Podcast No. 43 Posted 5/09/2011   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 43 Posted 5/09/2011

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The “Where” of Terasem  3.0-3.1.6

SUB TITLE:  Terasem is everywhere and everywhen.

SUMMARY:  This podcast begins the discussion of the third section of the Truths of Terasem: 3.0 “Where is Terasem?  Terasem is everywhere and everywhen consciousness organizes itself to create diversity, unity and joyful immortality.”  From there, we head into comparisons of cyberspace and physical space, anywhere consciousness can exist, onplanet and offplanet as well as virtual realities.  Dreamtime is considered as a ‘virtual reality’ within our own minds, and assuming that we can dream at accelerated rates as cyberbeings, this may be another unexplored dimension; accelerating experience rate by emulating the dream process of a biological brain in a cyberpersonality’s mind.

Music  – “Earthseed” fades out, as the voice recording begins.

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast 43 on the Truths of Terasem.  Today, we’re going to begin to find out “where” Terasem is.  We’re going to find out that it’s everywhere you are, as long as you’re conscious, or there’s anything conscious near you.

(Linda)  So, if you’re unconscious, Terasem is still there, unless you’re totally alone?  Why would that change, just because someone walked into the room?

(Fred)  I over simplified it, perhaps, but to un-simplify it, perhaps we can say that as long as something is conscious of you, even if you ceased to exist the next moment, you would still exist as a trace in that other mind.  Then from that, a ‘starter’ version of you could emerge, find out who it is in more detail, and continue.  I know that’s not very satisfying in terms of traditional life extension thinking, but it doesn’t set an upper limit, only a lower boundary.  It’s like saying you’re ‘made of atoms’, but that doesn’t mean you’re ‘nothing but a bunch of atoms’.

(Linda)  I think we better take a look at the beginning, here, and see how it goes.  We start with, 3.0 “Where is Terasem?  Terasem is everywhere and everywhen consciousness organizes itself to create diversity, unity and joyful immortality.”  That does sound a little like what you said, but how is that different from being made of atoms?

(Fred)  It’s in the internal conditions.  Unlike the oversimplified way I started with, now we’re talking about consciousness that’s ‘organizing itself’, for the triple purpose of diversity, unity and joyful immortality.  We could say that plankton in the sea in some ways organize their local clusters or groups for diversity and unity, swimming together while at the same time evolving in diverse ways by way of natural selection, but the plankton aren’t exactly in conscious pursuit of joyful immortality.

(Linda)  The word ‘immortality’ seems to be where the ‘rubber meets the road’, isn’t it?  I mean, I can envision plankton swimming joyfully, whether or not their tiny neurosystems have any kind of the reinforcement process we could call “joy”, like libido and orgasms, but the ability to conceptualize coexisting as individuals, eternally is clearly beyond what they’re capable of.

In Chapter Four of The Singularity is Near, Ray Kurzweil gives a great summary of the work being done to reverse engineer the human brain, and thereby better understand how it works, and how it differs from the brains of other, less conscious beings.  Quote:

“The pace of building working models and simulations is only slightly behind the availability of brain-scanning and neuron-structure information.  There are more than fifty thousand neuroscientists in the world, writing articles for more than three hundred journals.  The field is broad and diverse, with scientists and engineers creating new scanning and sensing technologies and developing models and theories at many levels.  So even people in the field are often not completely aware of the full dimensions of contemporary research.” End quote

These understandings and all of the other ways in which we learn how biological brains work will in turn expand our abilities to emulate these in cyberpersonality identities and make them part of the ongoing experience of “joyful immortality” that so succinctly is part of the Terasem pledge.

Next, we come to 3.1 – It tells us, “ Everywhere means physical and cyberspace, real and virtual reality, because vitology can thrive in many spaces.”  That’s sure true.  Seen from a hundred years from now, we’ll probably find orders of magnitude more people in cyberspace than in physical space as far as where their consciousness is focused.  In a way, cyberspace to me is more like a “parallel universe” than any kind of real world “parallel universe” I can imagine, with the exception of walking along a hillside unaware that a giant cavern is right underneath your feet.

(Fred)  Still, the physical reality will be inspiring.  What fun it’s going to be to discover a new, fantastic cave in the real world and map it in a very exquisite way, so that it can be perfectly emulated in cyberspace!  Then, using capacities emulated from the biological brains of bats, avatars on this size and scale will permit us to ‘fly’ through such caves in virtual reality. And, of course, it will never get trashed like so many caves do.  But, we have to keep moving.  At 3.1.1 we find, “Spaces where Terasem thrives are limited only by their ability to support consciousness.”  This one logically falls into place.  Any space, if there is such a place, where consciousness cannot be supported, might be a “’Terasem-free” zone.  Can you think of any?

