Sherlock Holmes said, “When one tries to rise above nature, one is liable to fall below it.” Utopian thought has always been dangerous, and just in case you didn’t know it we are coming face to face with one whopper looming over the horizon in this century. It began with what was considered a relatively harmless ideology known as “Transhumanism” and has been exponentially accelerating toward what Vernor Vinge calls a technological singularity, or “the prediction wall”.
This form of singularity is believed to make a transition to a runaway feedback loop in high level autonomous machine computation. When I wrote an article on this blog about technoautism I did not think it would come to this. But exactly what is the “this”that it is coming to?
The goal of the Transhumanists is to use these techno and computational tools to their utmost capacity to eventually surpass human capacity. For this to be accomplished they must disfigure the human person in their original and natural dignity and form. This includes full corporate-government takeover of surveillance, genetic engineering, genetically modified foods, using full computerized control of the human brain, and the list goes on and on and on. In a word, turn us into obedient little zombies.
Some Transhumanists writings refer to this as humanity’s “Omega point”. This usage of those two words is a clear misuse of the world that Paleontologist and Jesuit Priest Teilhard de Chardin posited as human beings regathering into the great and eternal radial energy of a personal divine love, when all tangential energy falls by the wayside as described by Carnot’s second Law of thermodynamics.
Teilhard de Chardin writing in the 1940’s in his masterpiece, The Phenomenon of Man anticipated this perversion called Transhumanism coming. He warned with such clarity and vision that there would come along those who will substitute a technosingularity within the framework of current physical laws as the be all and end all instead of embracing a supernatural singularity to be found in Christ that transcends the law of physics.
de Chardin asks the question, “Are we seeing a mechanizing synergy under brute force, or a synergy of sympathy?” To de Chardin this one of brute force is not only limited to the law of physics but will imprison the human race in the name of freedom and transformation. According to Teilhard, the gentle personalism and inward ecstasy is only to be found in each individual’s inward spiritual journey. This alone completes our humanity.
Transhumanism and technosingularity can never break out of its own feedback loop, hence its ideology is an enemy of true evolution masquerading as evolution. This movement impedes planetary enlightenment and eclipses the authentic Omega Point. Why is this? Because we are analogue creatures. The world of digitization is a dark cloud hanging over us all and invading our analogue selves more than we have any idea. If we are aware of it, we can resist it. If we are not then we will be caught in this massive net as the machines move forward, and we will certainly become victims caught in a massive spider web as the long tentacles of the Technikon wreaks havoc on our souls.
This holds us back from a collective reunion with our loving Creator, and keeps us from becoming fully human. Our loving Creator seeks to bring us back into full harmony with each other and our planet. This culmination is called “Christogenesis”. May we settle for nothing less. Nothing counterfeit. May we retain and deepen our humanity by shunning this prediction wall.
T Bone Burnett vs. the Machines – FMC Policy Summit 2010
mymusicthingy·Oct 6, 2010
T Bone Burnett addresses the “Great Challenge of our Time” — greater than terrorism, possibly greater than climate change. From a conversation with Greg Kot at the Future of Music Coalition 2010 Policy Summit at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
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T Bone Burnett and Greg Kot @ Summit10
Producer and musician T Bone Burnett talks with Greg Kot of Chicago Tribune about the tensions between music and digital technology, including the internet.
This clip was recorded on October 4, 2010 in Washington, DC at Georgetown University during FMC’s 10th annual Policy Summit.
Event Website: futureofmusic.org/events/future-music-policy-summit-2010