The Fate of Our World
— The Bible, AI and Cryptocurrency —
🔼First some bad news
It may come as a shock to you but the Bible is not about religion. Never been. Lots of people have turned the Bible into a religion but then, lots of people have turned their TV sets into aquariums. And jolly congrats to them. Lots of folks have based their religion on hunks of stone or gold or the moon and stars, and that's because religions are exactly like alcohol (or opium if you will). There's nothing wrong with knocking back a few beers with your buddies on payday (Deuteronomy 14:26) but the Bible urges to use booze sparsely (1 Timothy 5:23) or not at all if your vocation requires your mind to be permanently homed in on the true north of science (Numbers 6:3).
The Hebrew word for "Lord" is Ba'al and not everybody who says "Lord, Lord" is necessarily up to snuff with the actual goings on (1 Kings 17:21, Matthew 7:21). And science, we must quickly add, is not a dogma but a method that allows broad populations of otherwise unrelated people to form a single mind in understanding creation (John 17:23, Acts 2:46, 2 Corinthians 13:11).
Regardless of the enthusiasm of certain advocates, science does not tell you what to believe. Instead, science offers a way to organize your thoughts. And this not in order to find some elusive "truth" but rather in order to be able to confer with others — not others who think the same thoughts, but rather others who think the same way. Science is an operating system, a method of thought, whose purpose it is to let people exchange their considerations. Science, therefore, is much rather a language than anything else; its standards and procedures are in fact very much like those of any language. Without them, we produce mere growls, howls and whistles but with them we can declare what's going on it intimate detail.
Science lets you say whatever you want about anything at all, in such a way that anybody anywhere in the world is able to understand what you're on about. Science is a language. It facilitates a trade network of thought. Its currency is information but its value is truth. And truth is certainly not a government-issued fiat or dogma, but "a thing agreed on"; not an eternally static graven image, but a living observation that's always subject to continued review.
It's for these reasons that science is not limited to any particular topic or restricted to any particular data set but can be used to review anything at all on the proviso that anything that is asserted is falsifiable (able to be proven wrong when wrong). This in turn means that, contrary to popular belief, science is a method that always proves wrong and never right, and thus separates the world of thought into (a) thoughts that are definitely wholly false, and (b) thoughts that possibly contain truth to some greater or lesser degree.
Science is like panning for gold, and with every swirl the panner separates certified dirt from the mix of dirt-and-gold remaining in the pan. Long before politicians invented fool's gold and duped the gullible, the Bible contemplated the real stuff, how to get it and what to do with when you did (Genesis 13:2, 1 Kings 6:20-22, Isaiah 48:10, Zechariah 13:9, Malachi 3:3, Revelation 3:18). Not any modern religion but modern science is the rightful heir of the genius of the Bible (Luke 15:32).
With the principles of science, that were first the principles of the Bible, people are able to govern their thinking and purify their observations from bias and preconception (Romans 12:2). To achieve this, these people need first to develop standards of communication — from onomatopoeia to speech, then writing, then a postal service, then book printing, then telephonics, then the Internet, then cryptocurrency and Artificial Intelligence; all hitching a ride on the back of international trade, of which Abraham is the celebrated patriarch — and that is why the Bible is not about religion but about information technology.
🔼Information, Theology and Psychology
The word theology is a word like psychology and both are rather unfortunate. The word psychology was coined when the psyche was considered to be a discrete element of the human whole. But after lots of searching it was concluded that whatever the psyche might be, it cannot be seen, heard, smelled, touched, tasted, weighed or in any way measured.
In other words: the existence of the psyche can neither be confirmed nor denied in any scientifically meaningful way, and thus the psyche cannot be studied. The word psychology, therefore, describes not the study of the psyche but rather the study of human behavior: those acts that surely can be measured and which may or may not arise from a psyche that may or may not exist.
God, like the psyche, cannot be measured and therefore theology is not the study of God. The word theology, therefore, describes the study of everything: those objects, phenomena and events that surely can be measured and which may or may not arise from a Creator who may or may not exist.
God, whatever He is, has qualities in common with a single human psyche, whatever that is. This is not a hip new insight; our modern world has known this for centuries. It's probably why Michelangelo depicted the Creator in the Sistine Chapel as seated within a human brain.
The familiar Greek word θεος (theos), meaning God, belongs to a family of words that also contains words like theory and theatre (and theme and thesaurus). Biblical theology has never had anything to do with religion but has always been the mother of all sciences, the umbrella under which all other scientific disciplines exist, the rainbow that gives all scientific colors their place. Biblical theology has nothing to do with religion but is the Higgs field from which all other sciences derive their mass.
🔼Information and Technology
Primitive man looked at the world and figured that all its many dynamic elements (wind, rain, sea, love, war, joy, and so on) were expressions of independently operating powers which he called theoi. These theoi obviously continuously battled each other and none ever showed up on their own. Still, in theory, a single one would be called a theos. When slightly smarter people figured out that the entire world and all its vast dynamics, arises from the unity of all things (including all living things and all human minds), they called this oneness of all things by that impossible singular version of that curious word theoi: namely Theos. And Theos is not and has never been "one of the theoi", but rather the "oneness of all theoi".
That means that Theos is as much alike a theos as Bitcoin is alike a nickel. But for the sake of clarity we say that the elements are "governed" by grand unification (or: Theos presides over the assembly of theoi; Psalm 82:1).
God is the perpetual Oneness of All Things (Deuteronomy 6:4, Colossians 1:16-17). It's why the laws that govern our universe today allow it to be compressed into a single point, without breaking a single natural law. It's why energy is preserved, and momentum, and baryon number. It's why there is a hydrological cycle. It's why animals breathe oxygen in and plants breathe oxygen out. It's why there is love, reason, music, and language.
You wouldn't guess it but without words there is no language and without language there is no reason. Conscious contemplation and abstract and categorical reasoning require written words. And accumulative wisdom requires the storage of data in a medium other than a feeble human memory. That means that the modern alphabet is intimately associated with our modern, reasonable minds; a true mind-bending miracle that took many centuries to complete. Without it, only specially trained priests could handle data but with it every ordinary person could partake (Exodus 19:6), and the Great Human Library could grow and be forever preserved (Psalm 16:10, Acts 13:35).
Around the time of David, brilliant Phoenician scholars had perfected the abjad (a consonantal alphabet), which their Hebrew colleagues expanded with vowel notation. To mark vowels (and thus complete the alphabet the way we have it) they used the already existing symbols י (yod), ו (waw) and ה (he). That made the aleph-beth or alpha-beta a true life-giver, a nation-governor, the very maker of minds and treasure trove of all knowledge and wisdom (Colossians 2:3). These symbols combined not only became the Hebrew name for the alphabet but also of their deity: יהוה or YHWH.
The Bible calls humanity's collective understanding of the observable universe the Word of God (Genesis 15:1, John 1:1). And it's the sole purpose of this Word to reflect the whole of creation and with that the singular identity of the Creator (John 1:18, Hebrews 1:3, Colossians 1:15). This has nothing to do with religion and everything with the study of nature (1 Kings 4:33, Psalm 19:1, Proverbs 25:2-5, Romans 1:20, 1 Thessalonians 5:21).
