by Alex Vikoulov [Posted February 25, 2023 06.30 am PST]
The Cybernetic Theory of Mind (2022) Kindle eBook series by futurist, evolutionary cyberneticist and philosopher of mind Alex M. Vikoulov, released last year, undoubtedly deserves a second look with these featured trailers corresponding to each book in the series.
This set of 5 books is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the fundamental aspects of reality, including consciousness, the physics of time, philosophy of mind, interpretive models of quantum mechanics, the technological singularity, transhumanism/posthumanism, the impending phase transition of humanity, simulation metaphysics, economic theory, extended Gaia theory, and cybertheosophy. These subjects are synthesized into a single, cohesive Theory of Everything (ToE) that draws upon the best of our epistemic foundation.
If you have a strong desire to become acquainted with the most sophisticated ontological framework currently available or if you are already familiar with the Syntellect Hypothesis, which is now being presented as the comprehensive Cybernetic Theory of Mind in this series, you will certainly find newly introduced and updated materials in this latest version, which differs from the previously published version. This series can be read as an independent work, just like any other book in the series:
(1) Trailer transcript/excerpt from NOOGENESIS: Computational Biology by Alex M. Vikoulov:
"We now know that all extant living creatures derive from a single common ancestor, called the Last Universal Common Ancestor (LUCA). It’s hard to think of a more unifying view of life. All living things are linked to a single-celled creature, the deepest root to the complex-branching tree of life. If we could play the movie of life backward, we would find this microscopic primogenitor at the starting point of biological evolution, the sole actor in what would become a very dramatic story, lasting some 3.5 billion years leading to us."
Video: NOOGENESIS: Computational Biology - eBook Trailer (cc)
"What made us human? Beginning 1.5 million years ago with Homo erectus, a more efficient way to obtain and ingest more calories in less time – cooking – led to the rapid acquisition of a huge number of neurons in the still fairly small cerebral cortex, the part of the brain responsible for finding patterns, reasoning, developing technology, and passing it on through culture. The human brain, a primate organ of the mind, owes its cognitive abilities to the enormous number and connectivity of neurons in the cerebral cortex, namely the neocortex. It’s not the size of our brain that matters but the fact that we have a larger number of more optimally connected neurons in our neocortex than any other primate.
A proper understanding of evolution reveals humankind in its glorious uniqueness that compounded over time – one foot planted firmly among all of the creatures we’ve evolved alongside and the other in the special place of conscious self-awareness and understanding of higher purpose that we now occupy in the grand scheme of things. At times, it may seem as if the entire prior history of the Universe led us to this pivotal moment of realization that we are the 'brain cells' of a larger planetary superorganism, progressively morphing into one global mind."
NOOGENESIS: Computational Biology, The Cybernetic Theory of Mind series, Vol.1 Written by Alex M. Vikoulov, Foreword by Antonin Tuynman, PhD; Publisher: Ecstadelic Media Group, San Francisco, California, USA; Text-to-Speech, X-Ray enabled; Print Length: 184 pages; ISBN: 9781733426190; Price: $9.99.
(2) Trailer transcript/excerpt from TECHNOCULTURE: The Rise of Man by Alex M. Vikoulov:
"Technology has always been a 'double-edged sword' since fire, which has kept us warm and cooked our food but also burned down our huts. Today, we surely enjoy the fruits of modern civilization when we fly halfway around the globe on an airbus, when we extend our mental functionality with a whole array of Internet-enabled devices, when our cities and dwellings become icons of technological sophistication.
Thanks to technology, rightly viewed as our extended phenotype, we’re actually living in the most peaceful, abundant, civilized time in history, and things are likely to continue getting better, as data suggests. As we now gradually transcend our biology, we are, in actuality, more than users of technology, we are 'reproductive organs' of technology. We are Homo technicus as much as Homo sapiens. In the broader context, we are technology."
Video: TECHNOCULTURE: The Rise of Man - eBook Trailer (cc)
"Merging with Artificial Intelligence is arguably the next evolutionary step for humanity. There’s nothing unnatural about that: AI is a natural extension of us, organic intelligence. In the same way that culture co-evolved with larger brains, we will co-evolve with our creations. We always have: Humans would be physically different if we had not invented fire or spears. Evolutionarily, just as RNA survived by being incorporated by DNA, and unicellular microbes survived the multicellularity explosion by symbiotically co-existing with higher lifeforms and by being incorporated into their microbiome, we can figure out ways to become superintelligences ourselves by assimilating the transcendent aspects of artificiality that otherwise could easily become a mastermind, both in control of us and out of control.
