Creating a United Confederation of Cosmists
Igniting a Bottom-Up, Interstellar Network Ecology. Abstract of my talk at the Terasem Space Day Colloquium 2023.
Creating a United Confederation of Cosmists: Igniting a Bottom-Up, Interstellar Network Ecology
In Isaac Asimov's iconic “Foundation” series, the concept of "psychohistory" is introduced as a potent blend of history, sociology, and statistical analysis. This powerful (fictional) science can predict the collective behavior of vast groups of people into the future. Based on the law of mass action, psychohistory asserts that large group behavior can be forecasted, even when individual actions remain unpredictable. It presents a deterministic vision of societal progression, aimed at predicting and circumventing societal downfall.
As a contrast, Black Sky Society posits “psychodestiny” as a counterpoint to psychohistory. Instead of predicting societal tendencies, psychodestiny focuses on molding individual dreams and trajectories to guide collective futures towards a positive end. It is anchored in the belief in personal potential and the capacity for self-transcendence.
Psychodestiny can be envisioned as a communal dream machine. In my talk at Terasem Space Day Colloquium 2023, I will illustrate preliminary thoughts on the psychodestiny “envisioning” process, demonstrating how we can initiate an international space program with a highly ambitious north star. Beginning in 2023, I will traverse through the forthcoming 20 then 100 years with speculative devices, presenting that it may indeed be feasible to start with a group of 10 spacefarers, which then expands to 100, and continues to grow until space sciences are part of secondary school curriculum worldwide and everyone has the opportunity to participate in space expansion and cosmic destiny. This presents a vision of a future where each person can contribute to a broader and eventual interstellar ecology from the ground up, cultivating a United Confederation of Cosmists, that is unbounded. Far future possibilities might even include the exploration of the cosmos with faster-than-light teleportation.
In 2017, Giulio Prisco and I joined forces to create Space Decentral, a decentralized space agency. However, the initial design ideas for this project were primarily top-down in their approach. The psychodestiny process presents a more bottom-up vision, designed to allow for emergence and a multi-leader coalition. This approach aims to enhance resilience and solidarity around common visions.
Stellar Magnet’s Bio
Stellar Magnet's self-guided and experiential research over the last six years has centered on cryptoeconomic network design related to large-scale cooperation networks. In this time, she has creatively contributed insights related to governance, mechanism design, and community tooling to over seven different Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) or open-source projects. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley (2008) and an Astronautical Engineering Certificate from UCLA Extension (2016).