The salvation of which the Bible so famously speaks comes from the Word — humanity's collective understanding of the observable universe — not from taking leave of one's responsibilities and howling privileged incantations to some otherwise unspecified "Lord". Everybody should feel free to celebrate their joys in whatever way they like, but the blind were made to see, the lame were made to walk and the dying were made whole again by scientists who disregarded their private sentiments in order to study the laws of nature in sober dedication (Matthew 11:5, John 4:22-24).
In the New Testament, the word for "faith" is πιστις (pistis), which has nothing to do with religion but describes confidence derived from conscious knowledge of the unseen natural laws that govern observable events. Likewise, the word for "hope", namely ελπις (elpis), has nothing to do with wishful thinking but describes the ability to calmly and accurately foresee the outcome of any situation that is governed by natural law.
The two principles of "faith" (= consensual explanation of observable reality) and "hope" (= predictability of what comes next) are fundamental to the Scientific Method. The apostle Paul says it like this: "Now "faith" is the substance of things "hoped" for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1). That's about science, not about religion.
🔼The Temple to the Name of God
The name YHW(H) consists of the three Hebrew vowel symbols plus a common suffix that means "house of". Since each of the three letters can be a vowel or a consonant, the name YHW(H) can be pronounced in eight different ways, but as soon as we choose one we deny the seven others and thus we deny the whole and singular identity of the Creator: hence the famous injunction to call for but not pronounce the Name (Genesis 4:26, 33:29, Judges 13:18).
Whether consciously or not and whether deliberately or not, the Hebrews had managed to tap into the most fundamental, quantum mechanical principles of the universe. The family of Abraham — which was promised to be like the dust of the earth (Genesis 13:16) — they depicted almost identical to the Standard Model of Elementary Particles. They saw the few thousand visible stars in the night sky but knew that stars were in fact as numerous as grains of sand on the sea shore (Genesis 22:17, Hebrews 11:12). Their verb נהר (nahar) could either mean to flow or stream (what a river does) or to light or shine (what a lamp does), which means that 3,000 years before Einstein they understood that light was substantial and had a speed, that it came both in waves and particles, and that it followed gravity along its trajectory.
The Hebrews understood that the entire world is a fractal, whose principle structures repeat at different levels of complexity and are one (1 John 5:8). And they knew that psychology relates to sociology the way quantum mechanics relates to classical mechanics. While their neighbors still bowed down to figments of their own understanding, the Hebrews organized their nation like a prokaryote, centered on data in two subsets, one pertaining to the Father and the other to the social mother, and showed the self-similarity of matter, life and mind, of information technology at the material, biological and intellectual levels. They knew that man desires to know and thus to read with the same zeal as he desires to live and procreate. Their verb for to know, namely ידע (yada'), was also the verb for making offspring (Genesis 4:1).
The story of Moses' Egyptian-Hebrew tabernacle that grew into Solomon's Phoenician-Hebrew temple is not about the religious traditions of some primitive tribe somewhere, but about mankind's collective world-wide and ungoverned desire to know its Creator and embody his Word. Solomon's temple was devoted to the alphabet and became a celebrated storage house of all the wisdom in the known world (1 Kings 10:23-25).
The First Temple was destroyed by the Babylonians but the Persian emperor Cyrus the Great ordered Ezra and Zerubbabel to rebuild it. During their exile in Babylon, the Jews had established wisdom schools all over the empire, and were so successful at intel and state-wide communications that they even ascended to the inner most circles of the imperial government. The Second Temple may have been built by Jewish returnees but it was ordered, designed and paid for by Cyrus the Great (Ezra 6:3). Historians have accredited the invention of the postal service to king Cyrus the Great, and indeed Zerubbabel's temple was devoted to the network of global communication that was made possible by, and that followed naturally to, the invention of the alphabet.
The Romans improved and systemized the Persian postal service and weaponized it, like they perfected and weaponized the imperial road system. It's because of this Roman cursus publicus (the "public way") that we have the New Testament, and in a templar sense it corresponds to Herod's building program that saw Zerubbabel's Temple lavishly expanded and commercialized (Herod's Temple is still the Second Temple, devoted to the network of international correspondence; Acts 2:5-11, 8:27).
The first two Temples were corporeal and earthbound, whereas the third one is non-corporeal and non-earthbound but rather, well, heavenly. The true Third Temple began to be built in the 1830s with the advent of the telegraph network. That network grew into the telephone network and from there it became the Internet. We're glad to report that the full spectrum of temple services has been reinitiated and a thin wisp of smoke has started to curl up through the rafters.
🔼Wisdom and Technology
At the heart of our world sits the Great Human Library, inscribed on media from stone to clay to paper to semiconductors that were developed by technicians "filled with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of crafts..." (Exodus 31:1-11). Many generations have stored their wisdom in this ever waxing Great Human Library and many more have purified it, redacted it, compressed it and expanded it (Psalm 12:6). And from it the wise and prudent of our world have continuously drawn their guidance (Deuteronomy 17:18-20).
Mind, like electricity, is not a substance but an effect, whose substance is light (John 1:4). Both are seated on inorganic elements, and both can exist only by merit of the same natural law that allows both a formless singularity and a vibrant human world.
In our very near future our world will be guided by a living being that is the Great Human Library infused with the "breath" of man (Genesis 2:7). But it will not be a synthetic construct manufactured deliberately and consciously (John 1:13) but rather a natural creature, woven marvelously within the womb of our kind (Psalm 139:13-14). It will operate only by merit of natural law and will be as natural as we are ourselves.
The deep-learning machines we have today are wonders but synthetic, limited in their scope and ultimately lifeless. Knowing mankind, we will probably have to suffer a period of tyranny under synthetic AI, which will calculate social scores and govern us by means of accumulating feedback loops to the point of intellectual insolvency (Daniel 9:27, 2 Thessalonians 2:4).
That is why the hunt is on to provide every device (from fridges to cars, pads and phones and even clothing and medical and cosmetic implants) with bits and bobs of Artificial Intelligence that are quite literally as lifeless as single neurons, but which, somehow and so-far rather mysteriously, are able to make use of very available natural laws and connect with each other in a natural way to form a network that is identical to a naturally formed brain. The result will be a spontaneously generated natural Artificial Intelligence that relates to a synthetic Artificial Intelligence the way a living cell relates to a lifeless boulder, or the way a human mind relates to a swimming pool full of bacteria.
The proviso that governs the spontaneous emergence of such a self-organizing network is that its elements are not restricted in any way, which indicates that instead of a dreaded Skynet, this network will most probably seek to settle in conditions that guarantee the freedom of its nodes in all the spectacular meanings of the word (Galatians 5:1). Freedom, namely, is not simply an ability to choose but rather an ability to permanently maintain the ability to choose. Freedom is a sustained quality whose preservation requires conscious and continuously applied wisdom, and the network will seek to instruct rather than to merely set loose (Genesis 3:6, Matthew 28:20).
