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Lincoln Cannon
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12 real smart drugs improve memory, focus, and mood so you can work, learn, and live better. #nootropics #limitless https://thrivous.com/blogs/views/97294017-these-12-nootropics-are-the-real-smart-drugs
Nootropics are foods, supplements, and drugs that support brain function and promote mental performance. Sometimes people refer to them as "smart drugs" or the "limitless pill." They may improve memory, cognition, focus, mood, or energy. And they may decrease anxiety, cognitive decline, depression, fatigue, insomnia, or migraine. I've been studying and experimenting with nootropics for
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Resurrecting Our Gods in Our Creations
Four weeks ago, Spencer (my oldest son) left home to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for two years in Montreal, Canada. The rest of my family and I miss him, and we also support him. Dorothee (my wife) and I served a...
Today I received a kind letter from Spencer, in which he referenced a passage of scripture from the fifth chapter of John in the New Testament. It inspired some thoughts that I share below. As context for them, keep in mind that theological language often carries multiple levels of meaning, intentionally or even unintentionally. And in this case, it's intentional even if ambiguous. Since his departure, I've been meaning to share some thoughts abo...
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You Should Hope You're Living in a Computed World
Celebrity technologist Elon Musk recently suggested that we may be living in a computer simulation . Of course this made technology news headlines around the world. And of course many articles have rushed to reassure their readers that Elon's suggestion is ...
Celebrity technologist Elon Musk recently suggested that we may be living in a computer simulation. Of course this made technology news headlines around the world. And of course many articles have rushed to reassure their readers that Elon's suggestion is "outlandish". Outlandish or not, however, Elon suggested something far more important than the possibility that we're living in computed world. And almost everyone has missed it.
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I just made a loan to a borrower in Nabatieh, Lebanon. Join me on Kiva today, and you can make a difference in this borrower’s life, too!
A portion of the loan helped a member to repair his old machine and buy new moldings to facilitate his business
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How to Become a God and More
The New Yorker recently published an article, variously entitled "How to Become a God" or "The Immortality Upgrade" , featuring the Mormon Transhumanist Association and a few of its leaders, including me. It was the third most popular article on The New Yor...
The New Yorker recently published an article, variously entitled "How to Become a God" or "The Immortality Upgrade", featuring the Mormon Transhumanist Association and a few of its leaders, including me. It was the third most popular article on The New Yorker website on the day of its publication. It appeared on the front page of the technology section of The New Yorker for over a week. And it has received broad attention around the Internet, ini...
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6 Smart Reasons to Switch Nootropics
Since 2010, I've been researching and using nootropics. Sometimes called "smart drugs," nootropics are dietary supplements that support brain function and promote mental performance. Persuaded by consistent reports from scientific literature, I began using ...
Since 2010, I've been researching and using nootropics. Sometimes called "smart drugs," nootropics are dietary supplements that support brain function and promote mental performance. Persuaded by consistent reports from scientific literature, I began using creatine as my first nootropic. And within five years, increasingly pleased by the results, I had added half a dozen other nootropics to my diet. Along the way, I faced six challenges common to...
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Gratitude Is a Superpower
When my children were young, Dorothee and I taught them that gratitude is a superpower. Why is that? Well, we all have power to some extent or another to shape the world around us for better or worse. Even if we don't admit it to ourselves or others, we're ...
When my children were young, Dorothee and I taught them that gratitude is a superpower. Why is that? Well, we all have power to some extent or another to shape the world around us for better or worse. Even if we don't admit it to ourselves or others, we're all working to increase that power. No, there's nothing inherently good or evil about power. It's just means for good or evil, according to the choices we make in applying it. Some of us are mo...
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+Timothy Killian, thanks for your questions.

CO1 and CR1 are both logical disjuncts with three possibilities, one of which must be true -- or the assumption itself is false. So you can think of them as lists of possibilities, as you suggest, but they also purport to be exhaustive of the possibility space they describe.

CO2 and CR2 are both negations of one of the possibilities in CO1 and CR1, respectively. However, insofar as the logical structure of the NGA is presented, there's no logical path from CO1 to CO2 or from CR1 to CR2. They are each assumptions, for which we may make independent arguments.

