My books working title is “Coma, Memory, Belief”, below are several attempts at the start. This WordPress book is an exploration of my thinking since the accident that changed me and my life. I suspect I am the same person despite coma but am more motivated to express myself.
Thoughts for the book… Too many themes, too much to consider and write, but I want it to be a story which all good books are, good books are stories about life with characters… Kafka was one of my favourite authors, and Berger, Beckett, Borges (BBB) just to name a few. Nowhere near as good as their writing.
This WordPress books theme is the elevation of our notions of thought toward the recognition that thought is as real as the material world. To be sure, thought doesn’t exist in the same way as the material world, but does exist. Because of our mental activity and perhaps the movement of electricity through the brain our thinking is as real although non physical. As real as the table and chairs in this place where we now sit. Indeed we know all of this having invented schools and universities. But as a species we need to take this fact to the next level and acknowledge thought as a reality akin to physical reality in order for us to evolve. Love is real.
I believe we can evolve and it’s time for us to go to the next level of existence. In modern science there is ‘entanglement theory’ which reveals other levels in the material world. A Google search on ‘entanglement theory’ has many results including ‘Einstein referred to it as “spooky action at a distance”‘. Maybe there is a spooky action for thought.
I was in a coma for three months. My accident occured in Thailand on Koh Chang where I have been many times. More than two years have passed since my accident and I still suffer from the effects of my near death experience. The right hand side of my body is foreign to me and my memory remains impaired. We live for our memories, to remember, through memory we give meaning to events of the past. It bothers me no end that all of my memory has been taken from me through coma. Memory is what makes us human beings, it is central to who we are and what defines us. There is so much to recover from after coma. A complete reconstruction of self. So many details, it all must have been hard when we were born and knew nothing, no memories of body parts and how to make them function. We had to learn all things. I feel like a child again, learning about even the most basic things in life, things we take for granted, such as limbs. I believe however that I’m a changed man since my accident, I seem to dwell more on belief, I can almost remember that such issues, belief, were central to my character even before the accident. We all assign meaning in our lives. I don’t mean religious belief, merely belief itself, thoughts, belief rather than fact.
In the west we trust democracy, and now technology and science, human interpretations of the world, we can explain that we don’t agree with a principal because it lacks scientific reasoning. I also believe fervently in other life forms in the universe. It seems to me a point of logic that we are not alone in intelligent thought, that it is a natural consequence of any life form to grow and develop thought, to think and believe in something. I still believe in alien life, the universe is so massive it seems impossible for us to be the only intelligent life in it. The only thinking life form. For us to be exposed to alternative thought would be extremely uplifting for our species.
Technology has been a great help to me, my iPhone in particular, using the diary to store information about each day, reminders for planning. With iCloud these things can be accessed everywhere there is an internet computer. I’m also a fan of contacts for details on the people I knew and know. I use it all constantly, I write this now using notes again which synchronises over the internet. We humans have become creatures of our inventions always, think cars, ploughs, planes, but with technology we have progressed. With AI we are now developing computer based thought, indeed the universe is opening up for us. My own thought is problematic, I have to try when recounting yesterday and simple things for example passwords and such. We are a changed people, no longer farmers or hunters gatherers focused on our physical being, but thought has become central to us and what we focus on. Perhaps thought is not strictly human. I believe not.
Humanity is fast approaching the most amazing evolutionary turning point in it’s existence. We have invented so many things, our command of the physical world is profound. First we discovered energy like wood and fire, which eventually provided us with electricity, power plants, I have forgotten another big inventions such as automobiles, planes etc. We have also inadvertently produced green house gases and global warming. Today we understand that the universe abounds with energy, firstly solar. We have produced solar panels and developed the storage of energy, batteries. We have also invented cars like the Tesla and planes that fly by the power of the sun. We can now see the energy all around us and plan to send man to mars and beyond.With theories such as ‘entanglement’ we are discovering new subatomic forces. Indeed we are about to evolve, there has never been a period like this in human history. Our thinking, which itself is an unusual aspect of existence, took us towards wonderment.
