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    http://www.orionsarm.com/xcms.php?r=oa-intro



    What is "Orion's Arm" you might ask? That is an excellent question, and in a nutshell here is your answer:

    Orion's Arm is:

    The next step in the evolution of science-fiction
    A collective hard science fiction world building endeavor
    A space opera
    A communal background for science fiction stories
    A universe ready to be brought to life through illustration
    A forum for cutting edge science
    A roleplaying setting
    A transhumanist projection of what the future might look like
    A bunch of semi-sane sentients having fun together
    Why are we here? The answer to that question can be found in our Statement of Purpose:


    STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:

    Our purpose is to inspire writers, artists and thinkers. To create a vision of the future that is plausible at every level, internally consistent and abides by the accepted facts and theories in the physical, biological, and social sciences. We embrace speculative ideas like Drexlerian assemblers, mind uploading, posthuman intelligence, magnetic monopoles, wormholes and the technologies, and developments that will make all this possible.

    To quote Arthur C. Clarke's Second Law:

    The only way to explore the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
    Our task is to create an ever evolving universe that is interesting, inspiring and provocative - to theorize on a future that may, or may not, come to be.

    In order to meet this goal we have established certain ground rules:

    Matter cannot travel faster than light
    Matter and energy are conserved
    No evolved humanoid aliens have been discovered
    Technology will change the nature of social issues
    A logical explanation for even the most fantastic elements within the setting must be provided.
    Space is vast - expect the same challenges to have many different solutions, or as we say at Orion's Arm - Diversity! Diversity! Diversity!
    Orion's Arm is a work in progress, a space opera setting like no other. It spans the next ten thousand years of galactic history, from the near future interplanetary colonization to the far future where the galaxy is ruled by vast ascended intelligences. It incorporates hard science, and the "soft" or social sciences, as well as the mythological, archetypal themes, as the gods of the collective psyche incarnate in unforseen new forms.

    The Orion's Arm project (OA for short) is a big place with nearly a decade of history and hundreds of contributors. Most likely you will encounter new concepts and terminology throughout the site. We have provided links on this page to a number of helpful resources to get you acquainted with all of them. The Illustrated Backstory and Orion's Arm Primer are specially writtern to provide an introduction to the setting. You may also want to peruse the FAQ pages for answers to various commonly (and not so commonly) asked questions. There is of course the Encyclopaedia Galactica, where you can find anything in the Orion's Arm universe. Enjoy the stories, art and ideas you find here, and should you find during your journey that something is missing, or you have something to contribute, please join us at one of our many discussion groups. When that time comes we highly recommend going over the How to Contribute and Netiquette pages.

    Like all good art, this project is ever growing, and will therefore never be complete. We invite you to join us on this journey of imagination; afterall it looks like we've barely gotten started, and there are still many worlds left to explore.

    Above all else we would like to ask you to remember to have fun while you're here.


    Found this at the suggestion of black beetle. I'm not sure if this is what he was talking about though.

    And to think that the scientist/atheist thinks creationism is a myth! Don't get me wrong. I've read and enjoyed many science fiction novels. It's just that it seems like the imagination can get a bit carried away.

    A lot of spelling errors too.

    Here's a point from the list of rules I found particularly interesting. Technology will change the nature of social issues

    Science is the new God. Reminds me of the verse that says they worship the creature rather than the creator.
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    24 Nov '09 09:20
    Originally posted by josephw
    http://www.orionsarm.com/xcms.php?r=oa-intro



    [b]What is "Orion's Arm" you might ask? That is an excellent question, and in a nutshell here is your answer:

    Orion's Arm is:

    The next step in the evolution of science-fiction
    A collective hard science fiction world building endeavor
    A space opera
    A communal background for science fiction storie ...[text shortened]... me of the verse that says they worship the creature rather than the creator.
    why is this in the spirituality forum? just curious, i don't care.
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    24 Nov '09 12:46
    Originally posted by Zahlanzi
    why is this in the spirituality forum? just curious, i don't care.
    Read at the bottom then. ๐Ÿ˜ด
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    24 Nov '09 12:491 edit
    Originally posted by josephw
    Read at the bottom then. ๐Ÿ˜ด
    "Science is the new God. Reminds me of the verse that says they worship the creature rather than the creator."

    saw that. that's it?

