1, Issue 1 September 2003
Hypatia: Virian Saint
Empathy and Vision: The Quiet Virtues
Interview with BJ Klein.
Plausible Consequences: Not with a Bang.
Publisher and Editor:
Hypatia: Virian Saint
When the Christians destroyed the Library of Alexandria under Theodosius in 391 and 396CE, the librarian was Theon (or variously Theron). We can imagine his and his daughter Hypatia's feelings as some 500 000 scrolls representing hundreds of years of collection and research were destroyed. This was a forerunner of the end of "The Golden Age". Many have argued that the death of Hypatia, only 25 years later introduced the real "dark ages" as the last light of reason was extinguished with her death.
Today the Church of Virus is pleased to Illuminate Hypatia as our second Saint... (read more)
Empathy and Vision:
The Quiet Virtues
Virus was originally created to compete with the traditional (irrational)
religions in the human ideosphere with the idea that it would introduce
and propagate memes, which would ensure the survival and evolution of
our species. The main advantage conferred upon adherents is that Virus
provides a conceptual framework for leading a truly meaningful life and
attaining immortality without resorting to mystical delusions.
Virus is a collection of mutually-supporting ideas (a meme-complex or
memeplex) encompassing philosophy, science, technology, politics, and
religion. The core ideas are based on evolution and memetics because one
of the primary design goals was survivability through adaptation (religions
die, not because they grow old, but because they become obsolete). If
a new religion is designed around the premise of continuously integrating
better (more accurate, more useful) concepts while ensuring the survival
of its believers, it could conceivably achieve true immortality. (Read
Interview with BJ Klein:
The Immortality Institute is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting
ideas and developments geared towards ending involuntary death and expounding
immortalism as a practical philosophy. This essentially forms an umbrella
term encompassing cryonics, nanotechnology, genetic modification and various
other ideas tending towards the same purpose of extending lifespans.
These ideas are controversial on a number of fronts; the feasibility of these
ideas and technologies, their implications on our environment and resources
and their philosophical implications. Bruce J. Klein, Director of the
Immortality Institute, was kind enough to answer questions on these issues. (Read
"Plausible" Consequences: Not with a Bang.
(Part 1 of 3)
Buffy: World is what it is. We fight. We die. Wishing
doesn't change that.
Giles: I have to believe in a better world.
Buffy: Go ahead. I have to live in this one.
Quiet dedicated scientists, persevered on the problem
for decades. None of these scientists suffered from the ethical qualms
that might have lead to whistle blowing by western researchers. After
all, these scientists worked in ... (Read more)