Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky once wrote, “The Earth is the cradle of the mind, but one cannot eternally live in a cradle.” While people often think about futurism as a recent concept, Tsiolkovsky (1857-1935) was laying the foundation of it in the late 19th century. The principle of Russian cosmism combined aspects of natural philosophy, ethics, religion and science. As one might expect from an Eastern European development, Orthodoxy was also an extremely important influence.
Modern transhumanism is built on the shoulders of Tsiolkovsky’s work. Panpsychism refers to the idea of an animated atom. Teachings based on panpsychism revolve around the idea that all matter possesses some sort of mental aspect. This can also be expressed as a unified point of view that all things share. This universal point of view is a precursor to the phenomenal consciousness that will typify the human singularity of the future.
Rocket train technology was fully proposed by Tsiolkovsky in 1929. He wished for the construction of artificial satellites, and some of his designs showed these as being used as manned platforms for interplanetary travel. Considering the growing technical consciousness of humanity, even the most outlandish of his proposals seem very possible. In fact, they might very well be necessary for the survival of the human race.
If Earth is a cradle, then the human race is quickly running out of time to grow up and leave it. However, the singularity is possibly coming faster than anyone would have predicted. That doesn’t mean that Tsiolkovsky hadn’t foretold the next evolutionary step of humanity in his own time.
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