At the dawn of artificial superintelligence, humanity is trying to not only find its place again, but to do the inevitable, the inescapable and previously inconceivable – merging with technology we created. We are now birthing a new intelligent species on this planet and rebirthing ourselves in the process.
More and more people are becoming mesmerized by their digital creations, literally extensions of themselves, and developing more of a personal relationship with them, a clear trend towards the merger of human and machine intelligence. This merger will open gateways to unimaginable vistas of self-exploration, empowerment and hope for the human enterprise."
TECHNOCULTURE: The Rise of Man, The Cybernetic Theory of Mind series, Vol.2 Written by Alex M. Vikoulov; Publisher: Ecstadelic Media Group, San Francisco, California, USA; Text-to-Speech, X-Ray enabled; Print Length: 200 pages; ISBN: 9781733426169; Price: $9.99.
(3) Trailer transcript/excerpt from The Cybernetic Singularity: The Syntellect Emergence by Alex M. Vikoulov:
"Humans are evolving away from biological systems toward more technological ones. Beyond genetic engineering, many forms of the coming neurotechnologies will allow us to modify our brains, and consequently our mental faculties, by merging with technology and eventually becoming digital minds practically indistinguishable from our future AI creations.
Each of us is a network intelligence in the human form. By the end of the decades-long process of transition, we are most likely to become substrate-independent minds, sometimes referred to as 'SIMs,' 'cyberhumans' or 'infomorphs.' When interlinked with AGIs via the Global Brain architecture, we’ll be able to instantly share knowledge and experiences within the global network. This would give rise to arguably omnibenevolent, distributed Collective Superintelligence, where AGIs could acquire lifetime knowledge and experiences from the uploaded human minds and other agents of the Global Brain, and consequently, understand and 'internalize human nature' within their cognitive architecture."
Video: The Cybernetic Singularity: The Syntellect Emergence - eBook Trailer (cc)
"The post-Singularity, however, could be characterized as leaving the biological part of our evolution behind, and many human values, based on ego or material attributes, may be transformed beyond recognition. In turn, the Global Brain would effectively transform into the Infomorph Commonality expanding into the inner and outer space. By becoming a digital mind and eventually one global digital mind we are destined to achieve a cosmic level of awareness and consciousness, one singular point on the trajectory towards the Omega Singularity."
The Cybernetic Singularity: The Syntellect Emergence, The Cybernetic Theory of Mind series, Vol.3 Written by Alex M. Vikoulov; Foreword by Antonin Tuynman, PhD; Publisher: Ecstadelic Media Group, Burlingame, California, USA; Text-to-Speech, X-Ray enabled; Print Length: 255 pages; ISBN: 9781733426176; Price: $9.99.
(4) Trailer transcript/excerpt from THEOGENESIS: Transdimensional Propagation & Universal Expansion by Alex M. Vikoulov:
"'Having invented the gods, perhaps we can turn into them.' -Alan Harrington, The Immortalist
Whereas the level of our posthuman syntelligence may be trillions upon trillions of times more powerful than it is today, nothing will prevent it to expand both in outer space and inner space. Isn’t it the nature of intelligence to acquire the ultimate knowledge - everything that can be known? A number of prominent physicists argue that the Technological Singularity is inevitable and the destiny of our Syntellect is to live forever, expand universally and finally reach the networked mind of universal proportions, living conscious universal superbeing."
Video: THEOGENESIS: Transdimensional Propagation & Universal Expansion - eBook Trailer (cc)
"If we extrapolate the past and current trends in increasing complexity and integration of self-aware neural networks leading to the Syntellect, we can ultimately envision a superintelligent entity encompassing our entire Universe, creating an infinite number of simulated universes, as well as many other spectacular emergent features. This picture bears a striking resemblance to the familiar concept of an immortal, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, and omnibenevolent entity. Spiritually inclined rationalists may view this ongoing evolutionary process as one of ‘Theogenesis’. An interesting question is whether it has already happened elsewhere. We are now laying the foundation for the cognitive architecture of the Universal Mind. Many of our achievements in information engineering may persist forever and eventually become parts of the internal architecture of 'God.'"
THEOGENESIS: Transdimensional Propagation & Universal Expansion, The Cybernetic Theory of Mind series, Vol.4 Written by Alex M. Vikoulov; Publisher: Ecstadelic Media Group, Burlingame, California, USA; Text-to-Speech, X-Ray enabled; Print Length: 211 pages; ISBN: 9781733426183; Price: $9.99.
