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Experience, Noetics, Hypostasis and Transhumanism: My View of Things



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This is an irregular blog.  It includes meanderings about random subjects posted at random times.  The site also includes links to some of the websites I frequent, or just appriciate.  Late in life, I realized that something in my life experience might be of value to others.  Some things I have learned may be things others are searching for.  Buckminster Fuller once wrote “The significance of you will forever remain obscure to you, but you may assume that you are fulfilling your significance if you apply yourself to converting all your experience to the highest advantage of others. You and all men are here for the sake of other men.” 


What is hypostasis?

The word hypostasis refers to an underlying state, substance or condition - the fundamental reality that supports all else. It can also refer to the foundation, the underpinning of something (the universe, a philosophical tenet, a world view, etc.).  I use the term to reference a set of fundamental principles that I regard as foundational truth – truth that informs my decisions and guides my life. 


What is Noetics?

no·et·ics   [noh-et-iks]   noun ( used with a singular verb ) Logic .

the science of the intellect or of pure thought; reasoning.


I think of noetics as the combination of both cognitive process and intuitive sense.  Experience is informed by both.  Cognition is informed by all previous experience and their attendant cognitive and intuitive processes..


What is Transhuminism?

Transhumanism is an intellectual and cultural movement that affirms the possibility and desirability of fundamentally transforming the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to eliminate aging and to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities.  Mormon Transhuminists tend to think of it as the process of exaltation.  Mormons typically believe that God expects us to do all we can to transcend our "natural man".  It is also widely taught that God works through natural means to accomplish his purpose - the exaltation of the human race.  Secular notions of tranhuminsm mesh well with Latter-day Saint cosmology and thought.


Mormon Transhuminsm explained by a robot.


Why Mormonism?

Those skeptical about religion in general or the fantastic claims of Mormonism specifically, may be inclined to think of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) as provincial, uneducated and ill-informed.   Many uncharitable critics use less temperate terms.


In the vast majority of Christian denominations, the more educated a person is, the less likely she is to be an actively participating and believing church member.  The opposite is true however for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often referred to as “Mormons”.  The more educated a Mormon is, the more likely she is to be an active and believing participant.


Why? Many reasons can be given:  The Church’s strong social and family values might appeal to the educated.   The Church’s emphasis on education might be a factor.  The fact that the theology is non-systematic might be said to appeal to some – it certainly appeals to me. 


Another reason might be the observation that the Mormon Church members tend not to be satisfied with a priori faith.  They seek personal confirmation.  They seek, and many claim to receive, divine answers to prayer.  They experience faith, and clarify their life experience with cognitions that confirm their assumptions about the value of faith, their religious teaching, and the purpose of life. 


Mormons are not, and do not claim to be, the only people whose experience confirms their conviction.  On the contrary, most Latter-day Saints are very comfortable with the idea that all people are God’s children and are loved and cherished, guided and nourished, by Him.  They believe in a God who is both potentate and parent, both supreme being and quiet councilor, both judge and friend.  If they think themselves superior to anyone, it is only because they fail to understand the gospel of Christ.


Most Mormons, I think, continue in the faith because it works.  It’s a hands-on, practical and active approach to Christian life, with doctrine and theology taking a back seat to behavior.  At the same time, it takes some tenacity to endure in a faith tradition with implausible origins, constant criticism, and cultural contravention.  For me, and I suspect for many other Mormons, that tenacity is directly related to the experience and noetic of life as a Latter-day Saint.  I sincerely hope you will let me share some of those experiences and understandings with you.