Podcast No. 91 Posted 02/28/2012   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 91 Posted 02/28/2012

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The “Who” of Terasem  1.10-1.10.6

SUB TITLE:  Expansion of Terasem

SUMMARY:  Terasem’s goal is to expand its principles of positive networking with rapid yet safe technological growth so as to attract into its network those with a high inclination for further fostering such networking and growth, spreading throughout the Cosmos.  One key principle, for example is the avoidance of destructive competition.

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

 

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast 91 on the Truths of Terasem.  Here, we’re going to focus on the expansion of Terasem in the widest sense of that term.  The journey starts with 1.10: “Endogamous offspring such as cyber-communities will grow inside Terasem until the universe is endogenous to Terasem.”

(Linda)  That’s inspiring.  With all the bad stuff that’s happening in our world, and even just a glimmer of what Terasem is all about, one can see how important it is for the Terasem collective consciousness and the Terasem ideals to permeate our culture. If they don’t, homo sapiens are not likely to exist much longer.

(Fred)  A simple way to envision how this could work would be to imagine a carbon atom having the goal of attracting as many carbon atoms as possible to join it in forming a network of diamond lace that is everywhere throughout the universe and has been assembled so that the weave of the latticework of lace makes it impossible to destroy, yet it does not necessarily take carbon away from other networks; it enables other carbon atoms to link with it in such a way that their freedom to link with other atoms is otherwise not restricted.

Thinking in terms of people instead of carbon atoms, the first element of this Expansion, 1.10.1 tells us: “It only takes one soul, of any vitology, to start a Terasem center of critical consciousness.”  This means that the choice to join Terasem is a totally individual one, anyone can do it, and joining only necessitates the recognition of Terasem’s most basic principles.

(Linda)  The next is 1.10.2:  “Nothing can stop the relentless spread of intelligence through the universe.”  This is very general, but I’d take it to be just one step up the extropy ladder from saying that biological life will spring into existence given a very wide range of starting environments, and then has the potential to develop intelligence.  James Gardner, in his book The Intelligent Universe: AI, ET and the Emerging Mind of the Cosmos says it this way:

“…we and other living creatures throughout the cosmos are part of a vast, still undiscovered transterrestrial community of lives and intelligences spread across billions of galaxies and countless parsecs who are collectively engaged in a portentous mission of truly cosmic importance.  Under the Biocosm vision, we share a common fate with that community—to help shape the future of the universe and transform it from a collection of lifeless atoms into a vast transcendent mind.”

(Fred)  Once we reach a sufficient intelligence plateau, the possibility of escaping the planet of our origin exists.  So long as there are no electric fences out there in the vast reaches of the Universe that we cannot cross, we should be able to spread our own intelligence throughout the Cosmos.  It’s only a matter of time, but that’s a subject for a different podcast. Without Geoethical Nanotechnology as described by Terasem, an intelligent and technological species is more likely to destroy itself than to survive.  That’s a subject we will elaborate on in a different podcast, too.  But, based on that premise, we can have confidence that, as Terasem expands throughout the universe, other intelligent and technological cultures we encounter will have developed principles so compatible with those of Terasem that there will be no difficulty in finding common ground, uniting and expanding outward together.

(Linda) Now let’s move on to 1.10.3 “Self-replicating systems are the key to wrapping intelligence around the universe.”  Well, that sounds pretty reasonable.  The foundation of all biological life is self-replicating systems: all living cells, including viruses and bacteria.

(Fred)  In his book The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, Ray Kurzweil gives us one intriguing scenario for using self-replicating systems to spread intelligence throughout the cosmos.  To do it justice, we need to quote several long paragraphs.  Linda, why don’t we alternate in reading this.

(L) Sure.  Why don’t you go first.

(F) Okay.  “Once we do expand our intelligence beyond the solar system, at what rate will this take place? The expansion will not start out at the maximum speed; it will quickly achieve a speed within a vanishingly small change from the maximum speed (speed of light or greater). Some critics have objected to this notion, insisting that it would be very difficult to send people (or advanced organisms from any other ETI civilization) and equipment at near the speed of light without crushing them. Of course, we could avoid this problem by accelerating slowly, but another problem would be collisions with interstellar material. But again, this objection entirely misses the point of the nature of intelligence at this stage of development.

(Linda) “Early ideas about the spread of ETI through the galaxy and universe were based on the migration and colonization patterns from our human history and basically involved sending settlements of humans (or, in the case of other ETI civilizations, intelligent organisms) to other star systems. This would allow them to multiply through normal biological reproduction and then continue to spread in like manner from there. But as we have seen, by late in this century nonbiological intelligence on the Earth will be many trillions of times more powerful than biological intelligence, so sending biological humans on such a mission would not make sense. The same would be true for any other ETI civilization. This is not simply a matter of biological humans sending robotic probes. Human civilization by that time will be nonbiological for all practical purposes.

(Fred) “These nonbiological sentries would not need to be very large and in fact would primarily comprise information. It is true, however, that just sending information would not be sufficient, for some material-based device that can have a physical impact on other star and planetary systems must be present. However, it would be sufficient for the probes to be self-replicating nanobots (note that a nanobot has nanoscale features but that the overall size of a nanobot is measured in microns). We could send swarms of many trillions of them, with some of these “seeds” taking root in another planetary system and then replicating by finding the appropriate materials, such as carbon and other needed elements, and building copies of themselves. Once established, the nanobot colony could obtain the additional information it needs to optimize its intelligence from pure information transmissions that involve only energy, not matter, and that are sent at the speed of light. Unlike large organisms such as humans, these nanobots, being extremely small, could travel at close to the speed of light.