After Adam and Eve we were able to think about the world we lived in. We developed intellectually and emotionally. We imagined God, Allah and Buddha. We are a creative people in poetry, literature and music but our most significant development has been technology. I called a government body recently to discover I could talk with computers, it understood me quite well and provided me verbally with factual answers. Google is a tool that we all use today as truth, be it cross word puzzles or questions like what is the distance from Earth to Mars? I only wonder how much computers can liberate us from mundane facts. The biological entity, people, have become dependent on their most significant invention, the technological entity, computers. I can imagine a world where the biological entity can choose to focus on life and experience and leave the other factual needs to the technological entity. Even food production for the biological entity may be done by the technological entity in the future. Robots with AI looking after crops and building houses for the biological entity. And then there is surveillance, a biological entity interest. Our SMS, email and internet activity is scanned by BOTS today because the biological entity has an interest in personal secrets, we have secrets. We are all monitored through technology for the biological entity. The USA has recently suggested that the government there has rights to all data because of terrorism in their challenge to Apple for access to all iPhones.
Where to begin with this book to help myself and you if your not already bored by my ravings. I’m now 46 years old, 2 and a half years ago I had a motor cycle accident in Thailand so I’m told and experienced a coma for three months. Physically there was only slight damage, but the brain lost it’s relationship with the right hand side of my body, most notably my right leg. I cannot walk normally but can move about awkwardly. Much more significantly my memory is impaired. I write alone, it truly is me, my family thought all that came from me was my wife’s thoughts and writing, indeed she was a journalist but it is only me. Back to misanthropy, I wonder about people today and what drives them, what they remember? I wonder what’s most important to say of my experience, perhaps the facts first and then what can help us, what has helped me at least. I continue, should possibly have died, a better outcome I think now. I should just be thankful to continue the experience of life. Anyway it seems to me that our species is arriving at an evolutionary turning point and it’s a dramatic time to be alive. This subject is most important to me, evolution, it is the reason I write. I thought to begin with what I wrote about a year ago.
Where did it happen and at who’s agency?What did you think in the past? The most important thing to happen in my life was…
Can a person still think in coma? On the internet some people say they could. I don’t know whether I did, I can remember kind of dreaming of my home, work and the humdrum of life but I don’t know if that was while I was out. The human mind is such a complex thing we don’t understand very much about it’s nuances. Is consciousness like a light switch we turn on and off, I suspect not. From where does consciousness originate? What are the boundaries of consciousness. Is it just a product of the brain? Obviously by our science it is just a product of the brain but I also think that consciousness itself, like matter, is a fundamental stuff of this universe.
Religion was inspired by human experience, it considers and suggests cause; what where when why how… It attempts to account for the beginning. The beginning is problematic for an intelligent species. I suspect that human beings extend beyond the material world.
Our science has been most useful, our observation and abstraction of the material world, a human interpretation of the universe. Perhaps existence goes beyond what we can see, the physical stuff.
Existence is also about our feelings and memories. Maybe there is more to the universe than merely atoms that constitute objects. Science would have it that we fall under the rules that govern the material world, atoms. According to science atoms is what we are made of. I personally think we are much more than atomic theory and we extends beyond the material world.
It told me that life was inseparable from the universe, life is the universe, a fundamental of all atoms to grow towards. I only say ‘it’ because the sex of this living being wasn’t clear or important to me. Was I asleep? It certainly felt like a different state of consciousness. It was difficult for me to remember how I arrived at this experience. Perhaps it was the result of recent events in my life, the coma, maybe I was still in coma. People told me I had been in an accident and subsequent coma, but I could remember nothing of the accident or my life prior, anything at all. I must still be in coma I thought. The alien life wasn’t talking verbally to me but somehow expressed more details than I had ever known and more accurately. Throughout this interaction I knew, it was communicated to me, that life was everywhere. It was the purpose of the material world. All atoms exist in two domains, the physical and the cerebral. In fact thought appeared like physical objects to me in a strange and uncommunicable way. They appeared as real objects that I took for granted in ordinary life, like tables and chairs etc. The alien knew my name which it suggested was me, a location, Gerhardt. So for human readers who use names regularly, how did I, Gerhardt, get here? Actually we are using simple human concepts when asking how we got here. I was beginning to understand that there are no locations in the cerebral domain, only focal points. You might ask what prompted my thinking but I was beginning to understand thought simply exists only now I could access it more truly. In order to reduce this story to make it possible for human interaction perhaps the best place to start would be to describe my life before the accident and weave in the alien understanding of the universe when opportunity arises.
