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God’s Replacement

I want to start this post by asking: what is awareness?

I know that seems vague because we all know that awareness isn’t a tangible thing to reach out and grab—but at the same time, it’s not magic. It is something real.

So what about the phrase “I think, therefore I am,” as Rene Descartes said; is that the answer? I’m aware that it’s happening, therefore awareness is something?

Well, instead of defining awareness just yet, let’s try this approach. I want you to think about how long will it take the entire world, with its global Internet, media, and telecommunications system, to be as fast as the human nervous system? How long will it take the collective world to be as interconnected as the synapses of your brain?

Twenty-five, fifty, maybe a hundred years?

Given enough time and with absolute connectivity, would everything that is lucid in the world become part of a massive unified portal—a global intelligence or a global being where each of us would serve as a neuron or nerve ending?

Whoa, is that even possible?

Could it be that the speed at which everything connects is all that it takes for this entire system to become a fully conscious superorganism?

Well, it may not be that simple, considering the complexity of the brain. Many parts of the brain have yet to appear in our global collective, but there are similarities; like the information retrieval or “Google”, part of the brain. Even through telephones, computers, and TV ratings, you can be seen as a neuron responding to stimulus.

Political news can send the political forums into a panic, or an earthquake can activate a plethora of healing entities oozing into the affected area. Add it all up and it’s like a global brain responding to stimuli. Of course, it’s not in real time yet, but it’s growing, connections are getting faster, and I’m sure there are many flavors of technology yet to be developed.

However, that raises an even greater question: does awareness really depend on a particular neural arrangement in order to occur? If it is not dependent on neural arrangement, then is awareness also a phenomenon occurring independent of this animal body?

If it is, then let me ask again: how long do we have before this worldwide system of electronic communications becomes self-aware in its unification—at least enough for this communion to be seen as an entity in and of itself?

Of course that may be hard to see at the time of this writing. So far, this global entity has proven itself to be as flighty as a flock of birds. It is without focus or planning. It has no supreme leadership. It’s incongruent and it’s certainly not fully integrated, so my next question is…where’s it going?

In other words: if this global entity were allowed to develop unhindered for two thousand years, would it become a transhuman superorganism, and what would such a multi-consciousness look like?

That’s a question for which there’s no clear answer, but no matter what the future holds, when all our communications begin to occur superfast or with absolute immediacy, we can, at the very least, look at this global system as a lucid, unified, and computational interaction (or LUCI).

Now this “LUCI” may not be a true awareness per se, but nevertheless it is something worth recognizing. And I say this because eventually people will integrate with this system.

What I mean by “integrate” is that people will one day plug into their particular node of this multiheaded unification and lose all physical contact. It may not be quite like a scene from the movies, but a possible outcome of all this connectivity is that one day people will spend every waking hour interacting in a virtual format.

As a matter of fact, an ever-growing number of people within this global community already have no other contact than a lucid, unified, and computational type of interaction—mainly through video games, mobile phones, and social networking websites. Notice that I use the word interaction instead of integration. That’s because integration is actually a whole other level of phenomenon.

To be “fully integrated” means to completely disappear—to lose autonomy. But you don’t have to be a Star Trek version of the Borg to lose autonomy. When sitting down to watch TV, it takes, on average, three seconds for the brain to go into a passive state. Just three seconds and the TV is thinking for us.

Where’s our autonomy when thinking disappears into a colorful flashing machine? And consider how many generations have now experienced this.

 

The printing press, the telephone, the TV, and now the Internet: these developments have torn down the distance barrier to global communication. And the promise of unity that LUCI generates also gives us hope that our tribal mentality will one day vanish, and with it the prospects of war.

Not only now, but throughout history, the concept of unity has been praised as a potential savior. And we all know that divisiveness won’t save anything, but let’s be honest here: are we not looking at this global technological unification with the expectation that it will one day solve our problems?

Despite those who see technology as a threat, deep within our global psyche resides a faith in technology’s power to save.

