Re: religious singularity?

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Sat Oct 06 2001 - 13:54:49 MDT

On Sat, Oct 06, 2001 at 06:27:01PM +0100, Amara Graps wrote:
> Nice. Compare with, to the Muslim, "Islam" (an Arabic word meaning
> submission and surrender) is complete submission to Allah. By the way,
> the Sufis have a different interpretation than the Muslims of the
> concept "Allah", as well.

Which is one of the main reasons they have been persecuted from time to
time, of course. Although some of them, such
as Mansur al-Hallaj, seem to have gone out of the way to enrage the
traditional believers (saying "I am the Truth/God" was not exactly
diplomatic, even if the meaning is fairly obvious to any mystic).

To get back to extropian issues, I think there is a lot of practical
wisdom out there in traditions such as sufism. How to make the best use
of it in our development as transhumans? My experience is that it is
very healthy to have been at least exposed to different such traditions
1) in order to learn about how other people think and perceive the
world, 2) in order to recognize the underlying similarities, which are
applicable to oneself regardless of what religious or epistemic
framework one uses.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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