Archive for March 2012
Podcast No. 94 Posted 03/13/2012
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TITLE: Truths of Terasem – The “What” of Terasem 2.3-2.3.6
SUB TITLE: A road map for our adventure into the future.
SUMMARY: In this podcast we discuss the financial and administrative principles set forth in the Truths of Terasem, affirmations, celebrations and ceremonies designed to build and strengthen their own mindsets for living each day by the principles of education persistently, with diversity, unity and joyful immortality everywhere, via empathy and geothics.
Music – “Earthseed” fades out, as the voice recording begins.
(Fred) Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast 94 on the Truths of Terasem. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “We must become the change we want to see.”
(Linda) But how do we do that? Look at all the New Year’s resolutions that never see the changes made real. How can we become the change we want to see? The visions and goals of Terasem are so far-reaching it sometimes seems like an impossible task to turn our feuding, mindless humanity into a collective consciousness devoted to diversity, unity and joyful immortality everywhere, guided by empathy and geoethics.
(Fred) One of the most powerful ways to do this is something that has been used for thousands of years, and by almost all cultures. It’s call “affirmation”. We’ve talked about this before, in an earlier podcast. Such things as rituals and meditation have a long history of helping people make changes in their lives. If you want to live a life filled with joy and love, you won’t find it by spending all your time stewing over bad things that have happened, or plotting revenge.
(Linda) One of the most inspiring examples of how a mental/physical feed-back loop can turn a frown into a smile and a distressed attitude into one of happiness is the scientifically documented work of Paul Eckman. He showed conclusively that even if you feel depressed, the very act of smiling, even when you don’t feel like doing so, will lift your spirits. And, of course, volumes have been written about positive benefits of meditation in controlling one’s emotional states.
(Fred) Religious and social groups throughout history have created rituals, which through repetition, helped people to replace old habits of thought and deed with new thought patterns they were resolved to master. Understanding the value and power of affirmations, the founders of Terasem have created some inspiring rituals and affirmations to help us as we build toward our goals, to help us become the change we want to see.
(Linda) Before we get into describing these, it is important to remember that Terasem values diversity with unity as the guiding principles for creating such a collective consciousness, for growing into the ‘god-ness’ we discussed in the last podcast. Keep that firmly in mind as we describe the below rituals. These are meant to be inspiring, helpful, and affirming. In spite of the way some of the below Truths are worded, these celebrations and ceremonies are not meant to create “mandatory homogeneity”. See them as suggestions. If they do not work for you, perhaps you can help create others that will better serve your needs. Okay, with that said, let’s jump right in.
(Fred) 2.3 says: “Ritual Observances, the Way of Terasem, must be respected daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually, and quadrennially”. This is easy enough. Different observances will have differing periodicity. Some will be suggested as daily practices, while others may only happen every four years! There is a huge variety here.
(Linda) In 2.3.1 we find, “Religiously perform daily Exercise, Vitology, Unite Earth, Work Happily, Author-Self, Serenity, Utope-Self, Motivate, Astro, Sleep”. Okay, here we go with a word too easily misunderstood, “Religiously”. The best example I can think of is something you said as we pulled out of the parking lot of the Airport Marina Hotel in Los Angeles after that memorable Third Annual Cryonics Conference. You were just giving me a ride home because mine had fallen through. You said something like, “Got your seat belt fastened?” and I replied, “I always buckle up!” Little did you know at that point that when I was thirteen years old I’d gone through the windshield of a car on black ice and was then told, for months, that I’d never walk again. I literally buckle up “religiously”.
(Fred) Right! And in this Truth, what’s being communicated is that it’s with precisely this kind of firmness and commitment that we should be exercising our bodies, respecting life of all kinds, seeking to promote the best unity of all humans, relish the productivity of whatever we are doing, do our mindfile work, maintain a mellow, positive state of gratitude, look forward to a joyful, endless future, will ourselves to move forward, look to the stars for inspiration, and rest well at night!
