Podcast No. 93 Posted 03/06/2012   Leave a comment

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.




Posted March 7, 2012 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

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