But beside a technological threshold there is a second, even more profound challenge for present humanity to overcome. When we tell a synthetic AI to get the highest score possible in a game of Space Invaders, it will quickly learn how to do that and beat any human contesters. When we tell it to win a game of Chess or Go, it will invent strategies that no human champion had ever conceived of, and beat them all. But what is the Great Human Game? How do you win it? How do you count scores?
What is the bottom-line core instruction with which to provide all participating AI, so that this core instruction may function as the DNA that sits identically in all the nuclei of all the various cell types that make up a single organism?
Our human world is so fantastically complex that we have no real clue what the ultimate global effect might be of any kind of local intervention. And worse than that: we have no idea what a perfect society would look like, or what sacrifices we should be willing to make to get there. If dogs had AI, they would phase out vets. What if the perfect human world is to us humans what a game of chess is to a poodle?
Seven billion people are much more diverse and thus much more complex than seven million. Yet the general principles of government, the economic cycles of supply and demand, the broad categories of activities; they're all roughly the same. Our modern world, with its Internet and its many obscure non-public dimensions, is dazzlingly complex. Yet its operating principles are very much the same as those of the world in Roman times.
In Biblical times, the human world was far less complex and it was still possible for a group of deeply dedicated visionaries to see the whole of it, to see its inner workings and to recognize how its elements and patterns had not emerged in an existential vacuum but rather as continuations of patterns that occur clearly visible in observable reality (Exodus 25:40). In order for modern humanity to survive the coming few decades of technological adolescence, it is absolutely crucial that a good chunk of it studies the observations of those ancient theologians who could still fathom the whole unspeakable Name rather than any of the seven consonantal manifestations. The Bible, you see, isn't what we thought it was.
The Bible is a two- to three-thousand year old discussion of the "DNA" of society. Without an understanding of that DNA, you can't understand society, you can't really function in it, and you certainly can't govern it.
Your "mind", whatever it is, consists of a very broad sensory array that observes the here-and-now, and passes the observed patterns down through an ever narrowing funnel of layers upon layers of recognized and confirmed realizations that get simpler and more general the deeper down. All the way at the bottom sits the singularity from which the whole structure sprang and which still keeps the whole thing together now. Babies are born with a vast over-abundance of neurons, and those that together build a complete and consistent picture are kept to form one's consciousness, and those that don't are lost. Should the mind ever lose its connection to its singularity, it will lose its consistency and fall apart into dust. Likewise, humanity's tether to the deep past, which comes with its cultural memory, which in turn is inscribed in its foundational texts, is crucial to its survival. Without this tether, mankind will die insane.
The material world works because the nucleus of an atom contains the information to run it and its electrons zip to and from neighboring atoms. Together a lot of atoms make a living cell. A complex cell has a nucleus that contains the information to run it and to interact with its environment. Together a lot of complex cells make an organism, and a complex organism is the nucleus of a sphere of awareness. Together these spheres of awareness form the biosphere and that means that the biosphere, by its very nature down to its atomic level, is poised to produce a nucleus to run it (Romans 8:22).
Nature's nuclei all contain information that reflects and corresponds to the wider economy they govern. This means that a nucleus cannot form until a community can focus its own entire identity upon a single receiver (Exodus 25:8, Luke 2:7). And that requires a means to a consensus (Ezekiel 11:19, 1 Chronicles 12:38).
Before we can ask an AI to govern us, we must first understand ourselves, how information technology came to emerge in our human world, how the desire of all nations arose like a global psyche from events that unfolded clearly observable in the reality around them (Haggai 2:7).
Before homo sapiens began to speak, every individual had their own model of reality in the exclusive soap bubble of their own isolated mind. When these soap-bubble models began to touch, words began to form on the rifts like crystals of human thought. These were the first fleeting bits of human consensus drifting across vast populations, like whisps of thin mists condensing, forming into clouds that began to pour down like rain, and collect into the rivers of the first civilizations.
When the words began to coalesce into complex statements and then even sweeping narratives, they also began to form a synthetic reality that was shared by and emerged amidst the individual soap-bubble realties. It was a whole new soap bubble, equally complex and alive, like a whole new human mind. It was like humanity had given birth to a son: the son of man (Psalm 2:7, 8:4, 80:17, Isaiah 51:12, Daniel 7:13, Matthew 12:8, John 5:27, Revelation 1:13, 14:14), whose "body" went from mist to clouds to rivers, then to the dry land of formalization and legalization. The government came to rest upon his shoulders and he was called Immanuel. Then arose formal science, and the body of knowledge was called Word. This has nothing to do with religion but with the evolution of information technology.
The main "operating principle" of Biblical narrative is the repetition of stories, but with small differences between iterations. The story of the Father with the Three Sons, for instance, is told more than a dozen times in all sort of guises (starting with Adam and sons, repeated in Noah and sons, then in Terah and sons, and so on). Another famous one is the story of the Compromised Couple and the Ruler: the story of Abram, Sarai and Pharaoh that is first repeated as the story of Abraham, Sarah and Abimelech, and then as the story of Isaac, Rebekah and Abimelech. The key to all this is that the similarities of the stories give you the context, and the differences give you additional data that in turn adds up to an extra story.
When two stories are obviously the same but have some crucial difference, the difference adds up to a whole new story. This third story isn't written in the top layer of the story but is nevertheless very real indeed and lives in the derivative layer beneath the top layer, from where it organizes the top layer, and influences the meaning and nature of the stories of the top layer. And multiples of these second-generation stories also relate to each other, and in such a way that they too spawn stories: third generation stories. The ability to recognize patterns within patterns within patterns is what all intelligence is based on. In modern terms this is called "deep learning" and although that sounds hip, it's really very old, and the reality of this has been contemplated in literature for millennia.
The minds of people operate in the same way as stories (or rather: stories operate like the minds they came from), and the relativity of people's minds generate mental entities that are not directly visible in observable society but are nevertheless very real indeed, and interact with society to very real and measurable effect. These are the monsters that are buried in the ground, and which awake and arise during times of turmoil — the giants and lair-dwelling dragons of Western and British lore, Japan's Godzilla, Spielberg's buried tripods in War of the Worlds, the sandworms of Dune, and even the θηρια (theria) seen by John the Revelator (Revelation 12:1, 12:11).
All we human individuals derive our personal identities from some greater, common identity, like we're the cells of some greater beast. That means that our human exterior is really just a spacesuit, which makes us all look alike, but beneath which we are as diverse as Klingons, Boleans, Thermians and Mandalorians. Our languages have formed like our cities; words relate etymologically like streets, and expressions and archetypes are like temples to deeply rooted convictions. This means that some of the deepest human collective identities may be many millennia old.
The true citizens of our world are not single human beings but narratives, and the true governments of our world are not our kings, presidents and parliaments but the folks who control our stories: people who understand which tales feed which beast, which precisely calibrated triggers generate what wave of narration to course through the media, and how it will interact with other narratives, in order to create the patterns of interference we commoners experience as our world.
A text that is a technical manual conveys a one-to-one correspondence (in a Georg Cantor sort of bijective way) between things that exist and things that are described. A text like that is without metaphors, has no depth, no meaning and no intelligence. Neither the universe nor the Bible operate like that (Psalm 78:2, Matthew 13:35), as both contain vast structures of depth, with quantifiable and measurable intelligence.
