Podcast No. 66 Posted 9/23/2011   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 66 Posted 9/23/2011

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

TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The Why of Terasem  5. 5- 5.5.6

SUB TITLE:  Rationality emerging from randomness.

SUMMARY:  This week we talk about how Terasem goes from where it is today to the utmost it can become, why that makes sense, and why it’s going to work!  We will explore how the evolutionary principle of instinctual survival transcends itself and why rationality emerges from randomness and then leaps upward to consciousness as defined by Terasem, empowering survival through spacial diversity and unity combined.

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast number 66 on the Truths of Terasem.  This week we will cover 5.5 through 5.5.6.

(Linda)  The Singularity gets closer, every second, Fred.  I hope this set of the Truths will show us how rationality can emerge from randomness, then leap upward into consciousness, and finally empower survival for us using those revered Terasem concepts of diversity and unity!

(Fred)  And, they do!  The words from the Truths of Terasem themselves can be used as springboards.  We can go right through them.

First, 5.5 says: “Instinctual survival also applies to the Multiverse and the result is Terasem.”  This borrows from the evolutionary principle that among lower biological species, survival is “built in” or “wired in” however you might wish to say it, in a way we refer to as “instinct”.  Now, by a leap of the imagination, this Truth imputes that by the principle of extropy, the universe itself evolves into self-aware life that transcends and survives its Singularities, and then spreads consciousness throughout the universe, at the same time discovering laws of cosmic physics that permit this spreading network of consciousness (that’s what we take to be “Terasem” to be), permitting and that network of consciousness to intervene and stabilize the universe, to make it, if we dare to say so, “immortal”.  This seems a bit poetic, to attribute “instinct” to the Cosmos, but it may match well with what follows in the elements of this Expansion.  Let’s look at them and see what we think.

(Linda)  Okay.  It’s a tall order.  Let’s see if we can make it so!  5.5.1 says: “Randomness spawns rationality because it succeeds and success is self-perpetuating.”  Evidence from our astronomical telescopes confirms that the random and simple, bulk-mass interacting materials of the early universe nurture the spontaneous emergence the basic components of life.  The historical record, at least here on earth, is that those basic components evolved through natural selection to become conscious and then rational. In other words, “Rationality happens”, and it “happens because it succeeds and success is self-perpetuating”.

(Fred)  Kind of like our example in the last podcast about the meaning of the Buddha’s enlightenment.  Going from a state of almost no intellectual awareness, just blind DNA running the show, gradually approaching omniscience.

(Linda)  Right.  Except the Buddha reached enlightenment in just a few years, whereas the universe has been evolving toward consciousness for billions of years.

(Fred)  The Buddha started with the premise of total ignorance, as the point of departure.  It might be more precise to say that the Buddha couldn’t have done it in a few short years, if he hadn’t, himself, been part of the universe evolving.  He was, as Isaac Newton might say, standing on the shoulders of a giant called the universe.

(Linda)  I love it!  And it makes it so very clear why “Randomness spawns rationality because it succeeds and success is self-perpetuating.”  It also makes sense of the next Truth, as well.

(Fred)  Yes, it does.  In 5.5.2 we find, “Expect consciousness to emerge from rationality because it empowers survival.”  Terasem’s definition of consciousness includes the requirement of empathy as well as logical ethics.  This Truth might appear to assume that rationality will lead to rational ethics in the absence of empathy, but my view is that this is a minor inconsistency in wording, nothing else.  The leap to a full level of consciousness with empathy plus ethics is held elsewhere in the Truths of Terasem to be a fundamental necessity for survival of a social network, and what we see here seems to be a restatement of that, fitted to the other elements of this Expansion.

(Linda) Moving on, in 5.5.3 we find: “Spatial diversity is essential to survival because any one place is vulnerable to random destruction.”  It’s no secret that the universe is a dangerous place for fragile biological creatures like us.  Cosmic catastrophes can be caused by such events as Quasars and super novas, where streams of explosive radiation tens of thousands of light years in length are able to easily incinerate large numbers of stars and their planetary systems.