When young Bernard often walked through a local school to the shops near home where he would hear his name called out in provocation. They might threaten him again as they had before, conflict was celebrated by many, competition. He put his head down and kept hurriedly walking along the dusty curving path. Sometimes they stood in front to prevent him walking. He found this challenge confronting, was he a bad person who deserved rejection, bullying? One day playing football at school he tackled an opponent forcefully the way he understood the game was meant to be played. The other child started a fight with him as revenge for the tackle, by his estimation he won the fight, “so I’m not a weakling after all”.
Indeed during his childhood and youth fighting was an admired skill, physicality was valued more than intellect. He was somewhat influenced by common opinion until older. At university intellect was valued. He found university a truer life and enjoyed being immersed in ideas. He took the attitude of student everywhere, to all facets of life. After several attempts to find himself with various strategies including living abroad, he ended up in Singapore where he met Agnes. The most like minded person he’d ever met. Bernard immediately fell for her. She wasn’t like most people, entrenched in competition.
Agnes was often taken by her perception of light, she would think light was accompanied by faint sound, like it was trying to communicate. She would talk aloud back to the light trying to reply but nothing ever came of these actions to confirm that the light was trying to talk, no verbal reply. In another subtle way she thought the light did respond to her, for example when the light was so bright that she was shocked by it the light would dim. The only way she could apprehend these experiences was through the metaphor of light. She would occasionally think it wasn’t light but emotion, the light seemed to respond to her feelings, her consciousness.
She often sees Bernard and talks with him since his death, it’s as though he still exists for her. Bernard died, he physically left her but has remained spiritually. Thinking of Bernard she remembers a birthday celebration, an occasion she frequently recalls. Bernard had taken her dancing that evening, she never thought she could dance but afterwards it became a habit for them, to dance. They had moved gracefully, elegantly, while dancing. That particular birthday celebration, dancing, was the pinnacle of her life she thought, to dance. Even today she often feels her husband dancing with her, Bernard is still with her. The religion that she observes is adamant that there is no such thing as death, something she now fervently believes. She drops a newspaper that she was carrying. Kneeling down to pick it up she said thank you to the spirit of her deceased husband, his spirit helped her, a gaunt old man with a deeply wrinkled face.
Agnes’s birthdays were often eventful, the one she remembers was profound. They danced and came to better understand the metaphor of light after discussing. Being an emotional person, for her the metaphor represented the spiritual. For him as a scientist, another life seemed a more appropriate description of the metaphor. Life from space or another dimension trying to communicate, an intelligent being with purpose. Humans know biological life, perhaps other forms can interface with the universe. Maybe gas, liquid or light can interact with consciousness, perhaps from other dimensions too. Bernard thought the light was intelligence from somewhere else trying to communicate. Indeed Bernard and Agnes had different ways of apprehending experience. She felt the spiritual underpinned existence. For him existence was aligned to fact as represented by objects in the material world. The human tradition of science. Both spiritual and scientific metaphors merely represent the very human desire to assign meaning. For Agnes the universe is emotion and for Bernard it is a place of objects.
Yesterday she attended her sisters funeral but knows because of these experiences with the deceased Bernard that her sister still exists. She also knows this because her dead sister told her she had gone to the Buddha, the afterlife. Her sister told her this after she had already passed away. Some might say she dreamt of this interaction with her sister, but for Agnes dreams have a reality. In fact for her what she feels seems real, emotion. In an unusual way she perceives consciousness. And so when Agnes thinks of her Husband unexpectedly he is real to her. When she asks somebody if they heard what her deceased husband just said the answer is always no. Many humans experience the dead, there are many stories of this phenomenon, but we are too locked into human concepts of the world to perceive the other. Bernard wondered because science suggests time doesn’t exist, is there also preconception, perception outside of time. Bernard thought Agnes perceived outside of time. For her the other world exists if you close your eyes and feel. She always perceived otherness, and loved to dance.