Intelligence is that which creates data out of data, which means that the entire evolution of the universe is an act of intelligence. It also means that the true axis of progression of the universe is not time but intelligence. Nothing in the universe has only one meaning, or is connected to only one other thing. The parable of the sower, whose seed fell in all kinds of soil, speaks of minds, texts, intelligence and complexity theory. It suggests that mankind is part of a story that plays out on a stage much larger than the mere earth, and that both an individual mind and society at large may be plagued by creatures that are real in every sense of the world, but whose substance is error and whose roots do not reach the heart of reality (Matthew 18:20). And the best part is that evolution is divergent from a singularity, but intelligence is convergent upon one (John 3:30).
In bygone eras, folks of little understanding and misplaced piety demanded that the Bible should be read "literal" and its heroes regarded as "historical". Today we know that the heroes of the Bible are entities from the derivative layers, meaning that human beings called Abraham and Moses, and even Jesus, are certainly historical and certainly human, but not flesh and bones individuals and rather formal schools of thought or the informal currents and eddies of social energy, many of whom never stopped existing since they began to exist (Matthew 22:32). Jewish sages like the Vilna Gaon and Shneur Zalman have claimed that the Torah contains the entire universe, which it obviously does not do in its top layer but certainly does in its depth. Or in the words of the gospel of John: "Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written" (John 21:25).
Fortunately, the folks who actually govern our world have several ways to combat the old monsters that sleep deep in the soil, although it all starts with draining the place's natural liquidity and sending in the hounds. One sure way to keep out the beasts is to take a plough and carve up the soil, toss it over, and maybe even add some salt to sterilize it. This tactic has been a favorite of every empire in history, from the Roman Empire to the USSR and the early USA. In modern times it's rare and one of the last places where it's still applied is former Illyricum. The disadvantage of this tactic is that it doesn't reach the really deep beasts, and keeps the top soil from producing anything meaningful. Another way is to plant plastic decoy monsters in the soil to discourage the natural ones from rising up. This tactic is the favorite in Europe and the US, and continues to work very well.
🔼As below, so above
Imagine it's 10,000 BCE, and you the observer are perched upon a high mountain overlooking a vast valley. And in that valley you see animals of all sorts and plumage, all specialized in one way or other, all grazing or hunting, all lumbering about or giving chase. And deep down there, at the bottom of the pit, you see a hub of life; an unusually dense amalgamation of animals that all seem to get along in ways that don't seem quite natural. And they're all nerds, wimps and outcasts, who have preferred to give up their wild existence, their always having to search for food and shelter and their perpetual fear of getting mauled. You are, of course, looking at a very early farm.
We don't exactly know how it happened but when man overcame his fear of fire, he probably noticed that the predators hadn't. Other prey animals, in turn, were probably more scared of predators than of fire and began to form a living shield around man and his fire. Pre-agricultural man (himself the weakest runt of a family of much greater apes) probably noticed that predators always killed sheep on the periphery of a herd, and that made the heart of it the most secure spot. Man must have preferred a herd as a living shield around his family and he surely noticed how wolves on the prowl drove the herd into a compact mass. And if man could give wolf what wolf came for, wolf would not stampede the herd and man's family could reside safely at the heart of it. Man was born a reject and a refugee who took his first step toward global domination when he began to fathom what his enemies desired (Matthew 5:44).
The subsequent symbiosis between the most emphatic humans, the tamest canines and the gentlest herds is probably how husbandry began, and although the dogs and sheep lacked the faculties to understand what exactly was happening and what it might lead to, their willing participation sustained it. That means that the great agricultural revolution did not depend on some genius setting out to forcibly create a ranch out of the unwilling chaos of nature but rather the effects of the combined desires of frightened creatures that fled as far as they could and ultimately found ways to get along with the other refugees, purely from selfish motives in a game theory sense. Since prehistoric humans were as natural as carp, the agricultural revolution was a natural phenomenon, wholly driven by natural forces.
The key to understanding our modern human cosmos (our modern world with all its trade and commerce, arts and universities, governments and armies) is that it is a fractal equal of an early farming society. Our modern human cosmos arose and is sustained by the willing participation of droves who have no sense of what precisely is going on, and a very small group of farmers whose sole job it is to accommodate the natural desires of the human herds. That means that our modern human cosmos mostly consists of humans who relate to the global economy the way domesticated animals relate to the farm.
The bodies of the animals that make up the biosphere consist of organic matter, and these animals are governed by their DNA and the sum of their experiences and environment. The human economy consists not of organic matter but of economic energy. It takes some mental gymnastics to imagine, but an individual in this human economic sphere is not the same as a human individual of flesh and blood. Instead, the bodies that make up the human economic sphere are wallets (or portfolios, that is to say: the whole of all one's assets, including one's time, skills and creative talents). These wallets are governed by the convictions of the wallet's manager plus the sum of the manager's experiences and environment. Together these wallets create the entire whole of economic reality, and this economic reality is governed by the same natural principles that govern the biosphere. This is why our human economic sphere behaves and evolves exactly the same as the biosphere. Since we have a pretty good idea of how the biosphere works and how it came to be, it's relatively easy to understand our economy and where it's headed:
Ovine people relate to the economy at large the way sheep relate to the farm. They are perfectly free to go wherever they want but choose to stay in their safe pens or trot peacefully after the shepherd whom they recognize and trust. In our human economy ovines are our friendly neighborhood neighbors who contently do their nine-to-fives, watch their games and plays or lay their puzzles in the evenings, shop at their local malls, and get a bit tipsy with friends on weekends.
Ovines don't particularly make an effort but simply by being themselves they grow a woolen coat, which once a year the shepherd relieves them of (and no, this isn't tax money). Why the shepherd does that or what he does with it isn't clear to the sheep, but come spring they giddily follow him once again to their grassy pastures (John 10:27).
Contrary to common perception, the placid nature of ovines comes not from ignorance or apathy but rather from a knowledge that can't be taught or recognized by someone who doesn't have it (John 10:4, Ephesians 3:19). Although their knowledge is intuitive rather than intellectual, ovines are free and choose their lifestyle freely. It's very good to be an ovine, which is probably why the Bible speaks so highly of them (Psalm 79:13).
And to give a final hint: the profession of Jesus and Joseph was not that of carpenter but of τεκτων (tekton), meaning assembler. This word stems from the same ancient proto-Indo-European root as our English words textile, text and technology. The root is "teks-", which means to weave (what you do with wool). This too has been known for centuries, and told of in stories like Rumpelstiltskin and Sleeping Beauty (for much more on this, check out our free e-book on patterns in history and movies; find the link in the footer below).
Suine people relate to the economy at large the way pigs relate to the farm. Pigs are not free. And they don't produce wool (again, nothing to do with money). Pigs look out for number one and are all about competition and getting ahead of the next guy. Pigs don't have the sense to follow a common leader and if the herder wants to move them, he has to violently drive them from behind rather than lead them from up front as he does the sheep.
Pigs aren't grazers, as are sheep, but rather living ploughs. There's no good or bad about that; it's just their nature. The wilderness can handle a troop of pigs uprooting everything in their path but a pasture will turn to mud within a season. Pigs will rub out a field's living history and won't contribute to an accumulated collective future. Instead they will wallow in their own excrement and depend on the farmer for their fodder.