(Fred) It’s only a small step from that to assume that even an advanced Terasem network might be reduced to dark matter and stellar debris in such an event.  And, there is the much more down to earth idea that it makes no sense to count on just one of Terasem’s data storage sites for mindfiles.  Backups are essential. There are too many possible disasters, both natural and man-made, that could wipe out our identities. Other Truths of Terasem address this by reference to the requirements for “strong places” to ensure the survival of mindfiles.

(Linda) 5.5.4 states: “Unity of diverse consciousness can exert protection across space and time.”  This builds conceptually on the previous Truth, meaning that those lost in calamities either in our present, limited Earth based situation or even those lost in galactic catastrophic events are conceived to be recoverable by means of backup mindfiles that are not destroyed.  This is a huge subject, and we can’t cover it exhaustively here, but we should touch on it at least a little.

Mike Perry introduces this subject in his book, Forever for All:

 “A case will be made that immortality for all who have ever lived is attainable and quite possibly inevitable.  But I will argue, additionally, that there are things we can and should be doing now to further our cause in eternity.  There must be authentic recollections of an earlier self, a genuine and accepted feeling that “I was there and I am now here”.

(Fred)  And, of course, for that to make sense, it presupposes an understanding of subjects discussed in earlier podcasts, about what personal identity really is.  Again, a quote from Mike Perry’s book is a good, and still short, summary:

“Functionalism is a materialistic theory of mental states.  A person (or other sentient being) is regarded as a mechanism that can be in one of a number of physical states, to each of which corresponds some mental state (with consciousness as one of the possible mental states).  The correspondence, however, is generally not one-to-one; that is, more than one physical state could produce the same mental state.  In general, there will be many ways, physically, that a given mental state can be realized.”

(Linda)  It is also important to say that not all mindfiles are equal.  Quality of information is more important than quantity.  Giulio Prisco recently summarized this concept beautifully in an email:

“I am reading again my Carlos Castaneda collection and thinking of analogies between the “warrior’s album” described in The Active Side of Infinity and the modern concept of mindfiles, (he then quotes from the book):

     “Every warrior, as a matter of duty, collects an album that reveals the warrior’s personality, an album that attests to the circumstances of his life. Above all, it is like an album of pictures made out of memories, the recollection of memorable events, memorable because they have a special significance in one’s life. Put in it the complete account of various events that have had profound significance for you.

      “Not every event has a profound significance for you. There are a few, however, that I would consider likely to have changed things for you, to have illuminated your path. Ordinarily, events that change our path are impersonal affairs, and yet are extremely personal.

     “Don’t think about this album in terms of banalities, or in terms of a trivial rehashing of your life experiences.”

And, of course, we Terasemers would paraphrase that to say, ‘Make your mindfiles as meme rich as you can, right from the start!’  The main CyBeRev page has some great suggestions from Bainbridge as to which modules may be the best to get started with.  And, the LifePact Interview is a good way to get started, too.  We’ll give listeners the links to these resources at the end of the podcast.

(Fred) In 5.5.5, we have: “Look to Terasem for the strength billions of souls have built into it.”  The number “billions” can be taken to mean either a network confined to planet Earth, near term, or later expansions in which the term “billions” can be taken as merely suggestive of the scope of consciousness that might be concerned.  I’ll quote briefly here from BioQuagmire, my soon to be published novel, in which a message from space is received from a Terasem-like intelligence that has made contact with an early cybercivilization like ours that is about to be wiped out by a black hole’s devouring its star system.  Quoting…

 “With others in our Inter-Galactic-Civilization (IGC), we set out to explore the universe.  Surely out there, we thought, among a hundred billion other galaxies, we would find others like us.  Then, we would be part of their Extra-Galactic-Civilization, we thought.  They will be the smart ones.  We can learn from them!