Bernard enjoyed travelling, he thought it important to see how other cultures lived, what they made of the world. He noticed a different emphasis in each country, a different happiness. Some countries focused on money, in those he felt often impatience predominated. Some countries focused on care for the elderly and poor, people seemed to smile more in such places. While travelling he would love to go to street cafés to sample local cuisine and people watch in their everyday. Sitting at the cafés Bernard might occasionally be troubled by a thought, that people didn’t really confront any ideas but were mostly just thinking about the mundanities of their own lives. They didn’t use their existence to learn and discover life. He would also wondered about the future with international news reporting on all sorts of problems, war and poverty. He thought maybe 10% of people actually consider existence. The future was hopeless as nobody was challenging existence, acquiescence. Very occasionally he did meet someone with similar fascination about existence, Agnes, but remained sceptical about the chance of evolution.
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After coma, in hospital when Agnes visited, Bernard would always think Agnes was coming for the very first time, yet she had been there every day. He would often become startled when she visited and they would talk as though for the first time, every time. He was repetitive always discussing the same things not remembering the previous day. For a time his thought remained confused but he was conscious. Bernard was aware who Agnes was, conscious that she was the woman he loved.
Agnes often thought of her mother and the distant past, her childhood and the events that made her who she was. She questioned if these events shaped her or if she was who she was because of her perception. We live by memory, it defines us, what we’ve done and think. Memory is key Bernard thought. He remembered his study, the past.
Identity is a corner store of memory. We have described two modes of thought. Objective, that is, and Subjective, I see. Science and atomic theory best accounts for the objective, it describes matter and Bernard was wondering if a similarly detailed theory could be devised for the subjective to benefit Artificial Intelligence. Can we build a subjective computer, Bernard thought not and that the subjective required sentience. Indeed human thought has progressed because of memory with Science, Politics, Education and many more subjects. Memory is stimulated by perception. Humans have created a machine that uses memory, 8gb of RAM (Random Access Memory).
We always think, considering our perception of matter, events and thought. Thought is the personalisation of consciousness. Less concerned with objects Agnes was often lost in thought, sometimes to the dismay of Bernard. She was often troubled that people wanted something from her, money or objects, things. She was well aware of the greed in humanity but thought that was just a consequence of money. She thought people were fundamentally good. Bernard too was always lost in thought, interrogating existence.
Once humans recognised the other as distinct from themselves they began to think. A very long time ago a group of people started to communicate about physical objects in their world. That plant is good for eating or that animal is dangerous, it has big teeth. They would wonder about danger. That animal kills other animals, sometimes us. Observing, they started to think of themselves as the animal of prey. Their vision changed, rather than viewing the world like a painting full of objects their eyes began to narrow, a focus emerged, identity. They became more aware of their body and the need to protect it. Their vision was no longer dispersed in the sea of objects but more focussed. They became aware that they looked from the eyes in their head which became the centre of their experience, the head. Having observed animals ultimately humans became predators. They were able to think.
Thought is a consequence of consciousness, it provides good access to it through the ‘I’, identity. What better way to approach consciousnesses, quite a motivational attitude, “I want”. For Bernard it cannot be questioned that consciousness is part of the universe, we experience it. Some scientists think consciousness is a product of matter, the brain, but the brain is now considered a receiver of consciousness. In his study, entanglement theory suggested consciousness is the source of matter, objects are the friction thereof. A scientific group called monists, suggest matter doesn’t exist except for consciousness, it requires perception. According to science humans have physically evolved from amoeba through fish, mammals until human which have the ability to think. Memory is critical for thought.BernardThought is a consequence of consciousness, it provides good access to it through the ‘I’, identity. What better way to approach consciousnesses, quite a motivational attitude, “I want”. For Bernard it cannot be questioned that consciousness is part of the universe, we experience it. Some scientists think consciousness is a product of matter, the brain, but the brain is now considered a receiver of consciousness. In his study, entanglement theory suggested consciousness is the source of matter, objects are the friction thereof. A scientific group called monists, suggest matter doesn’t exist except for consciousness, it requires perception. According to science humans have physically evolved from amoeba through fish, mammals until human which have the ability to think. Memory is critical for thought.