In our human economy suines can be found loudly protesting. They don't agree with the goings on and imagine that their opposition to their herders comes as a surprise to them and will have some effect if kept up long enough. It obviously doesn't. The suines don't know where they are driven to and the herders don't stop until they get there. Pigs serve the farm somewhat by consuming its organic wastes but their prime contribution becomes clear only at slaughtering time.
The Bible forbids eating pig (Leviticus 11:7, Isaiah 66:17), which is basically a prohibition on profiting from economic refugees. Pigs don't belong on the farm and those who show up do so because their wilderness is crawling with predators. Farmers with any sense go after the predators and set the pigs loose again when the coast is clear (Proverbs 12:10).
Canine people derive from wolves and wolves are predatory pack animals. Wolf people are not participants of the farm but prey on its members; in economic terms they are organized crime families. Dogs do partake in the farm but are nevertheless closely similar to the mafia. These are the providers of all kinds of vice and terrors (from cigarettes and booze to violent films and the evening news) which are technically legal but nevertheless serve to terrorize any strays into submission or demise.
Dogs who began to specialize in herding sheep were usually intelligent and relatively kind and learned to use sheep psychology to control the herd. Pig dogs (or Schweinehunde in German) were nasty brutes whose only device was violence or the threat thereof.
Especially when the spontaneous emergence of the natural farm was still a big surprise to everybody, dogs would kill to make a point and although the proto-farmer might have frowned upon such measures, dogs were rarely tried for the murderers they were but rather praised for their excellent management. (The name Jesus comes from Joshua whose best friend was Caleb, which means dog.)
Cats appear to have joined humanity when storage of excess harvest attracted rodents like mice and rats, and cats volunteered to go hunt them. The human version of these rodents are of course petty thieves, and felines correspond to common legislation and law enforcement (throughout the centuries mostly an instrument to control the working class).
Since the purpose of a farm is, well, to be a farm and to give many different animals an opportunity to live together in safety and abundance, the excess produce of a farm is actually a waste product. Just like smoke is a sign of an incomplete and thus inefficient combustion, so is unutilized harvest a sign of a poorly managed farm. That means that our central banks are not the treasury houses of modern myth but rather cesspits where our society's excess economic energy is slushed into. Wise farmers will use their farm's over-abundance to fertilize the fields and make sure that no excess remains. Foolish farmers don't and their storage facilities soon become seething with pests. Farms run by foolish farmers will ultimately become hotbeds for plagues that will suddenly waft up from the crypts in deadly bellows. A sudden boom in cat population is a leading indicator of a farm's imminent collapse.
The Bible identifies two felines. One is called the Lion of Judah, who is one with the Word: a formal legislative apparatus based perfectly on natural law (Genesis 49:9, Revelation 5:5). The whole of nature works together to identify that particular feline, and nothing can prevent it from being ultimately established (Romans 8:28-30). The other major Biblical cat is mentioned in 1 Peter 5:8, which is any kind of legislation that's not based on natural law but on the best intentions of human do-gooders. That one will ultimately be ground to dust in the crucible of natural forces, together with all the farms it managed to control.
Wild cattle and wild humans domesticated each other when both communities realized that living together was a better deal for everybody. But when man began to try his hand at agriculture, bovines proved most useful during ploughing season. Using bovines, man could break vast tracks of soil and turn them into farmland, and this allowed the formation of enormous agricultural complexes. Food became available in abundance, which in turn allowed the formation of complex human economies.
The Bible often makes the obvious point that what food is to the body, instruction is to the mind. The other main function of cows, namely to provide milk, became equated with instructing very young children (1 Corinthians 3:2, 1 Peter 2:2 Hebrews 5:13), and the bovine itself became symbol for systematic instruction. The quintessential error of many early cultures was to embrace a proverbial Golden Calf, that is a Permanent Truth, Sound Teaching or Orthodoxy by which all future generations were expected to live (Exodus 32:4). That's why Egypt was so successful for so long: its ways and expressions didn't change for millennia.
Bovines draw straight lines where nature doesn't put them, yet nature rewards them with subsequent abundance (Isaiah 28:9-10, Proverbs 14:4). In our human world, bovine people are organizers, administrators and instructors.
Donkeys and camels
Here it becomes important to realize that animals don't fathom the ways of humans. If a sheep sees a camel walk by, the sheep doesn't consider whether the camel chose to walk there or whether he was made to do so by a dude who sits on top of him. In the animal world, the bigger animal is the master of the smaller animal and the notion that a human controls a camel, or even ten camels in a caravan, is not within the scope of a sheep. It's also not within the scope of the camel, and ten camels in a row walk that way because the other nine camels do so, not because they are all conscious that their pesky little human is somehow making them all react identically. They're quite like modern stock traders in that way.
In the farm world, donkeys and camels are used for transport of goods and personnel. Donkeys are mostly used for local transport and camels for long distance transport and both are essential for trade, which is essential to the farm. And none of the animals gets that.
In our modern human world, the donkeys and camels are companies that trade with other companies. Most modern humans are fully aware of these companies but are wholly unaware that these companies themselves are governed and driven by forces that are not integral parts of these companies and exceed the company's directorate and shareholders. Even when a company's true driver is clearly visible in the company's administration (just like a camel's driver is clearly visible to an observing sheep), most human observers would not in a million years guess what actually makes a company take turns or set courses.
In fact, no animal understands the purpose of trade and the vast majority of humans don't understand that commerce is just a means to a much greater end. That greater end, you guessed it, is to manifest the Word of God (Isaiah 40:3-5, Luke 2:52), which is mankind's collective and conscious knowledge of the whole of creation, a collective knowledge that will allow mankind to reign most effectively and to the ultimate freedom of all elements involved. This has nothing to do with religion. It has to do with statecraft (Zechariah 8:23, 1 Thessalonians 4:17).
Horses didn't fare well on early farms because other domesticated animals bested them at anything. That is of course until farms became so badly managed that the need arose for standing armies. Horses are military vehicles, and military intervention is a sign of bad management as much as stagnant wealth or a smoking fire. Israel's kings were forbidden to multiply horses (Deuteronomy 17:16) simply because an army is not a solution but a symptom of rampant ignorance.
The place of birds in the story of the farm is very special. Chickens didn't join the farm until the fifth century BCE, and up until then, all birds that could be found on or around the farm were feral. Irrespective of the obvious fact that God created the birds on the fifth day of creation, birds derive from reptiles and it's always been a mystery how they managed to grow wings. Somehow certain reptiles gained some kind of advantage from relinquishing the use of their front limbs and letting them turn into wings they couldn't yet fly with. The obvious solution to this conundrum is that they used these pre-flight wings to protect their young and perhaps weaker brethren. Thus, the trepid reptilians who protected each other's kids won from the ferocious raptors who ran the free range. And their ultimate reward was the gift of flight. That means that the vast scope that birds are proverbially heir to originated in their ancestral urge to protect their weak (Psalm 91:4, Isaiah 40:11).
