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Resuscitation, by Cryonics or Otherwise, Is a Religious Mandate



A well known and atheist-minded Transhumanist, Zoltan Istvan blames religion for an anti-cryonics law in Canada. Basically, Transhumanism is the ethical use of technology to extend human abilities, and cryonics is low-temperature preservation of a legally-dead body for resuscitation when new technology might cure the cause of death. Zoltan’s concern is that the religious views of Canadian lawmakers may have informed the law, and that this may influence other lawmakers around the world to inhibit access to cryonics likewise. However, it may be premature to blame religion for this particular law, and it’s certainly not the case that religion is generally incompatible with cryonics.

How weak is the Orthogonality Thesis of constraints on intelligent purpose?



I finally got my digital hands on a Kindle copy of Nick Bostrom's "Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies", and the first thing I checked was how his chapter on "Superintelligent Will" compares to his 2012 paper on "The Superintelligent Will: Motivation and Instrumental Rationality in Advanced Artificial Agents". This subject interests me a great deal for many reasons, among which is the observation that our expectations regarding superintelligence will affect our own attempts to achieve it ourselves -- to become superintelligent posthumanity, which I contend is an implicit aim of every life-affirming theology or pantheon or posthuman projection that has existed since the dawn of history.

This Is Still the Place



On the morning of 24 July 1847, a group of Mormon pioneers broke camp for the last time. They traveled six miles through a deep ravine, across one last creek, and into full view of a great valley. Wondering and admiring, they gazed. The valley appeared vast and richly fertile, clothed with a heavy garb of green vegetation, adorned in its midst with a large lake from which islands rose, and entirely surrounded with a perfect chain of everlasting hills, mountains covered with eternal snow, and innumerable peaks like pyramids towering towards heaven. It was perhaps the grandest and most sublime scenery in the world.