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Minimalist, Open, Extensible Cosmism

IEET Board member Giulio Prisco spoke at the Modern Cosmism meetingin NYC on October 10, 2015.

I will argue that intelligent life among the stars might be advanced beyond our understanding and able to influence space-time events anytime, anywhere, including here and now, steer the evolution of the physical universe with space-time engineering, resurrect the dead from the past, and elevate love and compassion to the status of fundamental forces, key drivers for the evolution of the universe.

Far future generations of evolved, post-biological humans might spread to the stars and join the community of extremely advanced civilizations. This Cosmist vision, based on science, is essentially equivalent to religion and can play a similar role.

I will present the work of the Turing Church, a working group that operates at the intersection of highly imaginative science, technology, and spirituality, to outline a minimalist, open, extensible Cosmist vision based on science but able to offer the emotional benefits of religion without the flaws of many traditional religions. Finally, I will discuss possible options and strategies to offer mental and emotional wellness, based on our Cosmist vision, to a wider audience.

Cosmism defines Cosmic Time as a lifespan of a single dimension of Being. Let’s explain it with an analogy. Ultimately we are dealing with the balance of life and death or more philosophically with the dualism of Ying-Yang or dialectics of Being and Nothing. Being is eternal but temporal, limited but borderless at the same time because a non-infinite state is a necessarily condition for any existence.




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Hello Professor,

as you know I will hold with the idea of 'trans-mortality' a pet term, as something that must be, scientifically feasible. Itself be a plausible hyporthesis or more than a hypotheis, a theory. Similar scientifically based theories would, for eample, be human interplanetary space fight, or interstellar flight, neurobiological uploading, or working quantum computers. Nothing here is certain, of course, but it is a likely, possible, and alomost centain, given human survival. This could be done, not only via, physics or astronomy, but computer science. This would be the foundation from which to assemble the building.

Then it can be moved to philosophers, especially, but not exclusively, the path of naturalist philosophers, or more, precisely, Darwinian philosophers. Philosophers, using their knowledge of past knowledge and secure and make use of Cosmism, once it passes the science test.

There need no be a time-separtion wth scientists first, and philosophers, second, but having this would help the philosophers with their assembly, their forumualtions. This is what I see, even if I am wrong. Last, the target for neo-Cosmism will be the old religions. This, because it allows something extra to their faith...the Truth.

Think of Cosmism as the architectural flying butresses of the late middle ages which permitted the old guys to make true cathedrals with which to hang beautiful stained glass art. Cosmism then becomes an extra, feature, and addition. Cosmism becomes the back bone which helps humanity survive into the future, where Cosmism can then become flesh. It may take centuries to milenia, but psychologically, the human species has a mental foundation to use both knowledge and faith..

What about Atheists? Welcome aboard the good ship Cosmism! The ship that will sail the galaxy, and virtually guarantee that the people in history you had been curious about, you'll get to meet some day.

We could also develop some slogans. Like from a restrurant chain in the US, my variation "The Universe! With out bottomless cups of coffee, refills free!"
@spud100 re "There need no be a time-separtion wth scientists first, and philosophers, second, but having this would help the philosophers."

On the other hand, if the philosophers come first their work can help the scientists by providing them with a framework, a mental scaffolding for thinking about science.

Too much separation between science and philosophy is artificial, science doesn't happen in a vacuum and (like everything else) is deeply influenced by philosophy, culture and society.

Re "What about Atheists? Welcome aboard the good ship Cosmism!"

Right. There is nothing in Cosmism that can't be embraced by atheists. They just have to add the magic word "yet" when they say that there is no God.

@editor re the last paragraph in the text: that's interesting, but I didn't write it! It's taken from http://www.cosmism.com/philos4.html

("Cosmism defines Cosmic Time as a lifespan of a single dimension of Being. Let’s explain it with an analogy. Ultimately we are dealing with the balance of life and death or more philosophically with the dualism of Ying-Yang or dialectics of Being and Nothing. Being is eternal but temporal, limited but borderless at the same time because a non-infinite state is a necessarily condition for any existence.")
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