(Linda) “Another scenario would be to dispense with the information transmissions and embed the information needed in the nanobots’ own memory. That’s an engineering decision we can leave to these future superengineers. The software files could be spread out among billions of devices. Once one or a few of them get a “foothold” by self-replicating at a destination, the now much larger system could gather up the nanobots traveling in the vicinity so that from that time on, the bulk of the nanobots sent in that direction do not simply fly by. In this way, the now established colony can gather up the information, as well as the distributed computational resources, it needs to optimize its intelligence.”

(Fred) That’s a fascinating example, and of course, there would be many others, but unfortunately we don’t have time here to explore then all.  In 1.10.4 we find “Instill the principles of Geoethics in all self-replicating systems.”  As Ray Kurzweil, Eric Drexler, and so many others involved with nanotechnology have pointed out so clearly, to be effective, nanometer-sized machines need to come in the trillions. The only way to achieve this economically is by letting the machines build themselves.  But that requires that they have geoethics built into those little buggers.  And, fortunately, that will be possible, as Allen and Wallach have made happily clear in their wonderful book, Moral Machines:

“There is little evidence that moral decision making in humans follows any formal procedure.  Most decision making is somewhat messy, drawing on emotions, moral sentiments, intuitions, heuristics in the form of automated responses, rules and duties, and perhaps some explicit valuation of utility or expected outcomes.  Future moral agents (artificial intelligence programmed with moral decision making abilities) may consider a broader array of proposals, objections, and supporting evidence than a human agent can, and thereby, perhaps, select a more satisfactory course of action than many humans.”

(Linda) I can tell you, that book helped me sleep better at night!  From there, we continue to 1.10.5  “Diversity is the fruit of endogeny in the nursery of Terasem.” As we know, diversity is fundamental to biological evolution.  So this fits perfectly with the introduction to this expansion which says: “Endogamous offspring such as cyber-communities will grow inside Terasem until the universe is endogenous to Terasem.”

(Fred) If we have adequately provided for Geoethical Nanotechnology and then move outward into the Cosmos, networking successfully with all other conscious species we find, meaning those with empathy and ethics, that means we have to be virtually unrestricted in our abilities to appreciate and respect all of them, to find value in their own particular histories of passing the technological Singularity.

(Linda) In other words, we absolutely have to avoid poisonous behaviors like discrimination and domination!  Only by embracing every diverse kind consciousness can we hope to fulfill the destiny the Truths of Terasem have envisioned as being possible!

(Fred)  Right!  Or, I might even say, “Right on!”  We wind up this week’s podcast with 1.10.6:  “Encourage the formation of Terasem centers of critical consciousness (c-cubes) everywhere.”  I love that!  It’s a message that we can give everyone.  Join Terasem and become a member of  a center of critical consciousness, yourself!  The degree to which you expand on that is up to you, but we encourage you to expand on it boundlessly and endlessly, forever.  As we said in the last podcast:

“In 1.9.5 we find, “Life is not what you are made of but is what you make of it.”  If you see the essentiality of empathy and ethics to what Terasem calls consciousness, this enables you to take these two aspects of your life more seriously.  Being self-conscious, you are the steering wheel of your life, and the roads you take will determine your destiny to a large extent.  In Michael Perry’s Forever for All, he states this as (quote), “Our basic and, in my view, unlimited worth lies not so much in what we are or have been but in what we can become.”

(Linda)  Next week, we’re going on to the next section of the Truths of Terasem which cover WHAT is Terasem.  We will answer the question: Why is Terasem called a “transreligion”?  And we will look deeply into the subjects of immortality, identity migration, and transferring personal identity to a cyber-substrate.

(Fred)  Find out how to join Terasem and become a member of a center of critical consciousness.  Go to terasemfaith.net so you can be right at the heart of this.  And Martine Rothblatt’s blog, mindclones.blogspot.com, answers all your questions about mindfiles.

(Linda)  To get a running start on building your own mindfile, go to either CyBeRev.org or LifeNaut.com, and remember, there are no fees to participate.  For a fun and easy way to build your mindfiles, check out the powerful Android app at Personality MD.com.  Tens of thousands of these have been downloaded, and it just keeps growing, every week.

(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) It’s going to be spectabulous at the end of the yellow brick road, so…  Join us, on our quest for an endless and joyful future…

(Fred)  Come with us – into Tomorrow!

Closing music – no fade – full length.

 

Posted February 28, 2012 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

Podcast No. 90 Posted 02/21/2012   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 90 Posted 02/21/2012

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The “Who” of Terasem  1.9 – 1.9.6

SUB TITLE:  The Dimensions and Levels of Life – Vitology

SUMMARY:  Across many different substrates for consciousness there will be different levels with much in common, and variations in destiny for each.  Terasem uses the term “vitology” to describe this zone of existence, which is fundamentally different from the non-living matter, which as far as we can tell was all that existed at the inception of the Universe.

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

 

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast 90 on the Truths of Terasem.  Today we’re going to talk about the term vitology, as Terasem uses it, and what that means in terms of the most general interpretation of sentient consciousness.  It’s significant to me that one of Terasem’s Founders has chosen the Second Life name, “Vitology Destiny”.

(Linda)  That helps set the stage for what follows!  We start with 1.9: “Vitals transcend biological and cybernetic consciousness, including all entities with maturing autonomy, communication and transcendance.”  Looking at this without immediately attempting to distinguish the word “vitals” from “vitology”, we find that the Terasem view of life is that it is fundamentally information based.

(Fred)  We could go back to that earlier podcast in which Erwin Schrodinger speaks of DNA (which his work helped to foster the discovery of) as an incredible packing of information in an “aperiodic” crystal.  Back in 1943, he deduced the general principle of negative entropy, now more frequently referred to as extropy.

(Linda)  Dr. Michael Perry, in his book Forever for All, has some fascinating thoughts about how fundamental information is to life and identity.