(Linda) Wow! What a way to put it. Next is 2.3.2, where we find, “Insist upon a sundown-to-sundown Sabbath; rest weekly, sing Love Night, read, exercise, sexercise and transcendental meditation.” This is, to put in the most dramatic way, “exquisitely poetic”. More simply, take one full day off each week to relax, ‘sing a song of Love’ to start the process of saying openly to those you treasure on the night you begin it, of what love has meant to you over the past week, immerse your mind in elevating ideas, give your physical body a chance to stretch and be energized, and promote your health and well-being through stimulation of bodies, minds and/or substrates in ways that give rise to feelings of ecstasy, and free yourself of your everyday cares to an even greater extent than in your four-hour-spaced Terasem connections, that are a part of an ideal daily lifestyle.
(Fred) Great, the song that starts the weekly Love Nights is, in 126.96.36.199: “Love Night, Love Night, Love is Around; Love Night, Love Night, Here Love can be Found.” Those words, sung in unison, is what launches the reflection on what love has meant to each of us over the past week.
(Linda) And, moving onward, in 188.8.131.52 we have: “Terasem’s our Source of Strength; Forever We Are One In the Same; Love Night, Love Night, Love is All Around.” What that says to me is that if we are united in an unblemished way by finding value and joy in our respect for each other and cherish our shared, happy memories, the whole of what we are will be so strong that it will be like a lattice of diamond-like strength in our shared consciousness, that can exist in an endless way, virtually forever.
(Fred) The next one, 2.3.3, is about monthly get-togethers. It’s “Tenth of each month, at 10 o’clock, Gather for reading 30 sequential Truths of Terasem.” We do more than just that. We share music, art, poetry and left-brain ideas, and we do a Terasem Connection yoga. The thirty Truths sometimes give us pause for lengthy reflection, or sometimes we move quickly on to yoga. It brings all of us together, and although it’s not mentioned here, there’s a second time of day, 10 p.m., that’s an option for those who can’t make the morning time work, or it could be that in the future we’ll do this both times in a virtual reality like Second Life so that no matter what part of the world you’re in, it fits your schedule.
(Linda) Then we move on to what happens every three months. 2.3.4 says: “Understand better Freedom, Nature, Obligation and Transcendence with ceremonies after each calendar quarter’s third Gathering, respectively.” Here, the word “after” doesn’t mean “immediately after”. In many cases, we get together for the monthly gathering at 10 a.m. and then the celebration of these four principles takes place at an evening meal we share, to which children and others we know are invited. It’s a wonderfully close and warm time, but also accompanied by a review of deep and meaningful realizations about human freedom, the natural matrix of biological life from which we arose, our duties to the rest of humanity, as the Singularity approaches, and what kind of personal escalation of consciousness lies ahead for us.
(Fred) That’s a great outline. I’ll briefly review the specific wording we find in the Truths themselves: “March 10th, Freedom Seder (recount tales of Slavery and Freedom). June 10th, Festival of Trees (acknowledge the gifts of nature). September 10th, Obligation to Fast strengthens us to resist temptation). December 10th, Transcend our Selves (share with others).”
(Linda) Moving on to 2.3.5 we find: “Acknowledge the 10th of the 10th by reciting the Truths of Terasem entirely and celebrating collective advancements”. That’s the October 10th each year when work of the previous year is recognized, and those who have made strides forward are moved to higher levels on those steps represented by the periodic chart of elements. Hydrogen moves to Helium, Helium to Lithium, and so forth. It’s great that Terasem has settled on this way of scaling its internal structure, and elsewhere in the Truths the significance of the various levels are discussed in more detail.
(Fred) The last Element of this Expansion begins with 2.3.6: “Leap forward the 60th day of every leap year with a decision-making Convocation concluding March 4th.” Every four years there’s a fantastic gathering of many days in which Terasem spirals up another whirl in its progression toward a distant, extropic destiny.
(Linda) The first sub-element is 184.108.40.206: “Quadrennial decision-making occurs in four areas of competence, starting with consenting self-formed c-cubes into collective c-quads.” From there, skipping the numerical sequence in which they are listed, we have, “Grouping c-quads into comparably sized mc-quads, each represented in the Flag,” then, “Allocating resources prioritized chronologically to (1) safe-keep Terasem homes, (2) maintain/resurrect Terasem cryonauts, (3) outreach education, and (4) create/maintain/extend cyberconsciousness.”
