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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Behold the Man...

Teaching Nietzsche's Ecce Homo in seminar this morning in the City, but should be back in plenty of time to make a pitcher of Mai Tais and enjoy the GOP shenanigans...


jollyspaniard said...

I've found pitchers are the way forward when it comes to cocktails.

jimf said...

Wie man wird was man ist nicht?

So I just stumbled on this (more than a year late, I know)
review in H+ Magazine by friend of blog, Giulio Prisco:

"The term Cosmism seems to have been introduced by Konstantin Tsiolokovsky
and other Russian Cosmists around 1900 [but surely more >Hists have
heard it in the sense used by Hugo de Garis]. Now, Ben Goertzel’s
_Cosmist Manifesto_ (published by Humanity+ Press and available on Amazon)
gives it new life. . . Cosmism, as Goertzel presents it, is a practical
philosophy for the posthuman era. Rooted in Western and Eastern
[but not Northern and Southern?] philosophy as well as modern technology
and science, it is a way of understanding ourselves and our universe that
makes sense now [OK, if you say so], and will keep on making sense as
advanced technology exerts its transformative impact in the unfolding future.
Goertzel weaves a philosophic tapestry using AI, nanotechnology, uploading,
immortality, psychedelic drugs, meditation, future social structures,
psi phenomena, alien and cetacean intelligence and the Singularity
[a veritable Terrence McKenna among the >Hists!]. The Cosmist perspective
is shown to make plain old common sense of even the wildest future

Plain old common sense -- well, I hope it's not **that** boring! ;->

13 to 20 bucks, on Amazon.

Though maybe I should save my pennies for this one:

Transcendent Man (DVD - May 24, 2011)
Starring Ray Kurzweil, Peter Diamandis, William Shatner, et al.

Wird, man, just wird!