The goal of the Tradhumanist Research Program is to rectify technology with eternity.
We have the wrong idea about future space travel. Our current technology has conditioned us to believe in spaceships as a sterile affair, all metals and plastics. This works for getting to the Moon and back, but if you’re like me that’s not good enough. The frontier beyond the Moon, beyond the Solar System–this is what calls to us. When one commits to this, one realizes this is going to be a one-way affair.
This is an age of codes. Ultimately a code is a quantity: a particular code is one of a finite number of possible codes. As the age of codes the dominant metaphor is of information-processing machines. We apply this framing device on every level of existence: our neurons are tiny computing machines that create a larger computing machine we call the brain. Organisms are input output machines that take in materials x, y, and z and make them a, b, c.
Eventually I would like to be in some sort of intentional rural community, as in Justin Murphy’s mountain mansions. Inside of these communities there’s opportunities to create new institutions – why not laboratories? Our current research institutions, the universities, seem to be in a bit of a crisis. There’s room for alternative institutions – why not have our own Manhattan Project in the Rockies? This all is insanely aspirational at this point, but seems worthwhile to aspire to!
COVID revealed a truth: the US is brittle. There was a need for fast, rapid action. We have a SOP for pandemics: you close the borders. The nature by which viruses spread is not magic. Instead: the media sternly fingerwags that labeling the virus by where it came from is racist, followed by social measures held in place by shaming. There is a sputtering of action at the beginning, followed by nothing but yelling about masks for 9 months.
When I die, what is the narrative I will have lived? What will I have done to have lived a full life? To craft a future narrative and to act on it enables it to come about. Without a goal one will be chosen for you (how many of chosen ‘Defeat Trump’ instead of ‘my-own-rational-goal’?) One has a degree of control over their own telos, and deciding where our time points is imperative!