From cosmism to deism

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From cosmism to deism.
This essay is very interesting and hits on new terms that I have never heard of prior to reading this essay.

  • artilects – artificial intellects, i.e., godlike massively intelligent machines with intellectual capacities trillions of trillions of times above the human level
  • Theism vs Deism
    • Deism — the belief that there is a “deity,” i.e., a creator of the universe, a grand designer, a cosmic architect, that conceived and built our universe.
    • Theism — the belief in a deity that also cares about the welfare of individual humans.
  • Cosmism — the ideology if favor of humanity building artilects this century
  • Strong Anthropic Principle (SAP) – the values of the constants of the laws of physics are so fantastically, improbably finely tuned to allow the existence of matter and life, that it seems highly likely that these values were predesigned.
  • The “mathematical principle” – the idea that the universe appears to have been designed by a mathematician.

A humbling quote from the essay: We humans have existed for about 105 years, i.e., only a thousandth of 1% of the age of the universe – “a mere afterthought of an afterthought.”

The essay exposes that our third-generation star, the Sun, is only about 5 billion years old in our 13.7 billion year old universe, so “so it is likely that there are a trillion trillion second-generation stars in our observable universe that are billions of years older, that possibly have planets on which intelligent life evolved and then moved on in an “artilectual transition” to become “artilect gods.” These artilects may then have designed their own universes.”

I won’t spoil the rest. This is a very good read.

http://www.kurzweilai.net/from-cosmism-to-deism

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