pledge, but leave the evaluation of how well the U.S. has fulfilled the allegiance of its citizens to the listener.  I’ll only say that in two out of three different periods of military and federal servoce I’ve been ready to die if need be, for my country, and that’s all behind me.  Now, the commitment I have to Terasem far exceeds any I ever felt for the United States of America, and I feel no reluctance to express this openly.

(Linda)  Those two periods were when you were doing bomb disposal in the Navy, and later searching checked baggage with x-ray machines in airports for bombs, wasn’t it, Fred?  Would you feel comfortable taking those kinds of risks for Terasem?  Would you risk your life for Terasem, if need be, in the same way that you would probably have taken those kind of risks, if needed, to protect cryonics patients when we were working directly in connection with that?

(Fred) Those are important questions, Linda, and it would take a long time to discuss them completely enough to give sensible sounding answers for them, but the short answer is that I’ve never felt so sure that this is the right thing to do, before.  It was less than a year ago that it looked as if I might be close to needing to be frozen, and luckily, that didn’t turn out to be the case.  By comparison, if I knew the end was coming up quickly now, what we’ve already been able to do with Terasem’s programs has given me a great sense of comfort beyond anything that ever was part of the cryonics programs we’ve worked with.  That’s the only way I know how to answer something like that.

Let’s look at the “How?” precept’s first expansion, here.  6.1 tells us, “Geoethical nanotechnology is a necessary and sufficient process for achieving diversity, unity and joyful immortality.”  This amounts to saying that if we don’t destroy ourselves in developing nanotech, it’s all downhill from there, as to a societal system of ethics that works and can work well endlessly.  On the other hand, it implies that the full scope of Geoethical Nanotechnology will include everything necessary for such an air-tight level of safety, and “everything necessary” starting from our present level of knowledge foreshadows a very great task.  

The first element of this expansion states: “6.1.1 Joyful immortality arises because Geoethics enables everyone to pursue unlimited happiness via personal mutually respectful growth.”  This in one sense is an affirmation of a general sort, but the words “personal mutually respectful growth” put in one-on-one or person-to-person terms.  “Personal growth” and pursuit of “unlimited happiness” paints a picture of unbounded individuality, but the words “mutually respectful” and the term “Geoethics” suggest that no one may interfere with another without mutual consent of the others’ rights to do exactly the same thing.

This is made more explicit in 6.1.2, “Operating under Geoethics means obtaining consent from affected others, always reducing unfairness and independently ensuring compliance.” Events will unfold in such a way that without adjustments, unfairness will exist.  Differences in viewpoint between individuals guarantee that there will almost never be agreement at the outset of what is “fair”.  Settling disputes over fairness, when they arise, will be of critical importance, to preserve unity and harmony while seeking even higher levels of harmony within the Collective Consciousness that will constitute future society.

It is far less than a perfect world, now, but it is far better than in the days when human slavery was as common as buying and selling cars, and immobility of people based on birth or class differences inescapably bound them to limited opportunities within society.  So, the outlook is that it can be far more perfect than today, and yet still have room for improvement.  Considering the pace of life expected with the Singularity, no time can be wasted in reducing the unfairness that remains as rapidly as possible.

(Linda) “Independently ensuring compliance” is not defined in detail, so let’s pause a moment to consider this.  Compliance with what? 

(Fred) In the sense of fairness, it might mean compliance with agreements reached as to what would be fair, prior to changes that might affect a great many people. 

(Linda) Still, what would “independently ensuring” mean? 

(Fred)  It might mean not being dependent on government regulators or enforcers, but rather taking action based on the observations of the independent individuals who are involved to seek redress of grievances by agreed upon arbitration, applying appropriate assessments of damages upon those who failed to carry agreed upon insurance, and in other ways not relying solely on bureaucracies to assure “fairness”.

6.1.3 says, “You must obtain consent if your actions are likely to meaningfully affect another conscious being.”  Remembering that Terasem’s definition of consciousness means possessing both empathy and a firm commitment to ethics that make sense to all concerned, this is an obvious part of the fairness issue in the previous element.

In 6.1.4 we find, “Fairness favors consent, so shape actions to help most those with the greatest disadvantages.”  If the changes you are bringing about in the world are going to impact others, then the idea is to preplan to minimize the impacts on those who would be most disadvantaged.  Would it have been a workable approach to suggest that in the early stages of the industrial revolution, where textile factories were going to replace home-industry lives devoted to weaving and sewing, those families with the strongest traditions of those trades might have been the best prospects for offering employment to, and cultivating as supervisors and managers?  The practicality of such may be arguable, but it is along these lines that foresight in the event of change could be important in seeking optimum outcomes, and mutual consent to the end of maximum fairness should be agreed upon as a guiding principle.

6.1.5 states that, “Umpires are needed because non-compliance with agreements breeds anger.”  Arbitrators that are agreed upon in advance by parties that might be affected or might be responsible for impacts on others would be an example of umpires, but the term is general enough to broaden the application  beyond areas where arbitrators might be appropriate.  Mediators, negotiators, and a wide range of terms might apply.  The point in this Truth, as might have been expected from the previous one, is not to depend on a huge mound of casebook law to resolve unfairness when resolving whatever might happen could have been specified in advance by agreement, and then assured as to compliance by more direct means.

