Podcast No. 81 Posted 12/26/2011   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 81 Posted 12/26/2011

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The How of Terasem

SUB TITLE:  The Terasem “Spirit of Life”

SUMMARY:  The final Expansion in the Truths of Terasem is, at first glance, just a short, inspiring poem, but it is much more than that.  It is a profound message of encouragement, support, and an invitation to join in the purposeful work of creating an entirely new societal substrate onto which humankind is very likely to emerge, transcending biological limitations and drives that go back to our earliest origins as self-replicating biomolecules.

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

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast No. 81 on the Truths of Terasem.  This is the last podcast of the year, an inspiring little poem about how to face life in the most positive way.

(Linda)  Yes, but it’s more than that!  It’s a warning, an encouragement, an invocation to activism and constructive creativity, and finally, most importantly, it’s a direct invitation to join in Terasem’s work.

(Fred)  Sounds like there’s a lot more than you might guess, from what you see on the surface! I’m just going to start by reading the whole of it as a single poem, and then we can comment on each part.

(Linda)  And, following the tradition we started last year, we want to close this final podcast for the year with a discussion on where the Truths of Terasem came from, and why their origin goes way beyond anything we could have imagined when we saw them for the first time.

(Fred) Here’s the whole of expansion of 6.10, the final Expansion of the Truths of Terasem:  “Life is so queer, with its twists and turns, as all of us eventually learns.  Lots can go wrong, and you’ll be hard hit, so learn to rest, but don’t ever quit.  Each win is failure turned inside out, the silver tint of the clouds of doubt.  Adapt to your task, though walls seems high.   Remember success needs you to try.  No hit is too hard to give up the fight.  See victory is ours and we need your might.”  That’s the whole thing!

(Linda)  We all have our challenges and need that kind of encouragement from time to time. Certainly, building Terasem and making it through the Singularity will have its challenges.

(Fred)  The first sentence is, “Life is so queer, with its twists and turns, as all of us eventually learns.”  When we look back at our own lives, we can see so many things that worked out differently than we expected, sometimes worse than we anticipated, sometimes better.  I speculate that few people, looking back on their lives would feel it had all gone as they envisioned when they were young.

(Linda)  6.10.1  reminds us: “Lots can go wrong, and you’ll be hard hit, so learn to rest, but don’t ever quit.”  I guess that translates into: Stick to it, no matter what.  You can lose a battle, but still win the war, as long as you don’t quit.

(Fred)  Right!  And the next one is 6.10.2:  “Each win is failure turned inside out, the silver tint of the clouds of doubt.”  I can think of so many times when we thought we were up against something that was going to do us in, but in struggling with it, something shifted and we made it through anyway.  You can call it luck, but then “luck” may only be the result of the cumulative effect of all the causes that led up to it, of which we have so little ability to forecast by calculation that good things sometimes seem to appear “out of nowhere”.

(Linda)  6.10.3 tells us: “Adapt to your task, though walls seem high”, and the following one is, 6.10.4 “Remember success needs you to try.”  These are actually quite closely connected.  When you take on a new project, you have to adjust, to adapt, as necessary; you have to grow.  This is why the part of the Terasem Pledge about “education persistently” is so vital.

(Fred) More importantly, it’s about maintaining a high level of curiosity and sniffing out answers to any questions you think are important, that might arise.  Many times, in doing these podcasts, we’ll find an unfamiliar word or phrase and “Google” it immediately, sometimes being drawn off for minutes into further links and interpretations.  You have to be organized and focused about learning, but you also have to be incessantly alert and energetic about it.  To link this with the second of these truths, “Remember success needs you to try.”

(Linda)  The next one is 6.10.5: “No hit is too hard to give up the fight.”  We’ve taken a lot of hits over the decades.  In the marriage vows we say to each other every morning, part of what I say is, “For over four decades now, we’ve laughed and played like a couple of kids, met many challenges by standing shoulder to shoulder, and I now know beyond any shadow of a doubt that this love can and will last…. and so forth.”  It’s part of that affirmation that now lets us face whatever may come, with gratitude, for all we’ve had, no matter how much uncertainty may lie ahead.

(Fred)  Exactly, and the last one of these truths, is 6.10.6: “See victory is ours and we need your might.”  This one is very powerful.  It’s Terasem, speaking to you, the listeners to this podcast.  It says, “We are going to win!” and it’s also saying, to the right people, “We need you to join with us and help make it happen!”  This challenge is not right for everyone, but the right people will sense who they are, and want to join us in building Terasem.

