Since leaving the Christian faith, I’ve often contemplated 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 made extensive observations about the world, looking for patterns in everything from physics to economics, from religion to politics. When considering Christ and the New Testament, or Hitler and Mein Kampf, I wondered if there was any worldview that could unify a sentient species. And in my reflection of human nature, I discovered a logical reality that the mind may find irresistible.
Nancy Andreason is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies the creative mind. The following excerpts are from her article, “Secrets of the Creative Brain,” published in The Atlantic:
“Creative people are better at making connections and seeing things in an original way—seeing things that others cannot see. [But] having too many ideas can be dangerous. One 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…”
I have a lot of ideas; some of them are bad, but others are brilliant. This blog is a collection of observations and conclusions which have now become my life philosophy. My thoughts, which began from a scientific curiosity about the physics of life, have expanded into a worldview with powerful implications for the future of our species, from artificial intelligence and space exploration to the economic structure of our civilization. This idea could very well bring humanity’s coming of age. For just a moment, imagine a species that is unified by purpose, led by reason, and filled with compassion. Imagine a pride and happiness that is global, and a peace that is eternal.
“…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. ‘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.’”
But what exactly is this “philosophy”? It might seem like some too-good-to-be-true utopian fantasy. Or some sort of religion informed by science, a vision of the future given the world’s embrace of a reality. I see this as a psychosocial experiment based on my observations and assumptions about the human mind. 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.
“Persisting in the face of doubt or rejection, for artists or for scientists, can be a lonely path. [But] they associate their gifts with strong feelings of joy and excitement… ‘There is no greater joy that I have in my life than having an idea that’s a good idea. At that moment it pops into my head, it is so deeply satisfying and rewarding.’”
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my blog and give me encouragement or feedback. The success of this philosophy is determined greatly by your contributions. My ideas evolve with input, and your questions and comments have shaped and reshaped many of my thoughts. In any case, feedback and change are necessary for survival, including the survival of ideas. And what is the truth, if not an idea that survives?