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Stuart Mason Dambrot
August 22, 2013


[Editor's note: per copyright restrictions, I can not post this article in its entirety here for the next 30 days.  I encourage you to click through and read it on phys.org until that time.]

As many Phys.org readers undoubtedly know, Einstein famously said that imagination is more important than knowledge – but there’s more to it. The full quote reads:

I believe in intuition and inspiration. … At times I feel certain I am right while not knowing the reason. When the eclipse of 1919 confirmed my intuition, I was not in the least surprised. In fact I would have been astonished had it turned out otherwise. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research.

Futurists, visionaries, scientists, technologists, philosophers, and others who take this view to heart convened on June 15-16, 2013 in New York City at Global Futures 2045 International Congress: Towards a New Strategy for Human Evolution. GF2045 was organized by the 2045 Strategic Social Initiative founded by Russian entrepreneur Dmitry Itskov in February 2011 with the main goals of creating and realizing a new strategy for the development of humanity – one based upon our unique emerging capability to effect self-directed evolution. The initiative’s two main science projects are focused largely on Transhumanism – a multidisciplinary approach to analyzing the dynamic interplay between humanity and the acceleration of technology. Specifically, the 2045 Initiative’s projects seek to (1) enable an individual’s personality to be transferred to a more advanced non-biological substrate, and (2) extend life to the point of immortality – and those skeptical about the likelihood of achieving these goals should consider Arthur C. Clarke’s laws of prediction:

  1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
  2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
  3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.


>> Continue reading on Phys.org:

The world according to Itskov: Futurists convene at GF2045 (Part 1)

The world according to Itskov: Futurists convene at GF2045 (Part 2)

 

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2 Comments

    I would have loved it if they also mentioned the conscious soul or spirit in this, perhaps creation flows from the top to the lower parts of existence. and if we want to understand how to transfer our consciousness to lower denser mater.For sure we should not forget to mention the soul! (mind body and soul)

      Personally I think that the mind is a product of our experiences- at least the conscious parts, and that our 'self' is our soul, that is, we as we think of ourselves existing is in fact our soul. So you are quite right, we mustn't forget ourselves when trying to transfer ourselves to a machine!

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