(Fred) Moving to administrative and strategic planning, we find a basic roadmap. Zooming in, again without going into the exact numbering scheme, we have, “The Terasem Movement, Inc., and its sibling Foundation and Transreligion, shall maintain chronological lists of: Terasem homes, Terasem cryonauts, Terasem outreach education efforts, and Terasem cyberconsciousness responsibilities. In 220.127.116.11.2 we have, “The Terasem Movements administer their budget to fund the chronological list entries approved at Convocations,” and that breaks down into, “In the event of budget scarcity full funding for earlier chronological entries trumps funding for later ones, and the Terasem Movements advise the Convocation how much surplus resources are available for new projects.”
(Linda) Again, looking past the number system is helpful in this verbal presentation, and sometimes leads to better logical connectivity, as in 18.104.22.168, where removing the numbers itemizing the sub-elements, we have, “Resolving difficult questions of geoethics and nanotechnology, the Terasem Movement, Inc. shall reserve one-percent of its budget for analysis of geoethical nanotechnology and, the Terasem Movement, Inc. shall publish case studies in geoethical nanotechnology for use as legal precedent.”
(Fred) All of this reminds me very much of the preliminary stages of developing a mission plan at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where the initial proposal states, in a very detailed outlined way, “Here are all of the subsystems we need for a flyby of all the outer planets and injection into interstellar space,” a mission first named Grand Tour and later changed to Voyager, as the mission moved into the detailed design stage at the system level, and then subsystem conceptual designs began. It’s a wonderful sense now, with Terasem, of being at the start of planning for an intergalactic mission that doesn’t even wind up at the very edge of the visible universe, but goes on, forever.
(Linda) Next week, we’ll revisit the theme of Terasem being a “transreligion” and why this means that no one need feel they need to leave their given religion behind. Heck, even an old atheist like me can fit in! We see that within Terasem, we are encouraged to respect all other major religious paradigms as they are consistent with and encompassed by Terasem.
(Fred) Listeners who are new to these podcasts might wish 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.
(Linda) If you’d like to see how you can make a game of building your mindfile, Terasem’s powerful 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) 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.
(Linda) And don’t forget, those who join Terasem earlier and build good mindfiles are most likely to make the jump to cyberspace sooner. So don’t procrastinate. The longer you wait, the longer the line will get!
(Fred) If you’ve been enjoying the music that we use on this podcast series, which runs full length at the end of each podcast, it’s called Earthseed. It’s the Terasem Anthem written by Martine Rothblatt, who also plays the flute and the keyboard. If you’d like to experience that music in a video, with spectacular inspiring artwork, go to the Join! tab on the terasemfaith.net website.
(Linda) Join us, and our quest for an endless and joyful future…
(Fred) Come with us – into Tomorrow!
Closing music – no fade – full length.
Podcast No. 93 Posted 03/06/2012
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TITLE: Truths of Terasem – The “What” of Terasem 2.2-2.2.6
SUB TITLE: The powers required to “be God”
SUMMARY: Certain trans-finite terms, especially omniscience, omnipotence and omnificience, are traditionally associated with the idea of a “God”, but the evolution of technology seems pointed in a direction that will make the emergence of such a being plausible, in the form of a society operating at such a high, transhuman level that a biological human will see tremendous parallels with the traditional views.
Music – “Earthseed” fades out, as the voice recording begins.
(Fred) Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast 93 on the Truths of Terasem. Today, we’re going to talk about some very large, transfinite terms, specifically: Omniscience, omnipotence and omnificience.
(Linda) We begin with 2.2: “Omniscience, omnipotence and omnificience are what uniquely define God.” This is pretty universally used by current world religions to define their gods. But when we get to Truth 2.2.1 we have to stop and think because it tells us: “Daily experience tells us nothing meets these three criteria today or historically.” In other words, the history of our planet is a horrific one; one that does not support the existence of an all knowing, all good and all powerful god.
(Fred) 2.2.2 elaborates on that: “Earth’s innocently suffering millions is proof that there is nothing omniscient, omnipotent and omnificent today.” I like what Michael Perry has to say about that in Forever for All:
“Let us now examine the question of the existence of God, starting with some of the standard problems. God, we are told, is all-powerful, all-knowing, present everywhere, the maker of all things, and perfectly good. But if God is all-powerful, he can change his mind, we should think, while if all-knowing, he always knows in advance what he will do and cannot change his mind. What does it mean, on the other hand, to say that God is present everywhere? Do we observe a thinking process in empty space? True, space is not really empty but teems with such things as particle-antiparticle pairs that briefly wink into existence then self-annihilate. But this does not seem to involve intelligence. If God made everything, did God make himself? If not, who or what made God? Or if God is said to be uncreated, then how do we know that something else is not uncreated, say, the multiverse, which as a whole seems insentient? Finally, if God is perfectly good, besides all-knowing and all-powerful, why does evil exist? Why do the innocent suffer, as so often they clearly do?”