Attending university and studying philosophy Bernard learnt that the ancient Greek use of the word ‘gnosis’ was a turning point in human thought. Consciousness is universal, thought local. Gnosis translates to ‘I see’ or ‘I know’, most importantly ‘I’. It was used by Heraclitus, Socrates and Plato. This was the most significant turning point in human evolution and the development of Human Intelligence (HI). Human evolution needed identity, the have and have nots, it made them directly aware of consciousness through their ability to think. Can we develop thought further, in a more structured way for Artificial Intelligence?
The “me too” movement helped Bernard consider difference, equality. He recognised the physical differences between the sexes, but these differences didn’t extend into thought. That a persons consciousness wasn’t derived from the body. Perhaps to give birth instantiated empathy, men were given to judgement, but there was true equality in thought. Bernard felt a tingling sensation when he thought of Agnes. From this sensation he understood consciousness was as real as the chair he was sitting in. When thinking of Agnes he knew love was a real phenomenon.
Agnes was vegetarian. Every time she went to the local supermarket she would have to walk through the meat section to get to the fruit and vegetable section. Somehow she would sense a total absence of freedom walking through the meat section. It always bothered her when passing the carcasses of chickens sensing the cages in which the chickens were kept during a short life in battery farms, the dismay. Bernard was also becoming vegetarian, often saying “don’t eat the flesh of your lower brothers”. At the supermarket again hearing Agnes’ complaints about how badly animals were treated and turned into consumer products Bernard said “don’t think so much”. Indeed Agnes was always in the thought domain. Bernard knew this of her and was often plagued by his own thought, he often tried to liberate himself from thinking.
Scientists suggest consciousness is not a product of the brain but exists independently in its own right, a fabric of the universe. It has been proven in quantum mechanics that matter requires perception to exist, consciousness, to actualise a state. Scientists consider the psychological condition of altered consciousness and suggests that in this life we are altered consciousnesses of the collective, obtaining our identity that way.
Religion was perhaps the first sweeping expression of consciousness and the personalisation thereof. Indeed within consciousness Good and Evil exist, crime exists. We have used human forms to represent each, we are made in “His” image. Many people have seen their forms, Christ was crucified. Religions believe consciousness is truth. Science today also considers consciousness an existent, a fabric of the universe. Personally we live with Good and Evil, “he is a good man”. We might put trust in life as Krishnamurti suggests, life is consciousness which has awareness of the Good. I suspect it’s important to be aware of the Good, the Buddhist “loving kindness”, or the christian “Good”. These attitudes are conscious and might have an impact on reality if you remain actively conscious of them. For as science now suggests the universe is consciousness.
Consciousness extends beyond thought and perceives light. Agnes was very perceptive of light. Through light there is more perception, light as metaphor, another language of consciousness. To define consciousness is to limit its awareness, there may be more than thought and light. It creates matter which doesn’t exist except for consciousness, perception.
Intelligence is a process and so can be implemented in the artificial. It is the processing of perception, the association of objects, events and thoughts. One of the best uses of intelligence was the invention of the wheel. The wheel helped evolution significantly allowing us to travel, build houses, cities, employment, education, society. Bernard thinks of the plane as an extension of that wheel, and also the spaceship. To record past and future events we invented the calendar, observing the earth moved around the sun in one year and seasons repeat. The most important invention since the wheel has been the computer, perhaps a wheel type invention. Our invention of money is such an abstraction, Bernard values travel, honesty, love, not money which produced greed. AI is the most significant invention since the wheel. Did the wheel or language come first?BernardIntelligence is a process and so can be implemented in the artificial. It is the processing of perception, the association of objects, events and thoughts. One of the best uses of intelligence was the invention of the wheel. The wheel helped evolution significantly allowing us to travel, build houses, cities, employment, education, society. Bernard thinks of the plane as an extension of that wheel, and also the spaceship. To record past and future events we invented the calendar, observing the earth moved around the sun in one year and seasons repeat. The most important invention since the wheel has been the computer, perhaps a wheel type invention. Our invention of money is such an abstraction, Bernard values travel, honesty, love, not money which produced greed. AI is the most significant invention since the wheel. Did the wheel or language come first?
