By Victoria Volcova
Everyone must be learning and everything be the subject of knowledge and action.
N. F. Fedorov
1. Russian Orthodox Christian philosopher of the 19th century, precursor of transhumanism Nikolaj Fedorovich Fedorov.
He advocated radical life extension, physical immortality and even resurrection of the dead, using scientific methods.
Fedorov thought that death and afterdeath existence should become the subject of comprehensive scientific inquiry . Achieving immortality and revival is the greatest goal of science. And this knowledge must leave the laboratories and become the common property of all: He called this Mankind’s Common Cause.
2. Among Fedorov’s followers were:
– Leo Tolstoy. He was impressed by the intensity of Fedorov’s religious faith, his ascetic life and legendary erudition. The novel “The Resurrection”.
– Fedor Dostoyevsky intensively exchanged letters with Fedorov from 1876 up to Dostoyevsky’s death in 1881. His last novel “The Brothers Karamazov” is written indeed about resurrection and immortality.
– The father of cosmonautics and human space flight, K.E. Tsiolkovsky. Tsiolkovsky was certain that the future of human life will be in outer space, so he decided that we must study the cosmos to pave the way for future generations. Later, he proved mathematically the possibility of space flight and published over 500 works about space travel and related subjects.
Introduction to the Practical Part
My first practical action I was involved in on the way to immortality:
“The Himmelfahrt Radio Show”
Dec. 11,12 and 13 2009 at HAU 1, Berlin
http://www.kommando-himmelfahrt.com/?p=132 (in German language)
Brainstorming: gather ideas and decide about possible performance or other experience on your way to immortality.
Current anti-aging strategies and means to extend lifespan:
1.1.Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI):
1.2.Decide to what category you belong:
||BMI range – kg/m2
||Mass (weight) of a 1.8 metres (5 ft 11 in) person with this BMI
||less than 16.0
||less than 0.66
||less than 53.5 kilograms (8.42 st; 118 lb)
||from 16.0 to 18.5
||from 0.66 to 0.73
||between 53.5 and 59.9 kilograms (8.42 and 9.43 st; 118 and 132 lb)
||from 18.5 to 25
||from 0.74 to 0.99
||between 60 and 80.9 kilograms (9.4 and 12.74 st; 130 and 178 lb)
||from 25 to 30
||from 1.0 to 1.19
||between 81 and 96.9 kilograms (12.8 and 15.26 st; 180 and 214 lb)
|Obese Class I
||from 30 to 35
||from 1.2 to 1.39
||between 97 and 112.9 kilograms (15.3 and 17.78 st; 210 and 249 lb)
|Obese Class II
||from 35 to 40
||from 1.4 to 1.59
||between 113 and 129.9 kilograms (17.8 and 20.46 st; 250 and 286 lb)
|Obese Class III
||from 130 kilograms (20 st; 290 lb)
1.3. If you belong to Severely underweight or Underweight category you should go now and eat something of your own choice.
1.4. If you belong to Normal category go and have some refreshment.
1.5. If you belong to Overweight category and more, there is one really basic method for save weight loss and that is: Consuming fewer calories than you use. Note this caloric restriction diets – they restrict calories intake, slow the aging processes.
(will be distributed)
a) Okinawa diet
b) Paleolithic diet
- 2. Physical activity
2.1. These “anytime, anywhere” exercises will help you improve your balance. And you can do them as often as you like, as long as you have something sturdy nearby to hold onto if you become unsteady.
a) Walk heel-to-toe.
b) Practice standing up and sitting down without using your hands. (instruction follows)
c) Stand on one foot. (instruction follows)
2.2. Strengthening the side muscles of your hips and thighs. (instruction follows)
2.3. Strengthening these muscles is important for good balance. Use ankle weights if you are ready. (instruction follows)
3. For stress and mood relief eat:
– Vitamin C (fresh fruits and vegetables)
– Vitamin E (vegetable oils),
– Polyphenolic antioxidants: Tea, coffee, soy, fruit, olive oil, chocolate, cinnamon, oregano and red wine.
nootropics (memory enhancers):
– cognitive enhancers,
– intelligence enhancers
- 4. Mental fitness
Do regular mental exercises such as mind-provoking games.
