THE ULTIMATE RELIGION (TUR)
How will Homo Sapiens handle the rapid growth of knowledge?
Increasing knowledge of Nature/the Universe has constantly katapulted man into new worlds during the 2 to 300T years of her existence. Her Intelligence and creativity are the main engines. Knowledge growth is now exponential and threatens to have its own life outside of humanity’s control.
In a world full of dangers, life has had to protect itself in the best possible way, since close to 4 billion years. Man has often given names to the forces that were inhabiting the dangerous, unknown; and also to the good forces. They were often personified and Gods (good and evil) came onto the scene.
It was not long until the human imagination had organized structures of various kinds around the Gods: religions. Hierarchies arose that offered religious services; Against reasonable compensation! There we are: Human fantasies!
This is the situation in which we find ourselves.
Because Homo Sapiens knew very little about the Universe incl. herself, religions were given a superb gateway to bind individuals to their beliefskonstruktions/organisational structures. Enormously powerful church communities were created that still live albeit with diminishing influence.
It could be about: if you obey our rules, D v s do not sin, you will come to heaven when you die. Or: God can punish you with sickness… Sacrifice to God and he will provide enough rain for your crop….. God sees all what you do…. There are lots of quirks; All with the purpose of capturing and retaining a particular human being in the ‘ (prison) community ‘.
There is a correlation between the power of religions and human’s level of knowledge about nature.
Quite recently, human curiosity and capacity to investigate has given better answers to Nature’s secrets than the pure conjecture/beliefs of religions. In Sweden, there are today not many farmers who believe that prayer can give him better harvest? But here in the Philippines it may be quite different. The difference depends on the degree of knowledge……. knowledge of how nature really works.
Such knowledge limits the bushy supply as religions, philosophies, medicine parades, and has paraded through the times.
If you get stomach ache today, go to a doctor who may be operating an inflamed appendicitis; For not so long you had sought out a medicine man or priest. Knowledge growth makes the difference.
There is still a great deal that we do not know about our own organism and that is one reason why religions are still thriving. And there are a multitude of things that are explored but not known by the Common Man, which also is a reason for the still strong going of the religions of mankind.
But the dissemination of information becomes more effective every day and soon many will understand how homeostasis and emotions are crucial to how a human works. The road for TUR is getting better planed .
What will happen when the sciences have almost complete knowledge of how the human organism works?
Those, who today, when their doctor does not understand what is wrong, go back to their religion and seek answers in prayer to their God or perhaps consult their priest will, tomorrow, not have to go empty- handed from the clinic. The doctor will have tools that can tell you what is going on. They will even know which genes are causing the problems and have opportunities to do something about the origin of the problem. Quickly and efficiently. In many cases, even a clinic visit will not be needed, answers and advice can be available on the Internet.
Similar situations will occur with the so-called mind diseases; What the nervous system/brain does is already today well known but it will take some time to find out exactly how. But then the job is taken from the psychoanalyst and priest
When, what we are guessing today will be replaced with knowledge great things should happen in the human world? Especially when AI is added.
In that world there will only be one religion: TUR. Its ‘ God ‘ is called knowledge.
The move to this stage will take time for established religions and other organizations will fight for their life, i.e. still trying to find ways to sell faith as knowledge i.e. survive.
What IS TUR?
TUR is an individual development process that can only happen if the acceptance of new knowledge takes place. New serious knowledge that can replace faith. The process reduces the likelihood that traditional beliefs are correct and replaces it with new beliefs that are more likely to be correct. Since 0 or 100% does not exist, we will, for some time, be satisfied to find out how the probabilities between ‘ competing knowledge ‘ vary. But even when TUR is fully established, knowledge will be temporary; the Entropy ensures that.
It is exciting to speculate on what will happen?
1 The one who needs repair of a bodily function will be exposed early in the TUR process and has already experienced this. An appendicitis infection was very recently a life-threatening condition; Now it’s a simple routine operation.
The number of such situations, increasingly complex, will increase drastically.
2 Christianity has recently lost a great deal of confidence in the fact that many of its basic beliefs have been found completely without reasonable fact-support. From May 2018, for example, the word Father should not be used in ecclesiastical rituals according to theSwedish Church Council’s decision. It is an acceptance of modern research that tries to take the mystique out of the concept of God and classify it as a subjective reality. It is probably too early to measure how this decision affects the Swedish church?
3 As it becomes accepted that God is an invention of man and a subjective-and not objective reality – the fear of God’s punishment and the belief that God can protect you will have a break and make membership in churches less attractive. Even those who ‘ believe’ secretly, will see more question marks.
4 In the past, religions enlisted the people hard to control them and lived well at it. During the development of TUR, the potential of religions will diminish as beliefs is becoming increasingly difficult to peddle. But all new knowledge will probably not be directly accessible to the common man because the established structures will guard their turf. It is deeply human to avoid unemployment.
5 The expectations on new knowledge in Medicine and Biotechnology are immense and will give rise to a revolution in the field of Medicine. Together with AI, much of this knowledge could be used directly (via the Internet) by the people. But the doctors will not give up their privileged position but rather contribute to the delay in TUR-establishment.
6 TUR aims to incorporate the Golden Rule as a goal for people’s coexistence. But it goes against human nature and its victory cannot be taken for granted, because Entropy is still the strongest force and strengthens the selfishness of individuals. But TUR will bring more logical realism into the human domain so short-term victories cannot be ruled out.
7 We learn how to teach silicon-material to perform activities that were previously reserved for people. Human Outsourcing can you possibly call it? It promises many benefits, security, speed but creates also problems with people who can not find jobs. The risk is also that the siliconorganism becomes so intelligent (GAI, SAI) that it takes over man’s not very clever management of her domain. Preventing AI from taking over is an important safety measure for mankind. But perhaps the hidden dark human forces will win the race…. with completely unpredictable consequences for man. Don’t forget what happened to 65000 horses in the United States when the car took over, less than a century ago.
8 TUR is nagging the traditional belief that external forces have equipped man with a meaning of life.
It is a positive side of TUR because it encourages the individual to work, herself, with the question. My 23 years as a pensioner show that most meaningful life is possible even without a job.
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What do you think?