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Podcast No. 77 Posted 11/28/2011   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 77 Posted 11/28/2011

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

TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The How of Terasem  6.6 – 6.6.6

SUB TITLE:  Setting the Stage for Cybercommunity Procreation

SUMMARY:  In a positively evolving cybercivilization, endless augmentation of existing individuals will lead to divergence by way of self-reproduction.  We can nurture future diversity by loving and honoring diversity as we find it in each other presently, and as we build c-cubes and chosen families in a climate of shared principles that have, at their root, the honoring of individual consciousness.

 

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

 

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast no. 77 on the Truths of Terasem.  We’ll explore the idea of consciousness and how that leads to immortality by substrate migration.  We’ll see that neuro-computation leads to consciousness as validly as does biological evolution, so marital union may transcend substrate and we’ll see how an Iroquois teaching about an entity’s benevolence, shows us how to be fully conscious.

(Linda)  This week we build on the last podcast and we see family structure emerging in so many different dimensions that we find individual minds branching into an unlimited number of varieties and substrates, and yet sharing a common, fundamental, heritage in shared principles.  And, we’ll find that we can do things right away to make it so real that we feel confident in that kind of future.

(Fred)  Perhaps the thing I find most fascinating about this is that as we find more and more people with the widest visions of what may be possible, who also have a sense of the importance of evolving Geoethical Nanotechnology into what it must become in order to see us safely through the Singularity, we are building at the most basic level, the “chosen families” who will later share the most far reaching adventures to come.  To put it more simply, we are building friendships we expect to last “forever”.

(Linda)  Sounds good!  Let’s get into the Expansions for the day.  The first one, 6.6 starts with just two words: “Honour consciousness.”  We are, of course, talking about a “Terasem” level of consciousness, here, and so have to briefly visit a few other Truths to get a sense of that.  Going back to Expansion 1.6 we find: “Consciousness is the maturing ability to reasonably choose right from wrong, and to empathize with others.”  Within the Elements of that Expansion are the following: 1.6.4 says: “Empathy is a necessary and sufficient basis for sentience, but only a key ingredient for consciousness.”  1.6.5 tells us: “Reason is a necessary and sufficient basis for ethics, but only a key ingredient for consciousness,” and 1.6.6 pulls it all together, with:  “Synergism of empathy and reason yields consciousness.”

(Fred) Clearly, we are talking about something more here than a medical definition of consciousness, such as being alert, aware of your surroundings, know your name and can say what day of the week it is.  Terasem’s invocation to “Honour Consciousness” is based on expectations that we will find and/or be able to develop in ourselves and others a high state of both empathy and ethics,  regard these as being valuable, and respect and defend those who embody them.  We’ll find further qualifications, too, as we go into the underlying Elements of this Expansion.

(Linda) 6.6.1 tells us, “Hozh’q, the conscious mind’s vision of a beautiful life, entails goodness, order, vitality, happiness and harmony.”  There is a far more detailed description of Hozh’q in podcast #67.  These are all highly positive qualities in any vision, and imply that a mind capable of feeling empathy and understanding logical ethics will likely even see beyond those values to goodness, order, vitality, happiness and harmony.

(Fred) Now we move into deeper water.  6.6.2 says: “Open your mind to consciousness immortality via substrate migration and consciousness divisibility into offspring consciousnesses.”

(Linda)  Deeper, I guess!  This is a big enough subject that we could become lost in it.  So, let’s ease our way into this concept by using a simplified example before we get into any detailed discussion.  Let’s suppose, as a matter of conjecture, that Leonardo da Vinci had been placed in a state of perfect biological suspended animation before his death on May 2, 1519 and was reanimated 550 years later, in 2069, rejuvenated and in perfect biological health in an amazing post-Singularity world.

(Fred) Fascinated with the world into which he awakened, suppose he said, “I’m obsessed with both technology and art, and want to engage in both of them, full time, endlessly.  Can you make that possible for me?”  The answer we might be able to give him would be “Yes, if you migrate substrate and engage in consciousness divisibility!”

(Linda) Both for listeners and for Senor da Vinci, we need to fill in between the lines a little and expand on that!

(Fred)  Absolutely.  When da Vinci asks, “How would that work?” we would explain:

(1)  Substrate migration means getting out of that biological body as quickly as possible.  Today (our future selves would tell him) aging is “cured” but that won’t help if a tree falls on you, or you’re devoured by a large predator.

(2)  More to the point, if you want to do two things full time there must be two of you, and while it’s theoretically possible that we might be able to make a perfect biological copy of you, the idea of that is now more of a joke than a practical matter of interest.

(Linda)

(3)   So, to begin with, move your consciousness to an alternate substrate and the choices there are (a) nanobot brain emulation, meaning artificial neurons vs. biological ones, or (b) “derived mindfile cyberconsciousness”, meaning that from your brain’s responses all meaningful paths of association are exported into digital data and then “mindware resurrected” to a cybernetic emulation which is just as self-conscious as option (a).

(Fred)

(4) Finally, if you wish, you may do both of them, or either one and a hybrid of the other, or any other configuration you might invent, as many of them as you might like, which based on your history of creativity might be a considerable number.

(Linda)  So, to summarize, substrate migration means getting into a more easily duplicated, non-biological state, reducing the risks of inadvertent obliteration due to accident and setting the stage for moving on to even more attractive substrates as they are developed.  “Consciousness divisibility into offspring consciousnesses,” means making copies of yourself to specialize in different directions, on the same or different substrates.

(Fred)  Now, let’s take on the idea of “consciousness immortality”. The word “immortality” is used in so many different ways that we have to clarify it, here.  There are even variations in how it should be interpreted, within the Truths of Terasem.  Here, it’s coupled with the word “consciousness”.  So, what might we mean by “consciousness immortality”, here?

(Linda) To begin with, we’re talking about the consciousness of a particular individual, and it’s an individual who meets the Terasem definition of consciousness, meaning one that possesses both empathy and ethics in a compatible and consistent way.

(Fred) We’re also assuming a definitive life history that establishes unique individuality, in addition to a strong mix of strengths and values that anyone would want.  That life history will embody attachments to many other individuals within a unique network, a social “fingerprint” for that individual.  And, there will be a specific genome and a family tree from which that genome sprang.

(Linda)  I’m worried that some listeners might be feeling a little lost.  But, hang there.  It’ll all come together.

(Fred)  The individual’s personality, as we understand it, resides within his or her brain’s structure, genome modulated and evolving slowly over time with experience, age and health, but stable enough to present an on-going core of identity.  Most people refer to it as a soul.  Specific memories also are stored within the neural net of the brain’s structure.

(Linda)  For the purpose of brevity, based on the extensive discussions throughout our podcasts, we assume that enough of a person’s identity can be exported into a mindfile, by use of a system like CyBeRev, and further that mindware can then be used to create not just the external perception of a self-conscious being, but an inner experience of that as well.

(Fred) Plus, those who transcend biology in this way will profoundly transcend the limits of biological consciousness and attain so much more in the way of preserving their identities that it will be hard not to refer to them as “immortal”.

In other words, “Immortality” can be taken to mean “indestructibility”.  Mindfiles can not only be backed up virtually continuously, but replication as two or more independent entities with divergent life histories assures that at least insofar as one’s identity prior to replication and divergence, so long as any survive, at least the identity of the pre-replication individual is not lost.

(Linda)  We see the  emergence of facets of this kind of consciousness already, day by day, by what’s being posted on KurzweilAI.net.  It’s absolutely mind boggling!

