To transcend means to “go beyond,” but this need not compel us to an ornate dualist view that regards transcendent levels of reality (e.g., the spiritual level) to be not of this world. We can “go beyond” the “ordinary” powers of the material world through the power of patterns. Rather than a materialist, I would prefer to consider myself a “patternist.” It’s through the emergent powers of the pattern that we transcend.
Source: Are We Spiritual Machines?: Ray Kurzweil vs. the Critics of Strong A.I., Pages: Chapter 10: The Material World
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