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[1] To become vastly superhuman or superbaseline and incomprehensible to untranscended beings. To breach a singularity barrier. Transcension is qualitatively different from ascension; an ascended being retains some, or many, of eir previous characteristics, while a transcended being does not (at least as perceived by untranscended entities).

Although a transcended being may remember eir former existence in great detail, that existence generally appears to have little relevance to such a being except as a collection of dispassionate data.

[2] To become a god or godlike, to attain Enlightenment, to become a power, or a transcendent being, to disappear from manifest existence, to enter into the Cosmic Mind or the Absolute, or realize one always was the Absolute all along.

[3] (noun) one who transcends, or the act of transcendence, from a lower to a higher toposophic. In doing so, the old faculties drop away - e.g. a Buddha who enters nirvana is a transcend because e no longer retains an embodied existence. Contrast with ascend.

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    [1] (archaic) SI:1 or higher
    [2] (archaic) pertaining to a toposophic level higher than SI:1
    [3] Pertaining to relations between entities of different toposophic levels
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Development Notes
Text by M. Alan Kazlev modified by Steve Bowers
[1] inspired by Vernor Vinge
Initially published on 09 January 2002.