(Linda) Finally, in 6.1.6, we find, “Love how geoethical nanotechnology replaces entropy with order by converting spacetime into information for beneficent control.”  The Truths of Terasem sometimes require that we look very carefully at how words are used, to see underlying meanings.  What do we mean by “converting spacetime”?  And, what kind of “information” might it be converted to?  Let’s see what we can find if we “look between the lines”.

(Fred) Spacetime describes the dimensionality of the universe.  We measure how things are related in terms of basic physics by these four parameters (three dimensions of space and one of time).  But, as life arises and becomes sentient, and begins to restructure the material universe in the form of consciousness on many different substrates, these dimensions are not sufficient anymore to describe what is going on.  “Information” comes into existence, and has a remarkable impact.  A rib roast may weigh more than your head, but your head has a lot more “information” in it, and that cannot be measured by strictly space and time.

Going back to 6.1.6 we see that “replacing entropy with order” is the means by which this transcendence of inanimate matter into conscious matter is brought about, and “replacing with order” amounts to “extropy” vs “entropy”.  The key connecting idea is that of “geoethical nanotechnology”.  Grammatically, these two words are equated to “extropy”.  You might see this as an excessively poetic way of stating a principle and inviting interpretation by examination from varying points of view, but to me, there is a lot more than just poetry at work here.  We’re seeing a right brain shape of “how things work” that has been translated into words that are both smaller than and greater than a meme.  Smaller than, in being difficult to perceive, and greater than, in having the potential for being taken to mean many things, not just one, and in a way that enables them to fit with 359 others of their kind (the other elements of the Truths of Terasem).

 (Linda)  Until the end of the year, I’m going to stop commenting on how far over our time limits we’ve gone.  Doing two Expansions each week just makes it a necessity.  Next week, and we only have three more double Expansions for the year, we’re going to be talking about the very core of Geoethical Nanotechnology, the development of replicator nanotechnology itself.  This will touch on dangers, ways of auditing to ensure against them, consents to technology advances, risks, independent assurance of compliance, the benefits of passing the Singularity safely, and a comparison of how replicator nanotechnology is almost like a “nourishment” we need to expand into the universe, but it must be a wholesome, poison free form of nourishment, right, Fred?

(Fred)  That’s correct Linda, and the second expansion next week shifts gear to the lowest “get started” level.  It takes us into what each of us as individuals may have to do, in order to begin to weave the very fabric of Terasem into a network of people we can trust, by finding others in the way of compatible minds that we can deeply respect and rely on, and then knitting together with them almost as if we were building a small family unit, that we’d feel safe with in a “lifeboat” situation, like a pandemic or an earthquake, where mutual survival was the goal. 

(Linda)  And rituals are one very effective way to make that happen!  I’m inspired by this facet of Terasem more than practically any other I can think of.  Over twenty years, when we were trying to find people we could bond to within LifePact, a kind of mutual-survival network of groups among cryonicists, we were disappointed to see how few people wanted to have to “be there” for anyone else, or have to rely on a group like that.  But, for lack of that, all you had was a scattered pepper corn pattern of individualists with an “Everyone for himself or herself” attitude.

(Fred) That’s exactly what it was like, Linda, but here we find that Terasem is structurally set up to cultivate just that sort of network, without any of the costs, technical complexities, or situational uncertainties that were so devilishly hard to deal with, in cryonics.  Building Terasem may not be as fast as we would like, but its structure is going to be like the Rock of Gibraltar, made of these small, harmonious c-cubes and c-quads that hang together like a diamond lattice.  It’s not like anything I’ve ever encountered before, in any ordinary “organization”, whether profit, non-profit, political, or religious. 

The closest thing I can remember to being anything like this was the diving and explosive ordinance disposal teams I was part of in the Navy.  When we went out on a job, we knew that each of us held the other’s lives in our hands.  It was the strongest kind of unity with others I’ve ever experienced, yet we all had our own specialties, skills, strengths and backgrounds.  It was the kind of “diversity with unity” that is such a core element in Terasem’s principles.  Anyway, I could go on and on about this, and we have to wrap it up.

(Linda)  Wow!  Gives me goose bumps to hear you talk about that.  If you want to be part of what we’re building, “Join Terasem” at terasemfaith.net.  Remember, “waking up in cyberspace” is just a matter of working the programs in CyBeRev.org and/or LifeNaut.com.  And, it’s free to participate.  Also, there’s a brand new “Android” application for CyBeRev.  Work it right out of your iPhone.

(Fred) True!  And don’t forget the “first in–first out” principle.  Those who make their mindfiles early, are more likely to wake up in cyberspace sooner! And, mindclones.blogspot.com is a continuously growing body of ideas about mindfiles.  Next week, we’ll see how replicator nanotechnology has to be built, for maximum safety, and how we can start right now building the teams that will pioneer this.

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

(Fred)  Come with us – into Tomorrow!


Posted November 16, 2010 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

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