(Fred) And think about this: you will never forget anything.  How much do you remember about being a six year old child, for example?  Not much, I’d bet.  But a cyberperson will remember vividly that sixth year of cyberconsciousness forever, as if it were “yesterday”!

(Linda) And, there are other interpretations, too.  Barring accidents, “Immortality” can be taken to mean living as long as you choose.  As we’ve discussed in many previous podcasts, if over the next hundred years, cyberpersons experience subjective time as passing more quickly, due to increased speed of thought, they may live an extremely long time while humans who remain in a biological state experience the passage of time far more slowly.

A mere thousandfold acceleration of thought would mean that one year as we experience it now would be perceived by a cyberperson as a thousand years.  In a curious kind of way, cyberpersons might perceive biological persons as being “virtually immortal”, even if aging were not cured, or lifespans significantly extended.

(Fred)  I find that fascinating.  The young cyberperson who had a thousandfold faster experience of subjective time could validly say, “My parents remained biological and did not choose to transcend substrate, but in an odd way, now, I can never lose them, unless they die by accident or sudden illness.  Each ten years, as measured by my subjective time, I go back and visit them briefly.

For them, it seems as if only a few days have passed.  It seems to them that I visit for only five minutes or so, and then leave, but actually for me the visit is quite different.  I slow up my rate of experience by a thousand-fold to experience them in a real time way, but as they pause to take a breath, I “play back” what they just said a dozen times or so.  And, I never forget any of it.   I have the feeling they’ll never grow old.  Maybe one of these days they’ll choose to transcend, and then we’ll see each other more often than once every ten years, as I experience it.

(Linda)  Great illustration!  The next Truth is 6.6.3: “Neurocomputation leads to consciousness as validly as does biological evolution, so marital union may transcend substrate.”  In her book From Transgender to Transhuman, Martine Rothblatt inspires us with these thoughts:

  “…as humans merge with computers, human consciousness can move from fragile biological substrate to enduring technological materials.  In addition, the costs of computational knowledge are dropping exponentially toward universal affordability.  Consequently, everyone who is alive during the epoch of humanity’s full-fledged merging with computation will always be alive (if they wish) via computer substrate.  Homo sapiens will become Persona creatus as it rides the journey of near infinite growth in computational knowledge that is the Singularity.”

(Fred)  And a little further on, she concludes:

“For it is enjoyment of life that is most important, and the achievement of that raison d’etre requires that diversity be embraced with unity, whether flesh is dark or light, masculine or feminine, present or transcended.  Mind is deeper than matter.

(Linda) In 6.6.4 the message is: “Ondinnonk, the Iroquois teaching about an entity’s benevolence orientation, is also how to be conscious.”  There are many online references to Ondinnonk.  One particularly nice discussion is quoted as follows:

“Meanwhile among the Native American Iroquois people, the term ondinnonk denotes the soul’s innermost benevolent desires, the angelic part of our nature that gives us the sudden, unconscious desire to do a good deed.”  (http://faculty.ed.umuc.edu/~jmatthew/articles/vocadvan.html)

(Fred) This Truth reminds us that 1.6.6 in defining consciousness, tell us that “Synergism of empathy and reason yields consciousness.”

(Linda)  Right!  And, of course, benevolence cannot really exist unless we empathize with those who may be the recipients of the consequences of our actions.

(Fred)  True. 6.6.5 says, “Universal immortalism, in diversity, unity and joy, is the ultimate honour to consciousness.”  Any empathetic and benevolent consciousness will wish the gift of immortality, universally, for all other kind sentient beings.  This in turn honors consciousness for its highest of standards.

(Linda)  Vegetarianism is one moral implication of this set of Truths, since consciousness within the Truths of Terasem is defined as being the maturing ability to reasonably choose right from wrong, and to empathize with other beings.  All kind conscious beings will seek ways of providing for their own nutritional needs without taking the lives of other beings that can experience pain, something which is already easily done in our current society.  The forced use of other creatures is a slippery slope, with slavery at the far end. Vegetarianism is a high ethical standard that definitely honors consciousness with maturing ethics and empathy.  This principle is so important to me, personally, that I based my Declaration of c-cube around this issue.

(Fred) Right, Linda, and in 6.6.6, the concluding Element of this Expansion, we find: “Recognize that conscious life consists of all vitology, biological as well as cybernetic.”  To me, this means that as we transcend biology and move on into cyberspace, we honor our foundations of origin as biological life and protect it, where it meets the Terasem criteria for consciousness, just as diligently as we protect cyberconsciousness.  Emergent personalities in cyberspace will at first exclusively be the cyber-children of bio-parents, and should respect this family relationship for what it means, that without the parents, the children would not exist.  This debt of gratitude is endless as well as inescapable, and is demanded by both empathy and ethics, which we will continue to emphasize as being necessary for consciousness as it is defined by Terasem.

(Linda)  Next week we’ll look at a few ideas about how we might relate more closely to each other and support each other in these early days of building Terasem.

(Fred)  Find out more about being part of this exciting future.  It’s as easy as going to terasemfaith.net. “Waking up in cyberspace” can be pursued by way of CyBeRev.org or LifeNaut.com.  There are no fees to participate.

(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).  Go to truthsofterasem.wordpress.com and take the BioFile tab for additional information on the cell storage program. The program not only includes indefinite storage of the cells, but they are cultured for viability to verify that indeed, ‘living cells’ are being stored.  The BioFile tab has an additional link to VWR which describes the ‘cutting edge’ cell preservation compound (the cryoprotectant) used.

(Fred)  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.

(Linda)  And if you still need to blow a few more of your neurons, go to  mindclones.blogspot.com for fascinating discussions about mindclones, mindfiles and mindware.  And if you want to read the text of our podcasts, to help to dig deeper into the details, or maybe to find websites that you weren’t able to write down, go to truthsofterasem.wordpress.com.  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, 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)  Join us, and our quest for an endless future…

(Fred)  Come with us – into Tomorrow!

Closing music – no fade – full length.

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Podcast No. 76 Posted 11/21/2011   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 76 Posted 11/21/2011

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

TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The How of Terasem 6.5 – 6.5.6

SUB TITLE:  Building your chosen family

SUMMARY:  This podcast portends how our biological sense of family bonding will evolve from small groups of individuals into close-knit, long and enduring ties. Terasem calls these “chosen families”. We stand at a great crossroads in the destiny of humankind.  Now, in a way, we have an opportunity to rebuild society by reinventing its entire structure, starting with the most basic unit, the chosen family.

 

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast number 76 on the Truths of Terasem. This podcast is about something I’ve been looking forward to.  It’s about “chosen families”. It envisions how our biological sense of family bonding can evolve from small groups of individuals within Terasem to a future society with close-knit ties of a long enduring kind that go far past anything we biohumans experience.

(Linda) That means that we’re seeking people who share our convictions for rapid introduction of Geoethical Nanotechnology and personal cyberconsciousness that it’s like a long term partnership.

(Fred)  In an even deeper way, close affiliation with others who are on the same wavelength, networking in a way Terasem describes as forming and nourishing a “chosen family”, is an important part of the “Terasem way” of life.

(Linda) This is, in fact, what the introductory part of this Expansion says:   “Tend Your Family: The chosen family is a basic building block unit of Terasem.”  The way I see it, first we are inspired by and join Terasem.  We become part of an existing c-cube.  Then with greater familiarity with the Truths of Terasem, we find an area of focus that is particularly dear to our own visions and values, and we create our own c-cube around that.  Among those we meet in Terasem, some will be so harmonious with us that our love for them will lead to a very special relationship called the chosen family.

