Podcast No. 63 Posted 9/5/2011   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 63 Posted 9/5/2011

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

TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The Why of Terasem  5.0 – 5.1.6

SUB TITLE:  The Purpose of Life.

SUMMARY:  In the extropic self-ordering of the Universe, Terasem has nucleated a collective consciousness that is out to surf the wave of the Singularity all the way to the farthest reaches of the visible universe, and beyond that wherever the waves might take us, populating space with consciousness on an endless variety of substrates, staying in touch with that network endlessly.


(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast number 63 on the Truths of Terasem.

(Linda)  This week we get to introduce the fifth major category, “Why… is there Terasem?” and explore its first Expansion, 5.1 – 5.1.6.  Without exceeding one thousand words a minute, Fred, how long is it going to take us to do that?

(Fred)  We’ll get it done in far less than 240 trillion nanoseconds.  That’s just four minutes.  The question: ”Why is there Terasem?” is answered in brief with, “Terasem exists because the Multiverse spawned a collective consciousness that is destined for joyful immortality.”

(Linda)  Perhaps I’m about to ‘over-demystify’ that, but I’d say that means that those of us who have joined Terasem are a network of people who think we know pretty well what “joyful immortality” would be, we think it’s an attainable goal by scientific and technological  means, and we’re going to make it happen or be obliterated in the attempt.

(Fred)  Or, to translate that terminology into words I’m more familiar with, I’d say it this way… that in the extropic self-ordering of the Universe, Terasem has nucleated a group that is out to surf the wave of the Singularity all the way to the farthest reaches of the visible universe, and beyond that wherever the waves might take us, populating space with consciousness on an endless variety of substrates, staying in touch with that network endlessly.  Also, and this might make it sound even more ambitious, it all might be possible in less than one thousand years, real  time.  Anyway, that’s the “Why” of Terasem, as I understand it.

(Linda)  I think you said it even better than I did!  Kurzweil also says it nicely in The Singularity is Near:

“Ultimately, the entire universe will become saturated with our intelligence.  This is the destiny of the universe.  We will determine our own fate rather than have it determined by the current “dumb”, simple, machinelike forces that rule celestial mechanics.”

(Fred)  And I also like the way James Gardner says it in his book, The Intelligent Universe:

“I, too, am amazed and awed by the unified process of cosmic and biological evolution…  The emergence of life and the evolution of intelligence is literally pre-programmed by the laws and constants of physics, which function similar to cosmic DNA.  The universe, in my view, could not have easily remained simple and barren.  The emergence of life and intelligence was written into the cosmic playbook from the very first moments of the Big Bang.  And life was destined, from that very instant, to eventually dominate the cosmos, infuse it with massive intelligence, and ultimately serve as the instrument of cosmic replication.”

(Linda) Is this where I throw in my favorite Carl Sagan quote?

(Fred)   I think our listeners would be disappointed if you didn’t!

(Linda)  Okay!  Although most listeners probably already have it memorized from hearing me say it so often, here ‘s my favorite Carl Sagan quote, from his book and TBS television series “Cosmos”, for listeners new to our podcast.  Actually, I’ve usually shortened it in the past, but here it is in it’s fullest, grandest, context:

“For we are the local embodiment of a Cosmos grown to self-awareness.  We have begun to contemplate our origins: starstuff pondering the stars; organized assemblages of ten billion billion billion atoms considering the evolution of atoms; tracing the long journey by which, here at least, consciousness arose.  Our loyalties are to the species and the planet.  We speak for Earth.  Our obligation to survive is owned not just to ourselves but also to the Cosmos, ancient and vast, from which we spring.”

(Fred)  Well, how could we top that?  Maybe we could throw in a few words from Martine Rothblatt, from her book From Transgender to Transhuman:

Homo Sapiens will become Persona creatus as it rides the journey of near infinite growth in computational knowledge that is the Singularity.  This means that the grace and beauty of human culture will grow right along with the scientific and technological competence of the hybrid human-computer species—as, indeed, it already has even in these early years of hybridization.”

(Linda)  Okay, I think we’ve outdone ourselves!  Let’s look at the first Expansion of the ten under this precept:

That’s 5.1, and it’s stated, “Multiverse observations reveal that the reason for living is to make life as joyful as possible.”  Rephrasing, we might say that everywhere we look, throughout all of “existence” we see life pursuing pleasure and avoiding pain and death.  Taking the notion that through technology we can carry that to limitless heights, we’re set on doing just that, and doing it as quickly as possible, carrying it to every corner of all dimensionalities of reality that we can find.

(Fred)  Moving on, 5.1.1 says, “Ratio maximization of joy and happiness to pain and sadness is best for all.”  To me, that means we do the best we can on the way up the ladder.  The further up we go, the better the view, the cleaner the air, and the more perception that what we’re doing makes sense.   In 5.1.2, the message is “Equality of opportunity is essential to maximization of joy and happiness.”  To put it in more tangible terms, if the Singularity means that we no longer have a world where billions exist at a standard of life of only a few dollars a day and have nothing to look forward to but misery and an early death, then we’ll have a great deal more “joy and happiness”.

(Linda)  In 5.1.3 we find, “Achievement of diversity and unity are essential to minimization of pain and sadness.”  Reflecting back to the prior Precept under Expansion 4.10, we might be able to better see why “useful teachings” on diversity and unity are so important, as well as the goal as stated in the next one here, 5.1.4 “Satisfying joyful immortality means an endless pursuit of happiness.”

(Fred)  Coming down toward the end of this Expansion, we find 5.1.5, “Only the Way of Terasem can provide a sure personal pathway to fulfilling the purpose of life.”

(Linda)  This can be taken the wrong way, like saying, “We already know exactly what the Way is, it’s cast in concrete, and no one better question it!”

