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?”


“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.


“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

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