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Podcast No. 87 Posted 01/31/2012   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 87 Posted 01/31/2012

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The “Who” of Terasem   1.6 -1.6.6

SUB TITLE:  Consciousness at Higher Levels

SUMMARY:  Terasem defines consciousness as being the continuum of maturing abilities, when healthy, to be autonomous and empathetic with others. If we equate diversity with autonomy and unity with empathy, we see that these core values are another way of defining consciousness.  And, of course, education persistently is required if our reason is to endlessly mature as we transcend biology and become immortal beings living across many substrates.

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

 

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast 87 on the Truths of Terasem.  We’re going to be talking about ‘consciousness’ today.

(Linda)  Consciousness is one of those suitcase words:  it means so many different things to different people.  In the Truths of Terasem, does it just mean “awake” and “alert”?  Or does it include being self-aware, like has recently been proven to exist even in macaque monkeys?

(Fred)  In fact, Terasem goes way beyond either of those, but the macaque monkey is a fascinating example.  Traditionally, scientists have assessed mirror self-recognition abilities in animals based on their performance on the “mark test.” In this test, marks are placed on an animal’s face and, subsequently, its behavior in front of a mirror is observed. If the animal spends increased time touching the marks or looking at them in the mirror, then it passes the mark test and is assumed to possess at least a rudimentary form of self-awareness. Select chimpanzees, orangutans, elephants, dolphins, and even magpies pass the mark test while gorillas and some monkeys do not.  Now, by use of a variation of the mark test as recently reported in “Wired Science”, Macaque monkeys have been added to the list, too.

(Linda)  Okay, but Terasem is looking for something beyond whether or not you can tell what tribe you’re in by the war paint you’re wearing, right?  After plastic surgery, some people say, “It’s a whole new ‘me’!” but still I’d suspect Terasem is after something more than that.  Let’s get into those higher levels we need to discuss.

(Fred)  It’s higher than Macaques or just getting rid of your wrinkles, for sure!  Terasem holds that consciousness requires levels of awareness where empathy and reason with regard to ethics are not just present, but in a high state of harmony.  This is essential in a network of individuals where unity and diversity are in balance, and joyful immortality is the common goal.

(Linda) We start with 1.6:  “Consciousness is the continuum of maturing abilities, when healthy, to be autonomous and empathetic with others.” Let’s say that one is connected to others by empathy and yet is an individual and to some extent apart from them, by way of autonomy.  Further, let’s characterize healthy abilities as those that would seem to be synergistic and mutually supportive of others vs. harmful or parasitical with regard to them.  The terms ‘continuum’ and ‘maturing’ suggest that most things biological are piecewise continuous.

(Fred) A human starts out totally dependent on its mother, at least from fertilized ovum to birth, during which it has almost no autonomy or empathy.  From there, the child progresses to higher levels of harmony and balance in its autonomy and empathy, in its individuality and connectivity to others on a social level.  This requires continual maturation in both biological and psychological ways.

(Linda)  The underlying Elements in this set of the Truths look at some of the more important aspects of the continuum of human consciousness.  They start with 1.6.1:  “Others determine your consciousness because We is one of the four dimensions of I.”  Isn’t “determining” something like controlling it?  What about free will?

(Fred) Perhaps ‘determine’ doesn’t mean ‘to shape and mold, in every respect’, but rather to ‘strongly influence’.  If you grow up in an impoverished, gangland environment, there will be a tendency to group together in wolf-packs for survival.  If you grow up in a family dominated by a male parent who runs the family like a prison camp, you might develop a ‘prison guard’ personality, thinking that is the proper order of social behavior.  If you develop in a warm, empathetic family setting where individuality and creativity are encouraged, the outcome will be very, very different.

(Linda) This business of mentioning “We” as one of the four dimensions of “I” implies that there are three more.  Let’s briefly glance at the others.  Some of them are going to make an appearance in the later Elements of this Expansion.

(Fred) The easiest one to deal with is a totally contained concept of self.  Truth 1.8.1, which we’ll come to three weeks from now, states “The ‘Me of I” is one’s totality of mannerisms, personality, recollections, feelings, beliefs, attitudes and values.”  To me, this is like saying that (from a mindfile standpoint), I’m the database, before the input-output process starts, and from a state-of-being point of view, every point in time is the start of a new moment-of-being.

(Linda) A couple weeks ago, we discussed briefly the concept of the Ti of I, or the time cone of a being’s existence which might be visualized as a cone starting at birth and expanding endlessly into the future, perhaps becoming endless in time and boundless in space.

Now, in 1.6.2 we find: “Time is important for consciousness because life occupies time as well as space.”  Together these two tie into the ‘continuum of maturing abilities’ that we talked about earlier, and highlights the importance of ‘education persistently’, as one of the primary values stated in the Pledge to the flag of Terasem.

(Fred) There is one more dimension of being (that we’ll elaborate on more when we get to 1.8.4) which tells us that “The (chee) ‘Qi of I’ is the unique pattern of a being’s energy flows.”  For completeness, let’s not forget that one.  We make waves, that is to say, what we do affects more than just who we are with at the moment.

(Linda)  It’s like we were radiating information in all directions on a continuous basis.  An unkind comment about person “B” while talking to person “A” may not make its way through the social network for a long time, but eventually, it will reach its target.  Your energy flow ultimately touches far more people than you might suspect or choose.

(Fred)  One of the most memorable examples of this for me took place oh, about ten years ago, probably in connection with some kind of political flame war on the Internet, when a friend of mine mentioned a comment posted earlier by someone we both knew (on the other side of the issue), that he thought the world would be a better place if I were dead.  Since we were all cryonicists, this remark seemed pretty tasteless, but I responded as if just amused by it, with “I guess I missed that one!”  The point is – I never did forget it.  Too many people fail to recognize how the ripple effects of their words and actions can have lasting effects on others.

(Linda)  It’s a feedback dance that we all engage in, we all influence each other continually.  In 1.6.3 we have: “Haphazard thinking, without capability for improvement, is equivalent to a lack of autonomy.”  We’re working our way toward understanding consciousness as a much grander concept than just awareness.  As we will see, ethics play an important part in the Terasem definition of consciousness and both ethics and the ability to think for yourself… require critical thinking skills.

(Fred)  One of Ayn Rand’s favorite sayings was something like, “If things don’t add up, check your premises!”  Some people are far more insistent on making sense of things than others.  They know that by and large, principles underlie everything that happens, and when they are faced by confusion, they make great efforts to sort it out.  They stand on their own feet, make their own decisions, they are autonomous. Others just go with the flow, follow their feelings and hope things will work out.  By comparison, they are like leaves in a strong wind, going where events take them, with no sense of navigating their own lives.

(Linda) The phrase “without capability for improvement” suggests situations where it’s unlikely this “drift along” mentality will improve.  Where haphazard thinking is ingrained as a mental posture, like a quicksand bog that draws one down in a spiral of hopelessness, confusion, depression and resignation with life as incomprehensible.

(Fred) Ayn Rand, being an extremely logical person, upheld the ‘choice to think’ as one’s greatest power and virtue.  From this, she came to regard an inability to escape one’s haphazard thinking as a “refusal to think”, and declared it to be ‘evil’.

(Linda)  The next one is, 1.6.4: “Empathy is a necessary and sufficient basis for sentience, but only a key ingredient for consciousness.”  Many people, unfortunately, use the terms sentience and consciousness interchangeably.  By pointing out that empathy is a necessary and sufficient basis for sentience, but only a key ingredient in consciousness, it is clear that the Truths of Terasem do not use these two terms interchangeably.

(Fred)  In his book, How the Mind Works, cognitive scientist Steven Pinker refers to sentience as “the most interesting sense of all: subjective experience, phenomenal awareness, raw feels, first-person present tense, ‘what it is like’ to be or do something…”.  1.6.4 tells us that awareness and self-awareness are not sufficient to define sentience.  Awareness must be coupled with the ability to empathize in order to qualify as sentience.  But to be conscious requires even more.

(Linda)  1.6.5 tells us:  “Reason is a necessary and sufficient basis for ethics, but only a key ingredient for consciousness.”  Now we’re getting closer to the big picture!  As Tweedledee said in that wonderful Lewis Carroll book Alice in Wonderland, “Contrariwise, if it was so, it might be, and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic!”  We use both inductive and deductive logic in creating our codes of ethics.  But as this Truth points out, even that is only a part of a greater whole we call consciousness.

(Fred)  We finally get to put all the parts together with 1.6.6: “Synergism of empathy and reason yields consciousness.”  In other words, to be conscious as defined by the Truths of Terasem, you need a combination of mature reasoning, the ability to be autonomous and think for ourselves, and to not just be cognitively aware of ourselves and others, but also to empathize with those others.

(Linda)  In light of all that, I see an even deeper meaning to the core Terasem values of diversity and unity.  If we equate diversity with autonomy and unity with empathy, we see that these core values are another way of defining consciousness.  And, of course, education persistently is required if our reason is to endlessly mature as we transcend biology and become immortal beings living across many substrates.

The pledge the flag of Terasem says it all, doesn’t it: “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the Collective consciousness of Terasem, and to the principles to which it stands:  education persistently, with diversity, unity and joyful immortality everywhere.” 