 “We were wrong.  As many as 1.5 trillion cultures in extra-galactic areas we visited went into Singularity-2 during our last 1.5 million years, but there were limits in our rates of expansion.  We only saved about 15 billion of them. In the end, an Extra-Galactic-Civilization came into being, but we had to build it ourselves.  And, we are still building.

 “On tens of quadrillions of worlds we have found nothing but grey goo.  For each civilization that we save, we estimate six million others have destroyed themselves.  Any world with high sentience we find, verging on Singularity-2, is like a rare diamond.  We save as many as we can.

 “Perhaps now you can better understand how we feel about Earth.  We visited you two million years ago, before we had saved even one culture.  We have waited a long time for humanity to hatch.  Now we do not want to lose you.

(Linda) With that for perspective, “billions of souls building strength” seems merely suggestive of the far greater scope of growth we anticipate in moving outward.

The final element in this Expansion is: 5.5.6 “Train-up a diverse, united and joyfully immortal consciousness, and it will rejuvenate the Multiverse.”  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 into a network of one quadrillion.

(Fred) If that network replicated itself in a manner like that 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 sounds easily manageable.

(Linda)  What could I possibly add to that except to say: As usual, Fred, we’re out of time, and space as well, perhaps.  Before we start imagining a universe where this kind of expansion has led to so many individuals that their ten cubic centimeter identity modules can’t be “stuffed into it”, let’s preview the next podcast!

(Fred)  Next week we’re going to trade our telescope for a microscope and have a look at how Terasem sprang from the mind of one individual gripped by the vision of a plausible, rational way to survive the Singularity, a vision where two people in love could go on forever as a couple, the outgrowth of which was the Truths of Terasem as a starting point.  This “seed of a seed” which has gripped our imaginations as an outline for where life extension and all of Transhumanism may be headed, itself had a nucleation point.

(Linda)  That’s a beautiful topic that’s always a delight to discuss and it leads right into the fact that Terasem events are a great way to do that since Terasem is like a family in many ways.  Terasem events are a great way to explore these mind pretzel ideas further.  We encourage everyone listening to find out how easy it is to join Terasem and support our mission to build a better future.  Just go to terasemfaith.net.  And if you want to read the text of our podcasts, to help you dig deeper into the details, or maybe find websites that you weren’t able to write down, go to truthsofterasem.wordpress.com.

(Fred)  Waking up in cyberspace requires making a mindfile.  You can do that at either CyBeRev.org or LifeNaut.com, no fees to participate.  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 go to Mindfile Building, about half way down the page.  If you still have unanswered questions about mindclones, mindfiles and mindware go to mindclones.blogspot.com for fascinating discussions about these subjects.  And don’t forget, Terasem has a priority list; those who join earlier are most likely to make the jump to cyberspace sooner.  The longer you wait, the longer the line will get!

(Linda)  For those who can’t afford cryostasis at this time, the most practical approach to identity preservation is to have a mindfile plus a biofile (your DNA).  To preserve your DNA very inexpensively, you can do that at LifeNaut.com.   For additional information on the cell storage program go to truthsofterasem.wordpress.com and take the BioFile tab. Their program not only includes indefinite storage, but the cells are cultured for viability to verify that indeed, ‘living cells’ are being stored. You’ll find an additional link to VWR which describes the ‘cutting edge’ cell preservation compound (the cryoprotectant) used.

(Fred)  If you’ve been enjoying the music that we use on this podcast series, which runs full length at the end of each podcast, it’s called Earthseed.  It’s the Terasem Anthem 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 inspiring artwork, go to the Join! tab on the terasemfaith.net website.

(Linda)  Again, and we can’t say it often enough, big kudos to Mike Clancy, at Terasem, who created that challenging, fun, and addictive mindfile building game for the Android. The multiple layers of the game ramp up the challenge very quickly.  While you try to build motor neurons within a brain, you encounter plaques that obstruct your path and you have to dodge macrophages that are hunting you down.  Check it out at PersonalityMD.com.

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