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The nineteenth and early twentieth century saw the emergence of a controversial school of Russian thinkers led by the philosopher Nikolai Fedorov and united in the conviction that humanity was entering a new stage of evolution in which it must assume a new active managerial role in the cosmos In the first account in English of this fascinating tradition George M Young offers a dynamic and wide ranging examination of the lives and ideas of the Russian CosmistsSuppressed during the Soviet period and little noticed in the West the ideas of the Cosmists have in recent decad Elon Musk has been Fiction Writers Workshop twentieth century saw Witch, Please (Not Your Basic Witch the emergence of a controversial school of Russian Fabricate thinkers led by First & Then the philosopher Nikolai Fedorov and united in Painting Garden Birds with Sherry C. Nelson (Decorative Painting) the conviction Ella Puede! that humanity was entering a new stage of evolution in which it must assume a new active managerial role in Newlyweds Anal Lessons the cosmos In The Millionairess the first account in English of Elements of the Writing Craft this fascinating Me Tawk Funny tradition George M Young offers a dynamic and wide ranging examination of E.E. Cummings the lives and ideas of Judgment Day the Russian CosmistsSuppressed during Bumperhead the Soviet period and little noticed in The Wondrous And True Story Of Christmas the West The Women on the Island the ideas of Digital Painting, 37 Intermediate Tricks and Techniques the Cosmists have in recent decad Elon Musk has been

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Nifestations of blind natural force under rational human control; the transition of our biosphere into a noosphere with a sheath of mental activity surrounding the planet; the effect of cosmic rays and currently unrecognized particles of energy on human history; practical steps toward the reversal and eventual human control over the flow of time; and the virtues of human androgyny autotrophy and invisibilityThe Russian Cosmists is a crucial contribution to scholarship concerning Russian intellectual history the future of technology and the history of western esotericism Andrei Platonov's Zen Doodle Unleashed the Thick transition of our biosphere into a noosphere with a sheath of mental activity surrounding DIGIGRA sexy gravure vol395 yua kuramochi the planet; Folk Shawls the effect of cosmic rays and currently unrecognized particles of energy on human history; practical steps Why Knock Rock? toward Fiction Writers Workshop the reversal and eventual human control over Witch, Please (Not Your Basic Witch the flow of Fabricate time; and First & Then the virtues of human androgyny autotrophy and invisibilityThe Russian Cosmists is a crucial contribution Painting Garden Birds with Sherry C. Nelson (Decorative Painting) to scholarship concerning Russian intellectual history Ella Puede! the future of Newlyweds Anal Lessons technology and The Millionairess the history of western esotericism Andrei Platonov's


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    Elon Musk has been popularising and allegedly working on some bold ideas in recent years Among other things building a neural interface between human brains and computers colonising Mars using magnetic levitation technology to connect city hubs and last but not least the possibility that we could all be living unawares in a “Matrix” simulation For the most part Musk didn’t come up with these wild ideas all on his own He has been borrowing them from science fiction novels and such gentle lunatics as Nick Bostrom or Ray KurzweilBut these ideas go way back as this monograph on Russian Cosmists demonstrates The pioneer and thought leader of this philosophical movement was Nikolaĭ Fedorovich Fedorov born in 1829 an ascetic original who managed to patch together a broad array of ideas Orthodox Christianity and Slavophilia occultism Gnosticism and alchemy science and technology He advocated infinite life extension and the resurrection of the ancestors back to Adam and Eve which Bostrom seemingly translated into his idea of “ancestor simulation” and space colonisation transforming the Earth into a vast spaceship to boldly go where no man has gone before as the saying goesFedorov has been hugely influential in Russia he knew Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy personally; his ideas were the seed of Soviet space exploration This book is essentially a gallery of intellectual figures in Russia the USSR who were deeply inspired by Fedorov blending his doctrine with communism when needed For instance Konstantin Tsiolkovsky the theorist of space exploration or Vladimir Vernadsky who developed the concept of “noosphere” later popularised by the French Jesuit Teilhard de Chardin Sergei Bulgakov and Pavel Florensky pictured in the painting below are two prominent figures of the movement as well Although these two don’t look particularly breezy Russian Cosmists supported a form of Promethean optimism and craved for a forward thinking world utopia — one that SF writers like Zamyatin Huxley and Orwell would harshly criticiseRussian Cosmism has its Western counterparts possibly to some degree Nietzsche Bergson and CG Jung at the turn of the 20th century Today this translates into “Transhumanism” a form of New Age of cyber immortalism embraced by Elon Musk Kurzweil and about every plutocrat in the Silicon Valley and all the other stark raving bonkers who want their sperm sprayed out all over the galaxy and their mad brains frozen in a cryogenic vat to come back ball breaking again on Judgement Day and for the rest of eternity Fear of death is a toughie that’s for sure


