[extropy-chat] Omega Pointists' high-spirit, soft-tech

natashavita at earthlink.net natashavita at earthlink.net
Fri Oct 31 22:46:10 UTC 2003

Here's something else I just read:

"'Teilhard & Omega' yields 2300 hits.  I have to take issue with Teilhard
de Chardin's (1888-1955) mind-matter dualism.  At the Omega Point the
transcending human spirit leaves the earth behind, rather like a used-up
cinder.  His spiritual Omega was simply appended to the scientific
cosmology without regard for coherence, and so we are left with this
unfortunate disposal or perhaps recycling problem.  Nonetheless, half an
eschaton is probably better than no eschaton at all.  Let us see how well
the word has gotten out. 

"All too well, it might seem!  It appears that Teilhard's Omega has been
hijacked by the technophiles, not a very difficult feat considering
Teilhard's infatuation (or was it just a flirtation?) with matter and
cosmic evolution.  Dualism always threatens to revert to materialism. 

"The theme of accelerating biological and technological evolution
converging on a singularity of some kind is widely entertained: Frank
Tipler, Ray Kurzweil, Terrance McKenna, transhumanism, etc.  

"Just to give you a flavor of our coming attractions I quote from one of my
favorite singularity sites: 

"We are at far more of a 'urning point'than even the one Capra envisions;
in possession of far more of a 'web of reinforcement' than Baines could
hope for; the morphogenetic-field potential is far higher than Sheldrake
predicts; the groundswell documented by Ferguson is about to become a
tsunami, with a capability to take the planet off hold and close the
'vision gap' in a way that is perhaps more comprehensive than conceived by
Barbara Marx Hubbard.'

"It is Terrance's view that the singularity involves the spawning of the
psychedelic mushrooms who just use our brains to help them build
intergalactic transportation for their own fungal genes, a decidedly comic
twist of fate from Dawkin's selfish gene.  No doubt the fungi have a more
generous complement of DNA than do our own, recently discovered to be,
impoverished chromosomes.  

"Our technotopians have less sense of humor.  These cosmic Spinmeisters
have taken our worst dystopian nightmare of a mechanized future and given
it a sugar, or is that a silicon, coating.  Our computers steal our souls
and take off for the big Omega in the sky.  Quite frankly I would prefer to
have my DNA hijacked by a toadstool, than to have my soul stolen by an
adding machine on steroids.  The former is much more romantic, not to say,
psychedelic.  The mushrooms are more likely to keep us around for company,
and at least we share a carboniferous ancestry."

Okay, so the Omega Pointists want their mysticism, and don't want
high-spirit, soft-tech.


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