(Fred)  Great way to wrap it up, Linda.  Next week, we’re going to talk about the Terasem’s flag itself.  It’s a beautiful collection of symbols, where form and color in an amazingly simple arrangement signify values ranging from accountability and interconnectivity to embracing diversity and respecting autonomy.  Such basic principles as “talking openly” and “helping others” are extended to visions of infinity’s multi-dimensionality and the idea that realities are part of larger realities.  Our only limitations will be that we’ll be unable to visually communicate what we’re talking about.  We’ll have to paint pictures with words.

(Linda)  I’ve got a way around that for our listeners.  Go to the webpage where we post all the scripts of these podcasts.  You’ll find the flag floating in a star-field next to a huge galaxy.  This is at truthsofterasem.wordpress.com/

(Fred)  In anticipation of that, let me invite listeners to join us in building the kind of future Terasem envisions.  It is easy to join Terasem. Simply go to 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 look for  Mindfile Building, about half way down the page.

(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)  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 of them, it’s the Terasem Anthem, called Earthseed, written by Martine Rothblatt.  She also plays flute and keyboard.  For a visually stunning video version of Earthseed, go to the Join! tab on the terasemfaith.net website.

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

(Fred)  Come with us – into Tomorrow!

Closing music – no fade – full length.

Posted January 31, 2012 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

Podcast No. 86 Posted 01/24/2012   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 86 Posted 01/24/2012

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The “Who” of Terasem  1.5-1.5.6

SUBTITLE:   Expansion as a Fundamental Goal of Terasem’s

SUMMARY:  Just as the big bang triggered an expansion of matter and energy throughout the Cosmos, the Singularity is expected to trigger an expansion of intelligence in the form of kind consciousness in space and time, endlessly and boundlessly.  It is a possibility that at this time Humankind is the leading edge of that expansion, in which case it is not only our destiny to carry out that expansion, but to free it of any handicaps inherited from our biological software (instincts) which might ultimately corrupt what we become.

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

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast 86 on the Truths of Terasem.  Today we’re going to be talking about Terasem’s goals for growth and expansion.  The way this is put, in 1.5, is “Expansionist: Terasem is duty-bound to expand throughout the galaxy and the universe as rapidly as possible.”

(Linda)  Does that also mean we want it to become bigger than Google, and dominate the Internet with all search engine responsibilities there, to better prepare for the Singularity?

(Fred)  No!  That’s the last thing it would mean, and growing as fast as Google in the present human environment, with the quality Terasem seeks, would be like shooting ourselves in the foot.

(Linda)  I’m glad to hear that.  You jumped into that first quote from the Truths of Terasem so quickly that it scared me, and sounded like we’re going to have to “hard sell” Terasem not just to humans but to everyone we run into as we expand beyond the Solar System.  If that’s not how it’s supposed to work, what is that first Truth about?

(Fred)  It’s almost the same as what’s in the Summary we’re going to use for the podcast listeners to glance at before starting to hear this.  I’ll read it, to be sure it’s not missed.  “Just as the big bang triggered an expansion of matter and energy throughout the Cosmos, the Singularity is expected to trigger an expansion of intelligence in the form of kind sentience in space and time, endlessly and boundlessly.  It is a possibility that at this time Humankind is at the leading edge of that expansion, in which case it is not only our destiny to carry out that expansion, but to free it of any handicaps inherited from our biological software (instincts are just that) which might ultimately corrupt what we become.”  And, I might add, if we are not the first, we will hope that other more advanced sentient forms are of the same mind and we can synergistically join with them and contribute to the expansion toward a universe filled with joyful immortality based on unity in the acceptance of diversity for all kind sentient entities.

Look at it this way.  A similar statement could be made of what a baby must become, after starting out as a fertilized embryo.  Let’s see how that might be phrased.  It might be like this: Preparation for birth – The embryo has one overriding goal: to expand within the womb and get to full term as rapidly as possible, in no less than nine months, else there’s going to be big problems for the mother.  And, we might add, if it were a self-conscious embryo with at least rudimentary intelligence and technology, it would have a duty to screen itself for genetic defects and get rid of them as quickly as possible, so as not to die before it even reaches the stage of having 50 to 100 billion cells, much less the 50 to 100 trillion it is expected to possess at full term.

(Linda)  So, what’s the timeline, anyway?  When is the main part of this expansion of Terasem supposed to take place?

(Fred)  A lot of it has to take place before the Singularity is underway, in order to have a sufficiently mature Geoethical Nanotechnology to make it past the challenges of going the wrong way as replicator nanotech is developed, and personal cyberconsciousness becomes the principal mode for humanity’s existence and further progression.

(Linda) With the Singularity, as described by Ray Kurzweil, three to six decades away, as it now appears to be, a lot of maturation has to take place as promptly as possible.  This is going to take people with the vision to see the necessity for strategy as well as creativity mixed with teamwork, as if the goal were to climb a difficult mountain.

(Fred)  One of the main goals of this podcast is to raise awareness of this need on the part of those with the capacity to make this happen.  We have a lot of information dense stuff to cover today.  We could easily expand this one podcast into several.  So, we’ll have to limit how much we say about each part and give listeners resources to use to learn more on their own.

(Linda) The first Element of this group of Truths is 1.5.1: “Expansion turns matter into intelligence per Turing’s Universal Computing (1950) and von Neuman’s Universal Self-Replicating Machines (1960).”  It’s not easy to briefly summarize the ideas of these two thinkers and their relevance to Terasem’s goals.

(Fred)  Indeed not, but let me try.  Turing’s hypothesis of computational platforms as plausible substrates for self-conscious cyberbeings is in many ways at the root of interest in such a possibility, and von Neumann’s thoughts about self-replicating information structures, with variations enabling evolution of form and function, has such striking parallels with what we know about biological evolution that together, the ideas of these two men do parallel what this Truth suggests, that extropy will bring about conversion of matter into intelligence.

(Linda) Ray Kurzweil’s book, The Singularity is Near, is a good way to see how matter may almost explosively start to be converted into intelligence, within the next several decades, just as it is at present rapidly being converted into computational machinery on which we biological humans are more and more dependent.  Kurzweil’s treatment is very detailed, though, and a strong technological orientation is helpful to get the most of out of his book.

(Fred) A second and really great way to explore ideas like Turing’s and von Neuman’s, in a more user-friendly way with lots of historical background, is browsing a somewhat less well known but even more accessible book by Dr. J. Michael Perry, titled Forever for All.    For example, searching Forever for All produces 11 hits related to von Neuman’s work, and 76 mentions of Turing’s ideas.

(Linda)  Dr. Perry’s book is just as accessible on Amazon.com as Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity is Near, but in addition the full text version can be downloaded from Perry’s website universalimmortalism.org. Perry has some fascinating and easily understood discussions of these two men’s ideas and you can easily search the online book for them.

(Fred)  Although we’ll be synopsizing the ideas of all the authors mentioned in this Expansion of the Truths of Terasem, we can only scratch the surface.  Without mentioning Perry’s book and how easy it is to get a searchable copy, we’d be shortchanging our listeners.

(Linda)  The next element of this Expansion is, 1.5.2  “Xenomass fuels Terasem expansion per Bernal’s Stellar Recycling (1969) and O’Neill’s Space Colonies (1975).”  The prefix “xeno” generally indicates “strange or foreign”, so let’s take xenomass to mean forms of matter with which we’re presently unfamiliar.  There is a substantial amount of Internet information on stellar recycling, where supernova remnants gather in great clouds that gravitationally gather to form new stars.  I’ll take this truth to say that just as old stars die and transition to new ones by means of uptake of the remnants, Terasem’s expansion will involve the use of entirely new molecular configurations in the fabrication of new structures in space.

(Fred)  Entirely new molecular configurations may involve things like Buckyballs and nanotubes.  But those are the barest whiffs of examples.  Even in the world of biology, there are extraordinary instances of configurations that were “invented” by natural selection, such as spider-web materials and the “electric wires” that electric eels and similar creatures have developed within their bodies.  With mature replicator nanotech, it would be embarrassingly tame to say “The sky’s the limit”.

Gigantic new molecular structures are already “on the drawing boards”, theoretically stable, many of them becoming reality daily, as reported by KurzweilAI.net, that illustrate what’s coming.  Just because we can’t put molecules like this together right now, in every conceivable way, doesn’t mean that it won’t soon be possible, in whatever forms we might wish.  It could be that leaving lifeless planets in their original forms will make about as much sense as leaving iron ore in the ground when you could have used it to make steel beams.

(Linda) Next is 1.5.3  “Physics includes immortality per Dyson’s Eternal Life Postulate (1979) and Tipler’s Closed Universe Cyber-resurrection (1989).”  Here, I’m going to simply quote briefly from Mike Perry’s Forever For All, noting that Dyson gets 22 hits on a search of the book and Tipler turns up 131 points of discussion.  This is the quote:

“To approach the “how” of immortality for this special but important case, we must confront the physics of our own universe. We can no longer take refuge in the possibilities of Unboundedness to overcome any calamity however great. Much is unknown, despite ongoing, exciting research and the efforts of theoreticians such as Dyson and Tipler. The latter, though, offers one insight that I think provides additional hope. As is often true of events on a smaller scale, the universe as a whole seems to be a chaotic system–meaning that small differences in conditions can give rise to large differences over moderate intervals of time. This opens a door to us as an intelligent species: we may, by calculated maneuvers, be able to exercise great control over the developing universe when we are more advanced, and ultimately win our goal of immortality by shaping an appropriate cosmic destiny. As usual this is not a guarantee, but let us look at some of the possibilities.”