(Linda) 2.2.3 tells us: “Future technology will enable Terasem to encompass the universe, thus becoming omniscient, omnipotent and omnificent.” This implies that we don’t really approach that standard of being until we first have “encompassed the universe”. In more practical terms, Terasem is not all powerful, all knowing and all good today, but will continue to grow in that direction.
(Fred) 2.2.4 takes it to a more tangible level, by saying, “In this way we are building Terasem into God, with smart atoms and conscious electrons.” If we individuals who are to comprise the collective consciousness of Terasem have sufficient cognition to be referred to as “smart atoms”, which must by the way permit us to be infinitely unique and diverse as individuals in pursuit of joyful immortality, then by “conscious electrons” I’d think of our connections with other individuals as involving both empathy and ethics, since these are the requirements for something to be conscious according to the Truths of Terasem. The electron shell of an atom does define its impact and interactions with other atoms, which are almost always elastic and not damaging, again consistent with the idea of a resilient and harmonious collective consciousness.
(Linda) That fits with some email we received about a year ago from one of the Founders of Terasem, Martine Rothblatt, where she said, “As of course you know from the Truths of Terasem, the propositions of the pdf are fully within the Terasem Transreligion.” She was referring to a posting titled “From cosmism to deism” on January 18, 2011 by Hugo de Garis, which appeared on KurzweilAI.net. And about that posting she commented, “The artilects referred to are simply what Terasem refers to as efforts to continue exponentiating technology until all consciousness is connected and all the cosmos is controlled.”
(Fred) Continuing, Martine observed, “The only theism in Terasem is the theism that results from the Godness we create via our technology and commitment to diversity, unity and joyful immortality. In other words, Godness accretes incrementally rather than not being there at all (atheist view) or wholly there now (theist view). As to deism, Terasem is agnostic as to how the universe came into being (but not against analyzing the question), but focuses instead on the fact that this universe is best solved by quests for diversity, unity and joyful immortality, i.e., that Natural Selection favors these properties.”
(Linda) That matches well with how Michael Perry says it in Forever for All:
“In the future, of course, we may hope to progress toward a “One composed of many,” a harmonious community of immortals, much as Tipler envisions for his Omega Point, though hopefully much sooner. We may also expand our territory and come to occupy a much larger volume of space we than presently do. However, such a future possibility could not today and in the past add up to the God of theistic or even deistic pretensions.
“To try to remedy this problem, we could consider a totality of sentient, intelligent, or immortal beings distributed throughout the whole of existence. We could then ask if this, in one form or another, could be said to constitute a conscious entity that would achieve a close enough match to traditional attributes to be reasonably regarded as a God. In this way we are not limited to the products of our own civilization but can incorporate possible extraterrestrial, intelligent species, wherever they may be, whether in our universe or elsewhere, and thus not solely in our future. This idea, which I will call the Cosmic Community hypothesis, possesses some cogency, particularly in light of possibilities that may exist for immortality. A harmonious community of immortals might function together as a kind of “God,” much as Tipler conjectures for his Omega Point.”
(Fred) 2.2.5 tells us: “Nanotechnology and geoethics are the tools for expanding Terasem into universe-wide omniscience, omnipotence and omnificence.” Interestingly, in an article titled “Understanding and Applying the Theosophy of Octavia Butler’s Earthseed Toward Achieving Geoethical Nanotechnology”, published in the J Geoethical Nanotechnology, Volume 4, Issue 1, May 2009, Allison Ward does a great job of summarizing these two expansive subjects in admirably understandable simplicity. First, about nanotechnology, she says:
“Nanotechnology is one of the technologies predicted to vastly change life as we recognize it today. Nanotechnology is the precision building of an object on a nanometer scale (one billionth of a meter), building things from the bottom up by manipulation of individual molecules. Nanotechnology not only will allow making many high-quality products at very low cost, but will also allow the building of nanofactories at the same low cost and at the same rapid speed. It represents a manufacturing system which will be able to make more manufacturing systems—factories that can build factories—rapidly, cheaply, and cleanly. Nanotechnology also has the potential to change modern medicine. Medical nanotechnology will be able to annihilate disease and reconstruct the human body atom by atom to be far more adaptive and malleable. It is a revolutionary, transformative, powerful, and potentially very dangerous—or beneficial—technology.”
