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    Just out of curiosity, I was wondering how many of the people on this list are familiar with this paper:


    MetaSystem Transitions, Memes, and Cybernetic Immortality

    Elan Moritz

    The Institute for Memetic Research PO Box 16327 Panama City, Florida, USA 32406-1327 email:

    version date: 8/29/93
    (c)-1993: all rights reserved untiljournal publication


    [ THIS IS PART 1 of 2 : Segmented to allow simpler e-mail /ftp access. This is the manuscript version of a paper submitted to the Journal "World Futures" for the special issue on Metasystem Transition Theory. For details on this issue and the Principia Cybernetic Project contact the special issue editors:

    Cliff Joslyn - Binghamton, USA Francis Heylighen - Valentin Turchin - CCNY, NY, USA

    Note that special symbols /tables may be slightly off in ASCII version].


    Abstract. Recently the Principia Cybernetica Project undertook a computer-based collaborative effort to develop a unified system of philosophy. The philosophy and its implementation are explicitly based on evolutionary principles of variation and natural selection (VNS) and a fundamental type of emergence called META-SYSTEM TRANSITION (MST) which increases the overall freedom and adaptivity of systems. MST, conceived and articulated by Turchin (1977, 1990), occurs when a control subsystem is replicated and integrated into a whole through a higher level VNS generated control subsystem. Turchin also originated and articulated the concepts of 'the will to immortality' and CYBERNETIC IMMORTALITY (CI). Heylighen used these to form a robust framework for CI contingent on immortal meme systems, metarational consciousness, and limitless knowledge. A possible direction of future evolution is the emergence of further levels of organization realized in
    'superbeing/metabeings'. The precise configuration of these 'beings' is still open; an aspect or totality of which may be viewed as 'cybernetic immortality' . In this paper, I review aspects of memes and MST as the basis for cybernetic immortality, discuss the potential for further MetaSystem Transitions in humans and human culture [trans-sapiens and trans-culture], generalized CI constructs and interactions between cybernetically immortal constructs. Finally, some reflections are offered concerning the role of CI constructs in future evolution and the evolution of the future.

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