 “Matter is actually a form of energy, as Einstein showed us, energy contained in a holding pattern. Matter is needed to record information. Matter thus serves as the map for territory composed of information. Since information can be copied, it can survive the destruction of the matter that records it. If it fails to survive, however, it can eventually be recreated. This we would expect to hold even if the laws of physics alter with time so that the ‘same’ matter is no longer possible. If information processing became impossible due to changing physical conditions, even including a change in physical laws, the situation might be salvaged if once more the processing could happen again, even if in another universe entirely.

“Information thus has a permanence that makes it more real, in an ultimate sense, than the material world that is needed to map it. Information, we might say, is the ultimate, enduring substrate of reality. This point of view, it will be seen, in no way contradicts materialism. Information always requires a material substrate for its expression. No mystical essence is needed that is outside the reality that physics reveals to us. Yet I think we can see, in the information paradigm, the basis for a deeper meaning in life than was suspected traditionally by materialists.”

(Fred)  That’s far reaching, all right.  We view the momentary state of organization of our neurons as an information pattern, dynamically changing moment to moment, literally an internal flow of information, some of which reaches the outside world by means of what we say and do, but much of which serves to self-modify our brains as we think and reflect on our experiences, thus we literally are information in a dynamic state.

(Linda) And, the Terasem mindfiles point of view suggests that we can externalize enough of this in a relatively straightforward way to enable a continuer of ours as described in the last podcast to survive if our current instantiation, as Dr. Perry would call us, is otherwise lost.

(Fred) For these reasons, Terasem ascribes a state of biostasis to one’s mindfiles, meaning a potentially re-emergent or resurrected personality, at a future time.  And, at such a time, with frequent backup of mindfiles, any such thing as death would become meaningless, since reemergence with a very slight step backward in life experience would put one back in the game almost instantaneously.

(Linda) A more common use of the term biostasis is to refer to a person in cryonic suspension. But that raises an interesting conundrum.  Due to the higher state of fidelity in one’s continuer that this might permit vs. the limited and static information in the cryopreserved instantiation, the wait for biological reanimation may not be worth it if things are changing so fast that a delay of even years may amount to a loss of centuries of subjective time in the cybercommunity in which that person could have been a part.

(Fred)  With that as background, let’s get down to the specific Truths for this week, which start with 1.9.1:  “Vitological life is a continuum of diverse consciousness from biological to cybernetic.” That basically says that consciousness exists at many levels within the sphere of biological lives, but the same will be true in the cybernetic world.  Even there, we may find as wide a range of consciousness as we now perceive in individuals within any given biological species.  It’s an awesome outlook concerning what we see coming.

(Linda) Another quote from Michael Perry helps give us a picture of how wide that landscape is:

“If information is to be regarded as the real, enduring substrate of reality, as our argument suggests, it lends further confidence to the principle of Interchangeability. Different instantiations of persons may be materially distinct, but if they are identical on informational grounds, they can rightly be regarded as redundant images, as mutual backups of a single mentality.”

(Fred) There is enough depth in just that observation, much less all the paragraphs that precede and follow it, that we have to move on, with the recommendation that listeners who want more details will find it online in the Forever for All tab at truthsofterasem.wordpress.com.

(Linda)  Yes, Perry explores these subjects in awesome depth, and yet, it is so readable that I can’t imagine anyone finding it to be anything but a real page turner!  Like an action novel, but better!  Next we have 1.9.2, “Information coded in DNA makes biological life inherently cybernetic because it is an extrapolation of code.”  That’s so evident when you think about it we go back to Schrodinger’s calling DNA (before it was given that name) an “aperiodic crystal”, and saying that only in biological life do we encounter anything remotely like that complexity of information in nature.  Nowhere else!  Only in life!

(Fred) Michael Perry takes digital interpretations of life  to an even higher level in his book, Forever for All.  There, he says:

“A person, on the other hand, could be described (a person-stage could be specified) by some digital record of finite length, encoded, say, as a long string of bits. In principle then, it would be possible to guess an arbitrary, finite bit string and thus arrive at a description of any person who ever lived. Technology of the future, and particularly a mature nanotechnology, could presumably, working from this description, then bring the corresponding living person into existence by creating and setting in motion an appropriate instantiation. This then is a way that a vanished person of the past could be resurrected.”

(Linda) That takes us back to the last couple of podcasts where we talked about the Ti of I and the Qi of I.  Seeded by just a little knowledge of a person, such an approach suggests optimization processes such as are already widely used in noise removal from digital images.  Amazingly well focused and noise-free photographs are derived from what appear to be faint blurs by reinforcing patterns and removing those with chaotic signatures.  We are certainly just at the beginning of seeing how these things will work, but someday we will wonder why we were so reluctant to expect them.

(Fred) The next Element is 1.9.3:  “Teaching via software makes cybernetic life inherently biological because it is an extrapolation of flesh experience.”  A self-conscious cyberbeing with vast memory could gain the power of language in the same way a small child does, but very rapidly, and then learn to think logically the same way a human gets this by taking science and philosophy courses and so forth.  Much of what we learn in schools is obtained through laborious struggling to memorize facts, where all the time so invested by biological people is saved in the case of the cyberbeing, who memorizes the texts, takes final exams, and moves on to the next course in milliseconds.

(Linda)  1.9.4 says:  “Autonomy, Communications and Transcendence differentiate conscious vitals from unconscious life.”  This suggests a continuum of consciousness, a sliding scale.  To be high on the continuum requires these three elements: (1) Autonomy, or the ability to think and act for oneself, (2) Communications, which includes language, and (3) Transcendence, going beyond the borders of one’s own mind and body.  Rocks wouldn’t be on such a continuum.

(Fred) The comparison at the end of this Element distinguishes “conscious vitals” from “unconscious life”.  Interestingly, “vitals” is plural, as if it envisioned individuals possessing unique identities, which of course is part of what it means to be autonomous.  “Unconscious life” might as well apply to a colony of bacteria as a lower species not only lacking empathy and/or a way of inter-relating we could interpret as ethical behavior, but a long way from evolving any sophisticated levels of autonomy, communications, or the technology required to transcend biology.