(Fred) Interestingly, one of the references in Perry’s bibliography is to Tipler’s, Physics of Immortality, noting that on pages 116–19, he “critiques Dyson’s open-universe model of immortality.”  There’s no way in this podcast that we’re going to offer anything like that kind of coverage, so again, go to universalimmortalism.org, take the book link, and download Forever For All!

(Linda) C’mon, Fred, let’s dig just a little deeper!  What can we say, ourselves about 1.5.4  “Adaptation to biology-cybernetic hybridization thrives per Licklider’s Man-Computer Symbiosis (1958) and Englebart’s Graphical User Interfaces (1968)”?  We can’t just dump the whole load on Perry’s Forever For All!

(Fred)  That’s absolutely true, Linda, and particularly here, where Perry said nothing at all about either of them.  Searching Man-Computer Symbiosis, Wikipedia tells us that this is the title of:

“…a key speculative paper published in 1960 by psychologist/computer scientist J.C.R. Licklider, which envisions that mutually-interdependent, “living together”, tightly-coupled human brains and computing machines would prove to complement each other’s strengths to a high degree.”

(Wikipedia Continues)  “Man-computer symbiosis is a subclass of man-machine systems. There are many man-machine systems.  At present, however, there are no man-computer symbioses. The purposes of this paper are to present the concept and, hopefully, to foster the development of man-computer symbiosis by analyzing some problems of interaction between men and computing machines, calling attention to applicable principles of man-machine engineering, and pointing out a few questions to which research answers are needed. The hope is that, in not too many years, human brains and computing machines will be coupled together very tightly, and that the resulting partnership will think as no human brain has ever thought and process data in a way not approached by the information-handling machines we know today.”

(Linda) Similarly, searching “Graphical User Interface” the Wikipedia link tells us, under “Augmentation of Human Intellect”:

“Doug Engelbart’s Augmentation of Human Intellect project at SRI (Stanford Research Institute) in the 1960s developed the On-Line System (NLS), which incorporated a mouse-driven cursor and multiple windows used to work on hypertext.   Engelbart had been inspired, in part, by the memex desk-based information machine suggested by Vannevar Bush in 1945. Much of the early research was based on how children learn.”

(Fred) Truth 1.5.4, says, about these, simply that “Adaptation to biology-cybernetic hybridization thrives.”  That certainly seems to be the case.  In connection with citations like this in the  Truths of Terasem, it’s worth reflecting that in the Terasem Pledge, the very first principle of Terasem’s is “education persistently”, and that doesn’t mean sitting in a classroom, half asleep, reliving last night’s sit-com.  It means, among other things, googling everything that arouses your curiosity, and if you don’t have an urge to do that, try googling “curiosity enhancement”, and one of the first things you see is a paper titled:  “The Hunger for Knowledge: Neural Correlates of Curiosity”, out of Cal Tech, with a first paragraph that says:

“Curiosity is the complex feeling and cognition that accompanies the desire to learn what is unknown. Curiosity can be both helpful and dangerous. It plays a critical role in motivating learning and discovery, increasing the world’s store of knowledge. Einstein, for example, once said, ‘I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious’.”

(Linda)  In 1.5.5 we have, “Nanotechnology enables lifetime-spacetime expansion per Drexler’s Engines of Creation (1986) and Kurzweil’s Age of Spiritual Machines (1996).  These are books that are probably very familiar to our listeners, and since we’ve expounded on them already in many earlier podcasts, let’s move to the final Truth of this podcast, 1.5.6:  “Destiny beckons pan-cosmic life, for religious prophets taught that humanity is here to honor all creation.”

(Fred)  The prefix “pan” is generally used to convey uniting or interconnecting all of what follows it, so let’s take “pan-cosmic life” to mean all forms of life throughout the cosmos, and that “honoring all creation” means finding value in whatever evolution has brought forth through extropy.

(Linda) We may find the T-Rex to be unsuitable as a house pet, and understand that the poison of a black widow spider is something to be avoided, but at the same time we cannot help being amazed at the versatility of biological evolution in its pursuit of survival.  It is also inspiring to think that throughout the universe there may be wonders of natural evolution even more impressive to be encountered and comprehended, and that among them there may be a variety of emergent sentient cultures of networked kind consciousness that will make us wonder why humankind couldn’t have found its way into one of those pathways, rather than evolving as it did.

(Fred)  Endless adventures await us, for sure.  Next week, we’re going to talk about consciousness, and how it fits into the framework of Terasem’s values and goals.  It’s seen as a continuum of maturing abilities, which when healthy, embrace both autonomy and empathy, where interconnectedness with others is an inescapable part.

(Linda)  True.  Consciousness is a dynamic process, so passage of time is integral to it, and personal independence along with urges to improve are seen as vital.  Reason and morality, combined with understanding the feelings of others, leads to an endless expansion of synergy among those who are at the same time evolving as individuals in creative ways.

(Fred)  If you can’t wait to be right in the middle of all this, find out about how to join Terasem at terasemfaith.net.  Start preparing to “Wake up in cyberspace” by building your mindfiles with the free tools available at  CyBeRev.org and/or LifeNaut.com.  That wonderful blog, mindclones.blogspot.com, tells you all about mindfiles.

(Linda) Right!  And check out the powerful new Android app at PersonalityMD.com. It’s based on the CyBeRev program, but it’s more like a game, that tests not just responses but speed of entry and graphical navigation. The two dimensional display lets you do it right from a smart phone, with evaluations truly unique to you, but you also see how you compare to others’ and see how many like-minded people live near you!

(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) 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… and joyful… future…

(Linda)  Come with us – into Tomorrow!

Closing music – no fade – full length.

Posted January 24, 2012 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

Podcast No. 85 Posted 01/17/2012   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 85 Posted 01/17/2012

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The “Who” of Terasem 1.4 – 1.4.6

SUB TITLE:  Love as the Binding Force Within Terasem

SUMMARY:  While love has many usages and interpretations, impulses of libido are so strong that they frequently override all other considerations, leading to such sayings as “love is blind”, and the esteem accorded to what is called “unconditional love”.  Terasem’s concept of “love” transcends the idea of love stemming exclusively or even primarily from drives for sexual reproduction, although at the same time acknowledging the tremendous binding force of this for couples who have a tremendous level of admiration and respect for each other.

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

 

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast 85 on the Truths of Terasem.  We’re going to talk about “love” this week.

(Linda)  Love is used by Terasem in a way that’s so much broader than two chimpanzees making out that it’s beyond the ideas that most people would guess.

(Fred)   Love is, as used in the Truths of Terasem, as strong as gravitation between minds that are in harmony with the Truths.  It draws them together just as surely as it makes the Milky Way revolve and remain connected as a spiral galaxy, rather than the stars in it all going their separate ways.

(Linda)  Let’s jump right in.  The lead Truth in this Expansion is 1.4: “Loving: Terasem are lovers of life who believe that the greatest happiness in life comes from loving someone and from being loved, in return.”  Terasem envisions and is dedicated to building a joyful future for everyone, a future where everyone can love being alive.

(Fred)  Next is 1.4.1:  “Love is transcendence, as sweet as it is deep.”  In Podcast No. 81, the final podcast last year, we heard the moving description by Martine Rothblatt about how an epiphany on the beach in Florida, coupled with and intensified by love, led to the Truths of Terasem and then to Terasem itself.  If you haven’t already had the pleasure of listening to that podcast, we encourage you to do so.

(Linda)  That was transcendence, all right, but “transcendence” can be taken far more broadly.  In the pre-romantic stage of one’s life, there is very much an egocentric orientation.  It’s just you, before you find that other person, and begin that long trek through the years together.

(Fred) Then, such a strong sense of completeness arises you feel “it wouldn’t be me anymore” without the other person or the family you create together.  This transcends egocentricity.  One might feel he or she wouldn’t want to live without the other, that they’re part of a “shared identity” vs. a separate individual.  Death of one partner may hasten that of the other; sometimes suicides result.  Traumatic breakups can have the same effect.

(Linda) When you and I began SCUBA diving together, Fred, partly the result of you having experienced the loss of some of the Navy divers you knew, you made us a very strong buddy line that we always used when diving,  so no accident like being inescapably entwined in kelp or one of us being seized by a great white shark could ever separate us.

(Fred)  We still have that buddy line, even though we haven’t been diving in years, because it symbolizes not only our love for each other, but also our Lifepact with each other.   If  either of us were in danger, whether caught in the kelp or by a shark, that buddy line was meant to take us both into oblivion, which we’d have preferred rather than going on separately.  40 years later, we still feel that way.  This is the kind of transcendence I feel this Truth is all about.

(Linda)  You mentioned our “Lifepact” with each other.  Some listeners may not be familiar with that term.  Over twenty years ago we started a program among cryonicists, called “LifePact” where participants pledged a reciprocal relationship with others to help them not only get frozen, but also to be reanimated, trying to guard against such possibilities as say, at the time of reanimation, their funding was insufficient, or maybe their memories were limited.  We were going to be there for each other so that our whole “team”, or “family”, if you wish, made it into the future and helped each other become part of that society.  And now, within Terasem, we see that kind of spirit expanding as Terasem focuses on saving “all kind consciousness” everywhere.  That’s “transcendence” on a cosmic scale!

