Podcast No. 69 Posted 10/17/2011   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 69 Posted 10/17/2011

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

TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The Why of Terasem  5.8-5.8.6

SUB TITLE:  Relationship of Religion and Individualism

SUMMARY:  Monotheistic religions seem to be contrary to individualism, but that is because most are monolithically dominated by hierarchy and dogma.  In contradistinction to this, Terasem replaces hierarchy with networking, and dogma with non-stop inquiry, learning, and open discussion of issues.

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast 69 on the Truths of Terasem.  This week we reconcile individualism with religion.  Where hard questions of all kinds are welcome and dogma is booted out.

(Linda) That’s exactly right!  We’re intolerant of intolerance, and we close the door to being closed-minded.  Today we trade in sacred ideas for rational hypotheses, and see not only how belief and individualism are compatible, but how this is a good way for creative thinking to be put to the test of natural selection!

(Fred)  I know this must sound like heresy, but we haven’t even taken the first concept out of the box, and yet just the tone of this sort of thinking strikes terror in the hearts of those who believe that blind faith has value, who want to escape the responsibility of thinking for themselves by turning this over to some high priest whose words they dare not question.

(Linda) No doubt it was just such blind trust that reassured those who witnessed human sacrifices at the stone temples of the Aztecs and the Mayans or those who were in the plaza when Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake for the heresy of saying that the stars were probably suns, only far away, perhaps with planets and other beings living on those planets.

(Fred)  At the same time, we will not fail to recognize that churches have, in many other ways, fostered higher moral principles, and taught love and caring as a way of life within their communities.  We will not forget that they envisioned endless lives as a possible and proper destiny, long before such could actually be shown to be reasonable.  Perhaps most positively, although fraught by paradoxical happenings (such as catastrophes a God could have prevented, but did not) and lack of clear evidence (of existence), religions conceived the inconceivable, now soon likely to become a reality, that beings with the powers of angels might exist, and that they might all answer to a single, even higher level consciousness, possessing unlimited power, knowledge, and be able to protect against evil as well as prevent death.

(Linda) With those thoughts in mind, let’s look at the Truths of Terasem for this week, starting with 5.8:  “Religions are supported by Terasem because its transreligious themes are synchronous with monotheistic faiths.”  This simply states that the ethics of Terasem are not in conflict with the primary teachings of most of the world’s more modern religious moral systems, but instead encompass and expands upon them.

(Fred) Broadly interpreted, the term “monotheistic faiths” refers to moral philosophies that evolved out of earlier belief systems which often involved many gods, such as a god of war, a god of love, etc.  Monotheism evolved as a more sophisticated level of thinking about ethical principles and how each individual fits into such a system.

(Linda)   And Terasem supports other religious philosophies because they, like Terasem, value the importance of human solidarity as we move into a future that not only holds great promise, but great dangers as well.  A flyer that tries to introduce the Terasem ethics to visitors in a single page, says it this way:

“Terasem is a Singularity, hard-science oriented ideology.  It holds, among other things, that during the latter part of this century, humans may transcend biological origins.  Many of us will move our identities into cyberspace, experiencing speeds of thought thousands of times faster than what we experience today.  The development of replicator nanotechnology in the next few decades will further change our world in an explosive way.  The history of technological advances teaches us that it can be used for either good or evil.

(Fred)  Continuing with this quote from the flyer:

“Evil can be taken to be the baggage that permitted us to unfold through extropy to our present state, where competition with combat, domination and exploitation, true “survival of the fittest” was the mechanism.  That must all be left behind.  We must find people who grasp this vision and pledge to be totally transparent to each other, totally accountable to each other, without hidden agendas, compassionate toward their past acts, understanding their evolutionary roots and how it is now essential to modify those roots so that they no longer keep us mired in competition and domination.” 

(Linda)  And it concludes with:

“Terasem means “Earth-Seed”.  The Truths of Terasem are far reaching ethical principles designed to help guide us as we leave the confines of earth and biology; as we approach a future where, as expressed in the Terasem Pledge, unity and diversity are the key to survival.  We invite you to explore Terasem and consider joining our efforts to build a safe, ethical, and positive passage through the Singularity and into cyberspace.”

(Fred)  Terasem recognizes that any collective consciousness that can survive a Singularity will find itself in harmony with others that have done so, to such an extent that they will network easily and harmoniously, not engaging in some kind of primitive territorial conflicts as presupposed would be the case for independently evolved cultures as imagined, for example, in most science fiction.

(Linda)  I agree.  In any encounter with another civilization that might take place as Terasem expands into the Cosmos, a cultural “merger” would be expected to result.  At that level, “culture” would be expected to mean such a highly interconnected set of minds that “collective consciousness” would be descriptive.  Thus, “cultural merger” would constitute a “consciousness merger” of the two cultures, wouldn’t it?

(Fred)  Yes, and it is important to bear in mind, discussing encounters of cultures and their mergers, to recall that as one of its most fundamental tenets, Terasem recognizes the individuality and right of pursuit of individual joy as a hallmark of each who is part of it.

(Linda) Cultures might merge, but individuals would not.  If in expanding into the Cosmos, Terasem were to encounter a “Borg-like culture”, like from the Star Trek series, that had survived a Singularity, but was comprised of “faceless” individuals, that would represent an exception.  Clearly, Terasem could not, would not, merge with such a monstrosity.

(Fred) On the other hand, one might say that Terasem does not find it plausible that such a “hive-mind” type of culture could have survived a Singularity.  Rather, we find it far more reasonable to expect that cultures that had evolved along Borg-like lines would have destroyed themselves in their Singularities or have stagnated, Pre-Singularity.

(Linda) Getting back to the Elements of this Expansion of the Truths of Terasem, 5.8.1 says:  “There is but one God, yet that God must be completed by us in the future”.  We might take this to mean that if we set out to “build God” but can’t unite, within the human community, as to how this is to be done, we are not likely to survive the technological Singularity but will go down in a grey goo holocaust, the outcome of an arms race in which the nanobots are the only winners.

(Fred) The most positive outlook is that we will find common ground by way of a universally consented Geoethical Nanotechnology, and along with that construct the more general framework of ethical principles Terasem is beginning to evolve, so in the end one and only one collective consciousness will be the outcome.

(Linda) At terasemfaith.net, on the “Beliefs” tab, the four Core Beliefs of Terasem are spelled out.  These are:  (1)  Life is purposeful, (2) Death is optional, (3) God is technological, and (4) Love is essential.

The third one is really what we’re talking about here.  The website expands on that very nicely by saying: “We are making God as we are implementing technology that is ever more all-knowing, ever-present, all-powerful and beneficent. Geoethical nanotechnology will ultimately connect all consciousness and control the cosmos”.

(Fred) Next, in 5.8.2, the words are: “Hope and prayer are reasonable because the evolving Godness can transpotently respond to collective consciousness.”  To translate this into an individual’s perception, as part of Terasem’s collective consciousness, we might say, “Keep your vision on positive outcomes because our growing technological competence and our commitment to the principle of geoethical nanotechnology will grow exponentially and allow us to support each other in ways that earlier, more traditional monotheistic philosophies imagined a “God” might respond.  And, I guess, prayer, as a form of affirmation, serves this purpose.

(Linda)  Individualism comes to the surface in 5.8.3, which states: “Everlasting joy is achievable via cyber-resurrection in the body of God-in-the-making, the collective consciousness of Terasem.”  Here, at the risk of losing some of the broader vision, I’m inclined to translate this as follows: For the best chances to live on endlessly in the most free, creative, ecstatic way possible, it seems necessary to move our identities out of these flimsy biological platforms into which we were born, and join with others who share our vision in a cyber-reality where we are networked intimately and yet uncompromised as to individuality and privacy.

(Fred)  In his book, Forever for All, Michael Perry says that very nicely:

“We are the ones who must shape the future.  We thus must supply the standards for determining what ought to be, both in the large and the small details, as well as find the means to bring it all about.  However, it is not the we of today through whom these problems will take their more definitive forms and find their better solutions.  These matters will fall to our developing future selves, who, we imagine, will progress in various directions as needs and interests require.  There is important preliminary work that we ought to be doing today, however.  The future, then, is a growth process for the individual, who, starting here and now, with passing time will more closely approach perfection and fulfillment.”

(Linda) Individualism requires responsible action, however.  Anarchy is not the way to this kind of life, nor is unbridled exploitation of others.  5.8.4 tells us:  “Morality is the purpose of life, for it is acting to make life better for all.”  This doesn’t answer the question “What is morality?” to be sure, but it does suggest that “win-win” relationships are the key.

(Fred) Right, and, on a deeper level, it suggests that we have moved beyond natural selection as the way life evolves.  Clearly, natural selection has a very different purpose than “making life better for all”.  It is about survival of the species, or the most fit, whether we are talking about individuals or organizations.  Many individuals must die, so that only the most fit may survive to pass on their genes, among biological creatures, and many must die, so that only the fit may pass on their memes, among organizations.

(Linda)  It will be a different world in a Terasem cybercivilization. Morality will be on a different, far more compassionate vector.

(Fred)  5.8.5 is an affirmation of individualism, in saying, “Eternal truths are diversity (individual value), unity (sisterhood-brotherhood-solidarity) and joyful immortality (unlimited love).”  We are reassured that there is no intent to suppress joy, limit the length of life, or enforce some kind of obnoxious conformity.

(Linda)  In this respect, Terasem leaves traditional religion behind, placing the individual on an equal plain with the whole culture, versus the view that only the overall collective, such as the species, holds importance.

(Fred) Finally for this Expansion,  5.8.6 tells us:  “Sacred holidays and artifacts are important wellsprings for the memes needed to complete God as Terasem.”  The word “sacred” can be taken many ways.  This could mean “not to be questioned”, but that is far from what Terasem means here.

(Linda)  Then perhaps a more productive way to view a concept like “a sacred holiday” would be a day on which all are free of other obligations to retire to some kind of sanctuary for private contemplation, or if they choose, to be close to each other if they wished to join in celebrations and gatherings to share ideas, to renew commitments, and to celebrate, give thanks for life.

(Fred) The term “artifacts” usually has to do with physical objects.  We all know how inspiring art and poetry can be.

(Linda)  Next week we’ll look into attitudes and feelings, and look with even more focus on individual experience and ways of thinking about both ourselves and others as unique humans.  Terasem is rightfully described as a hard-science oriented ideology.  And yet there is nothing cruel, uncaring or harsh about the geoethical and harmonious collective consciousness that Terasem is evolving into.  The ethical standards are based on hard-science, but the need for those principles is based on the greatest foundation of foresight, compassion, wisdom and love that have yet evolved from human consciousness.

(Fred)   If you want to emerge in cyberspace sooner rather than later, then, as we said earlier, ‘joining’ Terasem is a very fundamental step.  We need your strength in helping build a culture built on foresight, compassion, wisdom and love.  Find out more about joining Terasem at terasemfaith.net.  Be part of this exciting future, start building your mindfile at either CyBeRev.org or LifeNaut.com.

(Linda) 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.   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.

(Fred))  For those of you who love games, Mike Clancy, at Terasem, has created the new maze-based, mindfile 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!  Check it out on PersonalityMD.com.

(Linda) If you’d like some to fascinating discussions about mindclones, mindfiles and mindware by Martine Rothblatt, go to my favorite blog:  mindclones.blogspot.com. 

(Fred)  And you can find the text version of these podcasts at truthsofterasem.wordpress.com. 

(Linda)  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!

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

(Fred)  Come with us – into Tomorrow!

Closing music – no fade – full length.   


Posted October 18, 2011 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

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