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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.

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 and instructions will be posted here in a few days.

The Colloquium will be held on Thursday, December 10, 2020, at 10am EST and last three hours. …


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Giulia Bassani, Yalda Mousavinia, and Philippe van Nedervelde confirmed that they will speak at the December 2020 Terasem Colloquium on the “Law of Cosmist Persons,”

These three speakers will join the first three confirmed speakers: Howard Bloom, David Brin, and Gabriel Rothblatt. A final version of the agenda will be produced soon.

Giulia Bassani

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Giulia Bassani

Giulia Bassani is a student of aerospace engineering at the Polytechnic University of Turin and research associate at the Blue Marble Space Institute for Science, working on two international research projects on cosmic radiation shielding on Mars and sustainability in space.

Giulia is also a writer of hard science fiction and other genres. …


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University of Queensland scientists have confirmed that paradox-free time travel is theoretically possible.

The open access paper “Reversible dynamics with closed time-like curves and freedom of choice” (2020), by fourth-year student Germain Tobar and his supervisor Fabio Costa, is published in Classical and Quantum Gravity.

A related open access paper titled “Reversible time travel with freedom of choice” (2019), by Costa and other collaborators, was previously published in Classical and Quantum Gravity.

What happens if you go back in time and shoot your past self? You are dead, so you can’t go back in time... …


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The first confirmed speakers at the December 2020 Terasem Colloquium on the “Law of Cosmist Persons” are Howard Bloom, David Brin, and Gabriel Rothblatt.

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

Mark your calendar! I’m confident that the Colloquium will contribute to finding ways to work together to create wonderful futures on Earth and among the stars. …


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John Smart has written a thoughtful review of my book [*]. See also the conversation with John in the comments to “Uploading to black holes: The transcension hypothesis.”

First, thanks John for praising my book:

Excellent Tour of the Frontiers of Physics and Spirituality. Anyone interested in the future intersection of physics and spirituality will greatly enjoy this book… Prisco surveys the frontier of current physics and theology and does an excellent job helping the reader grapple with these questions… he offers a few scenarios, in a manner similar to Frank Tipler’s Physics of Immortality, where future or end-of-universe cosmic intelligences might revive past life forms, including us and our loved ones. He says [his goals] are to make a case that this revival scenario is not ruled out by current science, and to comfort believers of traditional religions with respect to this possibility, and the increasingly convergent goals of science and spirituality. …


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I have been revisiting the transcension hypothesis proposed by John Smart, and considering parallels with my own ideas [*].

According to the transcension hypothesis, advanced civilizations in the universe learn to control space, time, energy, and matter (STEM) at increasingly small scales and high densities. Advanced civilizations migrate to these “inner spaces” and eventually to black holes, which are ultimate high density, high performance substrates for intelligent life.

See Smart’s paper “The transcension hypothesis: sufficiently advanced civilizations invariably leave our universe, and implications for METI and SETI” (Acta Astronautica, 2012). See also Smart’s book chapter “Evo Devo Universe? …


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I have been a proud and avid member of the Extropian community for more than two decades.

Recommended reading: “The Spike: How Our Lives Are Being Transformed By Rapidly Advancing Technologies” (2001), by Damien Broderick, one of the first and still one of the best books on the Singularity and all that.

See also my book [*]:

“The Extropians list has been my main source of intellectual fun for years, with awesome futuristic ideas, science, science fiction, and a radically simple philosophy of empowerment. I met many good friends through the list, and I am proud of being one of the Extropy alumni. …


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Sir Roger Penrose is one of the winners of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics “for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity.”

“Roger Penrose used ingenious mathematical methods in his proof that black holes are a direct consequence of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity… In January 1965, ten years after Einstein’s death, Roger Penrose proved that black holes really can form and described them in detail... …


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My book “Tales of the Turing Church: Hacking religion, enlightening science, awakening technology” is available for readers to buy on Amazon (Kindle | paperback).

In the book [*] (“Tales” from now on) I juggle alternative cosmologies and pictures of reality. On the one hand, I think this is not a bug but a feature. On the other hand, some readers (including me) miss a main picture to hold in mind.

My forthcoming book, titled “Astounding universe, amazing grace,” will be a streamlined, simplified, and much shorter version of “Tales.” 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. …

About

Giulio Prisco

Writer, futurist, sometime philosopher.

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