(Linda)  Now that we’ve wrapped up the Truths of Terasem for 2011, let’s talk about where the Truths of Terasem came from, and why their origin goes way beyond anything we could have imagined when we saw them for the first time.

(Fred) I’ll start by saying that in my experience, I’ve had personal contact with only two human beings that I regard as having “genius”, which means to me something that goes beyond what I’d reasonably expect of anyone with a human, biological brain.  One of them was Paolo Soleri, the creator of the whole Arcology conceptual framework of envisioning a Terasem-like quality of human society, back in 1969, and the other was one of the founders of Terasem, Martine Rothblatt, who in 2010 described in an open conference sponsored by Giulio Prisco on Teleplace, an epiphany of realization so profound that it exceeded anything I could have imagined.  And, we’re going to include in this podcast a brief excerpt from an audio recording of that conference.

(Linda) Now, we’ll sandwich in the excerpt from Martine’s presentation, as part of “The Turing Church Online Workshop 1, on November 20, 2010 in Teleplace, exploring transhumanist spirituality and “Religion 2.0″.  We only had an open mike next to our computer’s speakers, so the sound will be different from what you’re hearing at this moment, and unfortunately you’ll hear a few sounds in the background, the clinking of some glasses with ice in them, hushed comments, etc.  Sorry, that’s unavoidable.  In the posted text of the podcasts, we’ll include a transcript derived from the audio, with all the unrelated noises omitted. OK, here’s the excerpt:

“I’ll share some personal part of Terasem’s beginnings!  It really began in March, 2002 when I was out, on the beach, up on the Space Coast of Florida, doing a morning meditation, at 6 a.m., and suddenly, I felt two ‘presences’ around me, so I immediately opened my eyes, and I witnessed, quite to my surprise, the blastoff of the Space Shuttle STS-109, on its way to the Hubble telescope.  This was Columbia.  I then felt a presence, immediately behind me, and I turned around, and found myself eye to eye, with a large Lanternback turtle sea turtle, which was clearly trying to make its way back into the sea.  And I was in its way.

So, this was kind of startling, because it was pretty much dark, still, and an epiphany poured into me, through the triangular vector of the shuttle’s light blasting across the sky, and the Lanternback turtle’s consciousness, streaming into my own, and I felt a very strong, triangular force of energy between the shuttle, the sea turtle, and myself. 

An epiphany surged through me, that there were three principles, or three values, which united all life, all reality, indeed the entire multiverse, and these were that the purpose of the multiverse, the solution to the multiverse, was to balance diversity with unity, in the quest for joyful immortality; that the shuttle, Columbia, was a balance of diversity and unity in the quest for joyful immortality; that the Lanternback turtle, was a balance of diversity and unity, in the quest for joyful immortality; that everything was a balance of diversity and unity, in a quest for joyful immortality.

I slid myself out of the way, of the Lanternback turtle, and it slowly, but without delay, pushed itself toward the sea, which wasn’t far away.  As it did, the shuttle quickly arced out of my sight, smaller and smaller although the contrails were visible as the sun began rising, and again the triangular energy between the turtle and the shuttle remained connected to me, and downloaded to me the entire gist of the Truths of Terasem.

It was like I received this multi-gigabit download that still had to be processed, in the way one uploads a video but you can’t see it yet because it’s processing, or uploading a file and it still needs to be processed.   I was totally blown away.  I stood up, and it was like I was walking on air.  I walked a couple of hundred feet to where my soul-mate and partner Bina was resting, up above the seashore.   I shared with her what’s happened, and we slid right into the most wonderful, the most erotic lovemaking that anyone could imagine, and it was through this erotic lovemaking that those Truths of Terasem that were downloaded to me in an epiphany, channeled by the shuttle and the turtle, became written into my soul, just as suredly as a file is written into a digital or magnetic medium.

I spent the rest of 2002 trying to print out what was in my mind and soul from that March 1st morning, and it took me the rest of 2002, and some final pieces only really made sense late in October 2002, when my partner Bina experienced extraordinary pain, and somehow that pain jelled the remaining pieces of the Truths of Terasem.  Since that time, I’ve been committed to spreading the message of the Truths of Terasem, about diversity, unity and the quest for joyful immortality, and the spreading of it, I feel, has been really wonderfully successful.”

