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Transhumanism, Zero State, & the New Gnosticism

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This meeting is organised by Zero State (http://www.meetup.com/zero-state/events/83812842/), but should be of interest to many London Futurists.

Transhumanism, Zero State, & the New Gnosticism - with Dr Amon Kalkin

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Doors open at 7:30pm, for a prompt start at 8pm.

Entrance £5.
Nearest Tube is Tottenham Court Road.

Amon Kalkin writes:

Transhumanists and Singularitarians believe that humans and our societies are on the verge of being radically transformed by advanced technologies, developing at an accelerating rate.

Some commentators have claimed that these ideas are a recapitulation or resurgence of religious and occult themes. Some, such as Erik Davis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erik_Davis), have gone so far as to depict Transhumanism as a form of Neo-Gnosticism.

The usual reaction to such claims is denial, but I will put the case for a common Gnostic ground between important spiritual and occult traditions on the one hand, and pro-technology Futurism on the other.

I will also speak briefly about the emerging Zero State movement, which gladly embraces this middle ground.

About the speaker:

Amon Kalkin is a cognitive scientist and electronic artist based in London.

As a research psychologist at University College London he studies conscious awareness in decision making and Artificial Intelligence. His artistic work is primarily in design and electronic music, and he is the founder of industrial/electronic band Xykogen (http://www.xykogen.com/) - a prominent group within the UK FuturePunk scene.

Amon is also the founder and leader of Zero State (zerostate.net (http://zerostate.net/))

About Zero State:

Zero State is described as a “Radical Democratic Futurist” movement which advocates:

voluntary personal and societal improvement through technology opposition to fundamentalism of all kinds, working to build a Distributed Autonomous Community of people dedicated to mutual support and living by a set of shared ethical principles.