- Reflection -
I'm a shameless optimist but I must confess that sometimes I get a little discouraged about humanity's ability to surpass all of the shortcomings that lead us to self-destructive behaviors.
It breaks my heart knowing so many; across class, gender, race, etc. etc. etc, suffer.
We already have what it takes to cease people's unnecessary pain and suffering.
Incentives must be placed in better places.
Most people want some kind of purpose.
This is good.
We have what it takes to make sense of the world and learn to live more harmoniously with each other.
Not having a better understanding of ourselves and each other, however, is making our journey excessively painful and difficult.
We need to get to the source of the problem. Most people are instead focused on the symptoms. Or worst, who is to blame.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Our understanding of what God is or isn't in my opinion is the greatest polarizer that exists today because it affects our entire world view about life and death and how we treat ourselves, others, and nature. (This is a nice article from the NYT that illustrates my point >> https://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/20/science/20tier.html)
In some religions, God is envisioned in the image of humans, with humans virtues and flaws. What if we were to think of it as we think about natural sciences? Without dogma, anthropomorphizing, or cultural biases.
We don’t think for example that certain laws of physics “belong” or represent just the Muslims, Catholics, or Jews.
There are some interpretations of reality that are closer to a higher truth than others. E.g. something that can be verified empirically vs. someone's opinion about what that something might be.
It is hard to imagine how certain historical sages had such profound insights about dynamics in the energy/quantum realm and how these dynamics manifest in the material and in human psychology.
Terrance McKenna's "Stoned Ape" theory happens to make sense to me. He hypothesizes that at some point in our evolution hallucinogenic mushrooms were a part of our diet. This created a certain biological mutation which eventually allowed us to develop our creativity and ability to conceptualize ... which eventually lead to the emergence of the modern human. This chemical "imprint" allows humans to understand deeper levels of consciousness. This is, of course, a theory. What we do know is that we are all born with this ability and the mind has even more access to this ability to integrate information under the influence of certain hallucinogenics or when the mind is in a certain neurological state. I know what this is like because I have done ayahuasca. While in it, I understood concepts about the nature of reality that I never even thought of or read about before, which I later discovered to be ideas discussed in quantum mechanics and other sciences.
These are extremely challenging ideas to articulate. What gives me hope and excites me about science is that it can give us a universal language to understand the nature of reality. As our understanding of reality gets more sophisticated, the easier it will be to put all of the pieces of the puzzle together. This is why it is important to stay open-minded ... and we need to stay alive and healthy!
Immortalists Magazine continues to focus its conversation on super ethics, super longevity, quantum physics, AI, consciousness, epigenetics, BCI's, neuroscience, transhumanism, blockchain ... if you have any suggestions for authors to publish, please let me know.
Have a wonderful rest of the week!