(Linda)  In 1.9.5 we find:  “Life is not what you are made of but is what you make of it.”  If you see the essentiality of empathy and ethics to what Terasem calls consciousness, this enables you to take these two aspects of your life more seriously.  In Mike Perry’s Forever for All, he states this as: “Our basic and, in my view, unlimited worth lies not so much in what we are or have been but in what we can become.”  Very succinct and to the point.

(Fred) The last Element, 1.9.6, wraps up this Expansion with:  “Sentience sings from several kinds of substrate, each of which may give rise to conscious life.”  If we ask, “Are there more than two, biological and cybernetic?” we must realize that here the term “cybernetic” is more concerned with the idea of identity being information than what kind of material platform is supporting that information.  Progress in quantum computing increasingly suggests that we may have far more choices than just silicon or carbon, long term.  Biological life, all the way from its most basic patterns in DNA to its most exquisite neurological structures for conscious life (is in the end) digital and thus arguably cybernetic.

(Linda) We have to leave the door open for many possibilities we cannot even imagine, at present.  I can’t resist quoting Carl Sagan, from his book Cosmos:

“The molecules of life fill the Cosmos.  But even if life on another planet has the same molecular chemistry as life here, there is no reason to expect it to resemble familiar organisms.  I cannot tell you what an extraterrestrial being would look like.  I am terribly limited by the fact that I know only one kind of life, life on Earth.  Some people – science fiction writers and artists, for example – have speculated on what other beings might be like.  I am skeptical about most of those extraterrestrial visions.  They seem to me to rely too much on forms of life we already know.  Any given organism is the way it is because of a long series of individually unlikely steps.  I do not think life anywhere else would look very much like a reptile, or an insect or a human—even with such minor cosmetic adjustments as green skin, pointy ears or antennae.”

(Fred) That’s part of why the future appears to be full of adventure, for those who find their way into it.  Let’s wind it up with another quote from Michael Perry’s book,  Forever for All.

(Linda) This quote has a great deal to do with this question of whether a continuer, a reasonably close copy of you, will be an acceptable and comfortable concept for those who may come to the end of their biological lives.  Here’s what Perry has to say about this.  Again, this is only a short introduction to his thinking.  For those who would like to explore these ideas at more length, his book can be read at no cost at truthsofterasem.wordpress.com, under the Forever for All tab.  Here’s the quote:

“There is one issue connected with Interchangeability we left hanging in the last chapter, where we noted that person-instantiations share identity when they can be considered equivalent. The precise delineation of when this equivalence would occur is well beyond our present powers. But the general idea is that a person is a type of computational process, so that the equivalence we are seeking is a similar notion to the equivalence of two running computer programs, which at least is a meaningful concept. In general, the digital model of events should allow us to decide, in principle, when two person-instantiations can be considered equivalent.

(Fred)  The quote continues:

“Given some finite limit on the time, space, and energy involved, all processes are replicated by finite state machines, and, in fact, only a finite number of processes fit any finite bound. If such processes are expressed in a standardized form recording the input, state transitions, and output, there is an effective procedure for deciding when two such processes are equivalent, so that equivalent processes indeed form sharply bounded or well-defined classes. (The equivalence classes could then be extended straightforwardly to more gargantuan, slower processes that mimicked the faster ones but seemingly required more states.) Once again, we are benefited if events can be regarded as happening in discrete jumps rather than by continuous changes. Here the benefit is that the notion of person-instantiation gains coherence, lending plausibility to the main form of our concept of Interchangeability.”

(Linda)  That’s so abstract I’ll offer a simple example.  If, at the border of one piece of a picture puzzle and the next to be added, all of the colors match, all of the lines in one extend into the other, and shape of the edges fit, the flow of the overall picture from the one piece to the next continues with no noticeable boundary.  In the same way, given a sufficient information match, the continuer of a person whose biological life may have terminated (assuming they have assembled a detailed mindfile) will continue his or her life as easily as we step over a seam in a concrete sidewalk.

(Fred) Next week, we’ll look at how Terasem conceives of a future where a harmonious community of life fills every lifeless or unconscious corner of the Universe.  Those of us who share this vision are the seed of this open ended pursuit.  Dr. Perry has qualified his view of this destiny as one which is approached asymptotically over an infinite period of time.  Notwithstanding theoretical suggestions in the Truths of Terasem, and as also suggested in Ray Kurzweil’s book The Singularity is Near, this could take place in less than one thousand years of real time, to the extent we biological human beings have any way of presently visualizing.  Next week we’ll see how.

(Linda) Find out more about joining Terasem at terasemfaith.net. And the most important thing you can do to insure that you are a part of this exciting future, is to start building your own mindfile with the free tools 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 prefer to build your mindfiles by playing a game, Mike Clancy, at Terasem, has created the exciting maze-based, mindfile building 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 that intriguing and challenging blog:   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.  As we mentioned  earlier, that’s where you can download a copy of Michael Perry’s book, Forever for All.

(Linda) If you’ve been enjoying the music that we use in 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 February 22, 2012 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

Podcast No. 89 Posted 02/14/2012   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 89Posted 02/14/2012

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The “Who” of Terasem  1.8-1.8.6

SUB TITLE:  The Four Components of Identity

SUMMARY:  What does it take to awaken that “you” so many fear will be lost upon death, even after cryonic suspension if reanimation is not carried out in such a way that one has firm memories and a sense of orientation of where one once was as well as where one is now?  Does this in any way interfere with the potential of individuality in your life, or might it be even more vivid and real, as well as indestructible and endless, in simpler terms, immortal?

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

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast 89 on the Truths of Terasem.