(Linda) And about geoethics, Ward says: “Paramount to nanotechnology is the lack of public awareness and preparedness for its revolutionary impact. There is great power that comes with the ability to manipulate matter at the atomic level. This power must be managed however!
“A current construct to develop the legal basis and secure system for nanotechnology is called geoethical nanotechnology. This approach aims to develop and implement a globally regulated framework of the machines capable of assembling molecules and to detect destructive uses of nanotechnology thus creating technology that can alter seemingly unavoidable cataclysmic events. One example of geoethical nanotechnology would be billions of tiny nano-devices that have the ability to prevent a hurricane or tornado. Another example would be setting up global diagnostic tools to rapidly identify the existence of unknown protein or nucleic acid sequences threatening vast numbers of human lives. There are endless benefits to further the development of nanotechnology however; we must initiate a global incentive to expedite the introduction of nanotechnology to the world and begin establishing appropriate and effective policies.”
(Fred) That paper by Allison Ward is great. The Terasem Journals at terasemjournals.org/ are packed with ideas that apply to and expand on the discussions in these podcasts. In the final element of this expansion, 2.2.6, we find: “Expansion of Terasem is the purpose of life because this makes life good for all.” Michael Perry’s done such a good job on this one in Forever for All that we’ll let him carry the ball here:
“So in effect we are becoming a sort of deity ourselves, a One composed of many. Each person, in the course of progress, is to approach a state of perfection, an individual, self-sustaining, physically realized godlike entity or divinity, to form a worthy part of a larger and naturally cohering whole. It is a privilege that also carries an enormous responsibility. The burden is upon us as a species, intelligent if unconsciously evolved, to solve our own problems and engineer our own eternal happiness: a world of peace, love, and harmony, at a superhuman level–a place where all are valued and valuable. If there is no absolute guarantee of success, the prospect, at least, is a very real and exhilarating one, and the outlook, I think, is positive. Again the burden for solving our problems rests entirely upon ourselves.”
(Linda) I also like the way David Simpson expresses this in his 2011 novel Trans-Human (Post-Human). This makes more sense if you know that in the following exchange, Jim is a clone of James:
“ It wouldn’t be a god,” James returned, “it would be God.”
“For all intents and purposes,” Jim injected, trying to amend James’s frank assertion to smooth the divide. “If every atom in the universe could somehow become part of a singular computer,” Jim began, “then you’d essentially be creating an omnipotent being.”
“You’d be creating God,” James repeated. “It would be everywhere at once, part of everything at once, and capable of intelligence and imagination that we couldn’t possibly begin to fathom.” ”
(Fred) Next week, we’ll delve into a section of the Truths devoted to outlining a pattern of living that may help those inclined to do so, organize their lives to a high degree around the principles of Terasem. From there, it branches upward into scheduled monthly, annual and quadrennial events that bring Terasem people together in an organized way. Relationships of self-organized groups within Terasem is part of this. Here’s where you’ll see how you as an individual can involve yourself in what’s going on in Terasem, to any extent you wish.
(Linda) To probe further before next week, particularly to prepare for the topics Fred just mentioned, find out more about joining Terasem at terasemfaith.net. Waking up in cyberspace means building a good mindfile. You can pursue that by way of CyBeRev.org or LifeNaut.com, no fees to participate. And if you want to preserve some DNA very inexpensively, you can do that at LifeNaut.com, too.
(Fred) We’ve talked a lot about the powerful Android app described at PersonalityMD.com. Big kudos to Mike Clancy, at Terasem, who produced this application. It’s based on the CyBeRev program, so you’re building mindfiles, but it’s experienced more like a game. There’s a two dimensional display and you do it right from a smart phone.
(Linda) Right! And mindclones.blogspot.com has fascinating discussions about mindclones, mindfiles and mindware. And if you want to read the text of these podcasts, to help to dig deeper into the details, and maybe find websites that you weren’t able to write down, go to truthsofterasem.wordpress.com.