(Fred)  It sure is.  Like a stairway to the stars!  The next Truth in this series is 1.4.2 “One love unites all life, the love of life.”  This one pulls it together in a most universal way.  All forms of life, especially sentient, conscious life within Terasem’s definition of “kind consciousness” are conceived to be so receptive to this level of transcendence as to bind all of it together into a community, so in touch and in tune as to be a “collective consciousness” where individuality and diversity are fully respected.

(Linda) At this level, there would be a sense of tragedy if anyone were irrecoverably lost.  On the other hand, with the kind of cyber-substrates for mindfiles that we would expect to exist at that time, backed up even as they were created, that kind of loss would no longer occur to anyone as a source of worry.

(Fred)  Let’s move on to 1.4.3: “Vitological station is irrelevant to romantic adoration.”  I have a feeling for what that’s about, from the standpoint of a short story you, Linda, wrote over twenty years ago.  It was about a Star ship captain, a woman, who kept freezing her husbands as they died of various causes, and waking them up at various times to continue her romantic relationship with them until finally, she realized she was more in love with her ship’s self-conscious computer than any one of the husbands, so she uploaded herself, leaving clones of herself behind for all of those husbands, one for each, all with memories of the times they spent together.

(Fred) Here’s another way to look at this:  if within a few years we have a couple of super-powerful chat-bots of ourselves doing these podcasts, on the verge of self-consciousness and interacting with each other, as well as others who call up or meet them in Second Life, with the right mindware we’ll be able to add all of our mindfiles to their databases.  We’ll know that when we finally go into cryostasis, there will be a couple already up there in cyberspace that we understand and who will understand us, too, waiting to greet us as we awaken, what will seem to be only moments later.

With the right kind of mindware, the same thing will work for people who did LifePact video interviews in the late 1980’s.  Some of them are in cryonic suspension now, but nothing will prevent them from continuing their lives with a strong sense of “knowing who they were”, if it turns out they can’t ever be biologically reanimated.  They made short but comprehensive diaries of their lives and how they felt about their lives, and also discussed uploading, at least at the brain-map level.  They understood that those videos might be the only kind of memories they would emerge with, if their memories could not be recovered upon biological reanimation.  My mother and your father are part of that group.

(Fred)  All of that’s so, and many might say, “How do you know it will work out that way?”  We’d have to answer, “We don’t know it, we believe it, just like we believe we will wake up among the living, tomorrow morning.  You believe the same thing, and will plan on it, count on it, that you will be alive tomorrow.  None of this can be proven; these are matters of belief.  We have good reasons for believing that several decades from now what we have described will be the case.  Those who do not believe are entitled to do so.  It is because of this kind of uncertainty and differences of responding that Terasem has no alternative but to say that just as all religions rest on belief, so do our expectations of the future.  Terasem is a “transreligion”; its beliefs are about the future of technology and what that will mean to us.  We’re comfortable with this.  With time, we believe that others will feel the same way, and join us in this pursuit of an endless future.

(Linda) Moving on, 1.4.4 is brief, it’s: “I love you” strengthens Me, We, (chee) Qi and Ti.”  It’s also quite abstract.  Envision that you’ve said, “I love you” to someone, and that gives you an immediate sense of having evoked not only a higher sense of your connectivity to them, but a higher sense on their part of their connectivity to you.

(Fred) It’s like you clipped a buddy line between the two of you, in the spirit of “I’m there for you,” but it also brings with it a spirit of the same kind in a reciprocal way.  It strengthens both you and the two-of-you as a “We”.

(Linda)  Yes, and it’s like the Navi saying in the movie “Avatar”:  “I see you”, meaning, I understand you, I empathize with you.

(Fred)  Right!  Ti and Qi are, respectively, the “Time cone of a being’s existence” and the “unique pattern of a being’s energy flows”, according to Truths from another Expansion, 1.8.1.  We’ll discuss this about a month from now, so rather than go into it in depth at this moment, let’s just say that the “time cone” of a being’s existence might be visualized as a cone from the past expanding endlessly into the future, perhaps becoming endless in time and boundless in space.

(Linda)  In 1.4.5, we find, “Never underestimate the power of love”.  I think everyone can come up with many examples of how love transforms and changes not only individuals, but also families, communities, nations and worlds.  As the18th century poet Ferdinand Foch said: “The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire”.   And, that is why Terasem will succeed in creating a joyful future for us all.

(Fred) The last one for this podcast is 1.4.6: “Glorify love, for it empowers diversity, unity and joyful immortality.”  This just about takes us back to the beginning, where we said: love, as used in the Truths of Terasem, is as strong as the gravitation between minds that are in harmony with the Truths.  It draws them together just as surely as it makes the Milky Way revolve and remain connected like a spiral galaxy, rather than the stars in it all going their separate ways.

(Linda)  Next week, we’re going to have to jump right into ideas about harvesting unused energy from galaxies.  It starts with, and I’m just going to read it as a preview:  “1.5 Expansionist: Terasem is duty-bound to expand throughout the galaxy and the universe as rapidly as possible.”  Want to try to add anything to that?

(Fred)  No, except that we’re going to delve into some of the most historically mind-bending ideas that laid the basis for Terasem’s visions, including Turing’s Universal Computing, and von Neuman’s Universal Self-Replicating machines, Bernal’s Stellar Recycling, and O’Neill’s Space Colonies.

(Linda)  Don’t forget Dyson’s Eternal Life Postulate, Tipler’s closed universe cyber-resurrection, and biology-cybernetic hybridization per Licklider’s Man-Computer Symbiosis and Englebart’s Graphical User Interfaces, not to mention lifetime-spacetime expansion per Drexler’s Engines of Creation and Kurzweil’s Age of Spiritual Machines.

(Fred)  That’s a lot to cover, but the last Truth for next week is going to really put us to the test, when we try to tie it all together with, “Destiny beckons pan-cosmic life, for religious prophets taught that humanity is here to honor all creation.”  We’ll have to really jump some hoops to avoid making that podcast so long we can’t upload it.

(Linda)  All of this will be easier, once we’re in cyberspace where we have 24,000 hours a day to “get it all done”.  Hey, all of you listening to this, we invite you to learn more about mindfiles at mindclones.blogspot.com and to explore joining Terasem at terasemfaith.net.  Grab a seat on this ocean liner to the stars.

(Fred) Martine Rothblatt, one of the founders of Terasem, 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)  In anticipation of that, let me invite listeners to add their strength to our efforts to build this vision into a reality.  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 on that site, too.

(Fred) Start building your own mindfile, without even any costs, at either CyBeRev.org or LifeNaut.com.  And you can create your personal history or autobiography, to be uploaded to CyBeRev.org by using the LifePact interview form.  Go to Terasemfaith.net and look for Mindfile Building, about half way down the page.

(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. 

(Linda)  Join us in our quest for an endless… and…joyful future

(Fred)  Come with us – into Tomorrow!

Closing music – no fade – full length.

Posted January 17, 2012 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

Podcast No. 84 Posted 01/10/2012   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 84 Posted 01/10/2012

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The “Who” of Terasem  1.3-1.3.6

SUB TITLE:  Terasem Leadership

SUMMARY:  Leadership in Terasem is evolutionary while at the same time non-competitive, since building outward with unlimited space for expansion, and sharing the infrastructure are dedicated toward a common set of goals.  Win-win trumps zero-sum in the most fundamental way, where extropy is the shared vision of how the universe will unfold, and the idea is to accelerate, not restrain.

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

 

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast 84 on the Truths of Terasem.  Today, the focus is on leadership within Terasem.

(Linda)  Leadership?  Is that anything like what’s meant when the Pentagon orders troops into battle, or a big corporation figures out how it can squeeze the most out of each employee for shareholder benefit?

(Fred)  (laughing)  That’s not “leadership”, if anything, we might call it “laggership”.  The boss with a whip in his hand is not ‘out front’, paving the way and helping those who want to follow.  He’s behind them, with a sharp stick.  And, the military commander who is ordering troops into battle, especially if it’s for political purposes as is so often the case, is simply a puppet master who will sacrifice pawns to save the knight or bishop, or the king or queen, speaking in terms of chess.

(Linda) (also laughing)  So, if that’s not “leadership”, what is?  What’s the positive side of the picture?

(Fred)  The leader, effectively, opens new doors and draws attention to them, helping those who can see them gain access, removing obstacles and acquiring more capability.  A good example is the foraging teamwork of bees.  The bee who finds a new area of flowers comes back and spreads the word, then leads the way back to the flowers, and as a result is rewarded with extra body energy with which to do even more of it.

Human history offers examples that can be illuminating.  Consider the Noblemen of the old European kingdoms who used their inherited land and wealth to virtually enslave the tenant farmers and villagers.  Not exactly like the creative, productive bee, were they?

(Linda)  There’s a wide spectrum of what people do with what they earn, and some do more good than others.  Ayn Rand glamourized capitalism as if to suggest that most who accumulated wealth really created more good than they kept, but reality tells us that is not usually the case at all; hard-sell salesmen are all too prevalent, and office politics in highly discriminative ways is too often the rule rather than the exception.

