Cosmism: An Ideological Outline of a ...

Cosmism: An Ideological Outline of a New Space Movement
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

An Outline of a Cosmist Memetic Offen...

An Outline of a Cosmist Memetic Offensive
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 [...]

Space Exploration as the Spirit of th...

Space Exploration as the Spirit of the Age
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 [...]

Onward to the Edge

Onward to the Edge
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 [...]

Engineering the Cosmic Order: Plantin...

Engineering the Cosmic Order: Planting Memes
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 [...]

Religion for a Galactic Civilization

Religion for a Galactic Civilization
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 [...]

A Dark Cosmist Observation

A Dark Cosmist Observation
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!

The Two Schools of Cosmism

The Two Schools of Cosmism
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: Cosmist Prophet?

Edgar Mitchell: Cosmist Prophet?
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 [...]

A Tribute to Yuri Gagarin and the Rus...

A Tribute to Yuri Gagarin and the Russian Cosmists
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 [...]

Friday Observation: the Numinous Esse...

Friday Observation: the Numinous Essence of Cosmism
(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 [...]

Inner Space: the Final Frontier?

Inner Space: the Final Frontier?
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 [...]

Welcoming the Rise of the Machines

Welcoming the Rise of the Machines
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 [...]

The Book of Cosmism: Facing the Cosmi...

The Book of Cosmism: Facing the Cosmic Dark
(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 [...]

Some Cosmist Poetry

Some Cosmist Poetry
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 [...]

Laughing at the Cosmic Joke

Laughing at the Cosmic Joke
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 [...]