(Linda)  Hmmm. What about the interior of stars?  Or, even if we could generally live there, what would it be like at the time of a supernovae?  I can hear it now, “Supernova alert!  Evacuate the star within the next 35,000 microseconds and use trans-light-speed shuttles to move to a distance of no less than one thousand parsecs.  Have a nice day!”

(Fred)  Just like current day tsunamis in the South Pacific, or earthquake warnings in Southern California.  Now, here’s 3.1.2  “Physical places that support Terasem consciousness include the earth, heavenly bodies and colonies in space.”  Sounds sensible enough.  Nothing about even using stars as hangouts!  Very conservative.

On to 3.1.3 “Artificial places that support Terasem include computer systems and altjiranga mitjina, a dimension of flexible time.”  We located an interpretation of the first of two almost unpronounceable words that referred to what sounded as if they might be dream states.  Just as dream states are a well known level of consciousness in biological brains, the extra word may imply that such a state could be emulated in a cyberpersonality, so that one might enter a state of mind in cyberspace that would proceed very rapidly to integrate internal data into new synthetic experiences without the necessity of outside data, in the way that we dream using the internal association paths of our biological brains.  Something to think about!

(Linda)  For 3.1 – 3.1.3, those we’ve just talked about a little, let’s quote from Martine Rothblatt’s posting on her mindclones blog, dated Monday, November 8, 2010 .  It’s titled “What if the mindclones run out of cyberspace?”

“Cyberspace is poised to now take some huge steps toward ubiquity. One leap is associated with devices called Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFIDs). These microchips (tiny pieces of cyberspace landscape) can be made in quantity for much less than a dollar each. At that price it becomes economic to attach one to virtually anything of value so that the object thereafter can be scanned for useful associated information. This data might include its price, contents, place of manufacture and a unique identifier (a digital bar code) that would enable searching quite specifically for more information about it. Each RFID is a scrap of cyberspace that will become better at supporting vitology (more like a supercomputer on a chip) as the price/performance ratio of microchips continues to advance.

To support cyberspace ubiquity, the world’s internet managers recently exploded the number of internet digital addresses. They launched a new protocol that increased the previous 4 billion possible addresses (originally thought to adequately cover about one computer per person) to many, many trillions of possible addresses. This enables virtually everything of any interest to humans to have a piece of cyberspace not only associated with it (the cheap RFIDs do that), but also wirelessly networked. In other words, the ubiquity of cyberspace is not that of an archipelago in which evolution pursues quaint dead-ends, as in the Galapagos. Instead, the ubiquity of cyberspace is that of a humungous array of connected Petri dishes. New kinds of vitology will have ready access to new environments into which successful reproducers can spread their kind and further evolution can occur. We are creating at breakneck speed a parallel environment, cyberspace, in which vitology can evolve with a freedom comparable to biology’s reign in biospace.

Another leap toward cyberspace ubiquity is the advent of wearable and even implantable electronics. Bluetooth headsets sprout on the ears of millions, and digital sportswear abounds. Patients with challenging diseases have pioneered during the past decade the technology of bio-compatible chips implanted in the ear, eye, brain, heart and abdomen. Human bodies are likely to become pockmarked with cyberspace for reasons of health and convenience.

Ultimately there are visions of cyberspace replicating bio-space. For example, if nanotechnology fulfills its promise of enabling the purposeful construction of any form from basic molecules, then each such biological form could also be a piece of cyberspace, rife with software that directs its activities in a biological world. Forms indistinguishable from insects or humans could actually be cyberspace formed by nanotechnology. Stranger still, the vitological souls residing in nanotechnological human forms could direct a reassembly of their form into something else by a rearrangement of the nanotechnology. You could look like a human while your mindclone can look like an eagle.

Similarly, synthetic biology makes possible the custom design of life forms from commercially available toolkits of naturally evolved and novel strings of DNA. New bacteria have been created with useful properties never seen in nature, such as acting as an electronic switch. It is inevitable that these efforts will be extended into the creation of bacteriological equivalents to memory chips and microprocessors. These cyberspace building blocks will have their DNA manipulated so that they are driven to selectively network together into multicellular (cyberspace) organisms. Hence, a vast growing supply of biocyberspace can arise from the self-replication competency of biology once manipulated by synthetic genetic engineering techniques.