(Fred)  Far more, what this is saying is that if we don’t carefully figure out how to get to the top of the mountain without falling off the side on the way up, and then commit ourselves to the climb, we’ll never know what it’s like to stand on top of it.

(Linda)  The last Element in this Expansion is 5.1.6 “Never forget that the purpose of life is to make life better for all.”  Sounds like a trite truism, perhaps, but not if you look carefully enough at it.

Consider the first two words.  They’re “never forget”.  What does that mean?  Why do we need that kind of reminder?  It means that in a world of biological humans who evolved to dominate, conquer, and brutalize each other unthinkingly, the very idea of “making life better for all” is so easily forgotten that only by the most intense focus of intent can we keep it in mind every moment, as we use those very scarce minutes of our biological lives to “make a difference” in how the Singularity turns out.

(Fred)  Yes, and Martin Nowak makes this point very well in his book, Super Cooperators:

“Many problems that challenge us today can be traced back to a profound tension between what is good and desirable for society as a whole and what is good and desirable for an individual.  That conflict can be found in global problems such as climate change, pollution, resource depletion, poverty, hunger, and overpopulation.  The biggest issues of all—saving the planet and maximizing the collective lifetime of the species Homo sapiens—cannot be solved by technology alone.  They require novel ways for us to work in harmony.

“If we are to continue to thrive, we have but one option.  We now have to manage the planet as a whole.  If we are to win the struggle for existence, and avoid a precipitous fall, there’s no choice but to harness this extraordinary creative force.  We now have to refine and extend our ability to cooperate.  We must become familiar with the science of cooperation.  Now, more than ever, the world needs SuperCooperators.”

(Linda)  This subject is so important, I have another quote from Nowak’s book that I think is appropriate here:

“I am hopeful that, in the distant future, a SuperCooperator will gaze toward an infinite horizon of opportunities.  If we take a cosmic view, there’s hope for life.   Across the universe I am sure there are thousands of societies, even millions, that are as advanced as our own, if not more so.  Each one will no doubt use different approaches to solve the problem of efficient global cooperation.  Some will work.  Others will fail.

“A few will lose their home world only to colonize new planets.  Some may die off but leave a new kind of life in their wake, a spacefaring flotilla of intelligent robots that can reproduce, thrive, and explore their galaxy.  Those civilizations that have solved the problem of cooperation will persist in the cosmos.  We can only hope that this list of successful SuperCooperators will include those carbon-based life forms that we call human beings.  In this great adventure, everyone has a role to play.  Success depends on all of us.”

(Fred)  That’s a great way to wrap this up.  Next week, we’re going to take a look way downstream, to what kind of words we have to use to describe the outcome of the entire universe, or rather multiverse, being emulated, with full control of cosmic physics.  The words there might be confused with those too often used to describe a mystical fantasy, but we’ll relate them to rational goals based on where the Singularity seems to be taking us.

(Linda)  And, we’ll see how “God” is an emergent consequence of consciousness being spread throughout the Cosmos, Terasem’s ultimate “Why” for existing!  Until now, the way many of us took the concept of a “God” was that this would be wonderful but was  not likely to be a reality.  Now, it seems that in some ways it might be more like “going to the Moon”, a “reality” also once believed to be impossible.

(Fred)  This builds on an idea recently voiced by one of Terasem’s Founders.  She pointed out that through science and technology, Terasem’s goals are to expand on what people have always thought of as “doing God’s work”, with the spirit of building a better world, where people are united and yet respect all kinds of diversity, where pain and hunger fade away, death becomes like an ancient disease that’s been “cured”, and we go outward into the Cosmos in the way Carl Sagan suggested would be our destiny, three decades ago.

(Linda)   We need your strength in helping to build the kind of collective consciousness we’ve been talking about.  If you share our vision and want to live in this future, find out more about joining Terasem at terasemfaith.net.

(Fred)  Start building your mindfile at either CyBeRev.org or LifeNaut.com.  Remember, there are no fees for building or storing your mindfile.  And if you want to create a BioFile by preserving your DNA, you can do that at LifeNaut.com, very inexpensively, too.

(Linda)  For those of you who love games, Mike Clancy, at Terasem, has created the new maze-based, mindfile building game for the Android. It’s addictive because the difficulty ramps up quickly with multiple layers of challenges.  While you are trying to build motor neurons inside a brain, plaques are obstructing your path and you have to avoid macrophages that are hunting you down!

(Fred)  Here’s the premise from the introduction to the app: “You are an artificial intelligence charged with controlling a nanobot inside a human brain. The brain belongs to a person who has just been resuscitated after being cryonically stored for almost 50 years. You have been chosen because, ironically, the person being restored to life is the same person on whom you (the AI) were based! Their mannerisms, personality, recollections, feelings, beliefs, attitudes and values were recorded and stored with the CyBeRev project and later coupled with mindware to create your digital persona”.  Check it out on PersonalityMD.com.

(Linda) And I’d like to invite everyone to discover, if you haven’t already, my favorite blog:  mindclones.blogspot.com.  Martine Rothblatt will treat you to fascinating discussions about mindclones, mindfiles and mindware that will take you far, far beyond what we are able to just sample lightly in these podcasts.  And you can find the text version of these podcasts at truthsofterasem.wordpress.com.

(Fred)  If you’ve been enjoying the music that we use on this podcast series, it’s called Earthseed.  It’s the Terasem Anthem.  It was written by Martine Rothblatt, who also plays the flute and the keyboard.  If you’d like to experience that music in a video, with spectacular astronomical artwork, go to the Join! tab on the terasemfaith.net website.

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

(Fred)  Come with us – into Tomorrow!

Closing music – no fade – full length.   


Posted July 19, 2011 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

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