From: "Reason" <email@example.com>
> The drastic measure would be, in fact, becoming posthuman in the mind sense.
Well, in the cognitive sense, anyway.
> So I would say that your quest to get rid of religiosity would require you
> to in fact ignore religiosity and focus your efforts on assisting a drive
> for species-wide transcendence.
Yeah, if only fanatics and zealots would quit getting into everyone's
BTW, here's a related bit from SL4:
<<Michael Korns coined the tern 'inloading' at Extro5 for the approach of
adding artificial neurons to live humans to upgrade them. He sees inloading
as a more likely, and preferable path to human super-intelligence. It is
incremental, and less shocking than uploading - and will probably also be
easier to achieve.
Inloading involves gradually adding silicon/ nanotube/ quantum?! (or
whatever) artificial neurons & connection to our brains, together with some
technology to transmit all relevant information to an external computer for
backup. Eventually, artificial neurons would vastly outnumber original ones.
I like the meme: inloading - less threatening than uploading. 'Simply'
the enhancement of brain function, but ultimately the same result.>>
That's the best new idea I've read this year.
> Although I do think that removing aging as a
> more do-able first step would greatly mitigate one of the larger factors
> driving the formation and evolution of organized religions.
Yep, a good place to begin... before our brains succumb to a new generation of
Useless hypotheses, etc.:
consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, CYC, and ELIZA
Everything that can happen has already happened, not just once,
but an infinite number of times, and will continue to do so forever.
(Everything that can happen = more than anyone can imagine.)
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