Below is the Master’s Thesis I recently completed for a Space Studies program. It incorporates many of the ideas I’ve been blogging about here, along with some new proposals for creating an explicit Cosmist ideology and space movement. Enjoy!
Cosmism – An Ideological Outline of a New Space Movement
Following my previous post about Engineering the Cosmic Order, I received a request from a leader of a visionary space organization to produce an outline for just such a “memetic offensive”. Here is what I came up with…
An Outline of a Cosmist Memetic Offensive
“Before we can colonize outer space, we must first colon [...]
Here is a perspective that needs to be widely disseminated as an antidote to the toxic memes of the pre- and postmodern cynics which have infected our civilization. It’s time for a new wave of intellectuals and cultural creatives to go on the memetic offensive and fully embrace the spirit of Cosmism! Like the pyramids and cathedrals of [...]
I am constantly scanning the internet for interesting and inspiring Cosmist-related material — here are a few of my latest discoveries:
These talks by Joel Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams were part of a lecture series at Yale called “The Cosmic Society: The New Universe and the Human Future.” Their idea of creating a cosmic s [...]
We need several really aggressive, attractive space religions, meeting the emotional needs of different segments of our population, driving traditional religions and retrograde cults from the field.” —William Sims Bainbridge, Religion for a Cosmic Civilization 2.0
“The time has come for man to set himself a goal. The time has come to plant t [...]
In all my Cosmism-related research, I’ve somehow never come across the writings of William Sims Bainbridge until now. Bainbridge’s ideas about the need for a new cosmic religion are profound, and very much in line with the vision of Cosmism I am attempting to expound here. His article Religion for a Galactic Civilization 2.0 is an [...]
For today’s Observation I’d like to take a walk on the dark side and share a few videos with a Dark Cosmist feel. I find these videos stunning; for me they evoke the spirit of cosmicism beautifully: Awe and terror at the vast, alien Cosmos. Play these on full screen with headphones and enjoy!
As I see it, there are two main schools of Cosmist thought, which I like to call “Light Cosmism” and “Dark Cosmism” (aka “Cosmicism”). To better understand these schools, I offer the stirring words of four great cosmic thinkers who capture the spirit of each side: Carl Sagan and Marshall Savage vs. H.P. Lovecraft and Friedrich Nie [...]
Edgar Mitchell is a mystic for the Space Age – an astronaut who experienced a cosmic epiphany while returning from the moon during the Apollo 14 mission. Born in a small town in Texas, raised a Baptist, with a PhD in aeronautical engineering from MIT, Mitchell wouldn’t seem to be a likely candidate for any kind of “New Agey” mystical revelati [...]
It would be remiss of me not to post something to mark the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s historic first orbit of our planet, but I would like to commemorate it in the larger context of Russian Cosmism.
While the nationalist imperatives of the Cold War may have driven the Space Race in the 1960′s, Gagarin’s flight, like [...]
(Note to newcomers: “Observations” are what I call some of my little sermons here — part mass, part astronomy lecture, part cosmic philosophizing, part rant!)
When I first began blogging about Cosmism during a moment of inspiration, I had no idea I was walking a path that many atheists have walked before me, or that there wa [...]
Split the atom’s heart, and lo!
Within it thou wilt find a sun.
—Persian Mystic Poem
To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.
—William Blake, “Auguries of Innocence”
I’ve been doing a lot of fresh thinking about humanity’s cosmic [...]
I take the extreme transhumanist position that homo sapiens has largely outlived its usefulness on this planet, and that the best future outcome for intelligent life on Earth and beyond is our overthrow by a superhuman species of our own making. Furthermore, I challenge the most brilliant and talented members of the global community to acti [...]
(Note: this is a first draft of a chapter in “The Book of Cosmism”, which I hope to publish some time within the next precessional cycle of equinoxes.)
Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. —Carl Sagan
To me there is no greater mystery than the fact that we inhabit a universe so incomprehensibly vast, yet so devoi [...]
Bow down: I am the emperor of dreams;
I crown me with the million-colored sun
Of secret worlds incredible, and take
Their trailing skies for vestment when I soar,
Throned on the mounting zenith, and illume
The spaceward-flown horizons infinite.
—From The Hashish Eater by Clark Ashton Smith
The Cosmic Comedy
What is this mad sight b [...]
Lest you think the Cosmist perspective is all humorless philosophizing and no joy, consider this video:
Pure genius! This gives me an idea for a kind of “cosmotherapy” or Cosmist ministry: instead of telling people how special they are to God, tell them they’re an utterly insignificant speck of dust on a grain of sand in a [...]