Cosmism is a world-view and a value-system which focuses on exploring and scientifically understanding our vast universe to be able to pursue pleasure, growth, and freedom for all beings.

Cosmism also favors transhumanism and ultimately leaving our cradle, the Earth. It is a certainty that our planet will eventually be destroyed by an asteroid impact or when our sun runs out of fuel. Assuming we don’t cause our extinction ourselves, we need to reach beyond our Solar System and create habitats on other celestial bodies if we are to survive. The future of earth-based life depends on the importance we give to space explorations. Colonizing other celestial bodies is our species’ only shot for survival and may lead to the perfection of our species. Of course, it’s just another question that if we will still be “homo sapiens” by that time…

We have evolved from less intelligent animals and we keep on evolving. As we enhance our intelligence and as we create new (artificial) bits of intelligence, it’s highly likely that we will be more suitable to survive out there and will discover new aspects of the universe which we can not even imagine today. It is highly unlikely that we will achieve interstellar travel at our current physical fragility and short life span. Therefore I think of Transhumanism not as a utopia, but as an imperative intersection.

Unlike religious views, Cosmism is not based on any supernatural, myopic, archaic and absurd mythology. Our understanding of the universe has grown so much that it’s unbelievable that the worldviews of ancient tribes still persist. A basic knowledge and familiarity with Astronomy and Cosmology will quickly get you rid of the belief/delusion that there is an invisible being in the sky who takes a personal interest in your life and fate.

There are two schools of Cosmist thought. Light Cosmism and H.P. Lovecraft’s Dark Cosmism (a.k.a Cosmicism).

Dark Cosmism:

“The human race will disappear. Other races will appear and disappear in turn. The sky will become icy and void, pierced by the feeble light of half-dead stars. Which will also disappear. Everything will disappear. And what human beings do is just as free of sense as the free motion of elementary particles. Good, evil, morality, feelings? Pure ‘Victorian fictions’. Only egotism exists.” –H. P. Lovecraft

Light Cosmism:

“The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. From it, we have learned most of what we know. Recently, we have waded a little out to sea, enough to dampen our toes or, at most, wet our ankles. The water seems inviting. The ocean calls.” –Carl Sagan, Cosmos

Cosmist thought rejects all dogma and theology and it will become increasingly relevant as advanced technology unfolds. The current standard world-views and religions are ancient and are doomed to fail terribly in the very near future…