(Linda) In this podcast we’re going to explore what makes you ‘you’ and how that implies that you may find yourself existing in time virtually endlessly, despite your concerns that this may be absolutely impossible.

(Fred) This view of human identity is so vast, yet so plausible, compellingly in tune with religions and yet so deeply rooted in logic and science that it might be taken as a fantasy both by those immersed in mysticism and those convinced that surviving through technology is the only thing that has any chance of practical realization.

(Linda)  Some people worry that if, after they die, something that looks like them and has their memories and personality, wakes up and resumes consciousness, there may be a problem.  Even if they are surrounded by people they remember as being their family and friends, they are not sure it would really be them.

(Fred)  A lot of people worry about that.  Yet, taking examples from medicine, we know that there are many present day cases where living persons suffer severe brain injury or compromise, but continue to live despite any imagined loss of personal identity.  People do adjust and get on with their lives after experiencing even total amnesia.

(Linda)  I can really relate to that!  When I was about 13 I was in a car accident that left me paralyzed and in a coma.  When I came out of the coma, I had lost most of my memory.  I could understand spoken English, and I recognized my family, but I had to have my memories of specific events ‘reloaded’ by family members.  To this day, I’m never sure if something I remember about my childhood is being reconstructed in the normal way our brains do that for us, or if it is an implanted memory.  By implanted memory, I mean, some story I heard others in the family tell, rather than something I actually experienced myself.  None the less, as a child recovering in a hospital bed, I never questioned whether or not it was really me in that bed!  And, I have never once wondered about that since then; just like I don’t wonder if it is really me, when I open my eyes each morning.

(Fred)  That’s a wonderful example!  The question of personal identity turns almost upside down, to a conviction that, given the slightest indication that it’s you, barring contrary evidence like a seemingly better qualified competitor you claiming to be the real you, how could it be anyone except you?  If everyone around you believes you’re you, and if every fact you can turn up indicates that there are no other you-s around, what basis would you have to argue it was otherwise, aside from fear based conjecture such as those that might arise once you’ve been told that you actually have an artificial brain with your memories implanted in it?

(Linda)  Fred, that was unkind!  Just when we almost had them sold, you blew it!  Why couldn’t you have left out the part about the artificial brain?  I mean…

(Fred)  I know, Linda, and that was really just to wake up anyone who might have been on the verge of falling asleep.  Actually, there’s a great explanation of this issue in Forever for All by Dr. Mike Perry that is so good we’ll quote briefly from it later, but first we must introduce the term he uses and give an illustration for why it is a useful one.  The term is “continuer”.

Perry contends, in great detail and after considering many alternatives, that a less than perfect replica of you, in particular of your brain, is, notwithstanding those imperfections, sufficiently the same you (as you once were) to constitute the real you, from every aspect of personal individuality, social connectivity, and satisfaction that what has been created is not just something that thinks it is you, but is in fact you, yourself.

(Linda)  I’ve read reams of arguments that claim that a perfect copy, no matter how perfect it may be, is still not you, even if all the relative positions of the atoms are accounted for, and one goes to the trouble of putting the actual atoms used by the former you, back into the exact same places and states, nonetheless as the argument goes, it still wouldn’t be “you”.

(Fred)  Dr. Perry might ask the one objecting to define what would constitute a real you, but he would also know that most people who raise such objections are rarely able to come up with any kind of consistent, integrated concept of that at all, much less one that makes any kind of sense.  So he introduces the concept of the “continuer”.  He points out that even though the replica may not be exact, it can functionally continue for the person it replaces, to the satisfaction of all who have relationships with that person and to the satisfaction of the person himself or herself, with the qualification and admission that it need not be exactly the same person.

(Linda)  Let’s take that one step further and suggest that even if there are imperfections, the continuer as defined by Dr. Perry, is more like the original person from whom she or he is derived, than a person who awakes tomorrow after a normal night’s sleep is like the person he or she was the previous night.  In effect, each of us who falls asleep wakes up as a copy.  Upon awakening, such a copy has far less fidelity even than a future continuer who had been in cryonic suspension and whose brain was rebuilt by replicator nanotechnology.

(Fred)  I know a lot of people in the cryonics and anti-aging communities who would argue with this, but let’s look at this idea a little closer.  When you fall asleep, you literally lose consciousness and then awaken with no sense of most of what has even gone on within your own mind (except for the occasional dream), much less any sense of what has gone on in the outside world.

(Linda)  Exactly.  During sleep, unlike cryonic suspension, your neurons continue to metabolize.  Short term memory is biochemically converted to long term memory, with the loss of tremendous amounts of detail.  Axons project and fall away from former synapses, and dendritic spines on the receptor neurons grow and recede from lack of use, huge numbers of neurons die and their functions are taken on by other neurons.  When you awaken, you think you are the same person, but physically you are not.   Much has changed.

(Fred) Now, imagine a person in cryonic suspension who is one day repaired by replicator nanotechnology and restored to normal function, where the pathways between neurons were all replaced by functionally equivalent, non-biological replicas and great care is taken to prevent error and change.  This repaired version is more like the original before they were frozen, than any of us are like the person we were the previous night before falling asleep.

(Linda)  With all that in mind, we can get back to the question of whether or not the continuer idea makes sense.  Dr. Perry doesn’t restrict this concept to repaired frozen brains, in spite of the fact that some will argue that the repaired brain is not for all intents and purposes the same as the one which was frozen.

(Fred)  On the contrary, Perry contends that if a completely new brain were created that had essentially the same memories as an earlier one, a closely matching personality profile, perhaps even having the same genome, then that new brain would, for all practical purposes, be the same as the old one.

(Linda)  Those that argue against this concept may choose not to pursue it.  Those who take it as a valid idea are likely to have no trouble with it.  How does Perry address the question of ethics where the person making this decision rejects the idea altogether?  Is that person then lost forever?

