Since leaving the Christian faith, I’ve often thought about the absurdity of my existence. I wanted to make sense of reality, of the mind, and of human nature. But more than anything else, I wanted a reason to hope in humanity. So I began to observe the world, looking for patterns in everything from physics to economics, from religion to politics. When considering my past beliefs, I wondered if there was any worldview that could unify an intelligent, sentient species. And from human nature and the nature of biology, I discovered a logical reality that the mind may find irresistible. I connected the dots and glimpsed a picture that has fully captivated my imagination.
The following excerpt is from an article titled “Secrets of the Creative Brain” by Nancy Andreasen, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies creativity:
“For years, I had been asking myself what might be special or unique about the brains of the workshop writers I had studied. In my own version of a eureka moment, the answer finally came to me: creative people are better at recognizing relationships, making associations and connections, and seeing things in an original way—seeing things that others cannot see…Of course, having too many ideas can be dangerous. One subject, a scientist, described to me ‘a willingness to take an enormous risk with your whole heart and soul and mind on something where you know the impact—if it worked—would be utterly transformative.’ The if here is significant. Part of what comes with seeing connections no one else sees is that not all of these connections actually exist. ‘Everybody has crazy things they want to try,’ that same subject told me. ‘Part of creativity is picking the little bubbles that come up to your conscious mind, and picking which one to let grow and which one to give access to more of your mind, and then have that translate into action.’”
I have a lot of ideas, and many of them are awful. But in college, I realized that a few were quite compelling, and I wrote them down. I was a biomedical engineering student, and my thoughts at that time were inspired by a fascination with the origin of life. But due to a variety of personal factors, what started as a scientific curiosity has expanded into a worldview with powerful and far-reaching implications for humanity. I may have discovered the purpose of human existence, and I have not yet found any evidence against my conclusions. This philosophy could satisfy, once and for all, the mind’s search for meaning. This idea could inspire, from the brokenness of humanity, a harmony that is global and a vision that brings us to the stars.
My philosophy might sound like some too-good-to-be-true utopian fantasy based on some pseudoscientific theory. Or some sort of religion informed by science, a vision of our future given our embrace of a reality. These are good descriptions, but I see this most as a psychosocial experiment based on my observations and conclusions about the human mind and its deepest intuitions. I may be wrong, and this experiment may fail, but it’s certainly one worth trying. If you care about the moral and intellectual progress of humankind, then this is a reality that you should consider, because its utility cannot be overstated. I have no doubt that its impact—if it’s true—will be “utterly transformative.” And the if here is significant.
Please feel free to share this blog. Should my ideas fail to influence, then they will, at the very least, make for some fantastic science fiction. And thank you to everyone who has offered encouragement or critique. Feedback is necessary for survival, including the survival of ideas. And what is the truth, if not an idea that survives?