Akin to the idea of the technological singularity, a point in time at which technology becomes so powerful that all aspects of our experiences are fundamentally transformed (mainly due to intelligence enhancement), I propose a consciousness singularity: A point in time at which consciousness becomes so poweful, that all aspects of our experience are fundamentally transformed.
Consciousness learns that it is not bound by time and space, and by particular bodies, and through becoming conscious of this, it learn to transcend the limitations of time and space and our bodies. We may learn to use telepathy, telekenesis, teleportation, and much more important, we may live in a state where "reality" and dream/imagination (partly) merge, thus allowing us to do incredible feats and experience in a way that is much more organic and natural and allows us to avoid unpleasant things which come with being an entirely physical being (physical illness, having to go to the toilet) and also makes it possible to explore possibilities in a reversible way (very important for evolution). Our world may also get *drastically* bigger, as we learn to access parallel universes and the dream space. Through this ability, consciousness learns much faster what it means to be conscious, and which possibilities arise out of that (and which possibilities are promising), making a runaway feedback loop of ever more deeply increasing consciousness. I think, though, that this feedback loop will run into ever more complex problems (what do with all these paranormal feats and the incredible sensory and emotional richness of enlightened existence?) so I don't expect that this speed up will be smooth, I rather expect that there will be a lot of experimentation, which will lead to big jumps in consciousness. You may ask: Why would any of this be possible? Simple, consciousness is unlimited, as it has no other to limit it. It is only limited by its own need to be coherent with itself (for example, you can't use tools as long as you are not conscious what they are for), which of course is not really a limitation in an ultimate sense, since this kind of relative limitation is what it allows it to be unlimited in its possibility. So right now it makes sense that paranormal feats are rare and very inconsistently availbable. If we identify us as being seperate individuals, it makes no sense to be able to consistently access other people thoughts. If we identify us to be mainly the body and the individual mind, it makes no sense to be able to influence the environment without using the body. But as we discover that we are not merely individuals in bodies, this limitation can (slowly) be trascended. That consciousness is the only thing that exists and is not limited is not a belief. You can simply inspect it for yourself. Where can you find anything apart from consciousness? If you can't, why assume it exists? If it doesn't, what could hinder consciousness (except its own ignorance, which is steadily removed through being conscious of it)? What would lead to this singularity? Simple, collective enlightenment (enlightenment meaning the realization that one is only consciousness, and not a seperate being, or even a physical being). As we collectively realize that we are not physical and seperate beings, the world will begin to reflect this. Physicality (including predictable behaviour) and seperateness will be tools, and not things that are imposed upon us. My guess is that there is a good chance that this is going to happen late in this century, and a very good chance that it will happen this or the next century. And I can't really imagine that it will not happen within this millenium. Actually I think that the consciousness singularity will also be a biological and technological singularity. We will evolve much faster and use technology (or spirit-technology) much more efficient, also. It will even be a physical singularity, as we learn to evolve physics by seeing that we are not mere beings IN the world but actually are that which the world is appearing in. But most importantly, it will be a happiness singularity. As we realize that we all are one, there is no potential left to do intentional harm, and much less potential for unintentional harm, and the harm that is being done will not cause deep suffering. Even individual enlightenment is often described as the end of suffering, and frequently comes with a deep constant sense of unconditional freedom and peace, and many moment of intense ectasy/bliss. Collective enlightenment will magnifiy this to an extreme degree, causing the world to be a heaven on earth beyond our wildest imaginations - a world that is really worthy for the God that we all are. This really puts the suffering we have/had to endure into perspective, and would solve the problem of evil. Of course consciousnss is going to experience a very rough start (which constitutes and infitesimal amount of its eternal existence as the creative orgy of ever increasing bliss and colourful clarity) if it helps to develop faster (and undoubtably suffering makes it very clear that something is going wrong, which is going to happen a lot of times as long as you are ignorant about what's real and what's important). What do you think (or feel) about this idea? Isn't it too good to be *false*? benjayk -- View this message in context: http://old.nabble.com/The-consciousness-singularity-tp32803353p32803353.html Sent from the Everything List mailing list archive at Nabble.com. -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com. To unsubscribe from this group, send email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. 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