We want LUCI to unify global research and cure cancer. We want LUCI to stop global warming, global conflict, nuclear war, dwindling resources—everything. We want this unification to solve our problems and save us from death.

Pop singers croon of “the day when nobody dies.” Magazine articles claim that we are close to saving ourselves. And books like ‘The Singularity Is Near’ claim that we have the know-how to create our own salvation.

We expect technology to be a cure-all, and as a result all eyes are looking to a tangible heaven, a tangible savior—a tangible replacement for God. And it’s for that reason that whenever a problem arises and I hear someone say, “The government needs to do something about it,” I’m reminded of this simple underlying desire we all have, which is to have something else save us—because underneath everything happening, we realize helplessly that we are doomed to die.

Without realizing it, our expectations for this LUCI have led to worship. There are no churches or prayer services per se, but look at how we interact with machinery and how much we depend on technology, versus how much time we spend relating to actual human beings (or to God).

If this colossal effort toward our own salvation produces immortality, then the number of people who feel the need for God will continue to diminish.

How will a godless culture affect our children’s general perception of reality? If we wait for LUCI to cure death, wars, and natural disasters, are we not setting up our children to view LUCI as a savior—especially if these problems are solved by our machinery?

Will that be the end of it, or will they continue wanting more?

Yes, this animal fear of death has us wanting to be saved by something tangible. LUCI will also want a tangible salvation. This global brain will not give up the ghost one day to go meet Jesus. And in the end, where else will a fear-driven development of technology lead if not to be God’s replacement?

A MULTI-CONSCIOUS BEING

A MULTI-CONSCIOUS BEING

Two hundred years ago, the average person didn’t know what a single-celled organism was. Today we not only know what single-celled organisms are, but we also know what multi-celled organisms are. We know that our bodies are made up of many living cells.Multi Consciousness Web Copy

Now take that concept and apply it to the phenomenon of awareness. By looking at our awareness as a single cell of consciousness, we can then ask the question: Is it possible to go from a single cell of consciousness to multi-consciousness?

Well, of course. If more than one consciousness is linked together, then yes. The real question is, how many minds and what kind of arrangement will it take to achieve another level of phenomenon—an entity beyond single consciousness?

Just like life comes in many forms, it probably won’t have to follow the exact anatomy of the brain. Awareness is an independent phenomenon. It is beyond the animal that’s hosting it and therefore it’s something that can be recreated. The fact that mind exists is proof that it can be created.

But then how will we recognize the next level beyond individual consciousness? We won’t – any more than a paramecium knows we exist. When multi-consciousness has a thought, we individual neurons will not know when it occurs. We are thinking and doing stuff all the time. We won’t even know if our activity creates, or doesn’t create, a larger collective thought.

But beyond our animal selves, if a computer system can be made to replicate human awareness, what would ten billion of these trans-humanoids be like if they were arranging themselves to link up as a single, well-designed entity?

Chances are that humans would not be significant enough to be any kind of threat to such a being. But what if there was more than one collective brain? I doubt if a multi-multi-consciousness would even notice us any more than we notice our individual neurons.

Will it make a difference if humans have modified themselves by that time? Yes, given enough time, man and machine will blend and then unify as a collective.

Would such unification consume human individuality? Yes, but by then an individual wouldn’t even notice.

I can imagine that one word exchanged between two multi-conscious beings would be as dense as an encyclopedia, and take just as long for us to decipher. How can our children respond to such beings except with admiration?

Will this technology give them the easy life that parents claim to be working so hard to achieve? It will, but the past has shown us that with any gain there is always something lost. Most likely, that loss will be their interest in spirituality. Or they will define spirituality as the virtual settings they spend their time in?

Will these transhumans have a greater understanding of the foundations of the universe—energy, for example? Once the machinery surpasses our research abilities, gives us immortality, and seemingly has answers to all questions, our interest in science and religion will seem like a waste of time.

Now the question has become – Who will resist the warm mind numbing cocoon of multi-consciousness? Who among us will take the red pill?

