By Charles Stross
The Singularity. it's the period of the posthuman. man made intelligences have handed the boundaries of human mind. Biotechnological beings have rendered humans all yet extinct. Molecular nanotechnology runs rampant, replicating and reprogramming at will. touch with extraterrestrial lifestyles grows extra coming near near with each one new day.
Struggling to outlive and thrive during this sped up global are 3 generations of the Macx extended family: Manfred, an entrepreneur dealing in intelligence amplification know-how whose brain is split among his actual atmosphere and the net; his daughter, Amber, at the run from her domineering mom, looking her fortune within the outer procedure as an indentured astronaut; and Sirhan, Amber’s son, who unearths his future associated with the destiny of all of humanity.
For whatever is systematically dismantling the 9 planets of the sunlight method. anything past human comprehension. anything that has no need for organic lifestyles in any form...
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Further, I will argue that, deliberately or not, Bergson’s soteriology is left crucially incomplete, open to and perhaps inviting supplementation by something or someone that, from its own perspective, remains as yet unknown: in Dickian vocabulary, a divine invasion. Mechanization and the war-instinct Bergson’s Two Sources is a work of urgency, despite or because of its late appearance in his life and career. Like several of his contemporaries who had attempted to investigate the origins of religion, Bergson was motivated by a concern for the plight of contemporary and future humanity.
I will suggest that what Bergson offers in Two Sources may be considered an immanent soteriology: a theory or logic of salvation (as opposed to a theological contribution to the study of existing doctrine) stripped of any necessary ontologically transcendent aspects, which is nevertheless unthinkable 30 The Philosophy of Science Fiction without some concept, image or intimation of the transcendent. This strange hybrid of immanent and transcendent paradigms is conceived as a necessary response to the set of modern conditions in which the mechanization of human life – its reduction to the literal or symbolic status of the non-living – demands to be addressed as a fundamentally material, real threat, yet which in its nearinfinite reach, almost unavoidably, in thought and image, takes on a sublime or quasi-divine dimension.
Yet only in Two Sources does he directly link this tendency to mechanization in the social sense of industrialization and its concomitant ethico-political transformations. Here he associates the mechanizing tendencies that he had already identified as aspects of the biological development of life and the psychic functioning of the human, with the human tendency towards violent conflict. This tendency is so embedded in human social and biological existence that Bergson refers to it as a ‘war-instinct’, explaining it as follows: ‘the origin of war is ownership, individual or collective, and since humanity is predestined to ownership by its structure, war is natural’ (MR: 284).
Accelerando by Charles Stross