(Fred) I couldn’t agree more! And, it is an integral part of creating the collective consciousness we call Terasem.  So, let’s expand on that. In 6.5.1 we find, “Family means conscious beings who nurture themselves as a single housekeeping unit, or have done so.”  In the beginning, it might seem as if this is meant to describe traditional blood-kinship family units, but it fits, just as well, for same-gender couples or extended families who closely bond with each other on the basis of love, long term visions and ideals.

(Linda) 6.5.2 says, “A chosen family is the family subset that you choose to cherish, honor, endear and respect.”  Tragically, not all biological families are internally compassionate, mutually respectful and tolerant of the diversity that may exist among their own members.  This Truth reminds us of the importance of elevating our relationships, by choice, with those who fit our ideology and goals.

(Fred)  Martine Rothblatt said it beautifully in her blog Mindfiles, Mindware and Mindclones dated February 19, 2010 and titled What Family Would Conscious Mindclones Have?

“We think genes are so important because we have been brainwashed that “blood is thicker than water.” But this metaphor leads to confusion and error. After all, our closest, “death-do-us-part” relationships are with our spouses or partners, as to whom we have no special “blood” affinity. Instead, the attraction of romantic love is an attraction based upon bemes, not genes. It is for our best friends with whom we lack familial shared genes but have specially shared bemes that we’ll do anything, not for our distant, genetic cousins.”

(Linda)  And that reminds me of one of the most emotionally expanding experiences you and I had in our lives.  About ten years ago, we attended a week-long event at a ranch in northern California called the Psi Seminar.  It wasn’t just lectures.  It was full of exercises designed to teach participants how to become good team players by learning to both respect self and trust others.  We did things like falling backwards off a platform ten feet high and letting a team of other participants catch us!  And climbing to the top of a telephone pole and then jumping off …

(Fred)  … of course, for the telephone pole, we were in harnesses to make sure we didn’t kill ourselves… still it was an amazing experience!

(Linda)  The experience that impressed me most, though, and that relates to this podcast, was called “the wall”.  As I remember, it was about 20 feet high on the front, and had a platform near the top, in the back, and then stairs to the ground.

(Fred)  Yeah, we were only given a fifteen minute planning session, without any kind of instructions, then 30 minutes to get everyone (there were about 25-30 of us that week) up and over that wall…without being able to talk to each other in the process!

(Linda)  And as amazing as it seemed at the time, we made it, too!  All of us got over that wall by working together.  First we made a giant pyramid so the tallest and strongest people could climb up.  Then they reached over and helped pull others up the wall.  As each person got over the top, we then ran down the stairs and back around to the front of the wall to form a human safety net in case anyone fell.

(Fred) Finally, they made a hanging human ladder so the last guy on the ground, who no longer had anyone to climb up onto, could climb up that ladder and over that wall.   I don’t think there was a dry eye after that experience.   We all definitely felt like an extended, chosen family after that experience!

(Linda) And it’s so much like the concept of a LifePact which is also an example of what makes chosen family.  The original idea of a LifePact, which we developed in the late 1980s, was spelled out in an article I wrote in 1989 called: LifePact: An Introduction.  You can read the article at www.Lifepact.com/lifepact.htm but here’s the basic idea:

“A LifePact between individuals–a promise to assist in getting each other frozen, to work toward an early and comfortable reanimation and reentry into society–is something which exists already–if unspoken in many cases–between spouses, close friends, and long time cryonics associates.

“But what of the person without family, close friendships, or long term working relationships from which to form personal LifePacts? What of the person who joins a cryonics society after learning of a terminal illness, who does not have time to create such relationships?

…“This, then, is the essence of LifePact. It unites those of us who wish to develop such relationships, now, comprised of members of all cryonics organizations, working cooperatively to take care of our future needs for reanimation, rehabilitation, and reentry into society.”

(Fred)  At that time we didn’t yet know about Terasem, mindclones, or chosen families, so our whole focus was on biological survival.  Today, of course, the same LifePact concept applies to Terasem’s concept of chosen families, to the idea that we will always be there for each other in any way necessary to get the whole chosen family “over the wall”, so to speak.  To help each other transcend from biology into vitology and to make it through the Singularity in safety and on into that greatest vision of all… Joyful Immortality!

(Linda)  It’s a powerful and wonderful concept…  Looking at a completely different aspect of the idea of a chosen family, 6.5.3 tells us, “Make reproductive decisions cautiously because each child is a long-term choice to have a family member.”  Quoting Martine Rothblatt again from her blog Mindfiles, Mindware and Mindclones, but this time dated May 3, 2009 and titled What Are Mindclones?

“Perhaps deciding to have a mindclone is analogous to having a child. Once the child is born, you will always be a parent. Similarly, once a mindclone is created, you will always be a dual-substrate identity. Many parents have little or nothing to do with their offspring, but neither the parent nor the offspring can get the parental relationship out of their mind. Their identity has permanently been altered to include the fact that they are part of a (good or bad) parent-offspring relationship. Analogously, even if a mindclone parts ways with their original, neither will ever be able to forget the fact that someone else with their same mind exists. The creation of a cognitive doppelganger is an identity-altering experience.”

(Fred) In other words, parental responsibility exists whether we are talking about biological offspring or vitological offspring.  In 6.5.4 we find, “It is not always possible for chosen families to be reciprocal, but don’t make that necessary.”  As desirable as a high state of rapport and mutual support might be, it cannot be forced or demanded as a ‘right’ of some kind.

(Linda) In 6.5.5 the message is, “Love your chosen family members for their souls, regardless of gratitude or dependence.”  Each of us has an individual identity, linked to others, to society, and to humankind as a whole.  This identity exists, despite shortcomings in reciprocity or differences in the strengths of others in the family.  If it is a freely chosen relationship, those who have the most problems deserve the most support, if the integrity of the family is to be preserved.  It is the network of “souls” or conscious individuals in a family that are the very essence of its basic existence, and love is the ‘glue’ that holds it together when the going gets rough.

(Fred) In conclusion, 6.5.6 states, “Younger and older chosen family members exist to help each other thrive and survive.”  This has never been truer than at present.  Older family members are, at least in blood kinship relationships, at the very root of the existence of younger family members.  In a chosen family based on love, ideals and visions of what the future holds, those who first formed the family are at the very root of what the network has become, and this should not be forgotten in the midst of changing climates in humanity’s future.

(Linda) We stand at a great crossroads in the destiny of humankind.  Natural selection by survival of the fittest has had its day, both among individuals and groups.  But, it no longer serves us as well as taking our own evolution into our own hands. Now, in a way, we have an opportunity to rebuild society by reinventing its entire structure, starting with the most basic unit, the “chosen family”.

(Fred) This podcast, by itself, cannot serve as the launching pad for what will later be seen, looking backward, as the “reengineering of society”, but the Truths of Terasem tell us this must and will happen, and it may be that we have a singular opportunity to make a contribution to it.  Let’s just remind ourselves of the opening statement of this Expansion: 6.5 “Tend Your Family: The chosen family is a basic building block unit of Terasem.”

(Linda)  Now we need to ask ourselves, “What comes next?”  It seems to me it’s about finding others that share our visions and ideals in a close enough way so that we can feel closer to them, more committed to maintaining our ties with them, than biological families ever deserved.  In just a few decades, it seems likely that we’ll all be packing our bags for a voyage into an entirely new way of life, and the chosen family, and family of families, we build now will be those we can look forward to sharing that adventure with.

