[ExI] The meaning of life (in transhumanism)

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 19 16:37:05 UTC 2014

Meaning of life: 1 -  either you discover it or have it revealed to you, or
2 - you make it up.

Over 10,000 religions and adding two a day (
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2002/02/oh-gods/302412/) are
eagerly awaiting your innocence to tell you what to do, how to do it, what
not to do, and ask how much money you are donating.

Felix Mendelssohn, after playing a piano work of his own, was asked by a
lady what it meant.  He turned back to the piano, played it again, and said
"That's what it means."

So, meaning is not something something brings to you, it's something you
bring to it.  I think that covers all bases.


On Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 7:13 AM, Omar Rahman <rahmans at me.com> wrote:

> Dear Anders,
>         Thank you for asking this question. My answer to this in a
> 'traditional' context would be that we give our own meaning to life in the
> context of ourselves and our surroundings. This type of meaning is perhaps
> insufficient now that we live in the Anthropocene Era and we are embarking
> on the evolutionary era of transhumanism. I would like to refer to this
> evolutionary era as the 'giving ourselves ourselves' era, I'm pretty sure
> it would sound nifty in Latin or Ancient Greek. (Google translate proposes
> for Latin: dans tempus et ipsi nobis)
>         In this context, where we may consciously shape both the
> environment and ourselves, we face the danger of over adaption to our
> environment. We might end up 'living in the bubble' of our own light cone,
> so galactically smug that we die literally of boredom. Do species knowingly
> or unknowingly engage in some sort of 'less than zero sum' game of
> adaptation of environment and self? Does this explain the Fermi Paradox?
>         Or not. Perhaps there is a more interesting context just over that
> horizon which is MUCH more interesting that the shared context we have from
> being bipedal hairless apes of our various
> social-political-economic-cultural persuasions.
>         We have the meaning we give ourselves, and if we dig at this
> meaning enough we end up with a 'because...just because' type of answer.
> Existentialists at some point have to face this and accept this to whatever
> degree they are able. Transhumanists will have to face this fully and be
> damn careful about editing that 'because.config' file.
> Best regards,
> Omar Rahman
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