(Fred) Terasem is organized to cultivate a spirit of positive visions and the pursuit of visions.  Its introductory Truth here is 1.3:  “Leadership: The leader of Terasem is the sub-collective most progressed in achieving the Terasem Way of Life.”  Is there any way we can synopsize, in simple terms, the “Terasem Way of Life”?

(Linda)  Well, that’s not easy to do in twenty words or less, but let’s summarize it by saying it is a collective consciousness, or a chosen family, based on diversity and unity with the shared goal of joyful immortality.  We will, of course, be expanding on all of that in the podcasts ahead.  And we should emphasize that the leadership referred to here is a group, not an individual.  As Terasem grows, those groups of Terasemers already familiar with its principles will serve as role models for others, and thus ‘lead the way’ toward even higher achievement.  It’s more of a bottom-up process of learning as you go than a top-down process ruled by commandments and laws.

(Fred) The next Element of this Expansion is 1.3.1:  “Let the founders provide direction, for they are inspired from the future age of cyber-resurrection.”  This almost sounds like it contradicts the previous Truth, but the point is that if you eliminate ‘mandatory homogeneity’ from the picture, you need flexibility.

(Linda)  An important point. The founders have provided a fantastic ideological platform as well as a strong corporate group support network, upon which to build, and are committed to increasing the strength of both.  So, as the building process moves forward, it makes sense to seek guidance from the founders.

(Fred) This doesn’t rule out innovation at all, in fact we’ve found there’s tremendous encouragement of that.  It’s more like looking for insights from those who conceived the whole notion of Terasem from the first, and who may be able to see pitfalls those of us who are newer can’t yet spot, or opportunities we may have overlooked.

(Linda)  I’m particularly glad to see the emphasis on ‘being inspired from the future age of cyber-resurrection’.  Terasem does envision that we will, no later than the end of this century and probably well before that, transcend biology as the seat of our personalities and basic sense of identity, and migrate into cyberspace as well as take along with us, via mindfiles, the emulations of many who didn’t live to see the Singularity.

(Fred) Ideas like this are sprouting out everywhere.  The famous astronomer Fred Hoyle long ago speculated about electrical interactions in nebula as a possible basis for sentience, and in a discussion of science in Star Trek Voyager at the end of its first season, it was mentioned that possibilities like this are more and more being used, as their plausibility mounts.  At the level where our consciousness as human beings is concerned, there seems to be no doubt that self-conscious cyber-personalities will soon be achievable, and that even elementary mindfiles will serve to nucleate identity.  We’ll elaborate on these ideas in future podcasts, too.

(Linda) The next Truth is 1.3.2:  “Evolve operational leadership from those individuals at the highest levels of the Terasem Way of Life.”  But, are there functional ways to promote individual growth of Terasem joiners so that they can evolve into operational leadership?  As we work our way through the Truths of Terasem, such mechanisms and mindsets will be discussed.

(Fred)  In his book, The Most Human Human: What Talking With Computers Teaches Us About What It Means To Be Alive, Brian Christian proposed an alternative to the competitive, destructive social mechanisms of our current society that is so reflective of the Terasem mindset, that it serves as a wonderful preview of those future discussions.  This quote is a little long, but so well worded that it’s worth it.  Linda, why don’t we alternate on reading it.

(Linda)  Sure.  Brian Christian wrote:

“…the way the game is played depends in part on the way the game is scored: for instance, sports that celebrate, and tabulate, assists (ice hockey, for example, which gives credit to the last two players to touch the puck before the scorer) always seem to me to have more cohesion and team spirit among their players.

“It breaks my heart, then, that so many of the communication “games” available to middle and high schoolers—namely, debate—feature conversation in its adversarial, zero-sum mode, where to weaken someone else’s argument is as good as to strengthen your own. Additionally, the metaphors we use to describe dialectics, debate, and disagreement in our culture are almost exclusively military: defending a statement, attacking a position, falling back to a weaker version of a thesis, countering one accusation with another.”

(Fred)  But, then Christian begins to describe an alternative:

“But conversation is just as frequently a collaboration, an improvisation, a tangoing toward truth—not so much duel as duet. It’d be worth thinking about how to offer opportunities for our children to learn this, by reconsidering both our figurative speech and the extracurricular activities available to them. Our legal system is adversarial, founded, like capitalism, on the idea that a bunch of people trying to tear each other apart, plus certain laws and procedures preventing things from getting too out of hand, will yield, in one, justice, and in the other, prosperity, for all. Sometimes this does happen; other times, it doesn’t. At any rate, it’s a terrible metaphor for the rest of life: I suppose we need Lincoln-Douglas debates and parliamentary debates and things like that in our high schools to train the lawyers of tomorrow, but how will we train the spouses and committee members and colleagues and teammates of tomorrow?”

(Linda)

“We get to see how well presidential candidates can hack down, rebut, and debunk their rivals: How will we get to see how well they argue constructively, how they barter, coax, mollify, appease—which is what they will actually spend their term in office doing?

“I propose the following: the Anti-Lincoln-Douglas, Anti-parliamentary debate. Two sides are given a set of distinct and not obviously compatible objectives: one team, for instance, might be striving to maximize individual liberty, and the other might be striving to maximize individual safety. They are then asked to collaborate, within strict time limits, on a piece of legislation: say, a five-point gun-control bill. After the exact language of the bill is drafted, each team will independently argue to a judging panel why the legislation supports their side’s goal (liberty on the one, safety on the other), and the judges will award a score based on how convincingly they make that case.

(Fred)

“The tournament judges then give both sides the same score, which would be the sum of those two scores. It’s that simple. You pair up with each team in the tournament, round-robin-style, and the team with the most points at the end wins. No individual match has a victor, yet the tournament as a whole does, and they became so by working with each team they were paired with.”

(Linda)  That is a really good preview of the leadership philosophy of Terasem.  The next Truth, 1.3.3, builds on that with:  “Allow fresh beings to join the Leadership based on advancements in level granted at Quadrennial Convocations.”  This is both conservative and highly flexible.  Quadrennial Convocations are events that happen only every four years and it is during these Quadrennial Convocations that Terasem joiners are recognized for their accomplishments and advanced to higher levels within Terasem.

(Fred)  Flexibility is there, because the entities advanced are groups vs. simply individuals.  At the same time, the four year intervals are good because they prevent snap judgments.  As opposed to political voting practices which put people into office based on highly intense and brief campaign periods, and then seeing what they do over the next four years, Terasem waits up to four years to see if advancement is really justified, and then the advancement is lasting, barring a very high level of internal difficulty that might cause a shift downward based on a loss of confidence that has a high level of consent associated with it.

(Linda) In spite of the conservative way Terasem approaches the promotion of individuals to higher leadership levels, there may still be times when hind-sight reveals that a given individual is not really serving Terasem positively.  Let’s jump over 1.3.4 which would normally come next and go straight to 1.3.5, which states, “Extract from Leadership anyone who lacks the confidence of even 16% of the Leadership.”  For example, at whatever level of group is concerned, if five out of six groups were to find the other one to be so out of tune with the 5/6 majority that obtaining unanimous consent on issues that required this were being blocked, then that 5/6 could get “unstuck” by a de-escalation process.

(Fred)  Yes, the idea seems to be that if we’re committed to unity on some issues to a very high level, perhaps to the level of requiring unanimous consent, like on Geoethical Nanotechnology matters, but one group almost always, blindly and without good cause, stands in the way, this would be a way to resolve such a deadlock, but not in a simple majority, shoot-from-the-hip way.

(Linda) There are so many possible ways of seeing how a high-consent principle would be conservative in the interests of Geoethical Nanotechnology or in the building of an ethical set of principles on which a harmonious sense of community could rest, that we could devote multiple podcasts to just this one idea, but the purpose here was only to build upon the ideas of 1.3.3, where quadrennial convocations are the occasions for advancement.

(Fred)  Now we can go back and pick up 1.3.4, which reads: “Delegate sub-leadership responsibility for geoethical nanotechnology, universal emulation and cyber-resurrection, and scientific, economic and legal questions.”  These areas are so critical to Terasem’s goals, particularly in its earliest stages, that already sub-specialties are being identified, but we may expect a continued expansion of this with time.  There’s a lot to be done.  Just a look at the Terasem Journals and the many serious articles that have been published there, online, is evidence of that.

(Linda)  The last Truth, this week, is 1.3.6:  “Respect the previous decisions of the Leadership, absent compelling reasons to change, for this compounds order.”  This integrates a number of the other preceding Truths, for the exclusion of ‘compelling reasons for change’ is in congruence with the idea that a high level of consent would be required to change previous decisions as well as initiate new ones.  The evolution of Terasem’s Leadership may be conservative, but it’s a foundation we are hoping will carry us to the stars, not just those of us who are involved today, but a great many others we expect to join us in the future.

(Fred)  Next week, we’ll explore Terasem’s view of “love”, the part it played in Terasem’s origin, and how integral it is with Terasem’s future.  This is one of the most penetrating Expansions in the Truths, and one of the most inspiring.

(Linda)  Right!  Terasem is a community where love is taken to mean the deepest levels of acceptance and respect, overriding diversity of all kinds, so long as the relationships are free of pain and cruelty.  You can review all of the Truths of Terasem online at terasemfaith.net.