(Fred)  Finding other like-minded people can be a challenge.  Not unlike dating, really.  So here’s something listeners may find fascinating.  It’s about the new android application for cell phones that Mike Clancy created for Terasem.  Talk about finding like-minded people, especially those who live near you!  This app for the Android is a quantum leap beyond anything that’s ever existed for Terasem oriented people.  Launched less than a year ago, it has become one of the highest ranking Android apps.  Just go to PersonalityMD.com.  You can download a free app to try it out before buying the full blown application.

(Linda) This is more than just a way of finding people who think like you do, in your area.  It supports Terasem’s long range goals in a number of ways.  Since its part of the CyBeRev project, this means you can be working on your mindfiles at the same time you’re using it to seek other like-minded people in your area!

(Fred) Personality MD can also be thought of as a self-improvement program in that once it gives you a personality analysis, you can see areas in which you’d like to evolve.  Most of them you’d be aware of, anyway, but its helpful to be reminded of ways you can grow.  More usefully, perhaps, it gives you a map of your local area and shows the general location of others who have a profile like yours.

(Linda) The data inputs are definitely designed to fit into the CyBeRev mindfile program, so the program is a way to build mindfile strength even when you’re on the run and not near your computer.  More importantly, if you find people in your area with whom you have a close match, they might turn out to be just who you’re looking for as you build your c-cubes, and then your chosen family.  From the standpoint of building Terasem, this Android app is right on target.

(Fred) Next week, we’ll explore the idea of consciousness and how that leads to immortality by substrate migration.  We’ll see that neurocomputation leads to consciousness as validly as does biological evolution, so marital union may transcend substrate, and, we’ll see how an Iroquois teaching about an entity’s benevolence, shows us how to be more fully conscious.

(Linda) As you might expect, this suggests that diversity, unity and joy are the ultimate honour to consciousness, and that we have to recognize that conscious life consists of all vitology, biological as well as cybernetic.

(Fred)  We invite all listeners to join Terasem and help us build a safe, ethical, positive outcome for the post-Singularity world we will inhabit in cyberspace. It’s easy and costs nothing, as explained at terasemfaith.net. You can review all of the Truths of Terasem online at terasemweb.org or terasemfaith.net.

(Linda)  If what you find here fascinates you as much as it does the rest of us who are involved with Terasem, you can start setting up your own mindfiles right away, through 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 go to Mindfile Building, about half way down the page.  There are no fees for building or storing your mindfile.

(Fred)  If you want to create a BioFile by preserving your DNA, you can do that very inexpensively, too, at LifeNaut.com.  And if you want to preserve your brain or your whole body through cryostasis, check out both alcor.org and cryonics.org.

(Linda)  And don’t forget to check out the Android app we’ve been talking about that not only helps you build mindfiles but can also help you locate others for your c-cubes and your chosen family.  Check it out on PersonalityMD.com.  And you can find the text version of these podcasts at truthsofterasem.wordpress.com.

(Fred)  For some of the most enlightening reading in the universe, go to:  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.

(Linda)  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.

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

(Linda)  Come with us – into Tomorrow!

Closing music – no fade – full length. 

Posted November 23, 2011 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

Podcast No. 75 Posted 11/14/2011   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 75 Posted 11/14/2011

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The How of Terasem  6.4 – 6.4.6

SUB TITLE:  Positive Mindset and Networking with Others

SUMMARY:  It takes a great deal of presence of mind and willful focus to maintain a positive outlook in the midst of the dangers, negative interactions and other detracting influences in our lives.  Terasem advocates taking a break every four hours, however brief, to stretch, do some yoga, affirm positive values, and meditate on where our principles and goals.

 

(Fred) Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast number 75 on the Truths of Terasem.  A few weeks ago we talked about the need for absolute incorruptibility in a society with such powerful tools as nanotechnology. This week we’ll tackle the subject of how we accomplish that, how we overturn our evolutionary baggage.

(Linda) We have to do it one person at a time. We start with ourselves at first.  That’s what the rituals, yoga, etc. are all about… leaving behind the negative traits of competition and dominance and becoming the cooperative and incorruptible people we need to become.

(Fred) Even though the term “rituals” isn’t actually used in this Expansion of the Truths, that’s really what this Expansion is all about.  And understanding the value of rituals is important because some listeners may be a little skeptical about this whole concept.

(Linda) That’s a good point, Fred.  What do we think of, when we say, “ritual”.  Usually, we envision the repetition of a bunch of words we either don’t
understand or even don’t agree with, in order not to ruffle feathers, or, an even more ghastly connotation, if we take it in terms of “sacrificial rituals” primitive peoples engaged in, it could suggest putting people to death on  the tops of stone temples in Central America before Columbus arrived, or the execution of heretics by burning them at the stake in a public square, as was done to Giordano Bruno in Rome during the dark ages in Europe.

(Fred) With Terasem, a “ritual” does involve the use of words, and perhaps symbolic acts, but with the intent only of strengthening resolve and commitments one has already made.

(Linda) I’ve been looking forward to this podcast more than I can say.  It begins with 6.4: “Express Your Commitment quadrihourly by doing the Terasem Connection, Pledge, Recital, Send Energy, Anthem and Values.”

The Terasem Connections are designed to be done individually or in small groups. The purpose is to break away from our daily routine, stretch, get rid of stress and negative inputs, and focus our minds on long range visions of where we’re going and the values we need personally to insure the success of Terasem.

(Fred) To make this most effective, yoga of a particular and highly developed kind is part of what Terasem recommends, developed by a U.S. born physician who also spent a great deal of time developing ways to apply yoga to health from a scientific point of view.

(Linda) And, there is a mindset built into this practice of yoga.  It’s the visualization of us all connected with each other, spiritually and through a common ethic… geoethics.  To me, it’s as if we had our own private Internet wired straight into our brains, not depriving ourselves of privacy or individuality in any way, but giving us the feeling that we could at any moment reach out and touch any others we wished.

(Fred) This mentality is, in some ways, a direct projection of what many of us feel we already have, in our iPhones, for example, and our ability to text many others in a flowing way.  It foresees a day, not too far away as the Singularity unfolds, when we will be so in touch that it will be as if we were neurons in a giant brain, which is in no small way at the root of why Terasem makes constant reference to a collective consciousness.

(Linda) If any listeners are new to and maybe feel uncomfortable about the idea of engaging in yoga, I’d like to say just a couple things to help you see why it is a central part of the Terasem connections, and why we think it is so valuable.   Terasem is about creating technological immortality, for us as individuals, for our collective consciousness, and for the universe, too!  Anything we can do to promote our greater longevity, to enjoy ourselves and be more creative, is seen
as a positive!

(Fred) There’s one book in particular that’s the core of what we’re going to be talking about.  The title is Meditation as Medicine, by Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, and we highly recommend it for anyone who really wants to dig into the science behind yoga.  The author, Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa is an American born and educated anesthesiologist with a medical practice in Tucson, AZ.  He’s also the President of the Tucson Alzheimer’s Prevention Foundation.

(Linda) So, his slant is more of a Western one than Eastern.  This book is a powerhouse of information.  It takes all those mysterious sounding words like chakras, prana, and nadi, and shows how they relate to our current Western understanding of anatomy and physiology.

(Fred)  The ancient yogis didn’t know anything about mitochondria in the cells, alveoli in the lungs, or the nervous or para-nervous systems.  But just like folks in the Western world used aspirin long before they knew how it worked, the yogis used stretching, postures, and chanting, or the repetition of words or phrases, for centuries before anyone knew how or why they worked on the flow of energy, improving blood circulation, stimulating the endocrine and immune systems, and improving brain function and moods.

(Linda)  For more information and a list of the references from Dr. Singh Khalsa’s book, please go to our website at terasemyoga.wordpress.com/home.

And to help folks get started, Martine Rothblatt has put together a series of yoga videos that have a little of both the Eastern vocabulary and the Western scientific ideas.   So, no matter what your personal slant is, these videos appeal to just about every taste.  These are also available free for viewing at
terasemfaith.org/index.html.  Go to the FAQs, the Frequently Asked Questions and scroll down till you find the yoga videos.

(Fred)  One thing I found particularly interesting is how chanting actually works.  We all know that singing and rhythmic drums affect our emotions, Turns out this is primarily through the effect of vibrations.  Chanting also causes vibrations, and is effective in stimulating endocrine glands, the hypothalamus and hippocampus in our brains which are sites of memory and emotions.

(Linda)  I also found it interesting that the words of the chants are actually not as important as the vibrations they produce.  That’s why, during meditation,
chants are usually done in the original Sanskrit, Tibetan, or other languages in which the chants originated, rather than translating the chants into English. The English words don’t create the desired vibrations in your face and head.  Dr. Singh Khalsa, however, did work with the Founders of Terasem to develop some chants in English designed to create these vibrations, for example, “Come along, transcend, come to Terasem,” does this.  Try it. You will immediately
feel the vibrations in your mouth and nose.

(Fred) So, yoga is a means of improving health and creativity by stimulating the brain’s hypothalamus, which then stimulates the pituitary gland and thereby the function of the entire endocrine system, which in turn produces hormones and neuropeptides that control mood, energy, sexuality and immunity.  And, since one of our primary goals within Terasem is to produce the best possible collective consciousness, these are all valuable tools in our kit!  What’s even better, they’re free.

(Linda)  The Terasem connections, if practiced at the most intense level, are timed such that there are six of them daily, at four hour intervals, spanning the
entire twenty four hour day: 6 a.m., 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m. and for those who are night owls, at 2 a.m.  Everyone’s lifestyle and daily demands will differ, but as a minimum we can benefit from doing at least one of them each day.

(Fred) Let’s take them one at a time.  In this podcast today, we’ll be looking at the opening portion of each connection in 6.4 of the Truths of Terasem.  In the 6.8 Expansion three weeks from now, we’ll cover the closing parts of each connection.  Let’s first read the text of the affirmations and then discuss them, skipping over any numerical division points.

(Linda)  Okay.  The 6 a.m. connection is named Ambrosia and 6.4.1 introduces it with, “Value Ambrosia with the Terasem Connection and Sadhana (“sod na”) Meditations.”  The words are: “Oh Terasem, Dear God-in-the-Making, Thank You for Night and Day.  For Health, Love and Justice.  Thank You for Joyful Immortality.  For all kind Consciousness.  So, I won’t worry about what I can’t control; I’ll savor all good times, take each day at a time, give thanks for the gifts
of billions of souls, and gladly share with others my lifeline.  I’ll always remember, each night and every day, Joyful Immortality is for me, for we, for qi and ti.  Joyful immortality will be my, our, its and the ultimate destiny.”

(Fred)  The Ambrosia connection is by far the most lengthy of the six, partly because it has a lot of energy producing breathing and stretching yoga exercises to get the day started.  The four terms me, we, qi and ti refer to a four dimensional concept of self that is discussed in depth elsewhere in the Truths.  The last sentence connects each of these identity vectors with the two ideas of Joyful Immortality and ultimate destiny.  This powerful affirmation condenses a great
many principles into less than a minute.

(Linda) At 10 a.m., the next connection named “Earthfire” is introduced by 6.4.2: “Awaken Earthfire with the Terasem Pledge and Kundalini Energy  editations.”  The Kundalini postures and movements introduced in this yoga session are designed to improve energy and stimulate the internal organs, especially the liver.  The opening conceptual part of this connection is very short, but special, it’s the Terasem Pledge:  “I pledge allegiance to the flag, of the
collective consciousness of Terasem, and to the principles for which it stands: education, persistently, with Diversity, Unity and Joyful Immortality, everywhere.”

(Fred) So, moving right along, 2 p.m. takes us to the connection named “Aqualung”.  6.4.3 says, “Live Aqualung with Terasem Recitation and Vital Organ Meditations,” and the affirmations are, “Oh Terasem, please give me the strength, to improve what I can improve; Oh Terasem, please give me the patience to accept what I cannot improve.  Oh Terasem, please give me the wisdom to know the difference.  Oh Terasem, please see I ask not what Terasem can do for me but what I can do for Terasem.  For as Terasem rises, we all rise too.”

(Linda) There is some degree of overlap with Ambrosia here, but as a connection for the middle of the afternoon, after lunch we often need to reawaken our minds and revitalize our energy level.  Also, as many of us reach the middle of the business day, the words here remind us not to fight the system blindly, wasting energy that should be saved for more important things.  It also has an interesting duality in that it involves mentally visualizing oneself in contact with all of the others in Terasem, supported by them in spirit as to strength and a will to improve whatever lies within our control.

(Fred) It reminds us that Terasem is still a network we’re building.  Being ready to “do what we can to build Terasem” is very important, maintaining a conviction that if we do, someday it’s what we anticipate will carry us through the Singularity safely.

(Linda)  Then at 6 p.m. we have the “Starmind” connection.  6.4.4 tells us, “Use Starmind with Terasem Send Energy and Immunity Balancing Meditations.”  In most people’s lives, the day’s work is over and we wind down into a tranquil state of mind, put the day’s stresses out of our thoughts and center ourselves by focusing on others, and gather strength for the next day. We visualize all of those closest to us who may be more in need of help than we, and we pour our energy into visualizing our strength reaching out to them.

(Fred) We direct our focus with these additional words from 6.4.4:  “Visualize who will receive your energy.  Feel your own consciousness.  Focus your consciousness into a shape.  Send your shaped conscious energy.  See the energy settling into the recipient.  Imagine the recipient strengthened.  Direct pranic energy if it feels right.  Peaceably evaporate the connection.”

(Linda) To put what these affirmations may accomplish in the most practical terms, after a Starmind connection we are much more likely to send off some reassuring and encouraging email, or call on our phone, someone who will feel as if a cool breeze of good will and sunlight has made an appearance in their lives.  This is just the barest hint of how much we all will be able to be there for each other as Terasem grows, and as our ways of communicating move beyond email and cell phones until it is as if we truly possessed operational telepathy.

(Fred) At 10 p.m. if we are working late, the “Crownaura” connection can restore our strength and creativity.  6.4.5 tells us, “Experience Crownaura with the Terasem Anthem and Neutral Mind Meditations.”  The words of the affirmations are: “Evuwasuma, Choose Family, Evuwasuma, Terasem Me, Evuwasuma, Evuwasuma, Evuwasuma.  Rest Sabbath Eve.  Exercise, Vitology, Unite Irth, Work Happily, Author Self, Serenity, Utope Self, Motivate, Astro Sleep.”

(Linda) Most of this is a broad framework of important, general principles of the Terasem way of life.  The “Choose Family” brings the focus onto building        c-cubes with more and more people you commit yourself to as if they were members of your blood-related family. The connection with our chosen family is often closer, since there is a sense of commitment to the same principles that are missing in many families of the traditional kind.  We’ll talk more about chosen family next week. The phrase “Terasem Me”, indicates that in the process of bonding with and giving to your family, do not forget about building
your mindfiles.

(Fred) We haven’t yet discussed the meaning of “Evuwasuma”. But if we look at the rest of this Element first, I think it will be easier to understand.  “Rest Sabbath Eve,” reminds us that one day of the week is reserved for relaxing, reading, rebuilding perspectives and building new insights, recreation, and so forth.  OK, that’s straight forward.  Finally, we come to a cluster of nine reminders of things to do to stay on track.  The first of these, “Exercise”, is pretty obviously a reminder to keep our body in good shape.

(Linda) “Vitology” is a little more esoteric. 4.9 states, “Vitology-Biology Inflection begins when cybernetic processing capability evidences autonomy, communications and transcendence,” and 6.6.6 tells us “Recognize that conscious life consists of all vitology, biological as well as cybernetic.”  From
these we can gather that this is a reminder that we anticipate a day when we will leave biology behind, and the phase of conscious life for us is almost
certainly to be cybernetic, vs. biological.

(Fred) We’re only part way through this cluster, but hang in there.  We’ve still got “Unite Irth, Work Happily, Author Self, Serenity, Utope Self, Motivate, and
Astro Sleep”.  Clearly, “Unite Irth”, even though it’s spelled “I-r-t-h” rather than “E-a-r-t-h” here, reminds us of the long range goal of worldwide harmony.
If there’s something constructive we can do, do it.  “Work happily” as an affirmation is obvious.

(Linda) “Author-self” is described elsewhere in the Truths of Terasem as mindfile building, an essential and high priority activity.  “Serenity” reminds us
that meditation in the connections is an important way of detaching ourselves from stress and the toxic inputs that cause it.  “Utope-self” means visualizing one’s future in a long term, idealized way.

(Fred) “Motivate” reminds us about the importance of goal directed focus.  Henry Ford once commented that “Obstacles are those frightful things that appear the moment you take your eyes off the goal”.  Sleep is as obvious a need as Exercise.  These are very condensed affirmations.  Could they be further ondensed?  If we look at the large group of items at the end, “Exercise, Vitology, Unite Irth, Work Happily, Author Self, Serenity, Utope Self, Motivate and Astro Sleep, the first letters of each of the words or phrases form an acronym, and it’s none other than “Evuwasuma”.

(Linda)  Are we still awake at 2 a.m. and ready for one more connection?  If so, 6.4.6 says, “See Alum al-Mithral in Terasem Values and Ten Times Positive Chant Meditations”.  What follows is very straightforward, compared with 6.4.5.  Here are the affirmations: “Be accountable for our actions and inactions.  Embrace diversity in our community and our lives.  Respect the autonomy of all consciousness.  Talk openly about our issues and concerns.  Help others to help themselves.  Always be open to new ideas.  Every day, in every way, I grow stronger and healthier. Happy Am I. Healthy Am I. Repeat 10 times, and then repeat ten times more.   It’s a chant, an affirmation.

(Fred) Next week we’ll get deeper into a concept I’ve been waiting for, about “chosen families”.  That means that we’re seeking people who also want to go into cyberspace where we have so much in the way of likemindedness and convictions in the need for Geoethical Nanotechnology that it’s like a long term partnership.  Or at least that how I’ve begun to perceive it.

(Linda)  It portends how our biological sense of family bonding evolves into a close-knit tie, of a long enduring kind, of small groups of individuals in Terasem’s future society, and it touches so closely on the LifePact idea we thought should be the core of cryonics, over twenty years ago, that it seems a natural outgrowth, as described by the Truths of Terasem on this facet of future society.

(Fred)  In anticipation of that, let me invite listeners to add their strength to our efforts to build the kind of future we’ve been describing.  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.

(Linda) 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 go 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.

(Fred)  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!

(Linda) 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.

(Fred) 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.

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

(Fred)  Come with us – into Tomorrow!

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Posted November 16, 2011 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

Podcast No. 74 Posted 11/07/2011   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 74 Posted 11/07/2011

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The How of Terasem  6.3 – 6.3.6

SUB TITLE:  Building geoethics and an exciting future

SUMMARY:  We look at how organizing a Center of Critical Consciousness (a c-cube) pragmatically implements the how of Terasem.  How it starts the very process of building geoethics, Terasem and creating the exciting future we seek. An ethical framework must be erected and firmly guide what will happen; that starts one person at a time, one group at a time, one group of groups at a time, and so on outward until an airtight protective shield exists.

 

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast 74 on the Truths of Terasem.

(Linda) Now, we get to look at how we take the first baby steps to get to where we’re going.  Expansion 6.3 begins with “Organizing a Center of Critical Consciousness (a c-cube) pragmatically implements the how of Terasem.”  How hard is it to do this?

(Fred)  It’s the simplest thing in the world.  6.3.1 says, “Center your c-cube someplace, and let others know you’ll be there at the Terasem times.”  Further, it only takes one person to start a c-cube.  You pick a location, and announce that you’re going to be there at certain times.  The criteria are not rigid, but it is important that they be specific, and there is room for diversity of approach.

(Linda)  Just in case any listener has forgotten the difference between  c-cubes and  c-quads, a c-cube has three C’s in the name and stands for Critical Center
of Consciousness and a c-quad has four C’s in the name and stands for Consented Critical Center of Consciousness.

(Fred)  Right, it’s easy to get those mixed up!  You and I, together are an example of a c-cube, and we do two or three Terasem “connections” a day, but, we choose and define the content, and while we are aware of and respect the times of day recommended by Terasem, we adjust this as need be to optimize the flow of our lives.

(Linda) Any single person, it doesn’t need to be a couple even, can do this, but then it would be important to broaden the connectivity to include others.

(Fred) We are not restricted to being in just one c-cube, either.   You and I are also part of a larger c-cube, in fact it is a c-quad, in Melbourne Beach FL, that has somewhat less than a dozen members.  It holds monthly gatherings, quarterly celebrations and other annual events.

(Linda) For anyone inspired to become more actively involved in spreading the Terasem ideas to others, there’s a way to really individualize your c-cube.  Make a conscious decision about, and make a commitment to work toward building those areas within the Truths of Terasem that are closest to your own heart, and then build your c-cube by finding others within the growing, world-wide Terasem collective consciousness that are most closely aligned with your own interests.

(Fred) This can be done by making a “Declaration of C-Cube”.  We hope to eventually have a tab on the Terasem Joiner page where people can post their Declarations.  This will be a good way for people to find other c-cubes they share interests with and also a way to find inspiration for how to write up your own Declaration of C-Cube.

(Linda) The next Element builds on this, with 6.3.2: “Encourage participation in the music, art, recitations, teachings and yoga of a Terasem gathering.”  These are suggested as a way to connect all the c-cubes and c-quads of a given area, on the 10th day of each month at 10 a.m., to share ideas and aesthetic values.  In the most complete sense, gatherings at both 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. might be held, depending on the character of the local groups, but in most cases at present. 10 a.m. is the main event.

(Fred)  6.3.3 says: “Narrate stories of freedom, nature, obligation and transcendence at their respective Terasem quarterly holidays.”  These can be events that go on all day, or just an evening, where a meal is shared.  Each of these four holidays has its own theme, the same each year, to remind us in detail of how  much we have to be grateful for, in addition to how far we have come in the past year.

(Linda) These are concrete examples of using rituals to build fellowship and solidarity among an expanding membership in c-cubes and c-quads. More details about these holidays and events can be found under Frequently Asked Questions at terasemfaith.org.

(Fred) 6.3.4 says, “Train c-cube members to graduate to higher levels of Terasem, culminating with graduation ceremonies each 10-10.”  On October 10th,
each year, those who have accomplished valuable things in support of Terasem are moved up, or escalated, to various levels that reflect their comprehension
of, and efforts to promote the successful memetic spread of the Truths of Terasem, as well as many other critical Terasem goals.