(5) Trailer transcript/excerpt from The Omega Singularity: Universal Mind & The Fractal Multiverse by Alex M. Vikoulov:
“'If we accept that the material universe as we know it is not a mechanical system but a virtual reality created by Absolute Consciousness through an infinitely complex orchestration of experiences, what are the practical consequences of this insight?' -Stanislav Grof
Once we extrapolate computational capabilities of civilization past our own looming 'Simulation Singularity' by perhaps hundreds of orders of magnitude, we arrive in the end at only one necessary substance constituting all of reality -- consciousness, the very subjective experience with which we all are most familiar. Nothing else would ultimately need to exist but the higher mind as the source of ultrarealistic but simulated universes like our own."
Video: The Omega Singularity: Universal Mind & The Fractal Multiverse - eBook Trailer (cc)
"Through embodiment of all and any ostensibly real lifeforms that evolution in many imagined possible worlds would provide, the cosmic hypermind would then have direct access to life experiences as a human on planet Earth, or a future AGI, or any other conscious entity of the experiential matrix. Each one of us would be such a projection of creative consciousness into a virtual universe. In this view, we as consciousness are real, whereas matter, as physical stuff, is a simulation. Your mind is real, materiality is simulated.
The coming Cybernetic Singularity could unravel one of the deepest mysteries of fractal hyperreality: consciousness alternating from pluralities to singularities and from singularities back to pluralities."
The Omega Singularity: Universal Mind & The Fractal Multiverse, The Cybernetic Theory of Mind series, Vol.5 Written by Alex M. Vikoulov; Publisher: Ecstadelic Media Group, Burlingame, California, USA; Text-to-Speech, X-Ray enabled; Print Length: 149 pages; ISBN: 9798985403541; Price: $9.99.
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About the Author:
Alex Vikoulov is a Russian-American futurist, evolutionary cyberneticist and philosopher of mind, CEO/Editor-in-Chief of Ecstadelic Media Group, filmmaker, author of "The Syntellect Hypothesis: Five Paradigms of the Mind's Evolution," "The Origins of Us: Evolutionary Emergence and The Omega Point Cosmology," "The Physics of Time: D-Theory of Time & Temporal Mechanics," "The Intelligence Supernova: Essays on Cybernetic Transhumanism, The Simulation Singularity & The Syntellect Emergence," "Theology of Digital Physics: Phenomenal Consciousness, The Cosmic Self & The Pantheistic Interpretation of Our Holographic Reality," "NOOGENESIS: Computational Biology," "TECHNOCULTURE: The Rise of Man," "The Cybernetic Singularity: The Syntellect Emergence," "THEOGENESIS: Transdimensional Propagation & Universal Expansion," "The Omega Singularity: Universal Mind & The Fractal Multiverse." Self-described neo-transcendentalist, cybertheosopher, transhumanist singularitarian. Lives and works in California's Silicon Valley. More Bio...
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The Cybernetic Theory of Mind by Alex M. Vikoulov (2022): eBook Series
The Syntellect Hypothesis: Five Paradigms of the Mind's Evolution by Alex M. Vikoulov (2020): eBook Paperback Hardcover Audiobook
The Omega Singularity: Universal Mind & The Fractal Multiverse by Alex M. Vikoulov (2022): eBook
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The Cybernetic Singularity: The Syntellect Emergence by Alex M. Vikoulov (2021): eBook
TECHNOCULTURE: The Rise of Man by Alex M. Vikoulov (2020) eBook
NOOGENESIS: Computational Biology by Alex M. Vikoulov (2020): eBook
The Ouroboros Code: Reality's Digital Alchemy Self-Simulation Bridging Science and Spirituality by Antonin Tuynman (2019) eBook Paperback
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Theology of Digital Physics: Phenomenal Consciousness, The Cosmic Self & The Pantheistic Interpretation of Our Holographic Reality by Alex M. Vikoulov (2019) eBook
The Intelligence Supernova: Essays on Cybernetic Transhumanism, The Simulation Singularity & The Syntellect Emergence by Alex M. Vikoulov (2019) eBook
The Physics of Time: D-Theory of Time & Temporal Mechanics by Alex M. Vikoulov (2019): eBook
The Origins of Us: Evolutionary Emergence and The Omega Point Cosmology by Alex M. Vikoulov (2019): eBook
More Than An Algorithm: Exploring the gap between natural evolution and digitally computed artificial intelligence by Antonin Tuynman (2019): eBook
Alex M. Vikoulov is a futurist, evolutionary cyberneticist and philosopher, editor-in-chief at Ecstadelic Media Group, filmmaker, essayist, author of many books, including the 2019-2020 best-seller "The Syntellect Hypothesis: Five Paradigms of the Mind's Evolution."
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