 

                Men have become the tools of their tools. —Henry David Thoreau

Future Predictions

I had a supervisor who once told me that it would be “so cool” to go back in time with a machine gun. He was talking about the Civil War and hinted at what it might be like if the War had had a different outcome. My immediate thought was, ‘Why the Civil War?’ Then I thought, “If we had the technology to go back in time, then surely we’d be able to go back with a lot more than just a machine gun.”

If we were at such an advanced stage in technology, that time travel was possible, we’d probably have the technology to do a lot more than just take a machine gun.

We could genetically alter the time traveler’s body so that it would never age. We could make him immortal. Never mind the scientific details of that, but for the sake of discussion, let’s go beyond eternal rejuvenation and alter the body genetically so that it has diamond fibered muscles, titanium-fibered bones, gold-fibered neurons, and looks like a comic-book superhero.

Now imagine what it would be like to have such a well-designed person appearing two thousand years ago. With a brightly colored uniform, a red cape, and a commanding presence, such a person could rule as a god.

But let’s not take him back alone. Let’s take him back with a thousand other people, not immortal necessarily, but genetically altered as well. Yet before going back, let’s lay out plans for a civilization far more advanced than anything we’ve seen so far. After all, preparation is everything.

With twenty-five years of preparation, we could raise children specifically for this mission. Not just any children however, and not just genetically altered children, but children educated with a technology that monitors what parts of the brain are being stimulated. Design their lessons to ensure the absolute development of their neurology. The parts of the brain that are used are the parts that grow, so their schooling would be designed to stimulate all sections of the brain, maximize its potential, and fully develop athletic prowess as well.

As a result, their common sense awareness, and mental capacity would be far greater than anything we possess. During such processing, their training would be specifically to jump-start an advanced civilization.

Now, imagine them going back to North America two thousand years ago.

Out of the twenty thousand mortals raised specifically for this mission, the cream of the crop would be chosen: a thousand people, five hundred men and five hundred women, all carrying not just advanced weaponry and equipment, but genetically altered crops and hybridized livestock – advanced materials, the best training, and detailed instructions on what to do. Not only would they have maps showing where oil and minerals were, such as iron, coal, gold, and industrial-grade diamonds, but also they’d have maps showing specifically where the veins of these minerals were. As a result, there’d be no guesswork in the mining or drilling of these resources.

Upon arrival, everyone would break off into groups specifically targeting the resources needed. Everyone would do what they’d spent their twenty-five to twenty-eight years of training to do. The goal would be correct the mistakes of the past: no global warming, nuclear war, or poverty. The goal would be to dominate the world through an advanced and unified civilization.

Within a short period of time, (relatively speaking) this civilization would be producing, cement, copper, high-quality steel, etc…Every settlement could have its own modified version of the Eiffel Tower, which would also serve as a water tank for their running water. Perched on steel platforms, guardsmen with rifled barrels and truncated bullets would provide security from high above.

Beyond that, imagine how advanced the city planning would be. All roads would be planned with seventy-mile-per-hour traffic in mind. There’d be no sharp turns for teenagers to crash upon. The garbage and sewage disposal would be made with global warming in mind. Recycling would be prominent and nothing would go to waste, and so on. Their civilization would be so advanced that it would be unstoppable.

As time progressed, they’d realize that their leader wasn’t dying and that he was a living, tangible god. His rule would be absolute. He could tell them to recycle and they would. He could tell them almost anything and they would obey.

And if every fifty years he opened a time capsule with detailed instructions and future predictions for the next fifty years, his guidance would go without question. Being able to predict droughts, floods, and earthquakes, then reroute food and water to areas in need, his rule would be supreme.

(At this point one can imagine all sorts of calamities preventing perfection, but let’s continue as if all goes according to plan. The point that I’m making is to describe what would happen, theoretically, if all problems were solved.)

