Thanks to Elijah Allan-Blitz for making me aware of this TED Talk. Juan Enirquez paints a very succinct history of the universe and moves into the how our species can evolve via nano technology and the understanding of our gene pool.
This brings up many questions. When you realize how small we are in the cosmic scheme of things how do we then define consciousness? And what is the brains relationship to consciousness? Is consciousness everything in the cosmos and our brain just an access point? Also, is the human brain a one of a kind creation, a blip in the matrix, that actually allows us to become aware that we’re aware? If not, then how and where did that ability come from?
We’ve, in fact, become so aware of our precarious unsustainable nature that we are actually creating technologies that could allow us to “upgrade” our bodies and minds. As far as we know, no other current or prior species on planet Earth has been able to actually change the normal cycles of life, death and intelligence to actually become a better version. Think System 7.0 to OSX. Are we in fact changing our evolutionary cycle or is this in fact the natural order of things and we are just figuring it out?
I lean towards the notion that just maybe THIS is the natural order of things! Have we been graced by such grand intelligent instruction from the divine that we can actually change or organic nature and thus change the course of our evolution? As the video shows the roots of our species has actually upgraded over time again and again and again. Surely, the ultimate and most efficient human has yet to exist, yes? This is a physical manifestation of consciousness that I believe the divine is granting us. I believe the Divine or God or the Cosmic One is telling us to figure this stuff out so we can a) live longer and b) be smarter, more loving, compassionate thus stopping this cycle insanity that we currently find ourself in. It’s certainly one solution and we may be able to get there before we blow ourselves up (what a buzz kill that would be.)
While we are doing the inner work it’s also important to embrace our current incarnations and take advantage of the great tools we have at our disposable like nano technology or the mapping of the human genome and the effects that has on our daily life. There are so many methods we’ve been given already so why not add science? Science is indeed a spiritual practice if we just change our thinking. If we now know that there is one gene that created blue eyes is there a gene yet to be mutated that creates world peace and unconditional love? Or is the latter entirely an inside job? Are they mutually exclusive?
This video primarily deals with the rapid acceleration of these technologies and our potential future, but I want to start considering spiritual relationships within these improved conditions. Our brains are continuing to improve beyond ways that we can even imagine. While that’s happening, I think there’s a nice cozy place where science and spirituality can live together.