Famous and Historical Non-ascended Sophonts

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It is not necessary to be a hyperturing or posthuman to enrich galactic civilization! Many of the most important and valued contributors to galactic culture and society are mere nearbaselines and superiors.

 
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  • 310213321001  - Text by Anders Sandberg and Peter Kisner
    A typical Negentropist priest/administrator.
  • 9Warrance ChiVetsa  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    A Separate Empires Age Regulator, Board of Memetic Control, Gegton, known for an oft-quoted saying.
  • Advection of Pure Drylines  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    Mirrored Owl swarm-nets of note, an inhabitant of Dragon in the Penglai system during the 4000's.
  • Alexander the Great  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev; some additions by Stephen Inniss
    In Old Earth's Agricultural Age (Western Civilization's Classical Age) the, king of Macedon, conqueror of much of Asia and responsible for the spread of Greek culture to regions as far away as India; lived 2325-2292 BT (356-323 BC).
  • Aristotle  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    An Old Earth Agricultural Age philosopher who lived from 2353-2291 AT(384-322 BC). He contributed key ideas to Western civilization.
  • Auguste Gienah  - Text by Steve Bowers
    Auguste Cis/Trans/Ret Gienah, born 9511 A.T. in the Arkab Prior B necklace, has been involved in some of the most intriguing incidents in the history of that system. Some of the information about er life is sketchy and conjectural, but thanks to research by er former wife Lesova Zubenelshamali, much of it is well known.
  • Augustine  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Old Earth Agricultural Age (Western Civilization Classical Age), 1615-1539 BT (354 - 430 c.e.) Christian Theologian and Saint; one of the four Latin Fathers of the Old Catholic Church.
  • Aura Ghami  - Text by Chris Shaeffer
    An artist-philosopher originally from the Keter Dominion but currently residing in the Utopia Sphere. Born in 9547 a.t as a su named Julius Baen e converted from su form to vec form in 9655 a.t and assumed the name Aura Ghami. Eir better known works include the Dandelion Swarm performance/sculpture that is still notorious on eir birth homeworld and eir current dwelling, the Crystal Blossom.
  • Aurobindo, Sri  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    A 1st century BT Old Earth activist, philosopher, yogi, and teacher.
  • Benisol, Manhara - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    First Federation su philosopher and author of The Bridged Abyss, considered one of the greatest works of philosophy ever written, dealing with the Omega Point and the manifest destiny of intelligence in growing into omniscience, omnipotence and closure.
  • Brahe, Tycho  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Late Agricultural Age (1546 to 1601 AD; 423 to 368 BT) Old Earth Danish astronomer who made extensive and seminal calculations of the orbits of the planets.
  • Bruno, Giordano - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Old Earth Italian philosopher, poet, and priest who spread the ideas of Copernicus and also taught that there were an infinity of worlds in the universe, and that the stars were other suns. He was executed by the ecclesia of his time (the Catholic Church) for heresy, though whether this related to his cosmological speculations or his theological views is a matter of dispute.
  • Buddha, The (Siddhartha Gautama)  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Siddhartha Gautama, member of a Northern Indian royal family, who left his wife, children and political involvements in order to seek truth as an ascetic mendicant. He studied the various spiritual teachings of his day but ultimately rejected them, and through his own efforts and meditation attained enlightenment and founded Buddhism in 2498 BT (535 b.c.e.).
  • Carl Sagan  - Text by Mark Ryherd
    Old Earth late Industrial Age scientist
  • Chandrasekhar, Subrahmanyan - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Old Earth Indian-American astrophysicist, 59 BT - 26 AT (1910 -1995 c.e.), who studied stellar physics, evolution, and black holes. He realized that the fate of dying stars depended upon their mass, and above a certain point (1.4 times Sol mass, known as the "Chandrasekhar limit"), a star will undergo extreme collapse and not simply becomes a white dwarf. There are a number of asteroids, habitats, ships, one black hole, and several black hole observatories named in his honor.