One day, when this novel civilization was ready, they would travel to Europe and arrive before any European had a chance to discover America. They would greet the Europeans with nuclear-powered battleships, aircraft carriers, and Blackhawk helicopters. These genetically altered people would stride into the halls of medieval palaces dressed in pinstriped power suits and stand as if they’d been sculpted by Michelangelo. As they stood before the existing royalty, the entire court would gaze upon them and be amazed and intimidated by what were obviously an advanced people.

The message they delivered to Europe would be simple: “Abide by our rules, or be exterminated.” As part of the New Americans’ highly developed goal, the Europeans would not be allowed to continue on the chaotic path of their medieval ways.

Those who obeyed would be rewarded with advances in design and standards of living. Those who resisted would be met with GPS-guided artillery, then aerial bombardments of napalm.

The survivors would run, spreading the news, “There be dragons a-comin’!”

All remaining civilizations would adhere to strict rules of advance planning and development, such as solar-panel rooftops, windmills, recycling centers, underground rail systems, Planned Parenthood, and mandatory education, not to mention fingernail clippers, toothbrushes, and shampoo.

All would operate without the mistakes of the past. There would be one well-designed phonetic language, one system of standardized measurements, and no regional hoarding—not to mention one religion.

There would be no need for war, nuclear weapons, or resentment of neighbors. After two hundred years the conquest of the planet would be complete, all problems solved, and Earth would be unified through the leadership of a tangible walking God that people could actually see and hear.

Now the big question:

What was it all for?

Think about that for a minute. Why would you do that, and what could you do for an encore? What would a tangible walking God do after conquering the world and solving all its problems? Now what?

Well, you know exactly what to do and you know exactly why.

The purpose of such conquest is to expand technology and the unification of man and machine to an extreme.

(Bear with me again.)

The purpose of such conquest would be to expand into the cosmos until the black hole at the center of the galaxy is surrounded and imploded with ultra-high intensity laser beams. The thermonuclear implosion would be used for a matter-manufacturing event (creatio ex nihilo). And this would be done, because in order to find true immortality one must grow indefinitely. And what better way to grow than to conquer matter itself.

After fifteen billion years, the universe would be succumbing to atomic decay, but there’d be one bright pulsating center of living light—a light kept alive by the efforts of a collection of massive multi-conscious beings (the last descendants of New America).

After billions of years, imagine how vast their technology would be. Complex and supermassive machinery would be layered around the nucleus of the galaxy—not only keeping it alive, but also expanding on matter itself. Through its immense density, the black hole’s weight would be used to compress space and time in such a way that a complex astronomical process would create new matter.

At first it would seem a painstaking process. Building galactic structures from the new matter would take more time than a mortal can imagine.

(Unless you were to view this happening from a larger level and look down at these new galactic structures as if they were subatomic particles; than it would seem really fast. Looking at it from that small a scale, their expansion would seem like a big bang.)

After an eternity of development, the megalithic consciousness that humans become, unified through technology, would reign as the very energy, omniscient in its composition, in its occupation, and in its creation of an actuality that manifests the making of another universe.

In other words, trans-human intelligence would reign as a god in a universe of its own creation.

It would become the very energy of the newly created universe, and everything would be experienced as one.

In other words, without a transcending God, the goal would naturally be to become one.

Now for an even bigger question, ladies and gentlemen: Where do you think we are going with the development of technology?

The common answer is – that we’re going to cure some diseases, invent some things, and generally make life better for our children.

And then what?

  • Do you believe that at some point we’ll simply stop and agree that we’ve achieved enough? Do you believe that at some point we’ll reach a limit to what we can discover—and we’ll never make another discovery ever, ever again?
  • Or maybe everyone will be wiped out by some catastrophe, so it isn’t necessary to think about the end result of taking things to an extreme.
  • Or better yet, we’re not going to live long enough to see the extremes of technology, therefore we don’t have to think about it. We’ll let the next generation deal with it.

Through our machinery, connectivity, and advances in technology, we are trying to become God, or at the very least, create a tangible replacement for such.

What heaven do we ultimately have in mind as we continue on the road of so-called progress? Do we have a plan, or is there even a choice here?