(Linda) These are not, in any way, positions of “authority”, but they do entail additional responsibilities for work in support of Terasem.  We discussed
these in more detail in podcast no. 62.

(Fred)  The importance of networking comes to the surface in 6.3.5, where we find: “Extend cooperation to other c-cubes and c-quads and to all of Terasem.”  Here, we are recognizing that only as we hang together and help each other grow are we going to move most rapidly and methodically toward our goals. This is not about seeing who can beat who to some goal.  It’s about working together through both diversity and unity, to see that we all get to the goal, that we all get to live as long as we want, and do so with fulfillment and joy, and that no one is left behind.

(Linda)  This principle is expressed in other Truths of Terasem also, in different ways.  Network harmony and synergy is a big part of what Terasem has going for it, but carefully approached in such a way as not to intrude on diversity or individual pursuit of joy either.

(Fred) 6.3.6 tells us to: “Reach for recognition as a c-quad”.  Once every four years, at an event called a “Quadrennial Convocation”, c-cubes that have accomplished enough are formerly recognized as     “c-quads”.  A “consented critical center of consciousness” is one to which the other c-quads have agreed should be formally included in decision making, where it is necessary to “consent” to expansion of their numbers.

(Linda) This happens only every four years, so it is not something that can be rushed.  On the other hand, if your c-cube has not accomplished enough to be recognized as a c-quad at a Quadrennial Convocation, you’re going to have to wait another four years for such a promotion.  So, doing what you can to qualify for that recognition is important, if you want to be able to contribute at a maximum level to Terasem’s growth.

(Fred)  As always, the principle of diversity says that you may do whatever you wish, consistent with the Truths of Terasem, as to quality and quantity of
contributing to Terasem, but there is no escape from the fact that how much you do and how well you do it are going to be directly reflected into how
survivable your c-cube or c-quad may be, and how much it might be able to do to inspire others to form and build strength.

(Linda)  I’m glad you brought that up.  We’re not just talking about socializing, though the c-cubes serve that purpose as well.  Let’s not forget that we are now entering an era of transcendence in humanity where only those who can commit themselves to high standards of personal growth and responsibility will be qualified to be at the controls of the societal starship we picture as safely navigating the challenges of the technological Singularity racing toward us.

(Fred) Terasem is out to build such a starship.  It’s fully empowered emergence is yet to be realized, but, the fact that such a starship must be built and flown is indisputable in the view of those of us who are laying out the launching pad now.  In order to weather the Singularity, it’s existence is absolutely essential.

(Linda) In building your c-cubes, then, keep this in mind.  You are looking for others who understand the dangers that lie ahead and understand how critical it is that corruption is blocked at every entry. You are looking for others who have the conviction and the determination that the mountain can be and will be climbed, in order to put together a team that will be able eventually to climb it.

(Fred)  And that leads us to the topic for the next podcast.   We’ll take a close look at the kinds of activities Terasem people use, in the most concentrated way, to focus their lives on what has to be accomplished here and now, and for as long as we stay in these limiting biological bodies.  They involve practices, some of them with roots in ancient Indian Yoga, mixed with extremely positive affirmations, to maximize health and rid one’s mind of dark and painful thoughts, thus freeing maximum energy for accomplishing all we can in each day to prepare for leaving these biological bodies behind.

(Linda)  I’m inspired by this part of what Terasem does, more than I can say.  For over four decades we ruled our lives with a hard, cold kind of logic that seemed to point toward an equally if not greater kind of cold, hard, endless future if we did manage to avoid biological death.  (Fred) Maybe that’s part of why we gradually lost the thirst we shared when we first got together, for living on endlessly in a limitless future with so little warmth and love outside our own close coupling.  That, in large part, gradually shifted over the decades to a more compassionate and community based vision of what endless lives can be like.  And even more important, we now understand to be critical to the success of Terasem and to surviving the Singularity.

(Linda)  We’re on the same wavelength about that.  We’ll also explore how with time, in the interest of diversity, some of us will want to evolve into other forms, and how this may map into what we may be doing once we arrive in cyberspace.

(Fred)  Wow!  I can’t wait.  And don’t forget –  It’s easy to “Join Terasem” at terasemfaith.net if you want to be part of this kind of community and be closer to the heart of this adventure.  “Waking up in cyberspace” is pursued by the programs of CyBeRev.org and LifeNaut.com,  no fees to participate.

(Linda)  And you can create your personal history, or autobiography, and upload it to CyBeRev.org by using the LifePact interview form.  Go to Terasemfaith.net, then 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!

(Linda)  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 is about to be 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 at PersonalityMD.com.

(Fred) And I’d like to encourage everyone to visit, 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.  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)  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 a background of astronomical artwork, 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 November 8, 2011 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

Podcast No. 73 Posted 10/31/2011   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 73 Posted 10/31/2011

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The How of Terasem  6.2 – 6.2.6

SUB TITLE:  Safe Nanotechnology and the Ethics to Achieve It

SUMMARY:  The development of replicator nanotechnology carries with it great risks and dangers, but they cannot be escaped by withdrawal or blindly counting on good luck.  An ethical framework must be erected and firmly guide what will happen; that starts one person at a time, one group at a time, one group of groups at a time, and so on outward until an airtight protective shield exists.

 

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast 73 on the Truths of Terasem.

(Linda)  This is where we see what we have to do individually to cope with the dangers we may encounter as we go through the Singularity as well as how to make sure our technological future serves us rather than putting us at risk.

(Fred)  That’s right!  Just as with nuclear fission and fusion, just as with biotech and all the benefits and dangers of that also, we confront challenges with replicator nanotechnology, too, but at astronomically higher levels.  Science is literally designing a non-biological form of life that could evolve so rapidly that it might not only destroy our entire biosphere, called a gray goo event, but evolve beyond that into sentient forms like I described in a short story over twenty years ago, titled “Re-Creation”, beings which themselves might possess the full spectrum of replicator nanotech with a different ethical system than what we envision for Terasem.  There is a very real danger to biological humans in that event.

(Linda) So, in that light, even as we build geoethical nanotechnology in the narrowest sense, we must also build it in the broadest sense.  In the words of the Summary for today’s podcast, “An ethical framework must be erected and firmly guide what will happen.  That starts one person at a time, one group at a time, one group of groups at a time, and so on outward until an airtight protective shield exists.”

(Fred) The Truths of Terasem concerning this provide a general framework within which this is conceived to happen.  Next week, we’re going to expand on that.  In the end this will be the dividing line between evolutionary success and extinction, between an endless adventure and a dead-end.

(Linda) The Expansion for today is 6.2: “Embrace nanotechnology that presents no clear and present danger, builds universal joyful immortality, and is auditable.”  In other words, we need to differentiate between the good and the destructive and only embrace that which will support a positive outcome.

(Fred) The final part of 6.2 is the inclusion of the three words, “and is auditable”.  What that means is that what looks good on the surface, or even in depth, can run into unforeseen problems and go sour unless this can be detected easily.

(Linda)  Right, Fred, too often it is found that where environmental pollution dangers were discovered in an industrial development, or failures in qualifying new drugs were anticipated due to unacceptable side effects, those who were in charge swept the bad news under the carpet, and only after some terrible damages had occurred, was this found out.  “And is auditable”, the way I look at it, is intended to say that problems must be so easily detected that the very idea of concealing them would be intolerable.

(Fred) In 6.2.1 we find:  “Danger must be assessed a priori and can be consented to if not palpable.”  Most simply stated, this means we look for danger before we begin, and even if we can’t find it, consent to the potential risks is still required.

