Podcast No. 65 Posted 9/15/2011   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 65 Posted 9/15/2011

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

TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The Why of Terasem  5.4 – 5.4.6

SUB TITLE:  Diversifying Limitlessly and Endlessly

SUMMARY:  Terasem perceives itself in terms of its present potential for transcendence, and extends this to a vision of an unlimited expansion.  We look at the ways Terasem takes on diversity in every conceivable way.  It’s about getting rid of pain, replacing it with joy, looking at gender in a multi-dimensional way, seeking knowledge, positive values, and “being everywhere at once” in vanquishing cruelty throughout the Multiverse.

 

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast 65 on the Truths of Terasem.  We’ll talk about Terasem’s vision of an unlimited expansion and six different ways in which diversity and growth interrelate.

(Linda)  Expansion 5.4 and its component elements are about “change”, “gender”, “knowledge”, “goodness”, “visibility of what’s going on”, and “how to get rid of cruelty”, not just here on Earth, but virtually everywhere.  These may sound unrelated, but until you see how they interrelate, so do “up”, “forward”, “sideways”, “future” and “parallel zones of existence”.

(Fred)  Exactly, but, in this latter case, you can see that we’re talking about directionality in space, change with time, and the notion that there can be things going on all at once, side by side, but with very little in the way of interconnection.  Change, gender, knowledge, goodness, perceptual limits, and getting rid of cruelty are fundamental dimensions that Terasem defines as work areas, and even these words we’re using don’t do the underlying concepts justice.

(Linda) Let’s begin by translating the terminology of 5.4 into what we’ve been talking about.  It’s stated as follows: “Terasem is transcendental, transgendered, transicient, transificent, transpotent, and transpresent.”  Taken one at a time, “transcendental” is interpreted as being engaged in processes of transcendence, which means rising above or beyond those conditions that presently exist.  We’ll see momentarily that this can be taken to be a generality covering all the rest.

(Fred) “Transgendered” is straightforward.  It’s usually connected with sex change operations, but more generally it’s the implication that we can move beyond gender, not necessarily doing away with what we mean by it now, but broadening it to mean other interrelationships between two or more beings that can lead to offspring in a wider sense, and culminating in unlimited ways of expanding upon what we have at present.  In talking about 5.4.2, we’ll pick up from this point.

(Linda) The next term is “transicient”, and it’s an interesting word, since it has no searchable presence on the Internet.  However, its origin is clear from 5.4.3, which indicates that it’s the transitional phase of moving toward omniscience by stating, “Transiscient Terasem knows much now, but will eventually become omniscient to ensure Multiversal connectedness.”  We’ll talk about that element in a few moments, but at least we can now say what the word is supposed to mean, and it’s not complicated.  It’s merely the state of progressing toward “omniscience”, transcending present states of what Buddhism terms “ignorance” to states of “less ignorance” or “more knowledge”, whichever you prefer.

(Fred) “Transpotent” and “transpresent” are easy.  They lead to “omnipotent” and “omnipresent”, two absolute level ideas having to do with power and presence, or being some place in particular, perhaps many places, perhaps all places.  The “Trans” prefix, vs. “Omni”, simply means “on the way there” vs. “having arrived”.  Now, with that exploration of the terminology in 5.4 out of the way, let’s see where the underlying elements take us.

(Linda) 5.4.1 says, “Transcendental Terasem empathizes with those in pain, and thus guides Terasem toward replacing all pain with joy.”  That means that in our present state, we extend or couple our consciousness to those in pain, allowing ourselves to feel an intense state of empathy.  If we do this, we can more wholly commit ourselves to working toward a future where pain will be vanquished, and all beings will live in a state of joy.

This is one of the Truths to which I relate most strongly, and I’ll ask you to join me in a trip back to one of the saddest days I’ve ever experienced, the day of the World Trade Center disaster on September 11, 2001.

It was one of those days like when John Kennedy was shot.  Everyone remembers where they were that day; what they were doing.   It was in the early morning and while getting ready to go to work, I turned on the TV to see what the weather was going to be like that day.  Instead of the weather I watched unbelieving, as a jet plane crashed into the World Trade Center.  I could tell from the commentators’ remarks that this was not just an action movie.  This was the real thing.   I called out to you, Fred, and minutes later we watched the second collision, followed by the collapse of first one, then both towers, and the story of what had happened began to unfold.

(Fred) This shocked the world, and we were only two of the billions whose hearts and minds were torn by the realization of what had happened.  All day long, I could not shake the vision of all those people who were trapped, crushed, still alive but knowing they were dying, in the tower.  The grossness of the inhumanity of those acts by religious fanatics took the form, for me, of empathizing with those trapped in the collapsed skyscrapers, suffering unspeakable agony, the victims of blind fanaticism.  But my response was not just one of outrage and desire for vengeance.  Even more, it was a state of feeling connected to those suffering and dying in the huge pile of smoking rubble in downtown Manhattan.

