«Creative people alternate between imagination and fantasy, and a rooted sense of reality»
- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Falling into existence.
In the future I hope We would be able to create tiny little stars so I can use them to illuminate my bedroom.
…this discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves. The specific which you have discovered is an aid not to memory, but to reminiscence, and you give your disciples not truth, but only the semblance of truth; they will be hearers of many things and will have learned nothing; they will appear to be omniscient and will generally know nothing; they will be tiresome company, having the show of wisdom without the reality.
Socrates - Phaedrus
Context: «Socrates tells the story of the ancient Egyptian god Theuth, inventor of letters, and what the god and king Ammon (Thamus in Greek) said to Theuth about his invention»
It is better to see every human being as part of a whole that was broken and that need to be repaired now.
A Russian mogul wants to achieve cybernetic immortality for humans within the next 33 years. He’s pulled together a team intent on creating fully functional holographic human avatars that house our artificial brains.
The project’s ultimate goal is to save people from suffering and death. But just how likely is it that this project will succeed?
It seems to me the question should be, “Would you even want to do this?”
True immortality is not possible. We may be able to extend life, which is an admirable goal. But life without death is not achievable. Our sun is going to go red giant in a few billion years, potentially engulfing the earth. Eventually the sun will completely run out of fuel and collapse into a black dwarf. It will become a lump floating though the universe with no luminosity and a temperature of approximately 5 kelvin. When the Andromeda Galaxy collides with our Milky Way, our solar system will likely be cast into the super-massive black hole at the center of the galaxy, or it may be ejected from the galaxy entirely.
But let’s assume that humans figure out how to travel to other habitable planets before that time. It’s not outside of the realm of possibility. Well, eventually every star in the universe will run out of fuel. All 200 sextillion to 1 septillion of them. Many will collapse into black holes and merge with other stellar entities. The stellar birth and death cycle with draw to a close. The universe will become so spread out that an observer in one galaxy will see no evidence of any other existing galaxy. All evidence of the big bang will become inaccessible due to these vast distances. The universe will grow cold and dark and eventually reach a final energy state.
Every person will eventually have to face death. There is no escaping it. Be grateful for the life that we have.
random thoughts on this article…
I am struggling understand in which way this kind of immortality could even be considered remotely desirable. Humanity lives encapsulated in a finite world, we take up a tiny part of something bigger because we can’t go beyond the world that sustains us. There is only so far we can go as a species and this is really pushing it. To dissociate ourselves from this very limitedness by projecting our being into an ‘infinite’ realm, some invulnerable hologram, defeats everything that we are actually living for. People live and thrive and mark their being under the sense that we exist in a transient passage of time, and we utilize time to constitute the whole meaning of our existence (e.g with a past to remember and a future to imagine, like our birth and our impending death) so to ideate immortality whilst being so utterly mortal means that our definition of immortality right now can only ever be utopic. Extending life still means mortality, which could be feasible and sensible to our fundamental existence so long as mortality is not forgotten- but to aim beyond doesn’t make much sense for us. There is no way we can actually determine what is to happen with this possibility. If it is the case that we do desire immortality, whilst still being mortal, we would not have fully grasped the weight of what precisely it is that we desire- because we do not know what it means to be something we are not. And if it were possible to shift ourselves, our minds, into an inorganic platform, where is the guarantee that we will remain ourselves at all? There are defining characteristics which make us human and immortality in the same stable body (and mind) is not one of them. The things we desire of ‘forever’ as a human, if any, holds no guarantee of being transferrable qualities in an immortal existence; anything we may think as ‘good’ about immortal possibility would be rendered meaningless if the evaluative faculties by which we thought those things (existing within the condition that our time is running out) were to change. Like maybe you want more time to do things or have more time with your family but if you had all the time in the world, and you knew you had forever to enjoy those things, where would that leave you? Would the pleasure of an experience wear off when you can longer conceive of it going away? Would it really make one more productive to be immortal when they, more than anybody else, have license to do nothing without a deadline to warrant action? Quantity does not secure quality of the outcomes in it. Plus, I’d say reducing suffering lies in doing something about it with what is current, instead of fancying that avoiding problems of real-time and instead proposing a deus ex machina of a solution will help matters. That is almost laughable. But this kind of transhumanist madness, even just hypothetically, really scares me
I wonder if the fact that you are immortal will automatically set you free from any duty or if you would have to work forever instead of working just for the majority of your lifetime. What I mean is, will you have a better life extending it or will you just be sentenced to the same routine forever? Besides, would it be bearable to live with ourselves for all eternity, with the same thoughts, with the same ideas, with the same self? Anything that is against the way Nature do things should be regarded with doubt and be questioned. Is it really desirable? I guess it depends on the amount of egoism a person live with.
Say or think what you want but I love this poem… I even cried a couple of times because of it and I don’t mind to admit it.
Not only creating in the sense of adding new concepts to your ever growing mental definitions of the world but actually reinventing yourself from time to time. To have all your beliefs broken at certain times, to despair with it, to get lost with it, and to find a new way of looking at life, a new way of having this experience, a new way of you.
Your Mission is to build the new world.