(Fred)  Not necessarily.  A continuer of such a person, upon awakening and acquiring the advanced knowledge then available, would be acquainted with the fact that the person from whom she or he was derived would in no way have accepted the idea that the continuer was in fact the same person.  Then, the continuer would be asked how he or she felt about that in the context of their up-dated view of the issue, based on current information.  If the continuer still held to the original position, she or he might think of himself or herself as being more like an identical twin with a high degree of knowledge of the personal history of the person from whom she or he came.

(Linda) On the other hand, if a continuer awakening from cryonic suspension found the idea (of being the same as the original person) plausible, then that person would have reversed or ratified a change of position, and the former friends and family could then welcome that person back into their midst.  All of this of course is subject to the cultural ethics of a time we can scarcely imagine now, so we can only guess at what might happen.  We can only conclude that people are not necessarily lost to us forever, on account of having lost their biological viability.

(Fred)  I’d like to wrap up this discussion by reading a short quote from a novel you and I just read, Trans-Human (Post Human), by David Simpson.  The protagonist is faced with transcending biology and wondering if it will still be him or not, and he concludes:

“I won’t be like other people anymore,” James observed, “but that’s the point, isn’t it?  I don’t have to be.  The future should never have made people more and more alike—it should have increased our individuality.   I will be the first, but everyone will be able to be as they wish to be from now on.”

(Linda)  I love that quote.  It’s a great read.  Very Terasem.  With that discussion as a background, let’s plunge into the Truths of Terasem we are covering this week.  The Expansion for this week starts with, 1.8: “ ‘I’ Has Four Dimensions: Terasem is comprised of individual souls, each with four complementary dimensions, at least one of which always exists.”  In other words, we don’t have all our eggs in a single basket!

(Fred)  That’s abstract enough, and the rest of them are short enough, so I’ll just go through the whole of them, and then we can expand from there.  1.8.1  says “The ‘Me of I’ is one’s totality of mannerisms, personality, recollections, feelings, beliefs, attitudes and values.”  1.8.2:  “The ‘We of I’ is the image of ourselves in the minds of others.” 1.8.3: “The ‘Ti of I’ is the time-cone of a being’s existence” and 1.8.4:  “The ‘Qi of I’ is the unique pattern of a being’s energy flows.”

(Linda)  The next two Elements are, 1.8.5:  “Each dimension of I may serve as a template for cyber-resurrection of Me of I” and 1.8.6 tells us:  “Authoring-self recreates one’s mannerisms, personality, recollections, feelings, beliefs, attitudes and values, until Turing-equivalence is achieved.”

(Fred) The first and last of the Elements essentially say that your mindfiles, created by a process known in Terasem as “self-authoring”, captures the ‘Me of I’, all of your  mannerisms, personality, recollections, feelings, beliefs, attitudes and values, to the point where a Turing Test can confirm your unique identity.

(Linda) That’s easy enough to grasp.  If we implant someone’s mindfiles into their otherwise amnesia-level brain, like my experience after my accident, we’ve accomplished enough to produce a sense of “Who they were” and “who they are now”, perhaps in not quite the same way as in the original mind, but with so much additional detail as to produce an impression of, “I never knew my memory was so good!”

(Fred) The second element is equally simple, “The ‘We of I’ is the image of ourselves in the minds of others,” suggesting that if nothing else, the joint recollections of others accomplish at least two things:  (1) The details, directly implanted, could impart a very rough sense of identity, and (2) the family and friends could also help the person learn more about those past relationships and associated details.

(Linda)  Again, that’s exactly what I experienced when I came out of my coma.  Now we come to two more Elements that are somewhat more elusive, “The ‘Ti of I’ is the time-cone of a being’s existence” and “The ‘Qi of I’ is the unique pattern of a being’s energy flows.”  The first of these, the time-cone, represents a widening level of exposure to one’s environment that can be recaptured from a composite of all the historical knowledge of the period in which one lived.  This can be shaped to emphasize events in the localities one lived as well as on a wider basis, and the general character of what one might have paid attention to most closely, based on one’s education, career, known interests, etc.

(Fred)  General knowledge about the unique pattern of one’s life through time and space might yield a sort of informational fingerprint that no one else would have.  Any personality that were to emerge with this level of recollection of the past would in that respect be unique, and any specific memories of having lived earlier would be enriched by this virtual memory of what went on and what one might have noticed and remembered.

(Linda)  For example, if a person were given a hunter-gatherer mindset but they originally lived in the 20th Century, and most of their mindfile information reflected that, they would experience an uncomfortable discontinuity, a feeling that this is not really them.

(Fred)  The second Element of these two is: “The ‘Qi of I’ is the unique pattern of a being’s energy flows.”  ‘Qi’ is the idea, most frequently associated with oriental practices of yoga and medicine, that within one’s body certain patterns of responsiveness to electric charges and biochemical endocrine flows are uniquely individual and are as predictive of how one feels physically and emotionally, how one might react in certain circumstances, as the time and locations in which one might have lived.

(Linda) It could well be that this “Qi of I” could be so closely imputed from one’s DNA as to enable emulation of one’s sense of physical being into one’s continuer, and thus impart an even higher sense of having lived before and being the same self as one once was.  Or, for those who find the idea appealing, to have one mind that experiences life across more than one body… and perhaps across more than one substrate.

(Fred) There are other interpretations that we’ve explored as to the “Qi of I” in earlier podcasts, but because we have finally developed sufficient context, this is perhaps closer to the way the Founders of Terasem might have intended this Element than we’ve suggested in those earlier discussions.  It does point to one more way a fingerprint of one’s sense of life and individuality may be characterized and differentiated.

(Linda)  Yes, as a physically and mentally active person, I would be very disappointed to find I’d been reanimated as a couch potato!  I would know something was wrong!  I’d be yelling, “This isn’t me!  Look at my Lifepact and CyBeRev videos again, and make the necessary corrections!”