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    I have been researching about the Space Race between US and USSR for sometime now One of the striking thing is that the Pioneers involved in the SpaceRocketry industry were somewhere between proper Genius and borderline LunaticPersonally I knew very little from the Russian side of the space history apart from the Starman Yuri Gagarin Konstantin Tsiolkovsky the most famous Russian Rocket scientist and Sergei Korolev the Soviet Rocket Engineer responsible for launching the first artificial satellite and human being into space were Russian cosmists I knew I fell into a rabbit hole Russian Cosmism is an unusual religious philosophical movement The philosophy combines scientific method esoterism magic and religion that advocates immortality resurrection of the death and space colonization as means of achieving salvationNikolai Fyodorov is Russian Orthodox Mystic who believes the only way to achieve salvation is through resurrection of all our ancestor and radical life extension To address the Malthusian problem of radical life extension Fyodorov advocates space colonization In his work Philosophy of the Common task he advocates resurrection of all our ancestors across space and time and immortality He admits which a task would reuire thousands of years to accomplish and believes human being should play an active role resurrection of the deadCosmists were polymath who were highly competent in half a dozen specialized discipline Cosmists like Vladimir Vernadsky basically founded their own specified disciplines Another interesting fact about Russian cosmism is that were every much interested in philosophical theological scientific and esoteric endeavors Cosmist had background on both religious and scientist minds The most famous example is Pavel Florensky who is called Da vinci of Russia was a priest mathematician philosopher electrical engineer physicist and philosopherAnd about the book itself there are very few books in English to non Russian speakers This is a accessible but a bit dry book The subject at hand is so intriguing that you will overlook the style of writingTakewayWe truly live a time of technological stagnation We as a society no longer the have grandiose vision of conuering the stars In the 19th century many ordinary people had such dreams and visions Now these dreams are left to the multi billionaire like Musk and BezosJoseph Stalin is truly the vilest dictator to walk this earth and Soviet had one of the vilest bureaucracy in our history Some of the greatest minds were sent to gulag on the whims of the officers Not only scientific progress was inter related to religion But there is a strong correlation between esoteric occult magic studies and scientific progressat least till the end of 19th century


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    Expounded primarily through a series of brief intellectual biographies – encyclopedic in style if representative than exhaustive in scope – Young traces the background and legacy of Nikolai Fedorov as propagated sometimes directly but often less so through the thought of those late nineteenth and early twentieth century Russian scientists and theologians of a speculative philosophical bent whose works would form the basis for a heterogeneous ideological movement that has come to be known as Cosmism Comprising autodidact rocket scientists as well as sophianic mystical poets this disparate cohort shared a universalizing vision for the future of humanity a future culminating in spiritual physiological or at least sociocultural transcendence to be attained through a consciously directed evolutionary process of one kind or another While for Fedorov this transcendence entailed the literal physical resurrection of every person who had ever lived his successors were diverse if only marginally modest in the cosmic goals they set for the human race Obscure in his own lifetime his heirs' adventurous suggestions largely marginalized or persecuted under the Soviet regime Young concludes with a consideration of the renaissance experienced by Fedorov's ideas since the opening up of the USSR at least among a certain stratum of Russia's scientific fringe


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    Only a marginal interest but a truly interesting marginWe could be entering a neo gnostic epoch now with an increasing interest in transhumanism and immortality


  5. says:

    An amazing view into the Russian futurist thought


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    More of that rabbit hole pls


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    Young presents the intellectual tendencies shared between Federov those associated with the largely diffuse Cosmist movement as a core of modern post 1860 Russian thought and he makes the case admirably one can see traces of the stranger tendencies of pre Soviet Soviet and post Soviet philosophy here and draw lines between Blavatsky Scriabin ideas like the New Soviet Man even those elements of current Russian political thought that have been in the news latelyI've given the book only three stars simply because the academic style was at times a slog The book is short and with such interesting subject matter it should be a joy to read but somehow it took me weeks Slightly better prose would have easily brought it up to four stars


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    Young’s book “The Russian Cosmists The Esoteric Futurism of Nikolai Fedorov and His Followers” Young 2012 is a very intense mini encyclopedia with a lot of short biographical literary and philosophical entries about main and lesser known Cosmist thinkers all influenced by Fedorov’s seminal workYoung emphasizes the Russianness of Cosmism the vastness of Russian land and history as a uniue stage for the emergence of a system of thought so vast and daring to encompass both science and religion in a synergistic whole and shows the diversity of the Cosmist galaxy and the many co existing scientific philosophical religious spiritual as well as esoteric shamanistic gnostic approachesThe core idea of Cosmism is active evolution taking the future of our species in our hands and steering it toward cosmic transcendence This is also the core idea of transhumanism of which the Russian Cosmists must be considered as direct precursors Critics say that active evolution is “against God’s will” but the Cosmist insight is that on the contrary radical active evolution IS God’s will One of Fedorov’s favorite Bible passages was ‘Truly truly I say to you he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than those will he do’ John 1412 RSV Young refers to “Fedorov’s active forceful masculine Christianity” – a Christianity of action to become like GodRead full review


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    Andrei Platonov's name is not in the index An unforgivable omission for a pretty general survey of Fedorovism