4.1. Do the following short Crossword Puzzle.
4.2. Do the following Jigsaw Puzzle.
4.3. Look through the following mnemonics:
Order of colours in the rainbow, or visual spectrum:
(Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet)
Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain.
(+ some other mnemonics)
Share your favorite mnemonics.
4.4. Look through the following Palindromes (a word or phrase which reads the same in both directions): racecar, eye, Madam, level, pop.
A Toyota! Race fast… safe car: a Toyota
(+ some other palindromes)
Brainstorming: Create now your own palindromes.
4.5. Look through the following spoonerisms (words or phrases in which letters or syllables get swapped):
go and shake a tower – go and take a shower,
flutter by – butterfly
(+ some other spoonerisms)
Do you have any favorite spoonerisms?
Think of it and share them with us.
4.6. Time management
You should be able to manage your time to cope not only with your routine daily things but also with your academic proceedings.
Use this online game to try your ability to do the task within the limited time brackets.
4.7. Critical thinking
Say what do you think about cloning, body part replacement and nanomedicine which are also important aspects of the transhuman theory?
5. Various hobbies
Think of your hobbies which also can slow the aging processes.
Share them with us!
6. Maintaining a positive attitude under all circumstances.
- Think about something you didn’t regard as positive
- Now say how could it be transformed into positive
Pink Bubble Meditation Technique
9. Transhuman art (from Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia)
Read what Transhuman Art is:
An art movement which focuses on the concept of transhumanity, a transitional stage in a perceived progression from human to transhuman to posthuman. First named in 1983 by Natasha Vita-More, Transhumanist Art claimed a role for artists as purveyors of futuristic aspiration and visionary thinking in an era of scientific and technological challenge, questioning traditional roles of the artist, the era of modern art and conventional aesthetics. Instead its proponents advocate a future-oriented aesthetics, often reflecting transdisciplinary works in art, science and technology.
You are invited to my friend’s exhibition in Zürich! (invitations will be distributed)
Visit his website: www.thomasheinzer.ch (in German language)
He “died” 3 times – after falling from the ski-track in the mountains into the ravine where he broke two legs, 12 years later after the car crash where he lost an eye and a half of his face and after falling from 10 m onto the concrete plate. But today it doesn’t prevent him, the Swiss champion in alpine ski-racing and an extraordinary artist, from being a successful sportsman and trainer, from establishing the school for alpine skiing in Bolivia and from training himself for 2014 Winter Olympics.
His strong energetic personality is the reason why his paintings are living paintings as he emphasizes himself. And that’s why they have medical effect as a lot of people say it who saw the pictures.
After visiting his exhibition you are also welcome to buy some of his paintings.
10. Cryonics (from Greek kryos- meaning icy cold) is the low-temperature preservation of humans and animals who can no longer be sustained by contemporary medicine, with the hope that healing and resuscitation may be possible in the future. It is proposed that cryopreserved people might someday be recovered by using highly advanced future technology. As of 2010, only around 200 people have undergone the procedure since it was first proposed in 1962.
- Many followers of Nikolai Fyodorovich Fyodorov see cryonics as an important step in the Common Cause project (reference: Fedorov seminar in Moscow, Russia on 25.11.2006).
- Now after you invested so much time, money and care to your body and soul the latter are definitely worth being preserved for ever. To preserve all the valuable mount of cells you’ve keeped an eye on for such a long time take your time and sign a contract on cryonics preservation.
Watch some movies based on cryonics:
a) The Woody Allen comedy Sleeper (1973)
b) Wes Craven’s Chiller (1985)
c) The James Cameron films Aliens (1986) and Avatar (2002)
d) Forever Young (1992)
e) Vanilla Sky (2002)
f) Pandorum (2009)