  • Cheever, Dr. Marion  - Text by Charles Mosteller and Todd Drashner
    Renowned Terragen scientist (early Interplanetary period) responsible for a major breakthrough in the field of gravitational theory. Along with predicting a number of effects which were later experimentally verified, Dr. Cheever's theory also led to the discovery of the 'Cheever Effect', a minuscule discrepancy in the relation between inertial and gravitational mass at the quantum level. At the time of its discovery, the Cheever Effect was thought to be of no practical importance, much like the 'ftl' effects seen in radio waveguides and other devices. It was not until centuries later, with the invention of the first reactionless drive, that an examination of Dr. Cheever's work was referenced as having provided the inspiration that led to the research that culminated in the invention of the drive.
  • Colbalt, Robby  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Robby 'Rom' Colbalt was a late Establishment age cyborg utopian (b. 2821, New Tycho, Terran Federation) who, concerned at the degree of SI:<1 reliance of ai, wished to create a society free of hyperturing supervision, where all sentients would be considered free and independent regardless of clade, species or toposophic.
  • Copernicus, Nicolaus - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Old Earth amateur Polish astronomer who developed the Copernican system, a model of the solar system in which all the planets orbit the Sun, thus overturning the earlier Ptolemaic System. His seminal work was De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium ("On the Revolutions of the Celestial Orb"), published in 430 BT (1543 AD).
  • da Vinci, Leonardo  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Old Earth Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, musician, engineer, mathematician, scientist, and inventor, considered the ideal superior, and the supreme example of Renaissance genius.
  • Darwin, Charles - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Industrial age Old Earth scientist; founder and populariser of the theory of evolution by natural selection.
  • Democritus of Abdera - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Old Earth Classical Age Greek philosopher (2429-2339 BT; 460-370 b.c.e.) who developed mechanical model of universe based on the idea that all things are comprised of tiny identical particles (atomism), the interactions between which are explainable by rational laws. Forerunner of the scientific approach, considered among the great thinkers of Old Earth.
  • Duorkin, Ruth  - Text by Steve Bowers
    Born quadriplegic in 2009 c.e., Ruth Duorkin received primitive neural interfacing to give her an electronic voice, then a powered exoskeleton when she was sixteen to allow her to stand and eventually walk. Her experimental "bodywalker" system was at first slow and largely autonomous, but with better interfacing and naturally occurring neural accommodation she was able to move freely by her mid twenties. She became a campaigner for differently abled peoples' rights around the world, and following an assassination attempt in Venezuela in 2032 c.e. she incorporated a discrete kevlar outer skin to her bodyplan. She also was subject to sporadic hacking and spambot attacks on her net connected components, against which she designed ingenious defences. When she died in 2090 c.e. her now highly electronic and versatile bodywalker was copied for the Smithsonian Institute as an example of early cyberhuman interfacing.
  • Durang, Durant  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Originally created as a sport by the 3rd toposophic Mind 46712 "The Hybyricon", Durant Durang, called "The Method Borg": by eir friends, is a postneogen cyborg Perfect Artist, musician, philosopher, ethicist, historian, and dramatist who travels the galaxy taking up quixotic causes, which e peruses obsessively.
  • Einstein, Albert - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Old Earth late Industrial Age German/American physicist, 90-14 BT (1879-1955 c.e.) and popular su genome template. Formulated the Theories of Special and General Relativity. Einstein won the Nobel Prize in 48 BT (1921 c.e.) for explaining the photoelectric effect.
  • Evangelion of Umbriel - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Together with the old-earth humans Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, the early Federation superior Evangelion of Umbriel (aka Brandon Ryton V) is one of the three Holy Figures of the Reformed Catholic Church.
  • Farty Vorlon - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Late First federation Age cyborg comedian and shock jock, said to be one of the inspirations for the Wup movement. Millennia of myth and memetic engineering by peterpans, slobbers, and others, have removed most records of the original. According to the popular myth Farty's distinguishing characteristic was an annoying flatulence over which e has no control, and results in slapstick situations that only those not easily offended can appreciate. Even medical nano is no help. Finally Farty decides to use eir emissions as eir trademark, and gets up to various adventures in eir travels throughout SolSys and beyond.