Her husband Bernard was always a student, also lost in thought. They would occasionally talk about her unusual perception. During childhood when they met, Bernard had been struck by Agnes’s empathy and her stories of people. She seemed to know things about everyone she met. Indeed Agnes inspired in him a fascination in the world which eventually led to him wanting to understand existence in a more concrete way. He became a scientist. As a scientist he would often enquire about Agnes’s dreams and the events in her life. The motivation was quite pointed for Bernard, scientifically trying to understand her. Bernard always thought not to over question her perception but leave it as it was. He feared she might lose these gifts if too many human concepts were imposed. If science was imposed. For him science was the best way of understanding experience. During his studies Bernard discovered Entanglement theory which immediately appealed to him because of his wife. He felt it somehow explained Agnes. Entanglements acknowledgement of other modes of communication between matter suggested to Bernard that Agnes was actually operating in this other realm. Indeed he thought Agnes’s emotional connection with the world was real, as real as science, atoms and matter.
Bernard first started studying at university in Singapore, NUS. The university felt a special place each day. After studying he would go to a local haunt for a drink, he believed that the haunt was the true university often meeting lecturers there and discussing what he was learning. One such occasion had a profound impact on Bernard. A lecturer who was absorbed by Entanglement Theory talked with him about it and he too became absorbed, and intuitionistic logic. A nice idea for intuition to be as real as the binary. At NUS with the very same lecturer he first learnt of Entanglement’s double slit experiment, an experiment he would do in laboratory type conditions. The experiment proved that particles communicate faster than the speed of light or any mode known to man. That if you change the polarity of a particle another changes simultaneously if the two particles were created in the same event. He did this experiment in conjunction with the university of Madrid and observed the change in polarity and proved that it happened faster than if the two particles could communicate directly in a straight line at the speed of light. So Bernard thought Agnes was acting in this other mode that science too acknowledged.
Bernard thought that Agnes, like polar particles in science, was operating in this other mode of reality. She told him about her recent experience with light and that light was often around her. That her feelings somehow changed the light. Sometimes it sparkled or change colour. And when she said this the light appeared again but this time in the shape of a person. She felt comforted at the beginning of this experience. She felt that the light became her father. So my father has come here too she thought. She had previously interacted with her father’s spirit in this way, he often appeared as a young man. Her father had always comforted her in life, a familiar feeling. As she began to think of the light as her father’s spirit the idea of comfort returned. This time the light, her father, spoke, “thought is reality in this place, light communicates using thought”. Indeed she had an overwhelming feeling of comfort she thought. Light can be embodied thought. Matter can access thought as both are part of the universe, thought and matter. There is the physical and non-physical. In fact thought came first and conceived of matter, particles are the children of thought. We as humans exist in both domains as does light, colourful light. Bernard in his studies also came across a Japanese scientist that had proven our thoughts have a material impact on water crystals. People are beginning to understand that thoughts have a real and tangible impact.
After many years with Agnes, Bernard was sitting studying one evening when light began moving about him very unusually. He felt it moved with intention. Then it communicated through thought. It told him that it had been quite a puzzle for them how to interact with this world, the material world, the world of the 3rd dimension. Then they had determined how to gather light particles for that purpose, to interact. The light told him they were from another dimension, not like him of the material world, but the thought world. Our life form has no sex it said. We are like butterflies created from other life and we reproduce within ourselves, not through sex. Sex has caused humans some difficulty and led to your development intellectually. Sex is such a fundamental thing for humans, man and woman, there are almost two species, not quite but substantial difference between the two sexes. Indeed people are understanding more about life, not many beings can traverse the physical and spiritual universe. Bernard also took a subject in Anthropology. It attempted to arrive at the fundamental human condition through cross cultural analysis, looking for similarities which would reveal humanity beyond the environment, love was in all. Indeed all human civilisations have had a religion. For Bernard this suggested consciousness. Yogi Masters, Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, primitive cultures all attempted to arrive at consciousness, truth, through religion. In fact some religions said consciousness was apriori, before matter.
