Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Ken Wilbur's six stages of consciousness are not best described as “evolutionary,” they are more involutionary when experiencing them as stages. And they are not really a hierarchy, they are simply human consciousness. We do not “transcend” these stages as we develop, just as we don't really transcend the body in higher consciousness, they remain essentially undifferentiated. We “transcend” only when we evolve to new species.
The first womb-state of consciousness is only a very small difference from the later ego state. A human is a human and not a God, though we have traces of God within us. Even the highest human consciousness is not “transhuman,” and is barely a baby consciousness when compared to God's consciousness.
Knowledge Doesn't Free us From the Material
With language and knowledge we do not “control” the world and we are not “free” from being molded by the environment. We merely manipulate the same concrete world. Evolution works upon matter but does not free matter, not until we evolve to Godhood, and even then we are not so much “free” as transmuted into the highest matter possible.
The Concrete is Not Bondage
Contrary to Wilbur, the development of language did not bring “release” from the “bondage” of the concrete world—why is the concrete world “bondage”? Release from the concrete world can only come through biological evolution to Godhood. Language separated us from the reality of the world when we began to use symbols rather than applying the thing itself. Contrary to Wilbur, language does not enable the human mind to span both space and time, it is not a “liberation” from the body, language is only a concrete copy within the concrete mind.
This Gnostic hating of the material World is a mistaken notion in religion which is continued by Wilbur. God is both concrete, or material, and spiritual, as we are, although the Trinity is the Zenith of evolved life.
The Materialistic Unconscious
Contrary to Wilbur, there is not a real difference between the pre-logical state of consciousness and the so-called “transmental.” It seems that Wilbur wishes to describe these states as only profoundly analogous to save his version of religion from being more than Jung's view of a materialistic unconscious.
Of the six levels of Wilbur's consciousness, the first, the Uroboric, is described as the bliss of At-One-Ness with Nature, reflecting the child floating in the amniotic fluid. But there is virtually no difference between the bliss of At-One-Ness experienced by mystics and the Uroboric. The Soul and Spirit lie still deeper within the activating heart of life itself, long before this unconscious-conscious experience of the child in the womb. This is not a transmental state, this is a material state.
To attain true Godhood, which is only glimpsed Wilbur's way in deep meditation, we must evolve biologically, all the way to Godhood. Here the true “transhuman” exists, along with transhuman consciousness, and not before.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
The old Greek formula of “nothing to excess,” or the Golden Mean, can be pursued in the evolutionary format. We evolve best within this conservative dynamic. Radical excesses and extremes rarely work well. Catholic virtues can work in harmony with Beyondist ethics, both are needed in conservative evolution.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Plato distinguished a difference between the laws of nature and the laws of God. The Sophist's declared that justice comes from following nature. Plato countered that justice comes from obeying the nomos, divine law, divine tradition. Theological materialism combines these views saying that by following the laws of nature we evolve to the nomos, to Godhood, but nomos is only a definition of Godhood. This combines religion and science.
It is said that Aristotle's Ethics, Politics and Metaphysics lived on but his science was supplanted by modern science. Perhaps it is time now to update Aristotle's ethics and politics with theological materialism and modern science.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 09, 2008
I continue to think that science holds a vital place, but mainly because of this bias against sociobiology I remain skeptical of scientists. Perhaps this was a good thing, science alone has not been enough to describe the truth.
Saturday, June 07, 2008
Nietzsche's answer was that only a “Superman” could create values within this world of lost values, otherwise all would be Nihilism. It was “the Will to Power” of the Superman who would be the creator of new morality, as it had always been beneath the surface.
In completely giving up the old values for new values, Nietzsche's view was far too radical. Rather than a) throwing out religion and replacing it with science, which was happening in the West, b) keeping fundamentalist religion and throwing out everything else, c) throwing out both science and religion and creating new values of Supermen, as Nietzsche advocated, d) throwing out all values and becoming a Nihilist... it is better to...e) retain both science and religion, which theological materialism and the Evolutionary Christian Church has done.
The Traditional religious God is seen in the Involutionary Inward Path, the scientific God is, or will be, revealed in the Evolutionary Outward Path. The Will To Power is more the the Spirit-Will Within, (Will To Godhood) activating material-spiritual evolution to Godhood. This is a new yet Revitalized-Conservative response to all of the above: to Nietzsche's dilemma, to science, to fundamentalist religion, and to modern Nihilism.