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I Believe…

1. IDEALISM I believe that there is an ultimate Good, just as Plato did1. I believe that it is approached – but can never be truly reached – via the twin paths of non-attachment and selfless love. These ideas are the closest I come to religious Faith in the modern sense2, and they are most definitely views that would have been familiar to the ancient Greeks. 2. BALANCE In the world of everyday concerns, I believe in balance. I believe that imbalance is a sign of irrationality and sickness. We are all imbalanced in many ways, at many times in

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eXistenZ & the ZS-ARG

Nearly twenty years later, here are a few quotes from David Cronenberg‘s classic 1999 Body-Horror movie eXistenZ, which more or less sum up the intended mood of the ZS–ARG, going forward: Allegra: You have to PLAY the game, to find out WHY you’re playing the game. Ted: We’re both stumbling around together in this unformed world, whose rules and objectives are largely unknown, seemingly indecipherable or even possibly nonexistent, always on the verge of being killed by forces that we don’t understand. Allegra: That sounds like my game, all right. Ted: That sounds like a game that’s not gonna be

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The five ZS Channels

The following ZS event page was posted two weeks late, because it proved a lot of work to get just right. It outlines the core organizational structure of ZS with explanations of the logic behind its various parts: https://sites.google.com/view/zero-state/3-0-myriad/3-3-events/12018/3-3-0021-feb12018/799-dialectic-synthesis-unity-sections-5-7 Perhaps the most important thing to note on that page is a set of five email addresses which constitute the sum of all “proper channels” by which I might be reached re: ZS matters. If you need to have a conversation with me in a timely manner about some issue clearly relevant to a particular core function within ZS, then this

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On Democracy: Value and Limits

The following post is related to Social Futurism (SF) and the Zero State (ZS), but only reflects the views of the author (Ámon Ásentír, AKA Dr. M. Amon Twyman). Within the SF/ZS sphere of influence, the basic logic is that anyone can say or do anything they want as long as they are acting in accord with the Principles of Social Futurism. ON DEMOCRACY Value and Limits What is Democracy? Everybody thinks they know what Democracy is. Most of them are wrong. “Democracy” is not actually any single form of governance, but is instead a word covering a wide range

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ZS Directive 3: Unity & Diversity in Communication

The logic of ZS Directives is explained clearly and at length both on the Fractal Law webpage and the Directive 1 blog post (where you can also find a list of all Resolutions and Directives to date). Please do not attempt to post any comments here if you have not read and understood those explanations. ZS DIRECTIVE 3: Unity & Diversity in Communication The leaders of Meta-House ZODIAC have requested a ruling on ZS’ position regarding press releases and other public announcements. The two key issues raised are: (1) Clarification of procedure for issuing press releases. (2) Appropriate aims and

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ZS Directive 2: Individualism versus Communitarianism

The logic of ZS Directives is explained clearly and at length both on the Fractal Law webpage and the Directive 1 blog post (where you can also find a list of all Resolutions and Directives to date). Please do not attempt to post any comments here if you have not read and understood those explanations. ZS DIRECTIVE 2: Individualism versus Communitarianism Compass has requested a clear ruling on ZS’ stance regarding individualism, and obligations toward community or society. This is a very complex issue, and important to clarify as succinctly as possible. The crux of the matter is tension between

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Why Nothing Matters

The ZS Mythos is algorithmic, which is to say it is a structured, computational Process. As in the geometric schemes of ancient Pythagoreans, Platonists and Gnostics, it starts with a singularity and develops through increasingly complex stages toward infinite multiplicity. In this post I will briefly outline the four principal stages of that process. 1. Singularity “Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted”. – Hassan-i Sabbah / William S. Burroughs A recurrent motif in the ZS Mythos is the idea that the only true and ultimate unity is that of nothingness, understood by Buddhists as Śūnyatā, which is to say that

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Catch Foundation Agents at CES 2018 & Win $5,000.00 USD

This is Us – It Begins! Spread the Word! http://transhumanity.net/catch-foundation-agents-at-ces-2018-and-win-5000-00-usd/ Catch Foundation Agents at CES 2018 and Win $5,000.00 USD (Las Vegas, NV, USA – Jan 2018) The Foundation has announced that there will be two agents on the floor of CES 2018 (The Consumer Electronics Show) the largest such conference in the world. The first person to spot both agents (which will be visible by having a Foundation Seal on their badge and an NFC chip on the back) that links back to the announcement post on transhumanity.net about this contest will be the winner. You’ll need 3 keywords

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KEYSTONE DAY [27-12-17]

PAST IS PROLOGUE This blog post follows up “Foundation Day [7-11-17]”, fifty days ago. The end of the fifty day period between “Foundation” and “Keystone” is a kind of secular Pentecost or Shavuot, marking the completed drawing together of ZS’ 144 Founding Members. The other important date in the early ZS calendar is May Day (May 1st), marking a combination of ancient equinox spirituality, worker & community solidarity, and the initial ZS establishment / publication of the Principles of Social Futurism on 1st May 2011 (235 years to the day after the establishment of the Order of Perfectibilists, AKA the

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ZS Directive 1: Civil and Respectful Co-Existence

As explained on the “Fractal Law” ZS webpage (http://fractal-law.zerostate.net), at “Level 1” – i.e. the Zero State as a whole – decisions can be made in two ways, briefly outlined below. Decisions are only made at that level when necessary to keep the peace and move ZS closer to achieving its goals. Where possible, decision-making is decentralized across the twelve Houses and the networks associated with them. The two L1 decision modes are known as Resolution and Directive. Resolution is a committee decision made by irregular gatherings of the twelve House Leaders, which can be requested by the Houses and

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