Dr. Gerard K. O’Neill, since the 1980s, and Ray Kurzweil, since the early 21st century, have laid out roadmaps for creating a practically inexhaustible supply of cyberspace. In Dr. O’Neill’s vision robotic probes would use advanced nanotechnology to reassemble terrestrial planets throughout the galaxy into more robotic probes, each of which could host vast communities of vitological life. Similarly, Kurzweil believes the direction of civilization is to use highly intelligent and capable nanotechnology to convert the ‘dumb matter’ of the universe into ‘smart matter.’ This would essentially create a new ontology of cyberspace-based matter, which he calls “computronium.” In any event, there is no need to gaze so far into space and time. Easily extracted elements on earth are adequate to create enough cyberspace so that everyone has a mindclone.

This quick survey of the spread and potential of cyberspace demonstrates that vitology won’t run out of an environment in which to rapidly evolve. Vitology can rely upon humanity to create the environment it needs for growth, just as it relies upon humanity to evolve the codes needed for vitological evolution. Vitology and human biology have a symbiotic relationship: by creating a cyberspace environment for human benefit, an eco-system is created for software-based life as well. But this is, after all, what many living things do: occupy niches created through the by-products of other living things. We all live in the wake of plant life’s exhaled oxygen. Vitology will live in the wake of humanity’s exuded silicon.

(Fred)  Wow!  That’s great, but now we have to wrap it up pretty quickly.  In 3.1.4 the Truth is, “Congregate to cherish Terasem in real reality wherever there are cuor contentos.”  That translates into “happy hearts”, if we use the Italian c-o-u-r-e for ‘cour’ (with an ‘e’ vs. just ‘c-u-o-r’ contentos).  Taken as a whole, it means, ‘get together locally, or in face-face level contact, vs. virtual reality, but do it with happy hearts to take joy in everything we are doing related to Terasem.  That’s as much as I can make of it, and I suspect that’s close to what was intended.

3.1.5 says, “Elaborate your commitment to Terasem as mindfile exoselfs in virtual reality.”  This is exactly what we discussed, in great detail, in our finalized addendum to the “Cybertwins” talk, posted at lifepact.com/cybertwins.htm.  No time to even quote from it here, but it’s there, at that URL, in case any want to have a look.

Finally, in 3.1.6 the essence of this expansion is summed up by “Shanta rasa’s tranquil mood will arise in whichever space vitology thrives with Terasem.” Quoting from www.rasas.info on “The Peace Rasa: Shanta Rasa”:

“Although everybody experiences some relaxation sometimes, real Shanta or Peace exists only in Samadhi, a state of super-consciousness that is the final stage of any yoga.  For true Peace, body, mind, ego, and intellect must become perfectly still,” and “Everybody longs for real peace of mind, some calmness, though only a few saints really attain it.  Today, many people regard saints as people who are simply doing nothing.  What they do not understand is how difficult and rewarding doing nothing really is.”

Looking at the wording here, it is presuming that vitology thrives with Terasem, and that the ‘tranquil mood’ of ‘total peace’ will arise in any space where that exists.

(Linda)  So, with great tranquility, we look forward to next week, where we’ll take a look at how virtual reality accommodates all beings, including emulated past lives, migrated current lives, or cyberbirthed new lives.   We’ll see why instantiating yourself into a software form is like getting an education – some things change and some don’t.

(Fred)  In anticipation of that, let me invite listeners to find out how easy it is to join Terasem and be part of this future.  Simply go to terasemfaith.net.  Start building your own mindfile, without even any costs, at either CyBeRev.org or LifeNaut.com.  You can preserve some of your DNA at LifeNaut.com,too, very inexpensively.

(Linda)  Are you an Android user?  Do you prefer the excitement of a game, over filling out questionnaires?  Then, go to PersonalityMD.com and download Mike Clancy’s new maze-based game as the fun way to build your mindfile.  A word of caution, though, it can be addicting!

(Fred)  And for those of you who crave a mind expanding blog, you can’t beat mindclones.blogspot.com.  I guarantee you that Martine Rothblatt will stretch your neurons with discussions about mindclones, mindfiles and mindware.  Oh, and don’t forget, you can find the text version of these podcasts at truthsofterasem.wordpress.com.

(Linda)  If you like the music we use on these podcasts, it’s the Terasem Anthem, called Earthseed, written by Martine Rothblatt.  She also plays flute and keyboard.  For a video version of Earthseed, go to the Join! tab on the terasemfaith.net website.

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

(Linda)  Come with us – into Tomorrow!

Closing music – no fade – full length.


Posted April 24, 2011 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

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