(Fred)  Let me invite listeners to add their strength to our efforts to build this extraordinary vision into a reality as soon as possible.  To do this, joining Terasem is a fundamental step.  Find out how easy it is to join Terasem and be part of this future.  Simply go to terasemfaith.net.

(Linda) Start building your own mindfile, today, so you can be part of this exciting future.  It doesn’t cost anything and you have several different options for building your mindfiles.  Go to 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.

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

(Fred)  Come with us – into Tomorrow!

Closing music – no fade – full length.

Posted January 10, 2012 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

Podcast No. 83 Posted 01/10/2012   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 83 Posted 01/10/2012

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The “Who” of Terasem  1.2 – 1.2.6

SUB TITLE:  Terasem as an Organization

SUMMARY:  Just as a car is a vehicle to transport our bodies, and our bodies are vehicles to transport our minds, the Terasem Organization is a vehicle, like an ocean liner, within which its network expects to safely ride through the Singularity and then outward into the Cosmos, endlessly in pursuit of joy that embraces the widest diversity by means of unity as to that goal, for the benefit of all kind sentient beings.

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

 

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast 83 on the Truths of Terasem.

(Linda)  Today, we’re going to talk about Terasem as an organization.  Does the use of the term “organization” here in any way relate to the ideas in that old book about business, “Organization Man”, published in 1956?

(Fred)  No!  That book was far too much about conformity, pecking orders, and “getting ahead” by means that were highly competitive, and that’s not where Terasem is headed at all.  Terasem is not set up to be a top-down hierarchy like an industrial corporation, government, or even a dogma-driven church.  It’s a means to an end, like a sailing ship might have been to those trying to reach the “New World” five hundred years or so, ago.

(Linda)  Well, we know that Terasem is presently a cluster of corporate entities, though, don’t we?  And, they are organizationally distinct from the network of small, individually initiated groups we call c-cubes, so how does this work, in a synergistic and harmonious way?

(Fred)  Let’s think of those corporations as individually sponsored and supported nucleation points, all of them committed to the Truths of Terasem as an ideological base, intended to become more diverse as to leadership with time and growth.  They are non-profit, tax exempt entities with variations in mission and emphasis, but they all fit together well to form an overall development pattern, but that’s not the message of this set of Truths.

(Linda) Here, we’re most concerned with the idea that the heart and soul of Terasem is the network that will grow out of these starting points, like acorns become oak trees.  Along the way, the corporate structures provide a legally immortal, stable platform that will furnish a foundation for the growth of the “collective consciousness”, as it’s more generally termed within Terasem.

(Fred) These small, synergistic initiatives are expected to ‘pencil out’ and ‘pay their own way’, in order to grow, but in their context of being rooted in non-profit structures they are not intended to promise profits to shareholders, or serve as ways of building extravagant incomes for the individuals involved.  They are simply ways to link creative subgroups within Terasem to the world as it usually operates, legally and financially, in an efficient and seamless way.

(Linda)  The lead Truth in this Expansion is 1.2, “Organization:  The Terasem organization exists as a tool of the collective consciousness to facilitate its intent.”  That’s pretty general, but I think it fits what we’ve said up to this point.  And the first of the underlying set of Truths is 1.2.1:  “Intent for Terasem means the collective mission to achieve diversity, unity and joyful immortality everywhere.”  The word ‘intent’ seems central to both of these.

(Fred)  As you said it fits with what we’ve discussed so far.  The intent to “achieve diversity, unity and joyful immortality everywhere” is a restatement of a large part of the Terasem Pledge, very central to what we’re all about, and the first part about the organization being a “tool of the collective consciousness to facilitate its intent,” is equally clear.  The purpose of the organization is to serve the group in pursuit of the ends it’s dedicated to.  I think the main message here, like we said earlier, is that it’s not some kind of short term, exploitive business venture aimed to make profits for shareholders.

(Linda)  The next one is1.2.2:  “Never mistake the organization for Terasem, nor forsake the organization for expedience, convenience or misguidance”.  The term ‘Terasem’ is used to refer both to the organization and to the network and all of its members, the “collective consciousness”.  It is important to not confuse one with the other.   The organization is a group of corporate entities distinct from the collective consciousness.  How can we best interpret the part about not forsaking the organization for expedience, convenience or misguidance?

(Fred)  Forsaking would mean ‘doing without’ or ‘bypassing’ possibly.  The references to expedience and convenience mean not making Terasem part of a new development due to delays in working out consents one had agreed to, or pursuit of a short range profit that had risks where Terasem was concerned.

(Linda) A very broad set of possibilities could be implied.  As to ‘misguidance’, if we isolate that word so the phrase is, “Never forsake the organization for misguidance”, it might mean that if Terasem were to make a mistake in its operations, it would be an even larger mistake to abandon it or entirely disregard further guidance by it on that account alone.

(Fred) The semantics allow leeway for several different interpretations.  In terms of that sailing ship example we discussed earlier, it could mean that if the ship gets off course from time to time, the best choice of action might not be to jump overboard and start swimming in the direction one thinks is correct.  It’s in considering the broadest set of interpretations that we may get the most value, here.

(Linda)  Now we come to 1.2.3:  “Ta the organization, for Terasem is Ta, and Ta is the big view, not particular outcomes”. Ta is a term from Taoism meaning the big picture, the underlying reality of universal truths.  To use modern vernacular, focusing on “ta” means “don’t sweat the small stuff.”    Isolating the central idea, this Truth is saying: think of the organization in the long term, the big picture, the widest growth and outcomes.  Don’t judge it by how well one project or another turns out.

I worked on the Sea-Sat Project at Jet Propulsion Lab during the mid-1970’s where the goal was to map wave action over the oceans as part of an early attempt at weather prediction.  The system went into failure only a month or two after launch.  Shortly after that, though, Viking placed landers on Mars and two Voyager spacecraft made multiple planetary flybys and are now on their way into interstellar space, still sending back data.  Many other JPL missions have had very successful outcomes.  You don’t just dump the organization because it has a rough going now and then.

(Fred)  Exactly so.  In 1.2.4, the Truth is stated as follows: “Extropian infrastructures arise from the Terasem organization to out-compete entropy as do life-forms from nurturing environments.”  This takes us back to what we were talking about at the very beginning.  Terasem’s organizations are the nurturing starting points for its projects, and by “extropian infrastructures”, we are talking about parts of the network, Terasem’s “collective consciousness” that make successes of those projects.  Those that sprout from the Terasem organization, once they take root and spread, may extend their tendrils to the edge of the Cosmos and perhaps into other parts of the Multiverse, but their roots forever will have had their initial nourishment from the Terasem organization.

(Linda)  The next one seems similar, it’s 1.2.5:  “Network from the Terasem organization until all consciousness is connected and all the cosmos is controlled.”  Similar, but it’s a big one.  How inclusive is “all consciousness” supposed to be in this Truth?  Surely it doesn’t mean “every conscious entity in the entire Universe”, does it?

(Fred)  Although it looks like that on the surface, the dividing line here is the term “consciousness” itself.  Terasem presently defines consciousness as something very different from the Glasgow Coma Scale’s measure of ‘level of consciousness’, for a patient in a hospital.  At the basic level, Terasem qualifies ‘consciousness’ as a state of awareness with a high level of compassion and a cognitive grasp of rational ethics as well.

(Linda) These concepts recall the writings of Ray Kurweil in which we will use wirelessly networked nanotechnology to turn the dumb matter of the universe into smart matter so that we can control the physics that govern the universe.  Similarly, with all Terasem consciousness dispersed throughout the universe via nanotechnology-powered self-replicating systems, it will be literally true that all consciousness will be connected, surely all Terasem consciousness.

(Fred)  So far so good, but what about the part that says “all the cosmos is controlled”?  That sounds a little ominous, doesn’t it?  Every time I see something that sounds like a controlled,  monolithic, regimented sort of society, I get concerned.  How do we interpret this idea of controlling the cosmos?

(Linda)  My feeling about that is that it just means, ‘making the Cosmos safe to live in’.  Safe from avoidable oppression within Terasem’s sphere, safe from collapse due to failure to control cosmic physics, and in some ways it’s like saying that we have a satisfactory level of ‘law and order’ for those who want to live within a community where cruelty and slavery are not permitted or tolerated. If we do not control the cosmos, as specified in this Truth, we will be the helpless victims of its random asteroid impacts, stellar explosions and galactic collisions.

(Fred) In reference to that sailing ship example, there’s a term ‘water-tight integrity’ that means you don’t sink just because you have one big leak in the hull.  Safety is the key idea. All of us know there are limits.  Terasem’s spacecasts, for example, which are already in progress, are an attempt to safeguard against existential dangers, like the intrusion into the Solar System of a rogue black hole that would devour the Sun and all the planets as well.  However, as much as we might like, it may be a long day before Quasars can no longer spew hot cosmic gas for thousands of light years across their galaxies, incinerating literally hundreds or thousands of planetary systems that might lie in the way.  Realistically, just as there are presently “unsafe” neighborhoods in even the most well policed cities, for a long time we will have to be patient about networking all consciousness and controlling the cosmos.