(Fred) If you’ve been enjoying the music that we use on this podcast series, it’s called Earthseed. It’s the Terasem Anthem. It was written by Martine Rothblatt, who also plays the flute and the keyboard. If you’d like to experience that music in a video, with spectacular astronomical artwork, go to the Join! tab on the terasemfaith.net website.
(Linda) Join us, and our quest for an endless and joyful future…
(Fred) Come with us – into Tomorrow!
Closing music – no fade – full length.
Podcast No. 92 Posted 03/06/2012
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TITLE: Truths of Terasem – The “What” is Terasem? 2.1-2.1.6
SUB TITLE: Terasem as a “Transreligion”
SUMMARY: Terasem embraces “belief” the way science embraces theory and fact. There are commonalities that Terasem shares with most religions, but one important area where Terasem stands apart is on the method proposed for reaching immortality. With Terasem, technology is the answer.
Music – “Earthseed” fades out, as the voice recording begins.
(Fred) Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast 92 on the Truths of Terasem. Today we’re going to talk about Terasem as a ‘transreligion’ and what that means. It brings together many different areas of belief, without denying any of them except any dogma as the only truth. More simply, Terasem embraces “belief” the way science embraces theory and fact.
(Linda) It is important to emphasize that Terasem constantly seeks to rid itself of any form of dogma. The Truths of Terasem are worded in poetic and fundamental ways that have sometimes been seriously misinterpreted. Part of what we’re out to accomplish in these podcasts is prevent such misconceptions.
(Fred) For example, the words “collective consciousness” are frequently used in the Truths of Terasem, but the term “collective” evokes preconceptions like brutal, inhuman suppression of individuality as practiced in Russia after the communists’ 1918 revolution, which forced upon everyone a social system virtually the opposite of what Terasem is out to develop.
(Linda) Another example is the specific guidance offered in the practice of daily yoga at four hour intervals. That’s intended as a way of suggesting what may be helpful in pursuing personal development, at the same time accepting each individual’s physical limitations and preferences. With that flexibility in mind, let’s get into the subject matter for today.
(Fred) Today, we’re starting the second major precept. 2.0: “What is Terasem?” And this is addressed by the statement, “Terasem is a transreligion that includes all religions the way a forest includes its trees.”
(Linda) The first Expansion that follows the overall precept is 2.1: “Forest of Terasem means good lives are immortal, and good faiths are welcome in cyber-heaven.” To quote from the Terasemfaith.org website FAQs, under “Why is TMT a transreligion?” we find “Terasem is a transreligion because it transcends all other religions. This means it is consistent with them, and you don’t have to leave any other religion to be a part of the Terasem Movement Transreligion. Also, if you do not feel comfortable with any existing religion, you can still be part of the Terasem Movement Transreligion. This is because Terasem is beyond the scope of all existing religions.”
(Fred) Next we have, as the first Element in the Expansion for today, 2.1.1: “Fundamental to every religion is the immortality of the soul, which in Terasem is our consciousness.” The idea of a soul affirms individual identity, and consciousness further narrows the nature of a soul to something that has consciousness as one of its capacities. In the Truths of Terasem we find the term consciousness only applies to sentient beings with empathy and ethics. Within these limits, the idea that souls can be immortal is more plausible.
(Linda) We can take that a little further, where the term ‘soul’ is used. Michael Perry, in Forever for All puts it this way:
“… the door remains open for a “nonmystical” soul, and indeed, the concept of Interchangeability would seem to require it. A person in effect is a computer program, a chunk of information that could be running on more than one physical device or piece of hardware. So the program becomes the soul. With this interpretation, the soul is certainly not a material object, and, while it can be disrupted and destroyed, it can also be recreated so in effect is capable of surviving death.”
(Fred) That really takes us to the concept of mindfiles! In 2.1.2 we find: “Afterlives differ for good and evil, thus Terasem knows a joyful immortality means only good lives.” It’s pretty clear that the usual description of Hell could not be interpreted as ‘joyful immortality’, and however we wish to interpret ‘evil’ it has no place in Heaven.