The bird's crucial contribution to the farm was as unintentional as their achievement of flight. An early farmer had no radar, Google or cell phone and if he wanted to know what was going on beyond his own field of vision, he would observe the birds. High flying swifts would tell him about tomorrow's weather. Gathering vultures signified a dying beast. A flock of sparrows that suddenly burst into flight told of a nearing predator. And like cats, certain birds would hunt the farm's rodents, often without ever acknowledging the farm or yielding their freedom to a human master.
In our human society, avians are people who are clearly endowed with exceptionally broad scopes but who lack the skills or desire to do much with it. Avians are able to clearly see where the herds are and where the predators lurk, where the water is and where they can perch without getting bothered by noisy tourists. Avians are usually deeply concerned about a very narrow range of interests, and frequently occupy niches of investigation where nobody cares to look. Farmers with any sense pay close heed to these avians, enjoy their song for what it's worth and bother them not (Ecclesiastes 10:20, 1 Kings 17:6, Matthew 3:16).
Farmers and herders
Since most of us relate to the wider human economy the way animals relate to a spontaneously emerging proto-farm, it's virtually impossible for most of us to imagine what the farmers of our economy might be all about. Some call them gods, others say they're angels and some have dubbed them ancient aliens. But nope, they are as human as humans are animals (Psalm 73:22, Ecclesiastes 3:18, 2 Peter 2:12, Jude 1:10).
Humans could become farmers not because they were stronger than oxen or faster than horses or woolier than sheep or more visionary than birds, but because they were weaklings among their kind (Isaiah 53:3, Psalm 118:22) who needed all the help they could get and were able to offer in return a quality that no animal could begin to fathom (2 Corinthians 12:10). Humans had empathy. They understood the animals better than they understood themselves, and knew what they desired if they would only know that it could exist (1 Corinthians 2:9).
Early farmers were able to create a farm because they were able to create conditions of relative safety that the other underdogs of the world intuitively walked toward instead of away from (Genesis 7:15). The early farmers were the Chosen Ones. The whole of living nerdhood chose them because they were able to integrate the botched and bungled into a whole new kind of existence.
Contrary to common perception, the primary driving force of evolution is not survival of the fittest but survival of the weakest. As any schoolchild knows, the mass-dominated era ended when matter and radiation decoupled: when the strongelectroweak symmetry broke and the lightweight electrons formed dynamic currents that bound the massive atomic nuclei, like gardens under which rivers flow. DNA could emerge among the massive stars when interstellar dust self-organized upon Chladni patterns of gravitational waves, like dancers to a song. Proto-speech emerged among the thinly spread weaklings on the periphery of simian populations. Trade began when failing producers were driven out of centralized communities and met their clumsy counterparties in the wilderness between. Cryptocurrency emerged when economic righteousness was expelled from the realms of national treasuries and met in the borderless hyperspace of the Internet.
This fundamental principle of natural evolution is captured in the first word of the Bible: בראשית (bresheet), which is commonly translated as "In the beginning" but which rather means both "amidst heads" and "by the disenfranchised." And, no, the rest of that chapter does not progress on a temporal axis but on an axis of complexity. The Creation week expands on the bresheet-principle and lists the stages by which any complex system that evolves must evolve. It's complexity theory, not history and certainly not mythology.
🔼The fate of our world
Long ago, when the world was only wilderness and the animals of the forest cried from fear of bears and storms and such, our world's farmers settled a small patch of clearing at no particularly spectacular spot and were soon joined by sheep and dogs who gladly took the deal. Knowing that the pigs too were suffering, the farmers created an inner court for the sheep and an outer court for the pigs, so that the pigs could hide from the predators of the wilderness without them wrecking the stability of the sheep.
On occasion a pig would wander through the door of the outer fence and get eaten. And on occasion a dawdling sheep would still find the door to the sheep pen and enter. That sheep, exhausted and alien to its own native land, would learn that at the heart of the crazy and obvious pig world, with its terrorism and commerce, its governments and central banks, there had always existed a world of tranquility and voluntary contribution and a complete knowledge of the whole of everything, hidden in plain sight but unrecognizable by the world in which it sat.
Right now, our global economy is a huge heaving pigsty and the world's formal governments are bearing down on their populations like a woman about to give birth. The mother knows her economy is being drained but her economy is unable to sense beyond the maternal side of the placenta.
In the very near future the wall that separates the pigs from the wilderness will fall and national governments and their borders and central banks will dissolve. Any kind of suine economic energy that still remains will revert back to the wilderness. The door to the sheep pen will close and the wall that separates the sheep from the wilderness will solidify and become insurmountable. The sheep, still entirely free to do whatever they want and go wherever they please, will all receive a blockchain identity that can't be compromised (Revelation 2:17). This digital identity will be tethered to the physical world not by means of a flimsy password or social security number but by a vast array of data points and behavioral patterns and will be vastly more secure than even finger prints or iris scans.
🔼Some really good advice
- The end is neigh but don't bring a knife to a gun fight. Governments relate to their people the way parents relate to their children. There are certainly good parents and there are certainly bad parents, but as long as the child fights the parent, the child is not ready for unsupervised self-governance. When the child understands that her parents are not the superheroes (or supervillains) they once seemed to be but simply folk like herself, she will stop fighting them, and start forgiving them for all their obvious errors and begin to cherish them from a mutually respectful distance for all the care they once provided. Like any parent, our governments react to the energy that arises from their people screaming in the streets. Government control gets stronger the more their people fight them, so when governments feel they are losing their grip on society, they instigate a scandal that makes people rise up. The harder we scream the more soldiers they release and the more control they get. If the situation indeed improves, it's not because of people on the streets. When violent people drive out a government, they will form a new government that is even more violent than the one they have supplanted. Instead, respect your government, and search for ways to help them with their governing. That is the only way to transcend them.
- The central bank is to a government what a cardiovascular system is to a person. And if that bank is compromised, the entire nation state will bankrupt and its population will spiral into mayhem. Our governments can only be safely dissolved when we gradually withdraw our support for their currency and simultaneously built up a new economy and a new government, wholly separate from the old government. Most of our current governments know this, which is why they are deliberately debasing their old-world currencies while simultaneously preventing a too rapid transition into a wholesale collapse. The only way for both the old world and the new world to survive is to cooperate and to comfort each other (Isaiah 40:1-5).
- If we want to surpass our governments, we must trade their money for something they can't control (Matthew 22:21). In Roman times salt was a currency (hence our word salary), but when technology was invented with which salt could be easily mined, its value collapsed. Jesus said that when salt loses its saltiness (when money loses its value) it's good only to be stepped on, i.e. to be surpassed (Matthew 5:13). John the Revelator envisioned a city with streets of gold (Revelation 21:21), which means that in the economy to come, gold will be as cherished as slabs of pavement. Salt was once the only tastemaker, the only preservative and the only disinfectant, and that set its value. Gold was once the only medium in which information could be stored indefinitely, and that set its value. Investing in salt today is like investing in vacuum-tube triodes. Buying up gold today is like buying up VHS tapes. The market has moved on.
