THE NEW FA.I.TH
MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
For some time now it can be said that Americans have craved a sense of openness with regards to many of the mysteries and secrets that they have always pondered privately. Public opinion has shifted it seems towards a more open dialogue about where we are in history, what the future holds, and whether or not we are alone in the universe.
It is unfortunate that the open dialogue about such matters is limited to a few radio talk shows and a few late night specials on either the Science or History cable channels.
Once again, I must tell you there are more and more stories that speak confidently about alien life in space.
NASA has announced the discovery of 219 new suspected planets outside our solar system.
The figure includes 10 that are “rocky” like Earth and which exists in their solar system’s ‘Goldilocks zone’, neither too close to their star, and therefore too hot, nor too far away and too cold for liquid water to exist.
The presence of water is seen as a key factor for the existence of life.
Our civilization is on a trajectory. Many are seeing the future as something to behold and to even expect to be a time where mankind will eventually have no doubt that there is a celestial brotherhood of sorts and that there are exobiological wonders to be revealed.
It knows this is an eventuality that can’t be stopped. The difficult part is to somehow release the basic information of the reality of life beyond the stars without falling into the trap of a government, or even a religious and science authority that wishes to manipulate the information so that they can have controls on it.
Either we are alone or we are not alone. We may not know our destiny, but it seems our inevitable moment in time will be the moment in which all doubt is neutralized with the appearance of something that is not from our Earth or not from what can determine to be terrestrial.
Science may not be able to explain exobiology, but at the moment they are taking great pains to obscure it or delay its importance in our lives.
In general, the collective consciousness seems to have evidence which goes on to prove that intelligent life has existed, continues to exist and has been interacting with human beings for millennia.
The problem is that there seems to be a schism between science, religion, and logic which dictates that a debate must be continuous about the hypothesis that the universe is teaming with life.
The discoveries we are hearing about seem to be nothing more than rediscoveries and old stories that need to be revisited in order to produce new evidence which is not clouded by modern mythology with regard to the alien question.
Within the course of any discussion regarding alien life there are a few callers to my program that want to make the “fallen angel” argument and that the alien reality when revealed will some sort of satanic deception. The most remarkable and surprising thing about this argument is that it appears to not be congruent with the new attitudes about the possibility of aliens from the major religions around the world.
Knowing that life on Earth is not unique may demand radical new ways of thinking about ourselves: How special and sacred are we? Is Earth a privileged place? Do we have an obligation to care for beings on other planets? Should we try to convert extra-terrestrials to our earthly religion? These questions point to a deeper issue about whether our religions can adapt to the idea that humans are not the only sentient beings in the universe capable of worshiping God.
Some faiths might unearth new meanings in ancient texts and develop ways of incorporating alien life into their world-views. Other religions that are less flexible in their interpretations of scripture or that claim humans are the only intelligent beings in the universe might struggle to adapt.
Whether we are believers or not, none of us can fully escape the influence of religion in our culture. Religion is one of the oldest parts of our social fabric, and we can conclude that there may be threat to it in the future, but that threat does not come from aliens, Muslims or even secret societies.
It appears that the true threat to religion and the great satanic deception that fundamentalist, dispensationalist Christians preach about will come from Artificial Intelligence.
Decades ago, the Black Pope of the Church of Satan, Anton LaVey predicted in the “The Devil’s Note Book,” that there would be a future industry of android companions. “The means by which a humanoid may be constructed are as diverse as the choice of materials will allow.”
Various organizations desire to use emerging technology to create a human species so enhanced that they cease to be humans. They will be post-humans with the potential of living forever. Many people are of the opinion that the transhumanist’s arrogant quest to create a post human species will become a direct assault on human dignity and an attack on God’s sovereignty as Creator.
The 20th century arguments of “pro-life” have found their way into the religious and political dialogues of the 21st century, but there will be in the future another political and religious debate and that it will no longer be enough to be pro-life, as we will enter into the time where we will also have to be pro-human.
Education about the full implications of these emerging sciences is a key to be able to directly confront what faces humanity.
Despite transhumanist’s hostility toward any and all religious discourse, it certainly sounds like a new faith.
In a weird juxtaposition of letters there is A.I. in faith and it overlaps with traditional religious territory. The transhumanists want transcendence, immortality, and they believe that the world is ending.
While transhuman enthusiasts abhor existentialism, they admit their marriage of man and machine will give them transcendence. They argue for the inevitability to and desirability of transcendent, super intelligent A.I. and the advent of singularity – something that artificial intelligence will affect. Can we say the entity that creates the singularity is seen as god-like?
I would think that it is so and yet the transhumanist rhetoric of “secular speak” seems hollow as what we are seeing is something of sterile religion in the making.
When the singularity is conceived as an entity or being, the questions circle around what it would mean to communicate with a non-human creature that is omniscient, omnipotent, possibly even omnibenevolent.
If one truly believes that humans should accept their fate, that they were specially designed and created by the gods or one god, and that the divine plans includes being born having children and being exposed and tempted by evil and eventually failing to death and rising up to meet your maker, then your real threat will come from the transhumanist movement.
Religion’s promise of heaven or another afterlife, they say, is a comfort that maintains humanity’s fear of death – or humanity’s finite nature of thinking and prevents it from working towards a better world in the here and now.
The transhuman disdain for the flesh is similar to the way certain forms of religious gnosticism reject all things embodied and material. This is a strand of Judeo-Christian thought that perceives an unbridgeable dualism between God on the one hand, and the partial and corrupted manifestations of what is ‘in’ the world on the other.
Transhumanists view flesh as merely a dead format — it has no use in the future – the mind can live on in a new body made of inorganic material.
The proposition sounds like the Pinnochio story in reverse where the real boy seeks fulfillment into becoming a puppet again.
The general consensus among progressive thinkers is that the medieval thinking that exists in the 21st century is not useful. The idea of praying mysteriously and living miserably can be changed through technology.
It is now fashionable for man to play God – God made man – man becomes God by becoming more than man, more than human, human plus.
The transhumanist apocalypse is being shapes as a god-like being of infinite knowing (the singularity) is approaching. In order to escape the dead format of flesh and this limited world, our minds can be uploaded in a moment of transfiguration or “end of days” — the digital rapture!
Their prophets work for Google; and their evangelists wear smart suits just like the religious ones do. Consciously and unconsciously, religious ideas are at work in the narratives of those discussing, planning, and hoping for a future shaped by Artificial Intelligence.
When trying to think about interacting with another intelligence, when summoning that intelligence, and when trying to imagine the future that such an intelligence might foreshadow, we fall back on old cultural habits.
That is why in all of its secularism, transhumanism sounds like the new religion of the technocracy. The technocratic faith will essentially be just one more way to control people.
Transhumanistic technology can be used to be in control of other fellow humans, like using the chip technology that is taken by humans through medicine and can be used as a method of monitoring the drug dosage of the humans; but it can also have alternative reasons, like mass policing. There could even be further ulterior motives and making humans thinking differently is an advanced brainwashing exercise.
Even though these are the negatives behind transhumanism, the thought of living forever by changing one’s body certainly has its attractions. But for the Christians and other religious groups that believes in eternal life after death, that question has already been answered. However, there is so much uncertainty in having that belief and it is difficult to prove; so humans are bound to try and take control of the situation themselves.
But without the compassion of the humankind and having the world full of machines existing with no feelings, it will definitely spell the end of the human race.