(Linda) Looking at 2.1.3, we have: “Identity migration amongst physical substrates honors Creation by continually bearing witness to its greatness.” Earlier, we associated identity as being meaningful only when it involves consciousness at a high level, meaning it has a capacity for ethics and empathy. As consciousness migrates from biological to non-biological substrates, it bears witness to the power of extropy to unfold higher and higher planes of existence.
(Fred) In 2.1.4 we see: “Transferring identity to cyber-substrate is a matter of mannerisms, personality, recollections, feelings, beliefs, attitudes and values”. The very first of Martine Rothblatt’s postings on her blog at mindclones.blogspot.com, dated Thursday, March 19, 2009, goes into this at length:
“What Are Mindfiles? A mindfile is the sum of saved digital reflections about you. All of the stored emails, chats, texts, IMs and blogs that you write are part of your mindfile. All of the uploaded photos, slide shows and movies that involve you are part of your mindfile. Your search histories, clicked selections and online purchases, if saved, are part of your mindfile. Your digital life is your mindfile.”
(Linda) Further into the same blog she says:
“It should be noted that it takes no more effort than a daily hour in the gym to create a purposeful mindfile more reflective of you than the best biography. For example, in one hour a day, over a period of five years, you would have 2000 hours of your life on video or 100,000 uploaded and described photos. A leading social scientist, William Sims Bainbridge, has created over 100,000 online questions, and associated psychometric analytical software, that he believes represents a person’s entire general set of feelings, beliefs, attitudes and values. Each question asks how positively or negatively you feel about a topic, and how important that topic is to you. Completing just 50 of these a day – about an hour’s effort at most – would complete them all in five years. A daily mindfile workout might consist of a short video, a few uploaded photos and a few Bainbridge questions. After a decade or so, your mindfile would be quite complete.”
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(Fred) There’s a wealth of detail on Martine’s Mindclones blog. The focus or theme changes with each posting, eventually to be 100, according to Martine’s projection. The blog dated Sunday, May 3, 2009 is titled: What Are Mindclones? And to again quote a bit:
“A mindclone is a software version of your mind. He or she is all of your thoughts, recollections, feelings, beliefs, attitudes and values, and is experiencing reality from the standpoint of whatever machine their mindware is running on. Mindclones are mindfiles being used and updated by mindware that has been set to be a functionally equivalent replica of one’s mind. A mindclone is your software-based alter ego, doppelganger, or mental twin. If your body died, but you had a mindclone, you would not feel that you personally died, although the body would be missed more sorely than amputees miss their limbs.”
(Linda) A little further down in the same blog, she continues with:
“Now, it is certainly true that an easy distinction can be drawn between an original identity and that of its mindclone. Simply by virtue of being a copy, the mindclone is not the original, and hence it can be said that the mindclone does not have the same identity as the original. Yet, this is a distinction without significance. It is analogous to claiming that identity changes over time because people grow and acquire new experiences. While there is no doubt that our personality evolves, and our thoughts change, we are still the same person – the same identity.
“So, why is it that we feel an uploaded version of our mind knows that it is an upload, and is thus not really us, whereas an aging version of our mind knows it is different from its youth, but is still definitely us? The reason is our deep-felt bias, based upon our entire human experience, that identity is substrate-specific. Some people take this so far as to believe that transplant recipients, especially of hearts, assume some of the identity of the organ donor.”
(Fred) And she wraps it up with:
“With mindcloning we will have our first experience with the technological possibility of substrate-independent identity. It will take some time for society to adapt. Ultimately, though, most people will understand that just as a person’s voice can be in two places simultaneously via telephone, their identity can be in two places simultaneously via mindcloning.”
(Linda) The same kind of thinking is reflected in Michael Perry’s, Forever for All, where he says:
“But a person, rather than being a static body of information that may exist in multiple copies, is a particular, ongoing process that evolves over time. At any given time this process is resident in a device that stores information, but cannot be identified either with the device or its momentary configuration. Other physical structures could be pressed into service for memory or abandoned as the case may be, and new information could be stored or old information copied or lost. The process does not remain static but changes, as does the information that describes it. Considered as a whole, then, the person is neither a material object nor a specific pattern of information.”