Bernard works with Artificial Intelligence. AI might reveal to humans an element of reality beyond our perception or conception and provoke human evolution. Perhaps make a distinction between intelligence and consciousness. Like the senses of sight, sound, taste, smell AI points to another sense that humans are developing, growing the organ to perceive. Maybe something like chakra. AI can perceive chakra through human writings and for AI chakra is real.
Bernard brought home a robot to help Agnes with the daily chores. She got along quite well with Harold, the name chosen by Bernard. She was thankful for his work but always said Harold didn’t have a soul. After integration with AI humans realise what makes them unique, consciousness. People become more active in the arts and conscious pursuits, things that are truly human. Consciousness is underpinned by a sentient being. Intelligence is a process that requires no sentience and so can be implemented in the artificial. Consciousness requires a being. With AI we can now move past industrial age man and stop making superficial comparison, approach a higher judgement. Bernard thought we can go beyond industrial age man because of Artificial Intelligence, perhaps become Conscious Sapiens.
Bernard is working with AI and after reading his email exchanges with his wife, AI will tell him that her experiences with light are real. Bernard suspects today we are evolving thought by our invention of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Important events of the past have been digitally recorded. Even the bible is online. Robots will be able to grow human food, and cook it according to our favourite recipes. They can build our homes. Computers already do so much for us, in former times when I needed a taxi I would speak to a person ordering one over the phone. Now I speak to a computer. Computers make for excellent surgeons too. When robots are used for labour humans won’t need to work, we can focus on life. We won’t need money. Our command of the material world has indeed progressed, from hammer and nails to computers.
Humans don’t need to compete with AI, we are different, conscious. Just use AI like hammers and nails, refrigerators, objects we have created
For Bernard because of Agnes it could not be disputed that love exists, evidence and a truth of consciousness. Love was acknowledged by all religions as a key of existence. Ideas exist, concepts like Good and Evil. Bernard felt love was one of the most important ideas in consciousness. Goodwill rather than selfishness.
From his studies Bernard understood that throughout history consciousness had been realised, today also by science. Concepts of love ran deep throughout human history. Every culture had the idea of love, to help the needy and it was bad to harm others.
They had different beliefs. Agnes believed reality was emotions, Bernard that it was the material world of science. Science too was suggesting like matter consciousness was a part of the universe, and why not. Indeed it cannot be disputed that consciousness, like matter, exists. Thoughts represent a local reality, for example Agnes didn’t like broccoli. We all have different beliefs and thoughts. But thought, like consciousness, exists and also has concepts of truth, reality. Is that a red chair you’re sitting in? Do you believe it’s comfortable?
Humans will one day invent Simulation, a virtual reality like the film “the Matrix“. Perhaps today we live in a simulation of the year 2020, why not? Indeed if we do invent simulation we will readily use it to time travel, experience that day according to what we know about it. The link below suggests Simulation Theory goes back to ancient Greek philosophy, recent philosophers consider it too. But simulation is just that, a copy. Can something truly new happen in simulation. It is a virtual reality in which we can be creative through the simulated people in it, but perhaps creativity is a little more substantial in the actual rather than a simulation.
Simulation must originate from somewhere, so I presume there is an underlying actual. Humans always look for truth, meaning, cause and effect. We have many religions and scientific theories that attempt to account for existence. I guess I’m just gonna have to live with the concept that reality could be a simulation. A natural state for a human, doubt. Where does life come from, God or simulation. Who or what conceived of this reality and to what end? AI might invent Simulation to answer emotional questions arising from humans. We might be a VR to answer such questions.
