Transhumanist Religions 2.0 with Giulio Prisco

This talk provides a review of an emerging  "unreligious religion" - Cosmism - that is part of a radical futurist conception of the development of humanity.

Turing Church unlimited - Transhumanist Religions 2.0

New Cosmist religion and spirituality for our boundless future (and our troubled present)

Lead speaker: Giulio Prisco, who will be visiting London for this event.

There will be ample opportunity to ask questions during the meeting, and to highlight alternative views.

About the talk:

The "manifest destiny" of our species is colonizing the universe and developing spacetime engineering and scientific "future magic" much beyond our current understanding and imagination. God-like beings will exist in the future, and they may be able to affect their past — our present — by means of spacetime engineering. Probably other civilizations out there already attained God-like powers.

Future magic will permit achieving, by scientific means, most of the promises of religions — and many amazing things that no human religion ever dreamed. Future God-like beings will be able to resurrect the dead by "copying them to the future." Perhaps we will be resurrected in virtual reality, and perhaps we are already there.

Cosmist Religions 2.0 based on these ideas can give us the positive optimism and strenuous mood to overcome our current problems and embark on our cosmic journey.

About the speaker:

Giulio Prisco is a writer, technology expert, futurist, cosmist, and transhumanist. A former manager in European science and technology centers, he writes and speaks on a wide range of topics, including science, information technology, emerging technologies, virtual worlds, space exploration and future studies. He is especially interested in the convergence of science, religion, technology, and spirituality.

About the venue:

Room 414, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.

Room 414 is on the fourth floor in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations.

As desired, coffee and other light refreshments can be purchased from the Costa Coffee shop in the reception area of the building, either ahead of or after the meeting.

The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Marlborough Arms, 36 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HJ

The meeting is free to attend - no charge

Optional background reading:


Footnote:

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" - Arthur C. Clarke

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  • Cryonica

    A really interesting speech. I just wish Giulio had had the time to finish it, two hours were not enough.

    July 15, 2012

  • Jenina B.

    Informative and not really about any kind of religion in the traditional sense but about transhumanism as an ideological strand that accommodates many of the more paranormal aspects of traditional religious belief (life after death, resurrection, etc) ascribed to faith, dogma or superstition. Could have done with a mic! Nice session the pub afterwards as well!

    July 15, 2012

  • terence f.

    A wide range of speculative propositions of non-testable hypotheses based on non-scientific religious vanity. what does it matter if we die and are no more? Best to contribute what we can while we can. Yes it ios sad for those who remain behind to lose kith and kin but they should concentrate rather on the joy they have had from knowing the deceased. Too much effort wasted on the theory that we are so important the world needs us eternally.

    July 15, 2012

  • Dean

    Excellent presentation. Much enjoyed.

    July 15, 2012

  • Dirk B.

    Blurb: Immortality in the multiverse, The Artilect Messiahs, The end of death and suffering, Humans into Gods, The rise of the unreal, Raising the dead, Apocalypse and Judgment Day, The validation of religion, ... and what we must do about it. A different but possibly compatible perspective to Giulio's work

    July 9, 2012

  • Dirk B.

    Update - the book is now available.
    As part of Zero State Media, project ZSM 011 I have completed my
    latest book named The Praxis.
    As such it will form one of the spinoffs of Zero State (spiritual) -
    the forthcoming political party will comprise one of the temporal
    spinoffs.
    It deals with Transhumanism (H+) and spirituality, recasting H+ into
    religious terms and outlining a core set of beliefs compatible with a
    religious perspective of what is to come. See you at the meetup

    July 9, 2012

  • Dirk B.

    I have just posted extracts from my book The Praxis on my website:
    http://www.neopax.com/praxis/index.html It consists of the contents and full introduction in order top provide an idea of the topics covered.
    Hopefully it will be published in dead tree by the end of June, priced $15 and in eBook format shortly afterwards priced $2.99
    Initially via Lulu until I can get the US tax situation sorted, then Amazon and B&N
    10% of the profits will go to supporting ZS

    June 10, 2012

  • David W.

    For a pre-meeting airing of some of these ideas, see also the discussion at http://dw2blog.com/2012/06/03/super-technology-and-a-possible-renaissance-of-religion/

    June 10, 2012

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