(Fred) The next Element is 2.1.5: “Having multiple transferred identities for a single soul is just as joyous as having many children.” Here again, it’s hard to improve on what Martine has said. In her third blog in the series, she says:
“Perhaps deciding to have a mindclone is analogous to having a child. Once the child is born, you will always be a parent. Similarly, once a mindclone is created, you will always be a dual-substrate identity. Many parents have little or nothing to do with their offspring, but neither the parent nor the offspring can get the parental relationship out of their mind. Their identity has permanently been altered to include the fact that they are part of a (good or bad) parent-offspring relationship. Analogously, even if a mindclone parts ways with their original, neither will ever be able to forget the fact that someone else with their same mind exists. The creation of a cognitive doppelganger is an identity-altering experience.”
(Linda) And we can bring that all together with 2.1.6: “Souls will be reanimated via mindware and mindfiles because it is doable, respectful and completes Terasem.” The idea of technological immortality is by no means the exclusive intellectual property of Terasem. It is inspiring, in fact, to see so many of today’s thinkers making these same conclusions. We have quoted Ray Kurzweil and James Gardner several times on these concepts.
(Fred) We recently found this exciting comment in the 2011 book Infinite Reality: Avatars, Eternal Life, New Worlds, and the Dawn of the Virtual Revolution by Jim Blascovich and Jeremy Bailenson:
“The National Science Foundation recently awarded a large grant to a team of scientists from the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Central Florida. These scholars were tasked with developing the technology to build a lifelike visual appearance and personality replica of specific individuals. The goal of the project is to develop the technology needed to accomplish such a task. To test the feasibility of the technology, they have chosen to capture, preserve, and reuse the expertise of retiring NSF program director, Dr. Alex Schwarzkopf. His doppelgänger is accurate in terms of appearance (they used a 3-D scanner to make the avatar look like its owner), nonverbal behavior (meticulously recorded via motion-capture technology), personality (by using a vast array of artificial-intelligence algorithms based on data collected during interviews with him), and emotions.”
(Linda) Which brings us to the concept of mindware. From Martine’s posting number two on Wednesday, April 8, 2009, titled “What is Mindware?” we learn:
“Mindware is operating system software that (a) thinks and feels the way a human mind does, and (b) sets its thinking and feeling parameters to match those discernable from a mindfile. Mindware relies upon an underlying mindfile the way Microsoft Word relies upon a text file. When appropriate parameters are set for mindware it becomes aware of itself and a cyberconscious entity is created.
“The richness of the cyberconscious entity’s thoughts and feelings are a function of its source mindfile. In the extreme case of no mindfile, the mindware thinks and feels as little as a newborn baby. If the mindware’s parameters are set haphazardly, or shallowly, a severely dysfunctional cyberconsciousness will result. In the normal case, however, of mindware having access to a real person’s mindfile, the resultant cyberconsciousness will be a mindclone of that person. It will think and feel the same, have the same memories, and be differentiated only by its knowledge that it is a mindclone and its substrate-based different abilities.”
(Linda) Onward and upward! Next week, we’ll be delving even more deeply into far reaching concepts. That Expansion leads off with 2.2 “Omniscience, omnipotence and omnificience are what uniquely define God”. After this, we find that the underlying Elements focus on how much unlike that our situation is, as yet, and what kind of stretch of the imagination it will take to conceive of getting there. We’ll also look more deeply into ways of interpreting these transfinite ways of describing where we’re headed. Join us for that adventure, where, near the end, we’ll encounter 2.2.5: “Nanotechnology and geoethics are the tools for expanding Terasem into universe-wide omniscience, omnipotence and omnificence.”
(Fred) Waking up in cyberspace means making a mindfile. You can do that at either CyBeRev.org or LifeNaut.com, no fees to participate. And you can create your autobiography, to be uploaded to CyBeRev.org by using the LifePact interview form. Go to Terasemfaith.net and then go to Mindfile Building, about half way down the page.
(Linda) If you found the discussions of mindclones, mindfiles and mindware intriguing, but still have unanswered questions, go to mindclones.blogspot.com for fascinating discussions about these subjects.
(Fred) Again, and we can’t say it often enough, big kudos to Mike Clancy, at Terasem, who created that challenging, fun, and addictive mindfile building game for the Android. Check it out at PersonalityMD.com.
(Linda) If you’ve been enjoying the music that we use on this 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.
(Fred) Join us, and our quest for an endless and joyful future…
(Linda) Come with us – into Tomorrow!
Closing music – no fade – full length.