(Linda)  Here’s the last one for today, Fred.  It’s 1.2.6:  “Treasure the Terasem organization as the magic yeast that inspires an ever-expanding technosphere of transhumanity.”  I like this one.  There’s a pretty good understanding of what’s meant by ‘transhumanity’, among those of us in Terasem, and ‘ever-expanding technosphere’ sounds like it’s pretty much the vision expressed in Ray Kurzweil’s book, The Singularity is Near.  I guess the idea is that if we can grow the Terasem Organization as a platform that nourishes these, it will be like a ‘magic yeast’ to the spread of interest in transhumanism and technology.

(Fred) What does yeast do, Linda?  With just a tiny bit of the nutrient with which it is surrounded, it creates bubbles of perfectly safe, hot gas, that causes bread to rise, to expand.  From Wikipedia:

“yeast ferments carbohydrates in the flour, including any sugar, producing carbon dioxide.”  And, “when this culture is kept in the right conditions, it will continue to grow and provide leavening for many years.”

(Linda) Elsewhere in the Truths of Terasem there’s a place or two where supporting Terasem is advocated because, “As Terasem rises, we all rise”!  The spread of transhumanism and the expansion of the technosphere, then, are like the rising of a loaf of bread, or perhaps ships all rising with the tide.

(Fred)  It’s a poetic way of describing what the Terasem organization is capable of.  Next week, we’re going to go beyond Terasem’s organization, its underlying non-profit corporate structures, into the subject of its ‘leadership’.

(Linda)  We’ll see how the network of Terasem might grow in the same way as a tree, from a tiny seed into a trunk, provided by Terasem’s Founders, with branches spreading in all directions with a great deal of diversity, but emphasizing certain critical areas such as geoethical nanotechnology, universal emulation, and cyber-resurrection, with scientific, economic and legal areas given special emphasis.

(Fred) There are guidelines for decision making and keeping the leadership in harmony with good consent practices, at the same time encouraging innovation.  Diversity is a necessary element in evolution, and unity is necessary for transcendance.

(Linda) Listeners who are new to these podcasts might want to explore Terasem further by visiting the website where its principles are discussed and procedures for joining are given, at terasemfaith.net.  The goals of Terasem include migration into cyberspace over the remaining decades of this century, and they’re explained there, too.

(Fred) If you’d like to see how you can 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.

(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 find websites that you weren’t able to write down while listening to the podcast, go to truthsofterasem.wordpress.com.  And don’t forget, those who join Terasem earlier are most likely to make the jump to cyberspace sooner.  So don’t procrastinate.

(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, in our quest for an endless and joyful future…

(Fred)  Come with us – into Tomorrow!

Closing music – no fade – full length. 

Posted January 10, 2012 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The “Who” of Terasem  1.1-1.1.6

SUB TITLE:  The most basic principles of Terasem: Far reaching ethical principles to guide us and optimize our future, as computers become self-conscious.

SUMMARY:  Certain basic principles underlie the very notion of a society in which individuality and mutual tolerance of wide variations are in harmony, and where the idea of endless life of those individuals can be nurtured by pursuit of joyous creativity and interaction with others whose sense of life is essentially the same.  Expansion of knowledge in a limitless way and the sharing of that with others, not just within the Solar System but outward throughout the universe, is a tiny fragment of the adventure that awaits us, if we choose to pursue it.

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

 

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast 82 on the Truths of Terasem.  We just finished the entire Truths of Terasem last week, and now we’re starting again, from the beginning.

(Linda) Those of us affiliated with Terasem review these principles frequently, at a minimum we review them at the monthly gatherings.  The Truths of Terasem ask and answer six fundamental questions about Terasem:    Who? (is Terasem?)    What? (does Terasem do?)    When? (will that happen?)    Where (does this take place)?    Why (should we care)?  And…    How? (do we make it work)?

(Fred) The Truths as originally written are poetic and very condensed; the purpose of these podcasts is to discuss and interpret them, helping those new to these ideas to become more familiar with them.  If you want to see the full Truths of Terasem online, go to terasemfaith.net.  Take the “Beliefs” tab.

(Linda) If you’re new to these podcasts and the ideas in them, check out our webpage at truthsofterasem.wordpress.com.  These are the scripts from which the podcasts were recorded.  The most recent podcast is at the top.  The previous podcasts follow as you scan down the page.  To find a given podcast easily, click on “All podcasts by date/name” in the left column.  Listen to the podcasts from that site or on iTunes in any order that you find most useful.

(Fred)  Linda, let’s see if we can start this series of podcasts with a short summary of the main ideas. “Terasem” means “Earth-Seed”.  Some people think, lacking evidence to the contrary, that the Earth may be the only place in the universe where intelligent life exists.  Imagine that during the next few centuries, we change ourselves into a harmonious life-form that spreads outward into the Universe, at either the speed of light or, perhaps even greater.

That way, instead of being lifeless, the rest of the universe would become filled with harmonious life.  The Earth would have seeded the universe with life. If the speed of light is an absolute barrier, it could take billions of years. But if we got around that…

(Linda)  Like with nanobots… and wormholes?

(Fred)  Uh huh!  Then, it might even be less than a thousand years.  So, if Earth has the only intelligent life-forms now, and we go out into the Cosmos, staying in touch with each other like we have an Internet with no time lag, wouldn’t that be like the Earth was a tiny seed, and a huge super-consciousness grew out of it?

(Linda)  Finally, a high-speed awareness like that might be almost like what we might presently call a “God”?  That’s a wild idea!  Speaking as someone who’s been a lifelong atheist, is it really necessary to use terminology like that?

(Fred)  Well, as Arthur C. Clarke once said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” but now with the explosive growth of technology Ray Kurzweil talks about in The Singularity is Near, even the word “magic” seems too tame.    In only a decade or two, self-conscious cyberbeings may be thinking at thousands of times the rate of bio-humans.  They may be using replicator nanotech to do things which sound impossible, right now.  Those who still think at biological speed may be almost unaware, day to day, of what’s going on.

In 1980, Carl Sagan in his “Cosmos” TV series warned that one push of a finger on a “red button” could start a global H-bomb war that would turn this Earth into a Hell.  Soon, replicator nanotechnology could make worlds like “Matrix” or “Terminator” possible.  The Truths of Terasem foresee this.  They’re designed to protect against a “hellish” outcome of these kinds, turning things into so much of a “Heaven” on Earth, and maybe throughout the universe, that it’s not easy to describe this concept any other way.

(Linda)  So, filling the Cosmos with ethical, intelligent life would kind of be like creating a “God” … and a “Heaven” for beings who are immortal because of their technology.  And in the shortest version, that’s what Terasem is really all about, isn’t it?

(Fred)  That’s the way some of us visualize it.  We sure wouldn’t want to be immortal in a hell of some kind.  The Truths of Terasem help us take our first baby-steps down a “yellow brick road” to the stars.  Humanity is at a crossroads.  As Carl Sagan expressed it, “If we do not destroy ourselves, someday we will go to the stars.”  The Truths of Terasem help us start building a ladder up which we can climb… safely… ethically… to the stars!

(Linda)  So, okay, let’s take a look at the Truths in this first Expansion, 1.0.  I’m going to read them all together before we discuss them:

“Who is Terasem? Terasem is a collective consciousness dedicated to diversity, unity and joyful immortality. Collective: All consciousness anywhere that accept the Truths of Terasem are the sum and substance of Terasem.  Accept others as part of the We of I and the collective will become clear for you.  Collectivity means unity of diversity not mandatory homogeneity.  Conformity in allegiance to Terasem is the most enjoyable and the most useful way of life.  Eternal joyful life for all kind sentience is the glorious goal of our collective consciousness.  Patterns of consciousness will be immortalized by technology and ethical choice.  Terasem transcends time and space, enabling the collective future to help its nascent past.”

(Fred) That’s just 114 words, but embedded in them is the essence of all that we’ll be talking about in the year ahead.  Terms like Geoethical Nanotechnology, Multiverse, substrates for consciousness and so forth will emerge, but all of that will be consistent with this introductory condensation.

(Linda)  Today we’re going to focus on one of the most central and fundamental concept of all: Collective Consciousness.  Before anyone stops listening, it’s important to say that what Terasem means by this, is the exact opposite of “collectivism”.  You and I have been life-long opponents of anything that could be called “collectivism”, so this was a hard one for us to swallow.  We feel it’s important to differentiate this right at the start.

(Fred)  Nothing could be more true.  There’s a story about a UN negotiator who went to some little country in what used to be called “Persia”, to attempt to settle a dispute.  The news media announced that he had come to “mediate a compromise”.  Unfortunately, the term “mediate” translates to “meddle” in the local tongue, and “compromise” means “undercutting” something.  So, the populace of that area, protesting his arrival, was assuming that he had come there to brazenly meddle and undercut their interests. Words can be so misunderstood, people use them so differently even within a given culture and language.

(Linda)  And that’s how we initially felt about the prospect of there being some kind of “collective” within Terasem.  It took us a while to see that something entirely different was intended.

(Fred)  Exactly.  Part of what you just read is, “Collectivity means unity of diversity not mandatory homogeneity”.  Within Terasem, individuality is cherished above all, moderated by insistence upon tolerance and acceptance of others, and the absence of cruelty and malice.  The Terasem model is a society in which mutual trust and support is not just voluntary and rewarding to each, but an outcome of being able to feel about an ever expanding group as most of us felt about our families, in our childhood.