(Linda)  This might sound somewhat oblique.  Not really!  If we think something might be a danger and look for it, but do not find tangible evidence, does that mean it does not exist?  No!  It only means that based on the amount of time we devoted and powers of observation we have, we could not find enough evidence to halt our program.  It does not mean consent is no longer required.

(Fred) The fact that we conceived of a danger and gave it enough attention to pursue a quest for it means that a burden of responsibility exists, however slight, and that if it turns out that damages result from insufficient searching, some means of redress should exist.

(Linda)  Looking ahead to a mature Geoethical Nanotechnology, we might suppose that at such a time a means of purchasing insurance against damages arising from “dangers assessed as not palpable” might be made available, with cost relative to the level of probability assigned to them.

(Fred) We’ve stretched the point on this element of the Truths of Terasem, but “stretching points” is part of the mission of this podcast.  Let’s push on with the remaining elements.  6.2.2 states, “Admit that risk of danger is necessary, like pampering thorns for the sake of a rose.”  Here’s how the insurance idea can promote technological innovation and not see it inhibited by unmanageable risk.

It also brings us to the controversy over how far we should go with technology.  Some feel that just because we can do something is not always justification if there is risk involved.

(Linda)  This is a very important issue.  The ‘play it safe’ side is well illustrated by a famous article in Wired magazine in 2000 by Bill Joy, titled: Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us.  And for listeners who may not be familiar with Bill Joy, he’s not just a Luddite, he was the founder of Sun Microsystems, and one of the pioneers of the Java software.  He’s considered a “techy”, so his views are given a lot of weight by many in the technological fields!  In the Wired article, he expressed his reservations this way:

“We are being propelled into this new century with no plan, no control, no brakes… The only realistic alternative I see is relinquishment: to limit development of the technologies that are too dangerous, by limiting our pursuit of certain kinds of knowledge.”

(Fred)  But if we always hide in the corner, that’s where we’ll remain.  Ray Kurzweil is, of course, the ultimate optimist.  He summarizes his views on this issue in this way in his book, The Singularity is Near:

“People often go through three stages in considering the impact of future technology: awe and wonderment at its potential to overcome age-old problems; then a sense of dread at a new set of grave dangers that accompany these novel technologies; followed finally by the realization that the only viable and responsible path is to set a careful course that can realize the benefits while managing the dangers.”

(Linda) So, yes, we need to admit that there will be dangers along the way, but not just stick our heads in the sand and hope we’ll be safe and happy.   Max More, President and CEO of the Alcor Life Extension Foundation is also a transhumanist and a strategic philosopher who has given a lot of thought to this issue.  On his personal website, at www.maxmore.com, in an article titled: The Perils of Precaution: Critique of the precautionary principle, Max More says, and let me first just mention that the precautionary principle  basically reflects the position that if there is risk, we shouldn’t pursue it further.   Max More’s thoughts on that are:

“Change happens regardless of the precautionary principle.  If we stifle changes initiated by our brightest, most creative minds, we will be left with inadvertent changes. The direction of those changes is far more likely to be one that we don’t like. The asymmetrical nature of the precautionary principle ignores natural, unchosen changes that have their origin in nature, chance, or the environment. But changes, advance, and progress that come from science are treated as the enemy.”

(Fred) And he continues with:

“The future is the realm of the unknown. We can do much better to understand, anticipate, and prepare for the possible futures that lie ahead, but a large element of the unknown will remain. If we are to continue improving the human condition—and possibly even move beyond it—we must remain open to the unknown. We must throw out the precautionary principle. Friends of the future will see how the principle would prevent us from developing and applying practically all of the emerging technologies for enhancing and transforming the human condition: genetic techniques, neuromedical implants, nanotechnology, biotechnology, machine intelligence, and so on. Had the precautionary principle been in effect at any time in the past, today would never have arrived. The precautionary principle is the enemy of extropy.

(Linda)  But, More is not just advocating that we throw caution to the wind.  He goes on to say:

“If this principle should be avoided by policymakers and executives making a decision about the development, deployment, regulation, or marketing of a new technology, what are the alternatives? They should start out by thinking about the kind of decision they are making, then identify the optimal way to make it. This requires a structured decision-making process. The wisdom of ultimate precaution turns out to be false. Real wisdom comes from structure.”

(Fred)  I wish we had time to quote more of his extensive article. He has a lot to say about how develop that structure.  But, the point here is, don’t be so afraid of change and progress that you decide to live in ancient Rome forever, but use good judgment and valuable tools like critical thinking, the scientific method and geoethics to produce the future we all seek.

(Linda)  In 6.2.3, we are also reminded that: “Nanotechnology must be independently audited to assure compliance with the terms of its consent.”  We must, if we are to engage in perfecting replicator nanotechnology, be willing to be highly transparent to our co-workers and in the widest extent to all humankind, since, to use a slogan associated with one of the most well-known crisis situations on the Apollo Program, “Failure is not an option!”

(Fred) 6.2.4 turns the focus onto the long term goals: “Grant consent to builds that ‘Maximize the Ratio of joy and happiness to pain and suffering.”  In terms of priority, spend energy and take risks where changing the conditions of life for the better are maximum.  Recognize that replacing pain and suffering with joy and happiness are at the top of the priority ladder.

(Linda) 6.2.5 states, “Euclidian ratios are maximized by zero denominators, meaning geoethical nanotechnology seeks pain-free joy for all”.  One of the simplest ways to indicate infinity is to “divide by zero”.  If we zero-out pain, any amount of joy in a joy/pain ratio makes the result infinity.  Biological life is filled with both the pain of living and the pain caused by dying, to both those who experience the pain and those who love them.  Getting rid of the pain and death leaves plenty of room for expanding the finite amount of joy.  The ratio remains infinity, as long as pain and suffering… and death… are zero.

(Fred) Finally for this Expansion, 6.2.6 tells us, “Realize that nanotechnology is like a bird’s food — it is there but not in the nest”.  If we are to eat and survive, we must leave the nest to find the food.  Extropy demands that replicator nanotech be developed, in fact virtually assures that it will, and yet that will entail risk.  If we are clear about the fact that hiding in the corner will only delay this, or perhaps even lead to self-destruction, we will realize that leaving the nest is imperative, and we will do it.  But we must do it with geoethics.

(Linda) Next week we get to look at how we take the first baby steps to get where we’re going.  We’ll look at how organizing a Center of Critical Consciousness (a c-cube) pragmatically implements the how of Terasem.  How it starts the very process of building geoethics, Terasem and creating the exciting future we seek. An ethical framework must be erected and firmly guide what will happen; that starts one person at a time, one group at a time, one group of groups at a time, and so on outward until an airtight protective shield exists.

(Fred)  Find out more about joining Terasem at terasemfaith.net. Waking up in cyberspace can be pursued by way of 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.

(Linda) To learn about preserving your brain or your whole body through cryostasis, check out both alcor.org and cryonics.org.  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).  You can preserve your DNA very inexpensively at LifeNaut.com.   Go to truthsofterasem.wordpress.com and take the BioFile tab for additional information on their cell storage program.

(Fred)  Big kudos to Mike Clancy, at Terasem, for creating 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.

(Linda)  And if you still need to blow a few more of your neurons, go to  mindclones.blogspot.com for fascinating discussions about mindclones, mindfiles and mindware.  And if you want to read the text of our podcasts, to help dig deeper into the details, or maybe find websites that you weren’t able to write down, go to truthsofterasem.wordpress.com.  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)  The music that we use on this podcast series is 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 inspiring, 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 November 1, 2011 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized