Modern Cosmism

Organization: Cosmism Foundation

Venue: new york society for ethical culture s

Location: New York, New York, United States

Event Date/Time: Oct 10, 2015 / 9:00 am - (EST) End Date/Time: Oct 10, 2015 / 7:00 pm - (EST)
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Cosmism was originated in Russia more than a hundred years ago. That was an esoteric futuristic philosophy about post-humanity, technological immortality, resurrection and cosmic expansion. Early cosmists proposed the idea of decompaction (lightweighting) of the human body, that eventually wouldn’t need an atmosphere and would be powered directly by solar energy. They call it “radiant humanity” - a perfect society of highly moral and super-conscious beings merging and colonizing the whole Universe.

Modern Cosmism brings to the original doctrine the ontological foundation, a scientific structure and a deeper comprehension of possible technology aims to create in the future a new synthetic reality where the concepts of truth, consciousness, freedom and happiness will be deeply revised.

The conference will review the critical question about a potential meeting with advanced extraterrestrial  civilizations and suggest few hypotheses about their “eerie silence”. We will touch some related problems in cosmology, and astrophysics such as the shape and future of the Universe, black hole information paradox, multidimensional space, dark energy and interpretation of quantum mechanics. Are they a separate arrow of time? Are there exceptions to the principle of causality?

Like no other area of philosophy and technology before, Modern Cosmism raises fundamental questions about the post human nature and how it will be connected to the reality. Is the structure of reality included the consciousness? Is a non biological hardware can support the consciousness? How we can define Cosmic Evolution and what is the role of intelligent life?

The conference will address important philosophical issues that arise with the future design of artificial consciousness, mind uploading and cyber-immortality.  How will our concepts of subjectivity, perception, and morality change, if we will live in virtual reality of mega-consciousness environment where individuals can experience multiple presence, personality and have no gender. Will we be able to create super intelligent agents with consciousness and feelings? What are the limits of artificial capacities or functional simulations we should create?  Could we enhance our own humanity by genetically redesign our nature?  

Our keynote and plenary speakers are well-known cosmologists, neuroscientists, philosophers, interdisciplinary researchers, international protagonists of Cosmism and Transhumanism. Their lectures will discuss the most important current issues of Modern Cosmism from the point of view of philosophy, cosmology, ethics, technology, robotics and psychology.


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