The Patriarchal Gerontocracy

15 January 2018
Tomorrow morning President Russell M. Nelson will announce his presidency during a live broadcast. I don’t have particularly strong feelings about his upcoming announcement or tenure. I’m also not interested in personally condemning him. I don’t envy the mantle of the calling he will be assuming. I wish him the best, and hope he presides in love, charity, and compassion. I also hope he sets a ... (More)

Unknown Lover: a transhumanist love poem

09 January 2018
Not a lover that lies in my bed,but you lie in my head, instead,touching my dreams with crimson and red,but I’ll take this beating ‘til the day I’m dead.I’m sorry if you felt mislead, but my sincerity is as real as the blood I bled.I wasn’t careless with the words I said,but my code didn’t embed.If you don’t want me anymore,I won’t fight you. There is the door.Few could withstand th ... (More)

Temporal Resurrection

29 December 2017
Temporal Resurrection is a particular type of technological Resurrection. This name is used by Jonathan Jones, in the book “Technological Resurrection: A Thought Experiment”.The book is written in a very interesting way; it is partially a science fiction novel, and partially it is a philosophical or scientific text. It is entertaining, and contains very challenging and thought provoking ideas.T ... (More)

More thoughts on time, causation, reality, mind, and Mind

27 December 2017
Some central open questions in scientific philosophy, related to time, causation, quantum physics, the fabric of fundamental reality, consciousness, and a cosmic Mind, could have conceptually simple, inter-related answers.Questions:How to reconcile irreversible thermodynamics and the arrow of time with the idea that fundamental physics is time-reversible?How to reconcile free will with the idea tha ... (More)

Transhumanist Advent: The Angels’ Announcement

25 December 2017
Jesus was a social and theological revolutionary. The choirs of angels announcing his birth were at the same time announcing the death of the god of the Pharisees, and every other lesser god. The mission of Jesus was to exemplify and orient a faith to the god worthy of it. Essential to this is relinquishing our ties to the dying or dead god(s). Or, in other words, to finish off the dying gods.This ... (More)

Transhumanist Advent: The Lessons of Scrooge’s Ghosts

24 December 2017
Dickens’ Ebenezer Scrooge is the recognizable curmudgeon-y old man who just can’t get the spirit of Christmas. Instead of enjoying the season, he sees it as just another excuse to pick a man’s pocket. But if we congratulate ourselves, rather than see ourselves in Scrooge, we miss enduring lessons of the three ghosts.With Scrooge, for the most part, we are caught up in selfish desires, and our ... (More)

Transhumanist Advent: A Faithful Position

23 December 2017
Two facts exist:1. Unless there is a drastic change, death is the inevitable end for all of us.2. Our technological power is increasing at a rate yet unheard of.Which is the faithful position: That death has been conquered? Or that we may yet be able to conquer death?--< Previous meditation Read other Transhumanist Advent Meditations ... (More)

Merry Christmas and happy 2018!

23 December 2017
I wish a Merry Christmas and a happy 2018 to all friends and readers!My religious ideas are unconventional, but I celebrate the birth of Jesus, a beautiful and uplifting Christian tradition. Just like my grandmother, and her grandfather. And, I hope, my grandchildren. And theirs.Then, waiting for 2018, I’ll write one more essay and finalize a current snapshot of what I am trying to say. My new ... (More)

Transhumanist Advent: Lift up your eyes and look at the Earth beneath

22 December 2017
"Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath" (Isaiah 51:6)In what is often called the overview effect, humans who have travelled into space and have viewed the earth from that elevated vantage point describe intense feelings of euphoria, interconnectedness, humility, awe, and the awareness of the fragility of life. National boundaries fade away, the atmosphere we often take for ... (More)

Transhumanist Advent: The Messianic Pattern

21 December 2017
In the scriptures we learn that the Satanic pattern is to vault oneself above all others:"Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God." (2 Thessalonians 2:4)"For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit a ... (More)
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