(Fred) –  The entire audio track for Martine’s talk may be available as a video, downloadable or viewable from Giulio Prisco’s blog, or its links, but this is the essence, described by the person who experienced it, of where the Truths of Terasem came from.  If I had experienced something like this, and was not totally clear that all the pieces had somehow been “in my brain” before it happened, I’d probably be even more imaginative about where it might have come from, and would probably claim that an extraterrestrial intelligence had seeded it into my mind to save humankind from self destruction.

(Linda) But that’s not Martine Rothblatt’s style, at all.  She is simply the most mentally coherent and organized person we’ve ever known, and it makes sense to us now more than ever that the “picture puzzle” arrangement of the Truths of Terasem are how they are.  I’m simply grateful that the way the world has unfolded has given the two of us the privilege of trying to see more deeply what lies beneath the surface.

(Fred) And I would like to add that it takes an extraordinary mind to get an epiphany from what to others is just a common occurrence of no special import.  For example, I’m sure that hundreds of thousands of residents of the Space Coast have seen shuttle launches soaring across the sky and have also seen the giant sea turtles crossing the beach while laying their eggs.  But it took someone of Martine’s caliber to turn that into the Truths of Terasem!

(Linda)  How very true.  Quoting from Wikipedia: “Epiphanies of sudden comprehension have made possible leaps in technology and the sciences. Famous epiphanies include Archimedes‘ realization of how to estimate the volume of a given mass, which inspired him to shout “Eureka!” (“I have found it!”). The biographies of many mathematicians and scientists include an epiphanic episode early in the career, the ramifications of which were worked out in detail over the following years. For example, Albert Einstein was struck as a young child by being given a compass, and realizing that some unseen force in space was making it move. An example of a flash of holistic understanding in a prepared mind was Charles Darwin‘s “hunch” (about natural selection) during The Voyage of the Beagle.”

(Fred)  I feel like we’re on some hot air balloon that has had its big floatation device replaced by a working anti-gravity mechanism.  Next week, as we start in on the Truths of Terasem from the beginning, there will be a lot of broad introductory material, and an attempt to synopsize the whole works!

(Linda)  True.  We’ll begin by expanding on exactly what Martine was most focused on above, with diversity, unity and joyful immortality made sense of in terms of a “collective consciousness”.  This is a highly energized view of where we are headed, and how we can make it an endless adventure for all who possess the thirst for it, and cherish their own individuality.

(Fred)  This is our last opportunity this year to invite listeners to find out how to join Terasem and be part of spreading these life-enhancing memes.  It’s as easy as going to terasemfaith.net.  Martine Rothblatt recently expressed the importance of joining Terasem this way: “The most important reason to become a Terasem Joiner is to know that you have voted with your dignity to march with those who are pursuing one of the most useful paths toward preserving the sanctity of human life via (a) techno-immortality and (b) a civilization-nurturing credo of diversity and unity.  I would want to wear that badge proudly on my sleeve for as much of my life as possible, and I think that is the most compelling reason to become a Terasem Joiner”.

(Linda) So, if you like the idea of being part of this family and this sojourn into the future, start building your own mindfile, without even any cost, at either CyBeRev.org or LifeNaut.com.  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.  You can preserve some of your DNA at LifeNaut.com, too, very inexpensively.

(Fred) 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.

(Linda)  Or, if you prefer to make a game of building your mindfile, Terasem’s powerful new Android app, described at PersonalityMD.com, will make it all the more fun for you.   It results in personality profiles that are truly unique to you, and you also see how you compare to others geographically near you, with mindsets like yours.

(Fred)  Still have some unanswered questions about mindfiles?  Go to Martine Rothblatt’s blog at mindclones.blogspot.com.  But don’t read this blog before going to bed… your mind will be so fired up, you won’t  get to sleep all night!

(Linda)  If you like the music we use on these podcasts, it’s the Terasem Anthem, called Earthseed, written by Martine Rothblatt.  She also plays flute and keyboard.  For a video version of Earthseed, go to the Join! tab on the terasemfaith.net website.

(Fred)  Don’t forget that these podcasts are available in text form at our site, truthsofterasem.wordpress.com.  You’ll find a lot of good stuff there, like tabs relating to storing DNA with LifeNaut, information about a “city of the future” in Second Life named after the great innovator Paolo Soleri, and you can download a free copy of Dr. Perry’s book, Forever for All, that we quote so often on our podcasts.

(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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Posted December 27, 2011 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

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