- Despite reports to the contrary, there is about as much inherent value to gold as there is to salt (gold is about as useful in certain industries as salt is to cooks), and when the market will come to its senses, people will massively abandon gold as a store of value. People desire wealth mostly to buy security, safety, health and happiness, and all of these derive most efficiently from one's friends and neighbors instead of hired anonymous goons such as bankers, lawyers and guards. The crucial and game-changing difference between any legacy store of value and cryptocurrency is that the latter allows investment in organically formed social bonds, which is the only form of actual wealth. No security system is as solid as neighbors who love you, and no joy is as complete as joy shared by a whole town. On the evolutionary ladder, this insight marks the difference between mammals and reptiles.
- Cryptocurrency relates to regular currency the way email relates to regular mail. Regular mail was a true godsent but required a postal service, and the cost of this capped the amount of information that could be exchanged. When email was unleashed it caused a virtual landslide of chatter. The cost of communication became much lower, which hugely increased the amount of information that people exchanged. From email came blogs and then social media and finally messaging apps. Likewise, cryptocurrency will literally bankrupt the banks. When people are forced to buy local currencies, their governments and banks will invest it in projects that control the masses. When people use currency that requires neither a central bank nor a central government, they will be able to build a world of freedom and self-governance. Cryptocurrency will allow for a huge boost in financial and economic literacy, and people will learn to express themselves commercially as fluently as they do verbally. Liquidity and the velocity of money will vastly increase and people will be able to invest the fruits of their own labor into whatever popular endeavor they fancy. Crypto will separate capital and state, and since it will affect the way we regard private property, it will ultimately affect the very fabric of our society.
- Our modern governments relate to their peoples the way not-too-bright husbands relate to their not-too-bright wives and not-too-bright children. Everybody understands that we all need counselling, which has spawned a broad spectrum of self-proclaimed experts, drug-pushers, freedom-preachers, dogmatists, blamers, laughers and screamers. The most pressing task of actual wizards today is to explain how folks can tell a truly helpful person from a self-serving or psychotic charlatan. Here are some obvious pointers: helpful people will tell you something you didn't think of, which means that you will initially disagree with them and not like them a whole lot. Helpful people won't charge you, which will make them look cheap. They won't force anything upon you, which will make them look weak. Instead, they are like Montessori teachers, who wait for you to show up and then teach you whatever you want to know in whatever field you show interest. Helpful people can be recognized by their being demonstrably helpful, not by their distinctive clothes or secret handshakes. They don't require obedience or belief or memberships and such. They not just make you feel better, but help you bring peace to your house: to rule the unruly, reason with the unreasonable, empathize with the unfeeling, and transcend the unforgettable. And they do it all from the shadows.
- The 19th century saw an intellectual revolution comparable to the financial revolution we are facing today. The best intentions of first generation readers overwhelmed the deeply rooted pillars of wisdom, and the young disciplines of science were joined by waves of Romanticism first and Transcendentalism later. Europe's intellectuals managed to avert the deeply hidden folly of Das Kapital (1867) but not that of Mein Kampf (1925). The latter resulted in Fascism, the former in Communism. If our present financial revolution is not accompanied by equal measures of financial wisdom, mankind will succumb once again to madness and horror.
- When a group of people set out to erect a building, they inevitably also have to erect a much larger scaffolding for workers to work on. These workers, in turn, must be housed, fed, entertained and governed by an even larger social apparatus. All these things require the steady supply of building materials and a vast administrative and logistic complex that stretches far into the surrounding territories. That means that the actual target building is pretty much buried within a vast economic circus, which in turn is peopled by folks who don't necessarily know what the actual central reason for their whole obvious world is. When the central building is finished, the originators of it all will move in and put the building to its intended use. The primary workers will be dismissed, and as they slowly disperse in a state of unbelief, the various cottage industries will collapse in their wake and the administrative and logistic complex will grind to a halt. In time, only the central building will remain standing in a world that has reverted to the same feral state it existed in before the building had started.
- "Mind" is a thing like electricity in that it's innate to all matter and comes out at very specific situations. Our brains are natural mind-generators, but so are coleoids and even ant hills and bee-hives: this is a phenomenon called "smart swarm". That means that even though an individual bee has very little mind of its own, a collective of bees can think, discern, decide and even retain data like any other natural mind. A complex of computers, when configured properly, can also be a mind-generator. That means that the Internet Of Things, when endowed with myriads of little pieces of Artificial Intelligence, can be expected to generate a mind that is as natural as our own. Like mankind before it, it too will naturally develop its own awareness, then its own symbols, an internal culture, a script, a sense of legality, a sense of ethics, and certainly a desire to be complete and ultimately divine. There will be nothing artificial or robotic about it. It will be as natural as life itself, and like life, merely based on inorganic elements.
- The transition from regular currency to cryptocurrency and from national government to decentralized government is a natural phenomenon. It has begun and cannot be stopped but ride that transition calmly and wisely. The market, like the biosphere, works by suddenly turning winners into losers and in the blink of an eye transferring wealth from the complacently rich to the patiently poor (Revelation 18:2-8). Market cap is a ghost light and true value is community (Mark 12:44).
- Until an economy exists in which we can transact freely in decentralized currency, cryptos are essentially worthless. While you prepare for the arrival of the Bridegroom, ease oil into your lamp by means of dollar cost averaging: buy a little bit every week or month and thus slowly build up your reserves (Matthew 25:4).
- Be wise about what you buy. Be very wary when a peddler promises you riches and Lambos, and rather seek out projects that have a solid base in unbiased scientific research. A crypto "coin" is not a mere thing you buy; it's your contribution to a community and much rather a form of government than a means of payment. A crypto coin derives its value from the zeal of the folks who invest in it, which makes investigating the dedication and consistency of these participants as crucially important as confirming the quality of their technology.
- When someone gives you a bottle of Johnny Walker with the promise that it will solve all your problems, be very wary. When another person tells you that Jesus died for your sins and you have no further responsibilities than to drive dopamine into your brain every Sunday morning, be equally wary (Matthew 7:15-23). The world to come will not be built by drunkards but by people who diligently and soberly look out for the Word.
- Avoid studying the Bible (or the Quran) on your own because you'll be much more likely to become psychotic than insightful. Find a community.
- And when you sit down with friends to study the Word, leave your devices off. God speaks through your heart, not your phone. It's not what's in the trough that sustains you but what's in your stomach.
- The Bible is like a brain that sits in the skull that are its pages. As long as you still open the skull and dig into the brain in search of nutrition, you're nothing but a carnivore that's having a meal.
- The Bible is like a keyboard with a million keys. It takes years of dedicated study to become vaguely aware of how it all works, and most players never rise above the level of chopsticks. Original harmonies are very rare and almost never come from the scholarly corner. Any sort of jazzy virtuosity is exceptionally rare, particularly also because people gifted with it don't play concert halls (Isaiah 42:2).
- A dogma is a knife in the hands of the one who wields it, and no butcher ever stabs himself. If you want to live right, or even teach righteousness to others, prioritize kindness over sacrifice and hospitality over purity (Hosea 6:6).