    Edit: to avoid more back and forth:
    your whole post has nothing religious or spiritual in it. it is simply a description of a book club. a book club that has nothing religious or spiritual in it. and then you post that last sentence that has nothing to do with the rest of the post. it is like you tell someone the implications WWII had on world economy and then say "btw, the new simpsons episode about beer is very funny"
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    24 Nov '09 14:07
    Originally posted by Zahlanzi
    "Science is the new God. Reminds me of the verse that says they worship the creature rather than the creator."

    saw that. that's it?

    Edit: to avoid more back and forth:
    your whole post has nothing religious or spiritual in it. it is simply a description of a book club. a book club that has nothing religious or spiritual in it. and then you post that l ...[text shortened]... had on world economy and then say "btw, the new simpsons episode about beer is very funny"
    You're making me think there's not much depth to you.

    Everything has spiritual implications.
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    24 Nov '09 14:30
    Originally posted by josephw
    You're making me think there's not much depth to you.

    Everything has spiritual implications.
    especially if you force them to. we can discuss the spirituality of the bacon and eggs breakfast next.
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    24 Nov '09 14:421 edit
    Originally posted by josephw
    http://www.orionsarm.com/xcms.php?r=oa-intro



    [b]What is "Orion's Arm" you might ask? That is an excellent question, and in a nutshell here is your answer:

    Orion's Arm is:

    The next step in the evolution of science-fiction
    A collective hard science fiction world building endeavor
    A space opera
    A communal background for science fiction storie ys they worship the creature rather than the creator.
    Greetings to the evolved
    Greetings to the evolved non-humanoid aliens!
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    24 Nov '09 15:26
    Originally posted by Zahlanzi
    especially if you force them to. we can discuss the spirituality of the bacon and eggs breakfast next.
    We could, but I don't think anyone would be interested.
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    24 Nov '09 15:27
    Originally posted by karoly aczel
    Greetings to the evolved non-humanoid aliens!
    By the way. What is an evolved non-humanoid alien?
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    24 Nov '09 19:00
    Originally posted by josephw
    http://www.orionsarm.com/xcms.php?r=oa-intro



    [b]What is "Orion's Arm" you might ask? That is an excellent question, and in a nutshell here is your answer:

    Orion's Arm is:

    The next step in the evolution of science-fiction
    A collective hard science fiction world building endeavor
    A space opera
    A communal background for science fiction storie ...[text shortened]... me of the verse that says they worship the creature rather than the creator.
    Of course it is not what I meant at the other thread, josephw; at the other thread I was talking about Orion Arm (the specific position of our solar system in our galaxy, implying that "religion is the best franchise in our solar system"๐Ÿ˜‰ and not about Orion's Arm.

    And, after reading your post regarding Orion's Arm over there, I merely thought that you brought up this funny senario of yours because you wanted to debunk my quote regarding aletheia (as it was conceived by the Prosocratic philosophers) by means of establishing an analogy to religion and to atheism
    ๐Ÿ˜ต
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    24 Nov '09 21:53
    Originally posted by josephw
    By the way. What is an evolved non-humanoid alien?
    How about a "sound-light vibration" from a different dimension?
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    28 Nov '09 13:14
    Originally posted by black beetle
    Of course it is not what I meant at the other thread, josephw; at the other thread I was talking about Orion Arm (the specific position of our solar system in our galaxy, implying that "religion is the best franchise in our solar system"๐Ÿ˜‰ and not about Orion's Arm.

    And, after reading your post regarding Orion's Arm over there, I merely thought that y ...[text shortened]... Prosocratic philosophers) by means of establishing an analogy to religion and to atheism
    ๐Ÿ˜ต
    No, I'm just off on a tangent.

    I couldn't debunk anything you say no matter how hard I tried. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    28 Nov '09 13:17
    Originally posted by karoly aczel
    How about a "sound-light vibration" from a different dimension?
    There you go again with that "sound-light vibration" thing again!

    Have you been hangin' out in discos' by any chance?
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    Originally posted by josephw
    No, I'm just off on a tangent.

    I couldn't debunk anything you say no matter how hard I tried. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Oh well๐Ÿ˜ต
  15. Standard memberkaroly aczel
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    30 Nov '09 14:06
    Originally posted by josephw
    There you go again with that "sound-light vibration" thing again!

    Have you been hangin' out in discos' by any chance?
    I've evolved my own version of English...I mean what are you if not a sound-light vibration?At least.
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