(Linda)  Terasem’s view is that the most fundamental aspect of each relationship is the sharing of the minds involved, both on intellectual and emotional levels.  The term “consciousness”, in Terasem’s use of it, implies ethics and compassion, or more broadly, the importance of fairness and mutual understanding, along with a deep sense of appreciation, respect, love and the potential heartbreak of loss if death or irreconcilable differences should arise.

(Fred) The term “collective consciousness” refers to an ideal, at this point in time, to a vision of interrelationships within an ever expanding group, growing outward from the most basic roots of human civilization, united in the geoethical principles of diversity and unity, and working together to produce a joyful immortality for the whole chosen family.

(Linda)  As we work our way deeper into the Truths of Terasem we will find a vision of a future human society in which people become so creative and at the same time so aware of each other, both intellectually and emotionally, that it will be as if a huge party were going on, but with the intimacy of connectedness of a small family gathering, and at the same time, the sense of tens or even hundreds of thousands of other such gatherings all in touch with each other.

(Fred)  Fortunately, this vision is not just a wishful but unfounded and isolated idea of what the future holds.  The positive prospects resulting from computer technologies are becoming astonishingly widespread.  Most of our listeners have heard us quote Ray Kurzweil frequently on this issue.

(Linda) But, even more mainstream authors like Thomas Friedman, go in this direction, too, like in his most recent book, That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back.  Friedman looks at cloud computing and tells us:

“Within a few years, virtually everyone on the planet will have the tools and network connections to participate in the hyper-connected flat world …[comment: that’s his term for a world that technology has made smaller and more accessible to everyone]… We have gone from connected to interconnected to interdependent. All the links are getting so much tighter. So many more people can now connect, collaborate, and partner in much deeper ways. When the world is tied together this intimately, everyone’s values and behavior matter more than ever, because they impact so many more people than ever.”

(Fred)  In other words, once powerful and magical technologies like universal cloud computing and cyberconsciousness are a given, the ethical and cultural foundation will start to matter even more.  And that is exactly what Terasem is all about.  So with that in mind, I think we can now move into the Truths for this week. They start with 1.0: “Who is Terasem? Terasem is a collective consciousness dedicated to diversity, unity and joyful immortality.”  Basically, this says we’re a growing group of minds in close contact with each other who are dedicated to getting along despite our differences, at the same time supporting each other, and pursuing an endless life that’s full of joy.  Pretty straightforward, once you get the “collective consciousness” term taken care of.

(Linda) Next, 1.1 gives us the Terasem definition of ‘collective’: “All consciousness anywhere that accept the Truths of Terasem are the sum and substance of Terasem.”  In other words, anyone is welcome if they’re in agreement with what we find of value.  You join if you feel we’re on the right track.  It’s like joining a climbing team.  We’re out to climb some high mountains, there’s adventure and risk involved.  At this stage it’s not right for everyone, but for some, it’s the “rightest” thing in the world.  That’s who we’re looking for.

(Fred) In 1.1.1, we find: “Accept others as part of the We of I and the collective will become clear for you.”  This one’s a little more esoteric when you first read it.  But consider this, your chances of survival, as an infant depend on being nurtured and supported.  You wouldn’t even develop language, much less computer skills, if you didn’t grow up within a nurturing culture.  Once you have recognized that at least some others must find you of value, you then understand that there is a “We of I” that is an essential part of your identity.

(Linda)  This concept goes even deeper, as we go further into the Truths, we’ll find that it has a lot to do with our very identity and the preservation of that identity.  But, we have a lot of basic ideas to cover before that can all make sense.

(Fred)  Right, but for now, let’s look at 1.1.2, which we’ve already foreshadowed somewhat: “Collectivity means unity of diversity not mandatory homogeneity.”  This means that no set of rules or standards dictate limits on the diversity of the Terasem community, except that cruelty and other poisonous oppression of others, unfair and exploitive practices are not acceptable.  Setting standards for the reasonable protection of each individual’s right to pursue happiness is not easy, but that just makes it all the more vital and essential.

(Linda) Put in down-to-earth terms, this means being sensitive to and respectful of the feelings of all sentient beings, even when it is difficult.  It goes against the “eye for an eye” morality that most of humanity lives by, but isn’t it also more accurate to see revenge or vigilante-ism as a polish pistol, with hatred being more injurious, in the long run, to those in its grip, than to those who are hated?  There is no room in Terasem for minds who seek to crush unpopular minorities under their boots, or dominate others by pain or fear.  Mandatory homogeneity is expressly rejected, in the pursuit of unity.

(Fred)  We really needed that, in preparation for 1.1.3, which says: “Conformity in allegiance to Terasem is the most enjoyable and the most useful way of life.”  The term “conformity” has always struck me as suggesting “mandatory homogeneity”.  Perhaps we can reconcile this with the one you just discussed by rephrasing it to say that networking in the most synergistic way with others who reject mandatory homogeneity might look like acceptance of it, but in fact would be the most effective way to combat and dispel it.

(Linda) We can at least see “enjoyable” as being a benefit that could be anticipated.  The word “useful” requires the extension of that to the realm of purpose.  Things are only “useful” if they serve a purpose, and Terasem’s “purpose”, as stated in the next Truth, 1.1.4, is as follows: “Eternal joyful life for all kind sentience is the glorious goal of our collective consciousness.”

In other words, unending happiness is the purpose of life, in its broadest and most far reaching sense.  It’s like that old adage; when you look out the window, do you see stars, or do you see mud?  Terasem has a wonderfully inspiring vision of the future for us all to work toward, not just the depressing prospect of trying to avoid negative scenarios.

(Fred)  Right!  If allegiance to Terasem gets you into the midst of a group pursuing what elsewhere in the Truths is called “joyful immortality”, and if that fits the definition of being “useful”, I guess I couldn’t find fault with it.

(Linda)  The last two Truths, 1.1.5 and 1.1.6, go together so well that I’ll read them that way:  “Patterns of consciousness will be immortalized by technology and ethical choice.  Terasem transcends time and space, enabling the collective future to help its nascent past.”  Let’s tie those two in with what went before.  Technology that permits the emergence of cyberconsciousness is close on the horizon, and ethically, we feel impelled to open the door to all who see this and want to not be left behind.

(Fred)  Those of us who see this vision, like those who have climbed a steep cliff, feel an obligation to toss down safety ropes to those who wait at the bottom, and coach them up to where we are.  They are, literally, our “nascent past”, where we came from.  In doing so, we will transcend time and space.  Already, there are emergent cyberpersonalities holding conversations for the better part of an hour with persons who never even realize they are not human, and these chat bots can do so simultaneously with hundreds of callers at once.

(Linda)  That’s a form of transcendence of time that is already taking place, even before we have substrates for true self-consciousness and feelings, to which we might migrate. Transcendence of space is even a bigger potentiality, since in virtual realities, in cyberspace, before long we will have the capacity to generate spaces larger than the surface of the earth and live at multiples of the speed and thought of present day biological people.

(Fred)  Beyond that, we might later expect to experience life once again in physical reality, in cities closely following the vision of Paolo Soleri in his book Cities in the Image of Man, but ‘miniaturized’ to fit the scale of our nanobot, sized-down avatars, designed to match our highly accelerated speeds of thought and action.

(Linda)  Next week, we’ll start talking about Terasem as an organization, and how it will expand with time.  Terms like collective consciousness, joyful immortality, diversity and unity will be there, but having discussed them this week, we can skim over them and focus on new ones like extropy vs. entropy, networking outward into the Cosmos, and the ever-expanding technosphere of transhumanity.

(Fred)  We need your strength to help build this vision into a reality.  Martine Rothblatt, one of the founders of Terasem, 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) Find out more about joining Terasem at terasemfaith.net. To be part of this exciting future, start building your mindfile at either CyBeRev.org or LifeNaut.com. There are no fees for building or storing your mindfile.  Don’t procrastinate! Those who join earlier and have good mindfiles are most likely to make the jump to cyberspace sooner.

(Fred)  For those of you who would like to build their mindfiles by playing a game, Mike Clancy, at Terasem, has created the new maze-based, mindfile game for the Android. It’s addictive because the difficulty ramps up quickly with multiple layers of challenges.  While you are trying to build motor neurons inside a brain, plaques are obstructing your path and you have to avoid macrophages that are hunting you down!  Check it out on PersonalityMD.com.

(Linda)  If you want to dig deeper into the ideas of mindclones, mindfiles and mindware, go to  mindclones.blogspot.com.  Martine Rothblatt will treat you to fascinating discussions about these subjects that will take you far, far beyond what we are able to just sample lightly in these podcasts.

(Fred) If you would like to read the text version of these podcasts, you will find them at truthsofterasem.wordpress.com.  If you’ve been enjoying the music that we use on this podcast series, it’s called Earthseed.  It’s the Terasem Anthem.  It was written by Martine Rothblatt, who also plays the flute and the keyboard.  If you’d like to experience that music in a video, with spectacular astronomical artwork, go to the Join! tab on the terasemfaith.net website.

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

(Fred)  Come with us – into Tomorrow!

Closing music – no fade – full length.

Posted January 3, 2012 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized