Howard Bloom will be the keynote speaker at the December 2020 Terasem Colloquium on the “Law of Cosmist Persons,” focused on “transpartisan approaches to the intersection of space expansion, emerging technologies and human rights.”
Some people want to radically change the human condition with technology, become humans 2.0, and move to space. Others want things to stay as they are and remain humans 1.0 here on Earth. Terasem refers to these two groups as Cosmists and Terrans.
There are extreme versions of both mindsets. For example, some Cosmists want to rush toward creating superintelligent Artificial Intelligences (AIs) that could obliterate humankind. On the other hand, Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, who killed three people, injured 23, and left behind a radical ecologist manifesto, can be seen as the first Terran.
But both mindsets have more appealing aspects. Cosmists promote geoethical nanotechnology, responsible development of emerging technologies including advanced AI, and human expansion into space. Terrans promote green technologies, respect for Gaia and its biodiversity, and responsible freedom in fair societies.
There could be hostility between Cosmists and Terrans. In fact, current issues show that attempts to change the human condition bring social tensions that may only become bigger with even more radical changes like space migration and cyborgs.
It seems clear that everyone should have the right to make their own choices, but nobody should claim the right to choose for others. It’s to be hoped that Cosmists and Terrans will be able to overcome their ideological differences and work together to create wonderful futures on Earth and among the stars.
Britain’s Channel 4 TV has called Howard Bloom “the Einstein, Darwin, Newton, and Freud of the 21st Century.” Bloom has been a Visiting Scholar at New York University and is the critically acclaimed author of seven books, including The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition into the Forces of History (1995) and Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind from the Big Bang to the 21st Century (2000).
Bloom’s writings have appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Knight-Ridder’s Financial News Service, Psychology Today’s blog site, The Scientific American’s blog site, and in: arxiv.org, the leading pre-print site in advanced theoretical physics and math; PhysicaPlus; Across Species Comparisons and Psychopathology; BioSystems; New Ideas in Psychology; The Journal of Space Philosophy; and in the books: Research in Biopolitics; The Future Information Society; and NASA’s Cosmos and Culture.
In addition, he lectured an international conference of quantum physicists in Moscow—Quantum Informatics 2006—on why everything we know about quantum physics is wrong, and the concepts Bloom introduced were later used in a book proposing a new approach to quantum physics, Constructive Physics, by Moscow University’s Yuri Ozhigov.
Bloom is the founder and chair of a group Buzz Aldrin convinced him to form in 2005, the Space Development Steering Committee, and a member of the board of governors of the National Space Society.
Bloom began in microbiology and theoretical physics at the age of ten and formulated a theory of the beginning, middle, and end of the universe that predicted Dark Energy when he was working at the world’s largest cancer research center at 16. For that theory, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdJyafSBCb0. Bloom believes that science must harvest the insights of the arts. In 1968 he co-founded Cloud Studio, which became one of the leading avant-garde commercial art studios on the East Coast. In 1971 he became editor of the monthly rock magazine Circus, and was credited by Chet Flippo, one of the founding editors of Rolling Stone, with single-handedly creating a new magazine genre, the heavy metal magazine. In 1976 he founded the Howard Bloom Organization, Ltd., which became the largest public relations firm in the record industry, with clients like Michael Jackson, Prince, Bob Marley, Bette Midler, John Mellencamp, Billy Joel, Billy Idol, Simon & Garfunkel, Queen, Kiss, AC/DC, Aerosmith, and Run DMC.
For more information about Howard Bloom, see howardbloom.net.
The Colloquium will be an online event using Zoom. Attendance will be free and unrestricted. The Colloquium will be held on Thursday, December 10, 2020, at 10am EST and last three hours.