Mega “UpWing”, Paradise Engineering projects: Ready for an Extropian, post-Darwinian ride ?..

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weather-machineWas reading this fascinating article about 8 “crazy”..  Mega-Engineering Projects We Could Use to Rework the Earth.. , and thought.. 1. This is a good opportunity to keep this blog alive..  2. Should I miss this golden opportunity to provoke / annoy.. my leftist / green / down-wing friends.., – hell no.. :)

Don’t get me wrong: I am (partly) a socalled down-winger myself, – (although predominantly an up-winger), – and you’d be a fool if you think I’m merely out to offend..
I wrote about the up-wing / down-wing political compass here , but let’s recapitulate:

DownWingers, according to social epistemologist Steve Fuller :

  • look to the earth.., and..
  • want to curb human aspirations to fit within what nature, in its Earthbound form, can reasonably be expected to sustain..

Some additional points, credit to Fogbanking :

  • believe Human nature is limited and chaos should be avoided..
  • anticipate futures of reduced energy consumption..
  • tend towards localization/resilience thought..
  • tend to follow the Left’s view of communitarianism and the Right’s sense of natural order..

UpWingers, in contrast, according to Fuller:

  • aspire to the skies.., and..
  • generally believe in grand “technological fixes” / “solutionism”..  for the world’s problems..

Additional points by “Fogbanking”:

  • believe Human potential is unlimited and chaos can be tamed..
  • anticipate futures of greater energy consumption…
  • tend to follow the [American Right’s] libertarian view of freedom, and the Left’s view of transcendent humanity..

With this outline in mind, let’s take a look at a couple of those crazy / fascinating, according to taste, Mega-Engineering Projects , – but.. be warned, gutmenschen, conspiracy theorists, foot-dragging conservationists, climate-change religionists, cultural pessimists, etc., – you’re in for an extropian,  post-Darwinian ride..

(1) Global Weather Control

According to nanotechnology expert J. Storrs Hall, the author of Nanofuture: What’s Next for Nanotechnology, we could start to build a weather machine later this century…
Read more..

(2) Terraforming the World’s Largest Deserts

Approximately one-third of Earth’s land surface is a desert.. – Imagine then, for instance, pumping desalinated seawater from the coast to the Sahara Desert and Australian Outback, creating, instead, lush forests and making vast regions of land fertile and habitable, besides, potentially ending global warming..
Read more..

(7) Eliminating Predation (!!)

Such is the dream of British futurist David Pearce, – who so happens to be my favourite transhumanist philosopher, – and who imagines a future in which animals are liberated from the never-ending cycle of Darwinian processes and its attendant pain and suffering..
Read more..

If you’ve never heard of this, in my opinion, great thinker, do check him out, and learn about Paradise Engineering..

Other projects: (3) Creating Artificial Islands ; (4) Creating a New Continent ; (5) Eliminating Vast Swaths of Land ; (6) Assisted Species Migration ; (8) Mass Carbon Capture..


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Turkey’s top religious body allows toilet paper..

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The sorely needed reformation of Islam, – as suggested by Ayan Hirsi Ali, see below – has begun..

Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) has released a fatwa stating that usage of toilet paper is permissible within Islam, though it emphasized that water should be the primary source of cleansing..

Source: Turkey’s top religious body allows toilet paper


More seriously, Ayan Hirsi Ali, in her new book, – Heretic, – wishes for a reformation of Islam as follows:

1. Muhammad’s semi-divine status, along with the literalist reading of the Quran.
Muhammad should not be seen as infallible, let alone as a source of divine writ. He should be seen as a historical figure who united the Arab tribes in a premodern context that cannot be replicated in the 21st century. And although Islam maintains that the Quran is the literal word of Allah, it is, in historical reality, a book that was shaped by human hands. Large parts of the Quran simply reflect the tribal values of the 7th-century Arabian context from which it emerged. The Quran’s eternal spiritual values must be separated from the cultural accidents of the place and time of its birth.

2. The supremacy of life after death.
The appeal of martyrdom will fade only when Muslims assign a greater value to the rewards of this life than to those promised in the hereafter.

3. Shariah, the vast body of religious legislation.
Muslims should learn to put the dynamic, evolving laws made by human beings above those aspects of Shariah that are violent, intolerant or anachronistic.

4. The right of individual Muslims to enforce Islamic law.
There is no room in the modern world for religious police, vigilantes and politically empowered clerics.

5. The imperative to wage jihad, or holy war.
Islam must become a true religion of peace, which means rejecting the imposition of religion by the sword.

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“Let’s Kick Islam and Christianity out of Africa” — interview with activist Jd Otit..

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Don’t know about you, but personally I find it hard to relate to the horrors of thousands of poor souls drowning on their way to European shores.. – What scares me the most, however, is the degree of indifference I’m experiencing.., – but that is not what this post is about.., – let’s just say I don’t know  what I ought to think, FEEL.., DO.. , – but at least I can reblog this great Brighter Brains Institute interview…

Brighter Brains Institute (BBI) recently launched BiZoHa – the world’s first atheist orphanage…

BBI is interested in secularizing Africa because we believe this would tremendously benefit the continent intellectually, socially, and economically

We recently discovered an activist who shares our POV on Facebook. The administrator of World Atheists: Lets Kick Islam and Christianity out of Africa agreed to an interview..

Reblogged from Brighter Brains Institute :


 BBI: What is your background?

Jd Otit: I am originally from Nigeria. I now live in Manchester, United Kingdom. I am a legal practitioner. Besides Nigeria, I have also been to Benin, Ghana, Libya, Tunisia and Morocco.

BBI: Why do you think it is important to kick Christianity and Islam out of Africa?

Jd Otit: Africa definitely would be a great place without foreign religion. We might not be able to eradicate the worship of African deities by Africans, however, the worship of African Gods is less problematic than the evils and atrocities associated with these two foreign doctrines, –  Islam and Christianity.

Africa will fare better as one people. Islam and Christianity has divided us; it has torn the fabric of brotherhood that held us together; we see ourselves as Muslims or Christians; we do not recognize what bound us together anymore – our color, our Africaness, our common adversities as a people – we rejoice at the peril of Muslims or Christians because we do not think any more as “African” but rather we label ourselves according to some Middle Eastern idiocy introduced to us through slavery.

My experience of religious Africa is..


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Stealthy Freedom “transhuman” foxy Iranian ladies..

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I’m posting these (transhuman..) Stealthy Freedom foxy Iranian ladies for one.. perhaps two…, actually three reasons:

1. To let you know Transhumanisten is still around.. 2. Latest entry  was posted more than three months ago, – and 3. As of this writing, I’ve got nothing better to offer..

Without further ado then.. – and recalling  that a photograph houses inside it..
a complex balance of privacy, disclosure, artifice, truth and mystery“.. , do enjoy..


Mystified - Shirin Neshat - She Who Tells a Story - MFA Boston

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Charlie Hebdo attack: Nothing to do with Islam ? – Was Muhammed a muslim or an Islamist..

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violent-moiYou heard it, right ? –  The Charlie Hebdo attack HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH ISLAM..
Well, – read this brilliant, sublime, hilarious satirical masterpiece, below, and THINK AGAIN !


Disclaimer: This is SATIRE, meant to cut through the Newspeak bullshit about this and /or that atrocity “having nothing to do with Islam”, and is NOT, – repeat NOT meant to offend any individual, peace-loving muslim !!! – Good news is I’m confident it won’t..

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