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Russian cosmism (see my book [*], Chapter 7) is often considered as a precursor of transhumanism.

But perhaps there’s more tension between Russian cosmism and contemporary Western transhumanism than appears at a first glance. See this insightful essay by Juliette Faure, published in The Conversation (French original).

Some “Western transhumanist thinkers identify Fyodorov as the prophet of their quest for immortality,” notes Faure linking to my essay “Maximum Jailbreak, and the legacy of Stephen Hawking.”

But today Russian cosmism is “a source of inspiration for ideologues in search of a national idea for post-Soviet Russia,” who consider Russian cosmism as a possible basis of Russia’s national identity. …


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Prompted by a discussion on the Extropolis mailing list, I spent the first few days of 2021 reading about psi research (aka ESP, parapsychology — telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, psychokinesis, teleportation, reincarnation and all that).

Highly recommended authors in the field: Dean Radin, Rupert Sheldrake, Russell Targ. I had already read Radin’s and Sheldrake’s books, but Targ is a recent discovery.

See Targ’s “The Reality of ESP: A Physicist’s Proof of Psychic Abilities” (2012) and Targ’s autobiography “Do You See What I See: Memoirs of a Blind Biker” (2010). …


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Here’s the talk I gave at the AZIMUTH festival (“A digital voyage through the space-time continuum, expanding our understanding of humanity and the universe”), on December 20.

Title:
Yet another spaceflight manifesto

Subtitle:
A grumpy old politically-incorrect unapologetic in-your-face space enthusiast rants on spaceflight today and tomorrow, politics, culture, our bright future among the stars, and our cosmic destiny.

Main points:
I’m persuaded that beginning to expand into space is the most important task of humanity at this moment in history (see the chapter “The sacred road to the stars” in my book “Tales of the Turing Church” [*]).

The future of the NASA lunar exploration program Artemis is uncertain, but there’s a Chinese flag on the Moon. The private sector is leading the development of cheaper launch systems, and big things will happen when access to space is cheap enough. Besides governments and big companies, I hope citizen spaceflight groups will also play an important role. …


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Greetings to our 472 followers and to all readers! This is Giulio Prisco, editor of Turing Church. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2021!

Last year I wrote: “Happy 2020, and welcome to the magic twenties… The 20-twenties could be another magic decade — the roaring twenties of the 21st century.”

Well…

2020 hasn’t been a magic year (if you don’t count black magic). But the 2020s really start on January 1, 2021! I’m still persuaded that the 2020s will be a magic decade, and I’m still persuaded of what I wrote last year.

In 2021 I’ll strive to complete my next two…


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A few months ago I was interviewed by Agah Bahari for his show Neohuman.

NEOHUMAN #77 :: Giulio Prisco: Tales of the Turing Church

Among many other things we touched simulation cosmology (cosmology based on the simulation hypothesis), which plays an important role in my book [*], but we didn’t elaborate too much.

In the last two episodes of the Neohuman show Bahari interviews the authors of two recent books that delve deep into simulation cosmology: Rizwan Virk and Jason Jorjani.

Rizwan Virk

NEOHUMAN #86 :: Rizwan Virk: The Simulation Hypothesis


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The December 2020 Terasem Colloquium, focused on transpartisan approaches to the intersection of space expansion, emerging technologies, and human rights, was held on December 10, 2020, via Zoom. Watch the full video.

Speakers: Superstar thinker and writer Howard Bloom; Space enthusiast and rising writer Giulia Bassani; Spaceflight and social activist Yalda Mousavinia; VR guru Philippe van Nedervelde; Technoprogressive political activist Gabriel Rothblatt; Renowned science and fiction author David Brin.

The speakers and the participants in the Q/A sessions highlighted a wide and diverse range of ideas that could, and hopefully will, illuminate the ways toward wonderful futures on this planet and new worlds out there in space. Watch the full video.

Stay tuned for the next Terasem event on July 20, 2021, the anniversary of the first human landing on the Moon.

Cover picture: Zoom screenshots by Nupur Munshi.


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Greetings to our 470 followers! This is Giulio Prisco, editor of Turing Church.

You are invited to attend the Terasem Colloquium TOMORROW, Thursday, December 10, via Zoom. The Colloquium will start at 10am EST and last three hours. See here for the agenda and access coordinates. Speakers: Superstar thinker and writer Howard Bloom; Giulia Bassani, the Greta Thunberg of space; VR guru Philippe van Nedervelde; Yalda Mousavinia, space and crypto activist; Technoprogressive political activist Gabriel Rothblatt; David Brin, renowned science and fiction author.

Click here to join the Terasem Colloquium via Zoom

My forthcoming book, titled “Astounding universe, amazing grace,” will be a streamlined, simplified, and much shorter version of my book “Tales of the Turing Church.” I’ll skip minor and unclear points, tangential thoughts, caveats and qualifications. I’ll try to sketch one clear, clean, integral picture of the universe and our cosmic, transcendent future. …


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I decided to read “Prometheism” (2020), by Jason Jorjani after a trusted friend recommended it as the “best and most original transhumanist-philosophy essay in a long time… A must-read for anybody interested in how to re-think and promote technology and the posthuman change.”

Jorjani’s open access essay “The Prometheist Manifesto” provides a summary of many points covered at length in the book.

After reading it cover to cover, I love and hate the book, which is four books interlaced in one: An exploration of frontier philosophy, metaphysics, and cosmology; A visionary manifesto for our cosmic evolution; An anthology of conspiracy theories (some old, some trending, some new); A cultural engineering and political action program. …


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The December 2020 Terasem Colloquium on the “Law of Cosmist Persons” will be focused on transpartisan approaches to the intersection of space expansion, emerging technologies, and human rights.

UPDATE: Terasem Colloquium, December 2020: VIDEO

The Colloquium will be an online event using Zoom. Attendance will be free and unrestricted, but we recommend that all those who want to attend become familiar with Zoom in advance.

Access coordinates (Zoom):
Meeting ID: 885 1232 9377
Passcode: 12102020

Google Calendar link

Click here to join the Terasem Colloquium via Zoom

The Colloquium will be held on Thursday, December 10, 2020, at 10am EST and last three hours. There will be six talks of 20 minutes each, followed by questions and answers. …

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Giulio Prisco

Writer, futurist, sometime philosopher.

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