My friend Nupur asked me to write a short Turing Church introduction for her new Facebook page “India Awakens,” a community page for discussion of our ideas with an Indian slant. The page is mainly aimed at Indian but open to seekers from everywhere, so please Like the page and join the discussion.
First, I must admit to having only a casual knowledge of Indian and Eastern thinking, so this is the beginning of a learning journey, and I am sure I will learn a lot from my new friends.
The Turing Church is built around this shared Cosmic Vision:
– We will go to the stars and find Gods, build Gods, become Gods, and resurrect the dead from the past with advanced science, space-time engineering and “time magic.”
– God is emerging from the community of advanced forms of life and civilizations in the universe, and able to influence space-time events anywhere, anytime, including here and now.
– God elevates love and compassion to the status of fundamental forces, key drivers for the evolution of the universe.
Science and technology are key parts of the Turing Church vision. On the contrary (apparently), Eastern thinking emphasizes a whole range of spiritual concepts, from Yoga to reincarnation through the power of special enlightened non-ordinary states of consciousness over matter, which seem difficult to reconcile with the scientific framework of Western thinking.
I define “Nature” as “all that exists,” so that everything is part of Nature by definition. Similarly, defining science as “the study of Nature,” nothing is in-principle beyond scientific investigation. But that most emphatically does NOT mean that today’s science has all the answers, nor that science will have all the answers at any given moment. It just means that science – the science of future generations, or artificial superintelligences, or alien civilizations that we may come in contact with – will uncover more and more of the mysteries of the universe, perhaps in a never-ending journey.
Take (for example) faster-than-light travel or time travel. These ideas are difficult to reconcile with the current scientific framework. But I know that today’s science doesn’t have all the answers, so I prefer to remain open-minded and consider them as legitimate scientific issues. The ultra-rationalist “bureaucrats of science” are quick to dismiss speculative scientific ideas as “pseudo-science,” but it’s often evident that they don’t know as much science as they believe.
Similarly, I consider psychic phenomena such as telepathy and precognition, and their subtler counterparts in Eastern thinking, as parts of reality that are beyond the power of current science, but not necessarily beyond the power of future science.
It’s often the case that parts of reality that seem totally unrelated at a first glance are eventually understood as different aspects of one and the same deeper reality. For example, the magnetic compass and visible light seemed unrelated to our ancestors, but today they are both understood as aspects of the physics of electromagnetic fields. I think future science may reveal deep connections between Western and Eastern modes of thought about reality.
For example, our brains could be mere “receivers” for the true self, the “atman,” which acts upon the physical world via what we perceive as quantum randomness. If this is the case, future science may uncover the physical phenomena involved and build suitable alternative receivers to bring back the dead from the past.