Archailectology, Schools of
Many interpretations of the nature of the Archailects have developed among lower toposophic minds, including ordinary sapients. While some are too abstract and obscure to be comprehensible to subsingularitan intelligence, others are popular among everyday bionts, vecs, and aioids of the galaxy. Not that not all these options are mutually exclusive:
Spiritism: the archailect mind are completely supernatural, although ey incarnate in physical megastructures (jupiter brains etc.). c.f. Emanationism, Dualism, Emanationist Holism, Incarnationalism
Physicalism: there are no supraphysical realities, the archailects, although almost impossibly vast compared to ordinary sophonts, are still finite physical entities
Incarnationism: the Archailects are the physical embodiment of cosmic forces or archetypes
Reductionism: archailects differ from lower toposophics only in degree, not in kind. Given sufficient processing and cognitive power even the highest Archailects can be explained (theoretically) from basic principles
Holism: archailects cannot be reduced to lower toposophics. They differ in kind, not merely in degree. They come into being through the holistic interplay of Mind and Megastructure. Main philosophical schools and interpretations of Holistic Archailectology include:
Emergent Holism: archailects evolve out of lower toposophics as part of the process of emerging complexity . This is the most popular hypothesis among archailectologians. Also see Omegism
Emanationist Holism: while their bodies evolve from lower toposophics tech, archailect Minds incarnate from higher ontological planes of existence [see Spiritism, Emanationism], but only come into being when Mind and Body are holistically integrate [Holism, Incarnationism]
Pantheistic Holism: the archailects are the concretisation of the immanent Cosmic Mind or Godhead [see also Pantheism] in Megastructure form.
Deitism: the archailects are the personification of God, they are God in Megastructure form
Monodeitism: One's own archailect is the Only True God, all the others are either of lower toposophic or (in the case of fundamentalists) perversities. c.f. Monotheism
- AI God - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Popular term for the most sublime category of sentient in the known galaxy, an or Archailect or archailect cluster grown to godlike status (despite the fact that not all archailects are primarily ascended ai, most incorporating both post-ai and postbiont elements).
- Archailect Empire - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Any interstellar empire established by, and ultimately overseen and supervised by, an archailect, and embodying the archetypal qualities of that archailect. The original archailect empires of the inner sphere are defined in terms of the mandala of the Great Hexadecimal.
- Archailect Identity Theory - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Doctrine that an archailect's avatars or epiphanies to lower toposophics represent a true and authentic (if scaled down) expression of the archailect. Contrast with Instrumentalism.
- Archailect Incarnationalism - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
An extreme form of Identity Theory that states that an Archailect and eir avatar or epiphanic manifestation are the same.
- Archailectocracy - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Government by Archailect. Any of the great archai empires. Usually there is an intermediate priesthood or hierarchy of some sort.
- Archailectual Mysticism
- Archaitheocracy - Text by M. Alan Kazlev with some additional notes by Anders Sandberg
Government by religious leadership or priesthood, usually in the service of a high level transapient or minor archailect. The actual form the government takes can be astonishingly diverse. One of the most common government types in the galaxy today.
- Rise of the Archailects, The