(Fred)  That takes us to the next Element, 1.8.5: “Each dimension of I may serve as a template for cyber-resurrection of Me of I”.  Any one of those may be so individual, so unique a fingerprint of who one was as to serve as a valid starting point for reemergence into a social network.  But of course, the more we have of all these dimensions available to us, if and when we need to be reanimated, the better!

(Linda)  Now we can now finally read that quote from Dr. Perry’s book Forever for All, to sum this discussion up:

“…The changes in a person that occur over time involve the assimilation of experiences and a learning process. A later person-stage thus will be a more developed version, or continuer, of an earlier stage. Forgetting or erasure of past information can also occur, of course, and strictly speaking does not yield a continuer of all that was present in an earlier stage, though it may still be a continuer of what was important.

“Meanwhile it is important to make clear that the notion of a continuer, like that of survival itself, depends purely on psychological connectedness, not on how the person-stage in question came into existence.

“It is the interactive functioning of various components that make up an individual, not some other entity or gestalt–the whole is the combined effects of the parts. The parts themselves, however, have no significant intrinsic properties–it is just the way they interact, how they function in the whole individual, that is important.”

(Fred)  Remember, Dr. Perry’s entire book is online under the tab Forever for All, at truthsofterasem.wordpress.com. It is, of course, also available on amazon.com.  Next week, we explore the transcendence of biology into cybernetic consciousness.  We will also expand on the concepts of diversity with unity as they affect individual consciousness, and the open-endedness of what awaits us in an endless future, living across a boundless variety of substrates.

(Linda)  Find out more about how you can be part of this exciting future by joining Terasem at terasemfaith.net. Waking up in cyberspace can be pursued by way of CyBeRev.org or LifeNaut.com, and there are no fees to participate.  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 then go to Mindfile Building, about half way down the page.

(Fred)  Terasem’s powerful Android app is available at PersonalityMD.com. It’s a system for mindfile building, but more like a game, with a two dimensional display on a smart phone that 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)  Still have some unanswered questions about mindfiles?  Go to Martine Rothblatt’s blog at mindfiles.blogspot.com.  And, don’t forget that these podcasts are available in text form, too, at truthsofterasem.wordpress.com, where you’ll also find a copy of Dr. Perry’s book, Forever for All, that we quoted above.

(Fred) To learn about preserving your brain or your whole body through cryonic suspension, check out both alcor.org and cryonics.org.  For those who can’t afford cryostasis at this time, the most practical approach to identity preservation is to have a mindfile plus a biofile (your DNA).  You can preserve your DNA very inexpensively at LifeNaut.com.   Go to truthsofterasem.wordpress.com and take the BioFile tab for additional information on their cell storage program.

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

(Fred)  Come with us – into Tomorrow!

Closing music – no fade – full length.

Posted February 14, 2012 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

Podcast No. 88 Posted 02/07/2012   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 88Posted 02/07/2012

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The “Who” of Terasem  1.7-1.7.6

SUB TITLE:  Terasem’s Flag and What it Signifies

SUMMARY:  The flag of Terasem is a beautiful, symbolic representation of many of the primary principles to which Terasem is dedicated, a kind of “flash memory” of where we’re headed, and how the course will be navigated.  This podcast expands on that, in ways that might seem to be speculative, but the objective is to help build a more detailed way of remembering, visualizing and reflecting upon the meanings behind its flag in our daily Terasem Connections and other meditations about the long term goals of Terasem’s evolution.

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

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred and Linda Chamberlain, with podcast 88 on the Truths of Terasem.  In this podcast, we’ll talk about the flag of Terasem, to which we pledge allegiance, and how the symbols in the flag help us recall the principles that lie behind it.

(Linda)  The Terasem pledge is such a wonderfully positive affirmation of those principles!  We enjoy it so much that we say the pledge to each other every morning before we get out of bed.  To jump start the podcast, it seems appropriate to say the pledge.  Will you join me?

(Fred and Linda)  “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the Collective consciousness of Terasem, and to the principles for which it stands:  education persistently, with diversity, unity and joyful immortality everywhere.” 

(Fred)  It’s similar in some ways, to the pledge to the U.S. flag.  Both pledges are of allegiance to the flag of an organization (Terasem and the USA).  The U.S. pledge continues “and to the republic for which it stands”, which implies the values and principles represented by that republic, which, reflecting the period of human history in which it was created, is inspiring.  Terasem’s pledge is even stronger, I think, because it goes beyond implication when it says “and to the principles for which it stands”.

(Linda)  The U.S. pledge winds up with the stirring phrase “with liberty and justice for all”.  But, the Terasem pledge is even more far reaching and visionary as it clearly states its basic values as “Education persistently, with diversity, unity and joyful immortality, everywhere”.

(Fred)  Let’s start in with Truth 1.7: “Terasem flag:  The symbols on this flag represent the values of our transreligion.”  Last week, we talked about how the pledge to the flag summarizes so much of the Terasem values and principles.  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.

(Linda) The first expansion is 1.7.1 “ ‘Be accountable’ is symbolized by the dotted circles: self-accountability to surrounding Terasem centers of critical consciousness.” The background color of the flag is light blue.  Across the top of the flag, there is a row of six bright yellow circles each with an interior dot.  The central dots represent egocentric cores of individuality while the surrounding circles represent the centers of critical consciousness surrounding and supporting the individual.  Another way of saying this is “diversity with unity” embracing both empathy and ethics based on reason.

(Fred) Since a critical center of consciousness can be comprised of so small a number as a single individual, and each such single-individual center of critical consciousness can be thought of as a member of a small group of individuals knit together, interacting with a small number of other such groups, the symbolism can apply at any level.  The next several expansions address specific important Terasem values.