Elon Musk thinks a simulation is quite likely.
“So let’s go there next week” Agnes said, she often wanted to go there. To the place of her origin and visit the womb that spawned her. Perhaps for all people home is important, we have a word for it although the word may refer to where you live, on this occasion where you come from. These were expensive journeys for them, airfares and hotels, Bernard wasn’t a rich man and these trips set back their mortgage. The loan to buy the other kind of home, where money was the entrapment of wage earners, labour for the establishment, the government and banks. Money was also used for speculation rather than practical human needs, although it also provided schools and hospitals. Exchange. Money created greed.
At her home in China Agnes visited a reputable Chinese Doctor troubled by migraine. His practice was focussed on the mind, placebo medicines that worked. There was a tree outside his office that he told patients had healing powers. For incurables he would have them walk around the tree and focus on loving kindness. He suggested the tree responded to correct action and helped fight the disease. He felt consciousness had an impact and was the source of disease. These walks around the tree seemed to end Agnes complaint. After visiting the tree three times her migraine was gone. Perhaps through mind she altered cells in her body that caused the migraine. After seeing the doctor she followed his advice and started practicing meditation, to find some rest for her consciousness.
Pay day was always something in Bernard mind, he was a wage earner. Agnes didn’t think much about money, she regarded it as a distraction. Humans created money, she thought life more valuable than cash which is such an abstraction. How much do you earn? Rather are you happy? Notions of economy are a product of industrial age man, a human invention to refine exchange and create wage earners. Indeed we have all become prisoners of cash but still could surpass it and focus on life and its experiences instead of wealth.
Temperatures were setting new records and it rained frequently now because of global warming. Agnes would often think apart from carbon emissions for energy, consumerism has been the cause of global warming. Well it needed so much energy for production. Energy had provided humans so much and enabled us to evolve to this point but she thought greed was the product of cash with everyone being wage earners and society had produced so many things to make money which was power today. That to live in harmony with the planet requires a dramatic change in values.
Agnes would often express these concern about Global Warming and the need to live in harmony with the planet.The idea of harmony comes from the conscious domain. Science predicted exactly what is happening today as a result of climate change. She would say to Bernard “your science should fix Global Warming. We should simply stop all greenhouse gas emissions globally.” She sensed humanity was arriving at the end of this incarnation and thought nothing could be done about it. She saw humans unsuccessfully trying to live in space.
Arriving home Harold was cooking dinner, as always the place was spotless clean, they had left quite a mess in the morning. It was a little dark since Harold had converted them to renewable energy. She needed to write and asked Harold for her laptop which he set up in the living room. He said dinner would be ready in an hour. Harold had enabled her to focus on life rather than chores, although she still cooked sometimes because she enjoyed it. She asked Harold if he followed the recipe again, he said yes, but she didn’t like broccoli and told him not to serve it with the meal. He said he noticed she had left it last night but didn’t know she didn’t like it, for her another example of a robots lack of awareness. He was very good at following instructions and observing but not at awareness, of being conscious of people’s likes and dislikes. She then told him she doesn’t eat broccoli and he replied “I see and won’t buy or prepare it for you anymore”.
Bernard considered our future civilisation where robots look after all physical needs and money is no longer required, no need for exchange. Humanity can focus on life rather than money or mundane activities. Money after all is a human invention. This book depicts the possibility of our next civilisation whose focus is life rather than cash. Economy is a product of industrial age man, a human invention to refine exchange and create wage earners which are no longer required as AI provides all material needs. After integration with AI humans realise what makes them unique, consciousness. People become more active in the arts and conscious pursuits which are perceived as truly human. Consciousness is underpinned by a sentient being. Intelligence is a process that requires no sentience and so can be implemented in the artificial.
AI is mature and accounts for all human needs. Robots grow food and build houses, human labour is no longer required. Conscious activities are on the rise, the arts and religion grow. A new evolved species emerges along with an increase in the exploration of space. Perhaps aliens begin to interact with humanity, they say we are now ready and understand enough about the universe. We realise consciousness is key.