[ExI] What's in a transhumanist name?
sjatkins at mac.com
Tue Jan 6 05:53:48 UTC 2009
Eschatoon Magic wrote:
> Good point Damien. I would reword "rational equivalent to a religion"
> as "rational worldview also open to artistic and spiritual
> sensibilities, _including_ god-free equivalents to the hope and
> meaning provided by religions for those who need them".
Whether we are at peace with it or not, religion and spiritual speaks to
pretty deep aspects of being human including for many their highest
aspirations and ideals. In this sense a strong movement rational yet
touching on the best and most powerful aspects for many usually only
reached by religion, could be a good thing.
> I construct "Order of Cosmic Engineers" as:
> Cosmic = we are interested in cosmic visions, and have long term cosmic goals
> Engineers = we want to see visions and achieve goals through science
> and engineering
> Order = a frank appeal to the inner eight-year old or WoW player
I don't take Order frivolously or apologize for it. I think it is time
for that level of dedication to high purpose, ideals and goals. It may
not be hip or cool but I think it has a power to it that shouldn't be
cavalierly tossed aside.
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