At that time, my work involved the culturing of viable human cells for use in biotech analysis of the genome, or perhaps future cloning, and we had been having problems with fungal infestation overgrowth of the cells that were dividing in our supposedly sterile growth culture media.  I suspected that this was the result of carelessness on the part of one of the physicians taking the samples, not preparing the surface areas of the skin properly or in other ways disregarding sterile practice, but I wasn’t sure.  One way to test the hypothesis, I thought, might be to take samples of my own body, and then culture them, to see if this might be the source of the problem, vs. other postulated causes like poorly sterilized culture media.

So, on the evening of September 11, 2001, I went down to the lab, still shaking with feelings of empathy for those trapped in the tower, and took four samples from my right thigh for culturing.  It was enough of a difficulty to do this, without adding in the complication of any kind of anesthetic, so I did without it.  By the way, my cell samples survived and multiplied perfectly, with no fungal infestation.  It moved our technology ahead by helping to pinpoint the source of a critical problem.  It was not, in the end, just a futile act, an expression of empathy.

After this episode of empathy and confrontation of it by self-infliction of (by comparison) very minor pain, I was able to more objectively relate to what had happened, and “live with it” more calmly.  Now, the memory of this experience helps me relate more strongly to those hundreds of millions who live on less than two dollars a day, ignored by those who blind themselves to the reality of what is going on.

(Linda)  Most importantly, I suspect, it helped you see the relevance in this Truth of Terasem we have just reviewed.  Moving on to 5.4.2, it tells us, “Transgendered Terasem is beyond genre, and can suffuse anything, eventually expressing its will throughout the Multiverse.”

Transgendered Terasem means tossing aside limitations placed on our lives.  In her book From Transgender to Transhuman, Martine Rothblatt has a lot to say about this subject.

“There are two sexes, male and female, right?  Wrong!  In fact, there is a continuum of sex types, ranging from very male to very female, with countless variations in between.  This startling new notion is just now beginning to emerge from feminist thinking, scientific research, and a grass-roots movement called “transgenderism”.  In the future, labeling people at birth as “male” or “female” will be considered just as unfair as South Africa’s now-abolished practice of stamping “black” and “White” on people’s ID cards.”  End quote

(Fred)  And a few pages later,

“Today we go about the matter of sex ass backward.  A male or female label is first imposed upon us without choice.  We are then trained to adopt a set of appropriate gender behaviors, whether we like them or not.  We have some flexibility in our particular choice of gender behavior but not much choice, lest we fall afoul of the apartheid of sex.  However, feminism, technology, and transgenderism have debunked the myth of a “male and female” world.  Life has much more gender potential than we can imagine.

“As we break free of the chains of sexual apartheid, we will establish a new human culture of unparalleled creativity in personal development.  From Homo sapiens, literally the “wise man”, shall emerge our new species, Persona creatus, the “creative person”.  From the subjugation of women shall emerge the sensitization of men.  And from the apartheid of sex shall evolve the freedom of gender.”  End quote.

(Linda)  And again, a few pages later, Rothblatt concludes:

“The greatest catapult for humanity into a new species lies just beyond the event horizon of transgenderism.  Based upon our rapidly accelerating ability to imbue software with human personality, autonomy and self-awareness, a movement of “transhumanists” have joined transgenderists in calling for the launch of Persona creatus.  The basic transhumanist concept is that a human need not have a flesh body, just as a woman need not have a real vagina.  Humanness is in the mind, just as is sexual identity.  As software becomes increasingly capable of thinking, acting and feeling like a human, it should be treated as a fellow human, and welcomed as a fellow member of the technological species Persona creatus. “  end quote

(Fred)  Terasem does not envision any limit on such kinds of new consciousness synthesis.  It only envisions a culture where the basic elements of the culture hinge on unity with diversity, education persistently, and joyful immortality everywhere.  It sounds so simple, but it can go so deep!

(Linda) 5.4.3 takes us even deeper.  It says: “Transiscient Terasem knows much now, but will eventually become omniscient to ensure Multiversal connectedness.”  This is easier than the last one.  Only one shift of perspective is necessary, and that is the interpretation of “omniscience”.  The term can be interpreted to mean either “infinite knowledge” or “perfect knowledge”, and the boundaries of physical law lead us inescapably to the second interpretation.  But, what would we mean by “perfect knowledge”?  That might seem hard to specify, based on our present condition with miserably slow, error prone biological brains.  How could we even imagine such a thing?