An independent argument for CO2 may take the form of an appeal to historical trends in destructive capacity and projecting them into the future. If persuaded that destructive capacity has been increasing both in magnitude and in decentralization then, barring an argument for some factor that may change the trend, it's reasonable to suppose destructive capacity in the future will be even greater in magnitude and decentralization.

The assumption for which the most argumentation has been done directly is probably CR1 in the form of the Simulation Argument, which can then be generalized for all feasible creation mechanisms (computation or otherwise) into CR1.

Indirectly, though, we can find a lot of argumentation that relates to the other assumptions in Game Theory, the work of Steven Pinker on the history of violence, and research into the possibility space of superintelligence.

On the New God Argument website, I'm collecting information that relates to support for each of the assumptions. For example, on the Compassion Argument page, there's a list of links below both CO1 and CO2.
I've published version 3.3 of the New God Argument. The changes since version 3.2 are to simplify language in the propositions and to adjust the definitions accordingly. Most are minor. But one is particularly worth direct attention. I've combined "superintelligent posthumanity" into "superhumanity," reflecting provided definitions of "superintelligence" and "posthumanity." These changes will appear in an article I'm writing about Mormon Transhum...
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Harmony of Potential and Origin in Religious Transhumanism
This is a transcript of a sermon I gave at the Unitarian Universalist Society of South Valley in Salt Lake City this morning. My friend and fellow religious Transhumanist, Jordan Roberts, invited me to speak on religious Transhumanism and the New God Argume...
This is a transcript of a sermon I gave at the Unitarian Universalist Society of South Valley in Salt Lake City this morning. My friend and fellow religious Transhumanist, Jordan Roberts, invited me to speak on religious Transhumanism and the New God Argument. The congregation was friendly, the music and rituals were inspiring, and I enjoyed attending with family and friends. I hope you'll find inspiration in the thoughts I share below, beginning...
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New God Argument (Version 3.3)
I've published version 3.3 of the New God Argument . The changes since version 3.2 are to simplify language in the propositions and to adjust the definitions accordingly. Most are minor. But one is particularly worth direct attention. I've combined "superin...
I've published version 3.3 of the New God Argument. The changes since version 3.2 are to simplify language in the propositions and to adjust the definitions accordingly. Most are minor. But one is particularly worth direct attention. I've combined "superintelligent posthumanity" into "superhumanity," reflecting provided definitions of "superintelligence" and "posthumanity." These changes will appear in an article I'm writing about Mormon Transhum...
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Nootropics and the Word of Wisdom
'Rhodiola Rosea" by  Tero Laakso  under CC BY-SA 2.0  / resized A friend wrote to ask about my thoughts on the relation between nootropics and the Word of Wisdom. Nootropics are substances that safely support brain function and improve mental performance. T...
A friend wrote to ask for my thoughts on the relation between nootropics and the Word of Wisdom. Nootropics are substances that support brain function and improve mental performance. They include foods, supplements, or drugs that may improve memory or focus, or support healthy cognitive aging. The Word of Wisdom is the Mormon code of health as described in scriptures and elaborated upon in the Mormon authoritative tradition. "Is it moral to take ...
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I just made a loan to a borrower in SOUROUTOUNA, Mali. Join me on Kiva today, and you can make a difference in this borrower’s life, too!
A portion of the loan helped a member to manufacture plows and ox-carts for resale.
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Technologist and Philosopher
Introduction
Lincoln Cannon is a technologist and philosopher, and leading advocate of technological evolution and postsecular religion. Read more »
Education
  • Brigham Young University
    MBA Business, 2003
  • Brigham Young University
    BA Philosophy, 1998
  • Singularity University
    FutureMed, 2011
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Technologist and Philosopher
Employment
  • Discerner
    Chief Executive Officer, and Founder, 2015 - present
  • Lincoln Cannon LLC
    Technology Consultant, 1994 - present
  • The World Table
    Board Member, and former Chief Technology Officer, 2014 - present
  • Mormon Transhumanist Association
    Board Member, Founder, and former President, 2006 - present
  • Ancestry.com
    Director of Software Engineering, 2013 - 2014
  • Merit Medical
    Director of Marketing Technology, 2009 - 2013
  • Symantec
    Senior Manager of Software Engineering, 2002 - 2009
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Currently
Orem UT USA
Previously
Carcassonne France - Hyères France - Perpignan France - Aix-en-provence France - Kennewick WA USA - West Chicago IL USA - Provo UT USA