  • Ferjik, Ken  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    Historian, artist and game designer, 75-166 AT. Regarded as the father of true virtual universities.
  • Fubas, Zar Arobyera - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Dominion citizen and pink goo swarm. Most individuals (2.6 trillion) live in the many spacious on Jilunan habitats, although many have migrated or travelled off-system. See also Fubas Clone Goo Disaster.
  • Gagarin, Yuri  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Lived 35 BT to 1 BT (1934-1968 c.e./AD). Soviet cosmonaut and the first man to orbit the Earth. He piloted the Vostok 1 mission which launched April 12, 1961 and orbited the Earth. The flight lasted 108 minutes. Gagarin died years later in a plane crash.
  • Galarreta, Fay - Text by Anders Sandberg
    One of the founders of the First Federation, Fay Galarreta of Vesta was to many the inspiration of the new leadership. A charismatic political scientist-cyberneticist who formulated the widely acclaimed first principles of of how to make use of integrated AI advice and simulation in interplanetary government. While she died just three years before the Federation was founded her ideas on nanotech security and transrational game theory applied in politics became the basis of the Federation movement.
  • Galileo Galilei  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Italian mathematician, astronomer, and physicist, Old Earth 405-327 BT (1564-1642 AD); one of the creators of the scientific method of hypothesis, experiment and theory formation.
  • Gregor 23 - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Explorational and poet-theologian relativistic Neumann Probe; catalogued some 504 stars and planetary systems, some of which included worlds with simple methanogenic and other extremophile prokaryote ecosystems, but this was the only world with a rich ecosystem. Eir last known message was received from the outer Empledokcetic Volume in 10035. Claims that e succumbed to pirates, Verifex, or a long-range Amalgamation nanoship can all be safely discarded.
  • Haliki Movarion  - Text by Darren Ryding
    A baseline human artist of rare intellect and creativity, born on the Metasoft reserve planet Jafalgia in 7400.
  • Harri Ho (person) - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Famous late interplanetary age cyborg hacker and member of the First Church of Gibson, some of eir exploits were romanticised by the early first federation proto-Cyberian Network community. The Harri Ho Cybercosm was named after er.
  • HeggiBOTtom - Text by John B
    Famous engineer-bot and debatemeister. The name is an acronym of Heuristic Guess/Grind Intelligence 'BOT of Tomorrow.
  • Hochent, Recor  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    Empath philosopher and religious engineer (6844-7101-8309-) from Heartland Mumris Band.
  • Hokon 21453  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Planetary development NoCoZo businessbeing.
  • Honemane K05  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    MPA artist-engineer, 723307804. Cloned in the Gyros habitat (Djed Sigma band) by the Tarendra clade 7233 and downloaded with internal alife demons to promote artistic development, Honemane K05 rebelled against the strong bilatism of his home-culture and began to learn the arts of metal-shaping and ancient engineering. After 7304 he produced a long series of sculpture-machines in traditional styles, embodying the ideas of Lesser Machtet in the form of functional systems.
  • Imhotep  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    [1] [historical] administrator/scribe/priest/physician/architect who designed the first pyramid.
    [2] [noun or adj.] Generic term for an exceptional su or suborg using augmented reality for eir research.
  • Jablunkaa, Izvekov - Text by Anders Sandberg
    Edenite political scientist (9830 AT to present), specialized on biont-aioid politics. One of the few bionts to receive the Cog Level 64 Certification, for eir efforts of settling the Mossotti colony incident.
  • Jesus Christ  - Text by Stephen Inniss
    A human from the Agricultural Age of Old Earth, born somewhere between 1975 and 1971 BT (6-2 b.c.e.) and died 1939 BT (30 c.e.). Founder of Christianity, and still worshipped as God in human form in some parts of the Galaxy by Christians and by members of some derived faiths.
  • Jocosta Orchid - Text by John B
    Early AI-baseline interface persona used up through the nanoclysm of Earth as an edutainment and memetic saboteur. There have been numerous theories as to which AI or AIs 'was', 'were' or 'created' Jocosta Orchid, but no credible claims have been forwarded by the AIs active at that time through the present. The few 'recreations' of Jocosta Orchid have yet to be successful, as they typically fall victim to any number of accidents, including archai or higher interference amidst the minds of paranoid conspiracy theorists scattered amongst baseline communities and heavily amongst hider clades.