(Fred) I think it’s a lot like what the Buddha meant when he said he had reached a state of “enlightenment”, able to rise above the animal state of consciousness, or sentience if you prefer, of blindly reacting to environmental inputs in an instinctual way, and that he had reached a level of consciousness where he was actually aware of his own thoughts and actions, and could contemplate the long range consequences, and develop ethics for responding to what was going on around him in the world.  Going from a state of almost no intellectual awareness, just blind DNA running the show, to one of transiscience leading to omniscience.

The Buddists always, in describing perfect knowledge, left the door open to new findings, declaring that in the limit, “perfect” knowledge translated to ever present ignorance.  In other words, “know it alls” are always wrong about how they perceive themselves.

(Linda) With 5.4.4, we find: “Transificent Terasem can do much good now, but will eventually become omnificent to ensure Multiversal goodness.”  Put simply, this says we can be pretty good now, and eventually, perfect.  But what is “perfect”?  And what is the standard of “goodness” to begin with?  Let’s walk around the definition of “goodness” by saying that many of the other Truths of Terasem address that directly, ranging from “love” to the other side of the spectrum, “rationality and intelligence”, but the idea of becoming “all good”, which is one interpretation of omificence, can be equated to the idea of “totally ridding ourselves, over time, of all badness”, a more realistic perspective.

(Linda) Will this ever be an absolute?  Is it realistic to think we can rid ourselves of all badness?

(Fred) Two things we can anticipate are that it will be a piece-wise continuous process; everything in nature is.  And secondly, the approach to it will be exponentially accelerating all the way, and that at each level, lack of purity, where purity is taken to mean freedom from badness, will become more like the lack of 100% reliability, as to safety from self-destruction.

Badness is like poison, and if you want to survive, what you drink and eat must be poison free, to some extent.  The more high-tech the poison, the more pure what you consume must be made.  In the limit, one part in ten billion may be fatal.  If you want to carry it to that extreme, you might say that in a population of ten billion cyberbeings, one really “bad apple” might spoil the whole barrel.

(Linda) Surviving the Singularity may be the ultimate test of natural selection.  We will only know how tough a test it is if we survive our own challenges and then explore the Cosmos, discovering as we go how many, if any, other sentient life forms have done the same, and how many disastrous outcomes may have resulted from the technological Singularities encountered by other species.

(Fred) The rest of the Truths in 5.4 to 5.4.6 follow the same pattern as those we have already covered, and discussing them involves the same kind of qualification of absolutes as we go.  5.4.5 says: “Transpresent Terasem is widely present now, but will eventually become omnipresent to ensure Multiversal survival.”  That can be taken to say, “We’re expanding rapidly now and before you know it we’ll be everywhere; the reason we’re doing that is to make sure we prevent the end of the universe, which might take place multibillion years from now, but be that as it may, our goal is to stabilize the universe as quickly as we can and put concerns of that kind behind us.

(Linda) And 5.4.6  tells us: “Transpotent Terasem is powerful now, but will eventually become omnipotent to vanquish Multiversal cruelty.”  That says we’re building powerful tools to screen out cruelty in every way the word can be made sense of already, but with time we’ll be able to understand what is possible and have what it takes to do that in ways that work everywhere.  Earlier in this podcast, we noted that cruelty has many different usages already.  Harsh weather might be described by the term “cruel wind”.  However pain or extreme discomfort might be caused, it is Terasem’s goal to put an end to that cause, to replace it with joy.

(Fred)  We’ve been talking about where Terasem is headed.  Next week we talk about how Terasem goes from where it is today to the utmost it can become, and why that makes sense, why it’s “going to work”!  We will explore how the evolutionary principle of instinctual survival can be transcended and why rationality emerges from randomness and then leaps upward to consciousness as defined by Terasem, empowering survival through spacial diversity and unity combined.

(Linda)  In anticipation of that, let me invite listeners to add their strengths to our efforts to emerge in cyberspace as soon as possible.  To do this, joining Terasem is a fundamental step.  Find out how easy it is to join Terasem and be part of this future.  Simply go to terasemfaith.net.  You can review all of the Truths of Terasem online at terasemweb.org or terasemfaith.net.

(Fred) Start building your own mindfile, without even any costs, at either CyBeRev.org or LifeNaut.com.  And you can create your personal history, or autobiography, to be uploaded to CyBeRev.org by using the LifePact interview form.  Go to Terasemfaith.net and then to Mindfile Building, about half way down the page.  Plus, if you want to preserve your DNA very inexpensively, as an alternative to brain preservation or cryostasis, you can do that at LifeNaut.com, too.  And, don’t forget, Terasem is committed to helping those who join earlier, wake up in cyberspace sooner.

(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, which runs full length at the end of each podcast,  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.

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Posted August 21, 2011 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

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