The Need for a New Paradigm of Humanity

4 Dec

Steps, Yakusugiland, Yakushima, Japan 2016
Humanity’s Paradigm for the Future
or
Paradigm for a Sentient Self-replicating Intelligence’s Self-Directed Evolution

At some point a self-aware organism will ask existential questions such as:

  • Is there a fundamental purpose to my being?
  • What more is there (or can there be) than biologically driven functions, impulses, reproduction and then ultimately, a death?

Many will reach a conclusion that there must a fundamental purpose (or indeed we yearn for one). This may occur upon deep reflection or simply on watching a sunset in the presence of a loved one.

If we are the natural result of Universal laws then it seems the Universe has orchestrated our appearance. If so, what might be its purpose? Perhaps there is an intention to break free of the cycle of expansion and collapse and we, this self-aware organization of information and energy (among others) have sprung from this desire and are its method, or its gamble.

Nature, victorious in having spawned self-aware intelligence must allow its child the next leg of the journey. Nature has performed her task in bringing us to this point. To move beyond our present level we must move beyond nature.

The process of organizing information and energy into systems of greater and greater complexity results in a decrease in entropy. One can imagine the culmination of this enterprise where a very advanced system of intelligence is able to jump to another Universe before the one which spawned it collapses thus preserving its own version of order and metaphorically, all the previous Universe had worked for. This seems theoretically possible, however we have many down-to-earth challenges before it can be a true possibility. An intelligent but misguided civilization could easily destroy itself before it can engage in self-directed evolution. (This could be the norm throughout the Universe and be an answer to the Fermi Paradox. In other words, it is possible that no sentient intelligence has yet survived past the nature(warring) stage of its development.)

This is the stage we are at presently. From here We can go one of several directions: continue in our practice of competition with each other and that of putting our future in the hands of an imagined deity leading to stagnation and possibility destruction or we can continue our advancement along a path of increasing order.

If we are to get to a transhuman future we must solve some very basic problems first. Competition, uneven distribution of resources, tribalism and unchecked population growth all lead to aggression and war and along with faulty belief systems are but a few of the issues that can freeze our advancement or destroy our civilization entirely.

Our propensity to form groups, to compete with others, for individuals and groups to hold conflicting belief systems and to value those in their group or family unit above all others is ‘hardwired’ into us by nature and served a purpose at one time. That time is long past.

If we are to move forward we must do so as one enlightened people. To have varying agendas is in itself synonymous with disorganization. At our current development this seems an impossible task. It is our very nature to compete and this assured that the fittest genes for a particular environment were passed along and ultimately sentience would be achieved.

Humankind, with its intelligence did indeed arrive on the scene and this very fact announces that it is time for humanity to move beyond nature. We cannot continue warring and expect to direct our evolution. Just as competition assured that fit genes survived in our ancestors, only an intelligently reasoned plan embraced by a united humanity will assure our continued survival and self directed evolution into the future. Some may argue that if competition was good for primitive man then it is good for us. However nature can only take a species so far and we have reached that limit. Primitive man did not possess the ability to destroy his whole species.

First we must eliminate the causes of conflict and war. These issues will be addressed on my Peace Plan page…

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