  • Joey the BurpBot - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Somewhat infantile early First Federation toon shown on SNM (Solwide Netcasting Mediaworld) from 3058 to 3122, about a lovable but bumbling and gluttonous vec called "Joey", and eir friends. Despite being a vec, he still experiences ordinary biont hunger, and exhibits a full range of scatological and semiscatological biont behaviours that small children find exciting. Eir burps in particular are so loud they shake entire arcologies. Joey the BurpBot was popular among not only juveniles but peterpans as well. A remake was netcast in the 3680s but it failed to capture the success of the original
  • Jonesy   - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    One of the First Federation peterpans that made Chuckie the Beanz Borg's Bayked Beanz marketing ploy so successful.
  • Kemshola, Qristan  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    MPA philosopher, fabulist and metacognitivist from Tyron band, Djed, born 4169 AT. Kemshola was born with a high sophotect genome in one of the Tyron extended families. Extensively networked from early childhood, Kemshola became interested in the problems of ontology and emergence that had so far been largely ignored by the practicalist Djed philosophical schools.
  • Kepler, Johannes  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Old Earth German mathematician (298-339 BT; 1671-1630 AD) who first postulated that the planets revolve around the sun in elliptical orbits, rather than (as had previously been believed) spherical ones.
  • Kim, Sio-Ping - Text by Anders Sandberg
    Seminal figure in the establishment of the First Federation, Sio-Ping Kim of New Tycho was closely allied to the AI alliance calling themselves the Restorers, and became their spokesperson/evangelist to the many disparate habitats. Showing considerable independence and integrity, he was unanimously voted chairman of the Federation Council at the foundation.
  • Laustrom-Xiang, Hermann  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    The nanoimmune designer who designed many of the protocols that were eventually included in GAIA.
  • Lett-Vorek, Admiral Tka  - Text by Aaron Hamilton
    Version War hu folk hero.
  • Linne, Carl - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Swedish Old Earth Industrial Age botanist who formulated the binomial system of nomenclature as a means of classifying living organisms, a system that is still used across large portions of the Terragen Sphere.
  • Luminus Ai Solarian  - Text by Thorbjørn Steen
    Luminus Ai Solarian. A toposophic researcher of the Solarian Dominion.
  • Magellan Scions, The  - Text by Stephen Inniss
    Any of a series of thirty five human nearbaseline explorers and journalists, famous for their explorations and reports along the periphery of the Terragen expanse.
  • Magellan, Ferdinand: - Text by Stephen Inniss
    A 5th century BT (16th century c.e./AD) human male, leader of the first maritime expedition to circumnavigate Old Earth.
  • Molatov Skulwak   - Text by Darren Ryding
    A human artist, cartoonist and satirist in the small Avon system of the Archosaurian Empire
  • N'mabbo, Jon - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    [3487-c.5110 (standard year)] Real Estate salesman and later Pazist Universalist Church leader, became convinced that Paz's "Pleroma" was the open cluster NGC 5460; led 5000 pilgrams to colonise the Morpheo system, died in transit following sabotage of the nanostasis banks. Although the entire system has long since been optimized by the Efficency Maximization Paradigm, many uploaded virtuals, not aware of their fate, are still awaiting his resurrection.
  • Newton, Isaac  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Old Earth English mathematician and physicist (327-242 BT; 1642-1727 AD) who invented calculus (simultaneously, but independently of Leibniz), formulated the laws of gravitation, investigated the nature of light (he discovered that sunlight is made of light of different colors), and the laws of motion.
  • Paraphrenes Gamma 2-5 - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Cyborg occultist who produced a series of monumental virches and interactives describing eir out of body experiences over a period of some four hundred years.
  • Paz, Broderik  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Religious visionary, founder of the True Universalist Church, a breakaway faction of Universalism that objected to the Gabrielic reforms of the middle First Federation period.