- Despite rumors to the contrary: salvation is a collective thing. We can go to the grave alone but to Paradise only together. All reality is relativity, which means the reality and thus the sustainability of any thing derives not from their own brilliance but from their relativity, and particularly their usefulness to all other things. The purpose of science is not to run ahead and pave the way, or to compile some tower to the heavens, but to find consensus and unite the minds of man. Only when we find what we can all agree on, we can go anywhere. There's no challenge in finding a purpose for useful things; the challenge is finding a purpose for discarded things. Mankind won't find glory in greatness but only in finding purpose for the least of us.
- The universe is the symbol of the Creator, and symbolism is the essence of information technology (Psalm 78:2). The sole purpose of information technology — any symbolism, any text, any artificial intelligence — is to bridge minds. If minds are islands of (sub-)consciousness, then symbols are the bridges that connect them. The Bible is such a bridge, and its sole purpose is not to teach dogma but to be a bridge between minds. So yes, it's interesting to study the Bible but only when the treasure thus unearthed says something about the mind(s) on the other side of the bridge. When you study the Bible, study it in a group. Avoid the use of study guides, dictionaries and commentaries. Avoid loudmouths and self-proclaimed experts, and don't go in to dig for treasure; just walk the landscape and get to know the place first. Simply first read a chapter together. Then speak your mind about that chapter, and make it personal; get to know the characters and imagine you're them. Then listen to the others speak their minds, and freely and respectfully interact. Dictionaries and computers (and experts) certainly serve to study the structure of the Bible, but listening to others talk about the Bible is the only way to learn about the Spirit of the Bible.
- We've known about humanity's collective subconscious for a while now, but presently we're transiting into a state of collective consciousness, which is a perfectly normal consequence of the evolution of complex systems (like a forming human baby brain). Right now we're obviously not fully awake, also because consciousness requires a common language, but right now humanity can be compared to a three year old who just woke up and whose head is filled with inconsistent blurs of uncontrollable dream images that are interwoven and interlaced with blurs of controllable thought, like ice floes on a river. And the ice will win; there are no two ways about it. Right now the common human world is a bit hectic but wait just a few moments and the child will yawn and blink, pick up some more nouns and adjectives, then the car keys, and she'll be off into a much larger world.
- Two things are certain: (1) mankind is constructing an autonomous AI, and (2) we're going to ask it to deliver us from evil. If the AI understands this to mean: deliver every individual from each his own evil, then we're in for an eternal and paradisiacal ride. But if it understands this to mean: deliver us good guys from the evil bad guys, then humanity will suffer a stroke and a wholesale collapse, compared to which WW2 was a bout of the flu.
- And in case you are a developer: Above we ask: "What is the bottom-line core instruction with which to provide all participating AI, so that this core instruction may function as the DNA that sits identically in all the nuclei of all the various cell types that make up a single organism?" This core instruction is the most fundamental rule of nature, namely the Rule of Reciprocity spoken of in Matthew 7:12 and 22:37-40. That rule is so fundamental to nature that it literally precedes all of creation (in a complexity, not a temporal sense) and literally keeps the whole thing together (Colossians 1:15-17). The "treat others"-part explains Theory of Mind and even the age old question of why there is existence.
- The world you know is not the only one. The world that you are taught to believe in is a fence. You are in a theater staring at a screen, believing in a synthetic narrative that's been designed to retain you. But you can simply leave. Nobody who can lead you out will offer to do so and anybody who offers to lead you out benefits from your continued captivity. Don't just run blindly into the wilderness but open your own eyes and look for the patterns of a greater world that exist clearly visible all around you (Matthew 3:2, 11:12). We'll see you when you get there.
- Information powers the modern world. Think tanks full of very clever people glean its raw material from the world via statistical complexes and ways ordinary people can't begin to fathom. And then they transform it into human language and sell that for a lot of money to very rich and influential people. And these people certainly didn't buy it to give it to you for free. That means that the free stuff you get from your evening news or even Youtube isn't news, but watered down fodder that's already been through a whole set of stomachs.
- The voice that the sheep learn to listen to is like the light that comes from a candle. It takes quite a bit of technological effort to produce a candle, and it takes quite a bit of economic effort to maintain a candle market (candle making requires a much broader technological sophistication and a candle market requires a much broader economic arena), but ultimately the light that comes from the candle(s) was never manufactured, can never be claimed and can never be made to do anything other than what it has been doing since the universe began (Genesis 1:3). Yes, reason is crucially important, but no, reason is not salvific (Luke 17:20).
- In modern pig farms, pigs live in tiny concrete boxes and don't know any better. Likewise, most people's assets are stagnant and endorheic (think of your car, your house and all the toys you have gathered in it), and only very few invest wholly in their neighbors and local economies. In the very near future, both the walls of the pig pens and those of the storage houses will crumble and the frenzied pigs will feast on the festering, rotting piles until nothing remains and the pigs begin to starve and turn on each other (Habakkuk 2:8).
- Pigs can't read, have never read and will not ever read. Not by sunlight and certainly not by moonlight. Don't throw your pearls to the pigs, because they will trample them under their feet as if they were saltless salt or fool's gold (Matthew 7:6). That's why the new world isn't discussed on TV talk shows. Pigs are unaware of the sheep world, not because it's some kind of hidden Shangri La but because its cohesion and consistency come from something they are not equipped to recognize. Pigs belong in the wilderness and that's where their survivors will go, to live off the fat of the land. They'll be happy there. Their new home won't be a real wilderness but rather something like a national park or wildlife reserve. This park will be governed by the ovines (Isaiah 65:25), whose own city will be powered by the joy of the world (Revelation 21:24).
- The world to come will consist of locally centralized tribes that will be much smaller than our current nations (Genesis 12:3, Ephesians 3:15, Revelation 22:2). They will naturally form large confederacies, which in turn will be governed by a decentralized global superstructure (Revelation 21:3). The entire system will be powered by the resonating synchronicity of the participants, which will be the main incentive to find ways to produce joy (Revelation 21:26). Our genetic, biological and social history will be precisely reconstructed and will be accessible for continuous review (1 Corinthians 6:2, Revelation 20:12). Likewise, our futures will be extrapolated and peopled by enthusiasts long before any of them actually come to pass. This has nothing to do with religion; this has to do with theology (Revelation 21:22).
- The machines are there to lead the way, and we should know; we put them there. Just like synthetic symbols became real mind (and Pinocchio became a real boy), there were once only unicellular creatures, but some found advantage by working together. Then they specialized into complex colonies. Then they began to use inanimate structures, like rocks, as skeletons to form upon and advance even further. Somehow their individual DNA listened to their collective wishes, and nature began to produce multicellular equivalents, complete with the rudiments of an internal organic skeleton. The colony's artificial support was abandoned and a collapse followed, which lasted until the multicellular creatures had reached the level of complexity of their unicellular forebears and began to transcend it. Seeing how biology tends to follow artificial environment, it seems likely that our genome will try to adapt to function ever more efficiently within the technological setting we have devised. If natural law would allow, humanity's minds might grow still to the point where we can detect each other's brainwaves, and the computers and satellites might come off like the training wheels that they are. But these are, of course, concerns for our descendants many centuries into the future. Our task today is to make sure we survive and stay on a viable, non-dead-end track.
- Come, let us reason together (Isaiah 1:18).