Never talk about …

My parents advised me of something I have heard elsewhere: in polite conversation never mention sex, politics, or religion. Well, this blog is all about sex, politics and religion. By sex I do not mean simply the various forms of sexual activity, but sexual relationships including marriage. Thus said, I will just briefly mention that sex, politics and religion are all what I call Social Technology, a term I used on the Internet before anyone else did. But never mind that for now. Fundamentally I am in favour of sex and opposed to politics and religion. But that is a bit naive. Politics exists, and attempts to do away with it are themselves political. Religion exists and attempts to do away with it are themselves religious.

Sex exists too, but seems easier to get rid of, at least in the media. In the 1950s sex was just never mentioned or shown in any way on network television. Popular literature was almost as repressed.

When it comes to sex I often focus on the word “penetration”. On network TV today we see bullets penetrating people, something profoundly unnatural and quite shocking, but when do we ever see the most natural and essential act of all, the penetration of a penis into a vagina. Never. Not on network TV, hardly ever on cable channels even porn channels.
Penetration, penile peneteration. I am not saying it should be shown, though why not? I just want to know about the double standard. Why do we get to see bullets entering people, deadly penetration, on most channels a vast amount of the time.

Politics. Well, Kropotkin, for me, but he was naive about mutual aid. For people to work together they should be compatible, something not to be taken for granted. See my FindCompatibles blog on this site.

Religion. Well, in the Christian churches the words of St. Paul are accepted, and he emphasized the importance of not splitting the church into sects. I therefore insist that the church has not divided itself into sects, and all apparent divisions are fictions or political creations, having nothing to do with Christianity. This is not to advocate the church of Rome, of course. Other religions? I take the same view of them.

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where to post about immortality?

Using Google I could find a few relevent blogs that I could find no way to post on, and a few ancient posts on this subject on unrelated blogs where I could make add a comment to some two year old posting, but nothing except this blog itself where I could easily post at all. Actually if when I searched for Practical Immortality on the web I found nothing useful, but when I searched for Practical Immortality on blogs this was at the top of the list. Even so, nobody but myself has posted on it.

Completely invisible no matter how I searched for them were my Technological Fantasies and FindCompatibles blogs when I searched for them in any obvious way, though oddly enough I found a couple of post on them which happened to contain the phrase Practical Immortality.
Strange.

If someone could find me any blog on practical immortality to post on I would be grateful. Some seem to exist but I could not find any way to post on them. Frustrating. Help me, please.

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related blogs

What sounds less possible than Practical Immortality? It might be called a fantasy, a technological fantasy. For this and other ideas, see my other blog, Technological Fantasies.
I claim that immortality is possible, in just the way described in my first post here. Indeed, I think all of the fantasies on that other blog are possible, and I hint at how they might be achieved. I hope someone will review these fantasies and criticize them.

I have another blog, my first, which defines what I believe to be the first step to accomplishing any of these fantasies. To work on such extraordinary projects we must find compatible people.
I have a blog called FindCompatibles, which is not only about finding people to work together, but also about finding lovers, friends, jobs, and other aspects of a person’s social environment.

I do think immortality is achievable, practical, and probably inevitable. Please review my first post in this blog to see what I mean. I hope someone will complain that this is nonsense. I claim it is not. I’d like a chance to defend my views.

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Practical Immortality

I am not sure how many of these ideas are new. I came to write a synthesis of them while writing a large novel. Two ideas are key: the first is that a person can exist in a virtual reality world hosted on a supercomputer. The second is that such a person does not have to be just a copy of its realworld predecessor, but can actually be that person. Creating a copy of yourself in a computer is not true immortality, because that person is only a copy, no matter how good a copy. But I claim that the person himself or herself can be transfered into the virtual reality world.

There are two metaphors which illustrate this point. One is the notion of putting two computers in parallel, having them work in parallel for a while, then shutting one down. Suppose a large neural network hosted on a supercomputer as a model for a person is synched to a person, using as much of the person’s own inputs and outputs as possible to maintain synchronization. Then a biological computer and an electronic one are working in parallel. At that point the biological computer can be shut down, leaving the syncronized electronic one to continue. That can be seen as a transfer of a person into the virtual reality world maintained on the electronic supercomputer. This may be at least a metaphor, possibly a practical method for achieving true immortality.

Another metaphor is related, but simpler and perhaps easier to understand. Imagine a two necked 12-string guitar, with each neck having the same pitch range. Let a chord be started on one neck, one set of strings, and sustained with the feedback based sustain lever. Now finger the same chord on the other neck, other set of strings, perhaps with the aid of another person. Even without anyone playing (striking) the second set of string, they will start to vibrate through sympathetic vibration. Then both sets of strings will be synchronously playing the same chord. Now if the first set of strings is completely damped to soundlessness, probably with the aid of another person wielding a felt damper, the original sound, unchanged in any way, will continue on the second set of strings. Think of this as a transfer of personality and identity from one medium to another.

Through consideration of both metaphors and especially the first, which may be a practical method, I have come to the conclusion that real immortality in a virtual world is possible. Computers powerful enough to host such a virtual reality world and some number of inhabitants probably already exist and will certainly be widespread in the future.

I have another way of thinking about this, based on wave mechanics and integral transforms, but that is a bit much for now. I’ll post it on request.

I hope anyone who reads this will also look at the Finding Compatibles blog on this site. It may seem to be on an entirely different topic, but I claim that to accomplish anything, even making immortality practical for everyone, one must start by finding people who can work together.

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