(Linda) In 1.7.2 we find this:   “ ‘Embrace diversity’ is symbolized by the blood-red infinity sign: infinite diversity within a common biological heritage.” Diversity isn’t just a good idea, it’s the law!  The law of evolution, that is.  We’re the descendants of some common ancestor based on DNA, but with such staggering diversity as to suggest a limitless, if not actually infinite, expansion of forms of sentience, especially once we use the power of our minds to transcend biology!

(Fred)  Next is 1.7.3: “ ‘Respect autonomy’ is symbolized by the digital spelling of the word ‘joy’: consciousness transcends biology and technology.”  Note that the way in which ‘joy’ is represented as being spelled digitally is Morse code.  That’s a beautiful example of technology transcending biology.  They went to a lot of trouble and expense to set up the Pony Express, which was limited by how fast a horse could run, but it lasted only about eighteen months before the telegraph wiped it out with Morse Code, which literally ‘outran’ the horse.  I mean, how could a horse compete with the speed of light?

(Linda)  Right.  And it was tricky to make the Pony Express work.  Wikipedia tells us that:

 “…the Pony Express which was organized to provide the fastest mail delivery between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California, only lasted from April 3, 1860 to late October 1861.  An ad in a California newspaper read: ‘Wanted. Young, skinny, wiry fellows. Not over 18. Must be expert riders. Willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred.’ ”

(Fred)  It’s amazing to see how fast technology was moving, even a couple hundred years ago, isn’t it!  Let’s move on.  1.7.4 says: “ ‘Talk openly’ is symbolized by the sky blue background: translucence of clear atmosphere and deep space.”  It’s not always easy to talk openly with others, especially if the relationship could be challenged by doing so.  This reminder is important for all of us because without open honesty, corruption is given an opportunity to gain a foothold.    Looking straight up into the deepest blue part of the sky through a small enough pinhole from within a dark enclosure, you can literally see stars in broad daylight.  The translucence of a clear atmosphere literally lets you see all the way into deep space… and into our future.

(Linda)  I agree with you about how important that concept is.  1.7.5 continues with: “ ‘Help others’ is symbolized by the number and size of dotted circles:  we grow with assistance.” Circles also remind us of ever expanding ripples in a pond.  In other words, by helping others, we help ourselves and the feedback loop creates an ever widening circle, the circle of our collective consciousness grows ever larger and stronger.

(Fred)  And that leads to the final Element for today, 1.7.6: “ ‘Always be open’ is symbolized by infinity’s multi-dimensionality:  realities are part of larger realities.”  The symbols on the Terasem flag and the values and principles they represent are like mirrors within mirrors, infinite reflections stretching without limits.   If what we call the Universe is only part of a Multiverse, and it, itself, is only part of an even larger Multiverse, then maybe that does get us close to something we can finally call “infinite”.

(Linda)  And, of course, ‘always be open’ is also a reminder that as we work toward and eventually transcend biology, we will need to always be open to new ideas and opportunities… and that also points to the principle of ‘education persistently’.

(Fred) I really love the symbolic content of the Terasem Flag, and if any of you listeners want to see it, that URL (truthsofterasem.wordpress.com) we spoke of above has a banner at the top with the Terasem flag fluttering amidst a brilliant star-field within a nebula, photographed by the Hubble telescope, titled “Jet in Carina”.

(Linda) Next week, we’re going to explore the very core of human identity, in fact, the very core of what lies at the heart of the identity of every sentient being.

(Fred)  This is one of the most fundamental sets of ideas in the Truths of Terasem.  We’ll explore how each of us as individuals has a capacity for attaining an unending existence through the building of mindfiles, networking with others, and living our lives in a way that integrates the ‘time cone’ and ‘unique pattern of our energy flows’ into the other two.

(Linda)  These are deep subjects, and we’re going to be quoting extensively from the book Forever for All by Dr. R. Michael Perry.  Here’s a brief excerpt, and by the way, the entire text of Dr. Perry’s book is available on a tab with its title, Forever for All, on the same web address where we publish the scripts from the podcasts (truthsofterasem.wordpress.com) – Here’s that quote from Dr. Perry’s book:

“The twin possibilities of eventual, universal resurrection and abolition of death starting from currently available means are not seen as competitive but complementary. Both have a vital role to play in the future that appears to be opening. Our resulting philosophy, encompassing both past and future, is directed toward the long-term interests of each sentient being. It thereby acquires a moral dimension. The immortalization of humans and other life-forms is seen as a great moral project and labor of love that will unite us in a common cause and provide a meaningful destiny.”

(Fred) By the way, Martine Rothblatt, the primary Founder of Terasem has referred to Dr. Perry’s book as being so closely aligned with Terasem’s mission and underlying philosophy as to be virtually a ‘bible’ that might help us expand on the Truths of Terasem.  That’s part of why, with Dr. Perry’s permission, his book is now made available on a tab on the same website where you can find the text versions of these podcasts.  That URL is truthsofterasem.wordpress.com.

(Linda)  We need your strength to help build this vision into a reality.  Martine Rothblatt has 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”.

(Fred) Find out more about joining Terasem at terasemfaith.net. And the most important thing you can do to insure that you are a part of this exciting future, is to start building your own mindfile with the free tools 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.

(Linda)  For those of you who would prefer to build your mindfiles by playing a game, Mike Clancy, at Terasem, has created the exciting maze-based, mindfile building 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.

(Fred)  If you want to dig deeper into the ideas of mindclones, mindfiles and mindware, go to that intriguing and challenging blog:  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.

(Linda) If you would like to read the text version of these podcasts, you will find them at truthsofterasem.wordpress.com.  As we mentioned earlier, that’s where you can download a copy of Michael Perry’s book, Forever for All.

(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 February 7, 2012 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

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

Podcast No. 82 Posted 01/02/2012   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 82 Posted 01/02/2012

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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