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What is and what will be



What is and what will be

Who are we? Why are we here? What is this place? These questions cry our over the centuries. They cannot be answered like we address other issues because there is no context in which to answer them. They are questions about the context in which everything occurs.

A similar situation exists with the fundamental laws of physics. We can explain why a chemical reaction occurs using quantum mechanics and the properties of fundamental particles. Some day we may able to explain the properties of fundamental particles by a deeper yet to be discovered theory but for now we simply take them as given as we do the laws of quantum mechanics. We discover these laws by looking for the simplest explanation that accounts for as wide a range of experimental results as possible.

We do this because it works. Much of the world including some extraordinarily complex things can be explained by simple laws. Once we understand such laws we often gain enormous power to control and manipulate the phenomena the laws describe. There are also aesthetic reasons. Simple laws can be profoundly beautiful. But in the end it is utility that carries the day. That which works is adopted. Those that refuse to do so are less effective and over time their influence and power diminish.

The same approach can be applied to the fundamental philosophical questions. We can search for the simplest description of what we know to be true. That is the approach we have taken. What exists is immediate experience and nothing but immediate experience. We assume not just our fellow humans or higher animals but all of creation is conscious. Our consciousness is not just individual. It is a part of the universal transformation of consciousness. This is a transformation that may be without limits.

The unlimited potential for evolution in a potentially infinite universe does not exist on our planet. Its future is limited in time and resources and thus creative potential. If we avoid self destruction on a massive scale we will almost certainly within this millennium begin to travel between the stars. We will do so on unmanned ships equipped with our knowledge and with biological material and machines that are capable of colonizing planets on which life could not develop spontaneously. We will reproduce and evolve not as individuals but as entire worlds. We will probably evolve as a combination of biological and manufactured components. Over time the manufacturing processes and biological processes may merge as the former become more subtle and efficient and the latter are more controlled and directed. The goal is the never ending expansion of conscious experience. We will grow more capable of pleasure, happiness, joy and ecstasy. The goal is the never ending journey of God becoming ever more deeply conscious of herself in her unbounded glory.


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