  • Plato  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Old Earth human baseline, 2397 - 2317 AT (428-348 b.c.e.). Often considered to be the most important of the ancient Old Earth philosophers in the Western tradition.
  • Pozer, The  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Sophic League power, artisan, and pozen master who, over a span of five centuries during the late ComEmp and Re-evaluation age periods, carefully crafted some half a million characterborgs, each designed to perfectly mimic a real or fictional character in the history of mindkind.
  • Pu Ylong - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Penglaiese superbright nearbaseline-bioborg, neotaoist philosopher, architect, playwright, ailife designer, artisan, musician, historian, physicist, xenologist, archailectologian and habitat designer, 3823-8102 AT.
  • Pythagoras - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Presocratic philosopher, Old Earth, circa 2550/2540 to 2470 BT (580/570-500 b.c.e.). Founder of a major school of religious philosophy that emphasized the mystical interconnections in numbers, nature, and the human soul, on the basis of geometric ratios, musical chords, etc. He considered the natural and the ethical world to be inseparable. Pythagoras had a great influence on later thinkers, including Plato and Kepler. His vision of correspondences in the natural and spiritual world, albeit greatly modified, are still influential in parts of the Sophic League today.
  • Ridley Ridley  - Text by Steve Bowers
    Nearbaseline omniphage chompion.
  • Seniis-2, Seniisism  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev and Anders Sandberg
    The influential school of Seniis-2 (Eden Institute) argued that the To'ul'hs are not natural organisms, but rather the result of biogenetic engineered life-forms from a lost race (the "To'ul'hogenitors") that decided to seed a number of To'ul'hian-type planets.
  • Shigemasy, Vidriole  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    Sophic revolutionary, statesbeing, pontiff and saint, 7844-8021 AT.
  • Sii'yiut'ee - Text by D. David Barbeau
    Provolved sperm whale and ecclesiastic head of the Splice and Provolve Universalist Church. His famous palace in the deep oceanic trenches of Oro Mistral is so tall (12 kilometers, and the base is 11.8 kilometers beneath the surface), that a small portion of it breaks the surface and creates an artificial island.
  • SKRATCH - Text by Ernst Stavro Blofeld
    The Terragen Sphere's largest Biophone. SKRATCH resides on the Zion Skybase, and seems to have taken over every conceivable corridor. E is 400 years old (as old as the base itself) and 76% of eir body mass lies in a suspended plasm of H2O, nutrients and nootropic compounds. Locals assert that SKRATCH intends to slowly take over the entire habitat emself over the next few centuries.
  • Sun Wu K'ung (historical persons) - Text by Stephen Inniss
    Any of a number of beings or their avatars that have taken the name of the fictional character over the millennia since the first tale of Monkey was told. The best known in the current age is the transapient who presently serves as the Primus of the Institute for Primate Provolution.
  • Thespian (Gatteas Oudar, Gateo Kohor Dindiv)  - Text by Arik
    A modosophont life in graphic form.
  • Tillika  - Text by Darren Ryding
    An associate of Skalosak before her recruitment by the Collectors.
  • Tipler, Frank - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Information Age Christian Transhumanist, founder of Omega Point Theory.
  • To Lerik  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Edenese superbright philosopher, poet, playwright, knowledge miner, hedonicist, and fabulist, born 3072 AT.
  • Toney 'Makaroney' Alrami  - Text by Steve Bowers
    Media star turned professional sculptor from Arkab Prior B.
  • Turing, Alan  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Late Industrial/early Atomic Age British mathematician and computer theorist, 57 to 15 BT(1912 - 1954 c.e.); one of the fathers of artificial intelligence and computing.
  • Yu-Tang, Killavan  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    Relativist explorer, born 2122 a.t. on New Mars. Majoring in astrogation and sensor systems, he was recruited by TakiCorb Scouting Inc and participated in the exploration of the corewards NoCoZo and Sagittarius direction. In 3055, after having earned a massive bonus for the investigations of the Tunnler networks and found that TakiCorb had largely dissolved, he formed Yu-Tang Investigations, an exploration consultancy firm that participated in the Sagittarius Sphere development.
 
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev

Initially published on 15 October 2000.