Truth, as the saying goes, is stranger than fiction. And nowhere is that more the case than in describing the very bizarre combination of political and religious beliefs that has come to be known as TESCREALism.
The ideas behind TESCREALism — humans merging consciousness with machines and supposedly knowing what's best for trillions of hypothetical people living thousands of years in the future — are so bizarre and far-fetched that they seem like bad science fiction rather than a political philosophy that’s captured the minds of some of the very richest people on the planet.
And yet, it is absolutely the case that billionaires like Elon Musk and Peter Thiel and Sam Bankman-Fried of FTX infamy are obsessed with this stuff, which means that no matter how absurd and ridiculous it sounds, TESCREALism is very, very relevant to the rest of us.
This radical philosophy is so all encompassing and strange that I can think of no better guide to helping us explore its contours than Emile “Phil” Torres, the person who coined the term to describe this combination of beliefs.
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02:16 — TESCREAL, an acronym to describe a new and very bizarre secular religion
04:07 — Transhumanism, where it began
10:47 — Extropianism radicalized transhumanism
12:51 — Singularitarianism, seeking to merge human and machine
26:31 — Cosmism, space as destiny
29:16 — Rationalism, libertarianism meets Dunning-Kruger
36:51 — Effective Altruism, selfishness disguised as generosity
40:23 — Longtermism: hypothetical virtual humans are more important than today's people
52:35 — TESCREAL ideas are so ludicrous that many people can't take them seriously
56:07 — Conclusion
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