Transhumanist boilerplate hasn't changed in 30 years apart from postponements of the techno-transcendence. @ImmortalityProj @washingtonpost— Dale Carrico (@dalecarrico) May 19, 2016
Quite apart from the fact that nobody seems particularly agitated up to this point, and hence the exhortation to "Calm down" seems a bit odd, do take note of the date of this tweet and compare it to the dates of the tweets to which it is responding. Over six months had elapsed, and the tweets were the occasion for a few "likes" and then vanished into the scroll. I take it back, maybe somebody does indeed seem unduly agitated after all. To this unexpectedly latecoming bit of defensiveness I offered up the usual anti-futurological snark:@adamjohnsonNYC @dalecarrico Calm down. Everything we tweet isn't an endorsement. We fund research, but we also post news on immortality.— Immortality Project (@ImmortalityProj) November 30, 2016
@ImmortalityProj @adamjohnsonNYC I've got some news for you to post on that front, dear: You, like everybody else, are going to die.— Dale Carrico (@dalecarrico) November 30, 2016
Who ever said robot cultists don't know how to party?@dalecarrico Yes, that's absolutely true. But as @taylorswift13 once sang, "Why you gotta be so mean?"— Immortality Project (@ImmortalityProj) December 4, 2016
Why you gotta be so fraud? @ImmortalityProj— Dale Carrico (@dalecarrico) December 4, 2016
You gotta love that, "frankly."@dalecarrico Have you actually looked at the research we funded? It's not "fraudulent"; frankly, our researchers' aims are modest at best.— Immortality Project (@ImmortalityProj) December 4, 2016
1 You appear to be a transhumanoid robocultic normalization/academic infiltration effort... @ImmortalityProj— Dale Carrico (@dalecarrico) December 4, 2016
2 ...mostly pseudo-science and press release hyperbole with a figleaf of New Age-tinged theology/philosophy for "balance." @ImmortalityProj— Dale Carrico (@dalecarrico) December 4, 2016
Given the, er, hip Swiftism earlier on, I do think that last "Oh well" was a missed opportunity for a more on-trend Trumpian, "Sad!"@dalecarrico Neither 1 nor 2 is true. It's clear that you've made up your mind in advance of actually learning about our research. Oh well.— Immortality Project (@ImmortalityProj) December 4, 2016
Longstanding readers of this blog know that it is never really a sound idea for futurologists to assume the reason I am not in the pews with them in their particular sect of robotcultism is because I just haven't familiarized myself yet with their stunning glossy promotional materials. A click on the Superlative Summary will reveal over a decade of close readings of futurological rhetoric on pretty much every topic that preoccupies the attention of our techno-transcendental "Thought Leaders."
In this instance, our intrepid Immortality Project twitterer has categorically denied the truth of my assessment of their little racket. Given that this exchange begins with their link to a self-described primer on transhumanism and then consists of their belated taking of offense that I would declare the piece a stale and unremarkable summary you will forgive me for saying their denial of a connection or interest in transhumanism (the first of my charges, all of which they declare be untrue, recall) is absurd.
Reading their own linked report of "Science Projects" they funded you will immediately encounter a study of reported well-being by Buddhists from a couple of American philosophers, a project in which people who spend time in a virtual reality (presumably loosely defined) including simulated post-death experience report satisfactions comparable to those who report having had near death experiences, another report on near death experiences, a project to find "immortality genes" possibly to prolong human lifespans in Hydra oligactis, and on and on. While your assessment of the worth of such studies may vary from my own, I daresay it is not so very hard to imagine why one might be inclined to describe these projects as a bit robocultic (VR and immortal jellyfish), pseudo-scientific (near death experience testimonials) or "New Age"-tinged (west coast boutique Buddhism).
As for my observation that the Project seems like "a transhumanoid normalization/academic infiltration effort" I will simply draw your attention to the Project's self-description on its own website's splash page: "[Our] questions include: whether and in what form(s) persons survive or could survive bodily death... the present time as an auspicious one to launch a unified, organized, and open-minded project that will (1) stimulate research from across the disciplines in attempt to make progress on these themes (2) disseminate this research to an especially receptive public..."
The reason that phrase is in quotes, by the way, is because it comes yet again from the Project's self-description of its research aims on its splash page. You may recall that these ambitions, like the Project's aforementioned proposals to fund techno-immortalization progress and proselytize the reasonableness and desirability of such priorities to a wider public, were the aims declared "modest" earlier in this exchange. So modest, indeed! And so very scientific!Quite. Do continue your "research" to "advance understanding of immortality and belief in immortality" which doesn't exist. @ImmortalityProj— Dale Carrico (@dalecarrico) December 4, 2016