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. I looked at Christ and the New Testament, or Hitler and Mein Kampf, and wondered if there was any worldview that could unify a sentient species. And in my search of human nature, I discovered a logical reality that the mind may find irresistible.
With respect to the development of my ideas, this article (“Secrets of the Creative Brain” by Nancy Andreason) is spot on: “Persisting in the face of doubt or rejection, for artists or for scientists, can be a lonely path…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. 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.’”
This blog is a collection of observations and conclusions which have now become my life philosophy. My thoughts, which began from my curiosity about the origin of life, have grown 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. A friend of mine described this as “a prediction of what the world will look like given a scientific reality.” This is, in fact, a kind of psychological and social experiment based on my observations and assumptions about the human mind. I may be wrong, and this experiment may fail, but I have yet to find a successful argument against it.
“There is no philosophy more practical than one that exploits our obsession with eternal relevance to ensure the survival of humankind and the progression of the human mind. There is no idea more powerful than one that inspires a happiness and pride that is global, a love that extends beyond ourselves and our species to the entirety of our existence.” 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.
Thanks to everyone who’s taken the time to read my blog and give me encouragement or feedback. My ideas evolve with input, and your questions and comments have shaped and reshaped many of my thoughts. In any case, feedback is necessary for survival, including the survival of ideas. And what is truth, if not an idea that survives?