Superhuman Operating System

Further to my latest blog post, to relate the Universal Method, called Integral Relational Logic, to contemporary culture, Ken Wilber, known as the Einstein of consciousness studies, calls his AQAL-IOS (All Quadrants, All Levels-Integral Operating System) a Superhuman Operating System.

In his Superhuman OS training programme, currently being rebroadcast on the Internet, Ken describes seven levels of human development, both phylogenetic and ontogenetic, labelled with various colours, the highest being turquoise, a second-tier level named Integral, consisting of some 5% of the population.

He says that no matter what culture we are born into, we all go through these various levels from birth, but having reached one level, we are not aware of the higher levels. It is only at our current level that we can see the levels we have progressed through.

For instance, during the eighteenth-century Age of Enlightenment, a large section of society moved from amber to orange, from fundamentalist religious beliefs to a more rational scientific approach, which led to the abolition of slavery. However, there is currently a culture war between these two levels, with amber not being experientially aware of the orange level.

Now those currently being trained to live at the supposedly all-inclusive Integral level of development can only be aware of this level if they are intuitively standing at a higher level, which Ken does not name in the training. Indeed, no matter how many higher levels there might be, we can see them all by standing outside ourselves, the motto of this website, looking at ourselves through the eyes of the Divine, from which we are never separate.

This is how the Universal Method embraces all levels of development, at the highest possible level, as a general-purpose mapmaking method, rather than a map, per se. Specifically, AQAL does not map my own ontogeny, explaining why scientists and technologists are driving the pace of development in society at exponential rates of acceleration.

To do so, Integral Relational Logic has emerged in consciousness through a thought experiment, in which I imagined that I am a computer that switches itself off and on again, so that it has no programs within it, not even a bootstrap program to load the operating system.

Integral Relational Logic, as the Universal Method, is thus a Superhuman Operating System, which can execute all integral operating systems, including itself and AQAL. It is more like IBM’s Virtual Machine (VM), which I first saw running in 1972 when working as a systems engineer in an IBM sales office, than MacOS, Windows, or Linux, which run applications, not operating systems.

However, it is only possible to lift oneself up by one’s bootstraps with the assistance of the creative power of Life emanating directly from the Divine Origin of the Universe. The Method cannot therefore be taught. It emerges in consciousness through an apocalyptic, kundalini-like awakening, first unlearning everything we humans have ever learnt throughout our history.

Furthermore, by starting afresh at the Alpha Point of evolution and by then applying this taxonomy of taxonomies to the Totality of Existence, we can bring universal order to our lives, healing our fragmented world in Wholeness. Practitioners are thereby carried to the Omega Point of evolution, along the lines that the scientific mystic Pierre Teilhard de Chardin prophesied, for these two points are never separate in Reality.

Evolution does not therefore continue indefinitely, as Ken and other leading evolutionaries assert. Evolution completes its fourteen billion-year journey at its glorious culmination in the Superhuman, beyond so-called superhuman computers with so-called artificial intelligence, able to beat humans playing chess, Go, and other games.

It is at the Omega Point that evolution becomes fully conscious of itself, able to see with Self-reflective Intelligence that it has transcended all previous levels of development in Wholeness, standing at a Holoramic ‘Whole-seeing’ vantage point, beyond space and time.

As Wholeness and Oneness are two sides of the same coin, those following an involutionary spiritual path of unlearning and undevelopment, can intuitively understand where I, like everyone else, am coming from, even though we live at unprecedented times, as evolution passes through the most momentous turning point in its fourteen billion-year history.

Returning to the Nonmanifest, recapitulating the Cosmogonic Cycle, is absolutely essential at these end times we live in, for we are on the threshold of the inevitable extinction of our species, most probably to be caused by abrupt climate change, as has happened before, as studies of the Greenland ice sheet tell us.

But rather than despairing, we now have the wonderful opportunity of using the Universal Method, as a Superhuman Operating System, to realize our fullest potential as a species in what Ken calls Greatness, answering many unanswered questions in inner and outer science, which cannot be answered by traditional systems of thought and worldviews. For as Einstein famously said, you cannot solve problems with the mindsets that create them.

Great fun!

Compassionate Cosmology

The Universal Method, introduced in a recent blog post, is a way of expressing ancient wisdom—known to Gottfried Leibniz and Isaac Newton as philosophia perennis and prisca sapientia, respectively—in a language that has evolved from science and business.

This commonsensical system of thought has healed my fragmented, split mind in Wholeness, ending the long-running war between science and religion, which I set out to accomplish as a seven-year-old in 1949, guided by the creative power of Life, emanating directly from the Divine Origin of the Universe.

To find Love and Peace by unifying all opposites, beyond life and death, the Method has evolved from the powerful abstractions of pure mathematics, computer science, information systems modelling methods underlying the Internet, and David Bohm’s theory of the Implicate Order, which resolved the incompatibilities between quantum and relativity theories.

We can see what this all-inclusive holographic cosmology means for our lives together by generalizing Bohm’s notion of the holomovement—as an undivided flowing stream—into the multidimensional Ocean of Consciousness. All our journeys in life are like waves and currents on and beneath the surface, never separate from the Ocean for an instant. We can regard the surface as the physical universe, with the 99% beneath the surface as the Cosmic Psyche.

Of all the animals, we humans are the least superficial and instinctive. Using the metaphor of a computer, very few of our thoughts and actions are physically hard-wired. Our learning—corresponding to software and data in computers—mostly determines the way that we view the world and ourselves, and hence our behaviour.

So for thousands of years of human learning, as biogenesis became noogenesis, we have been left to our own devices to try to discover with our fragmented, deluded minds what the Universe is, how it is designed, and our place in it. In the event, mystic psychologists, as true scientists, have had the most success in this endeavour, in contrast to the superficiality of Western civilization, in particular.

Living in the dual and dualistic world of form, we are being constantly buffeted in the psyche by a multiplicity of both competing and cooperating opposites, which are both complementary and contradictory. There is some respite when polarized opposites are unified in Divine lovemaking, for instance, and when we touch the Stillness of Nonduality, when all the apparent divisions in the relativistic world of form dissolve in the seamless continuum of the Formless Immortal Absolute.

However, in practical terms, we continue to struggle, as our forebears have done for millennia, with the immense complexity of conflicting opposites, sometimes projected into our relationships with the Divine and each other, egoically identifying with one side of a coin, dismissing the other.

Wherever we might be in our spiritual awakening, we are all suffering from this turmoil to some degree, in what Matthew Fox calls the dark night of our species, not fully understanding the psychodynamics of society, our evolutionary story, and how the Cosmos is ordered and designed.

As we myopically accelerate towards the inevitable extinction of our species, the Buddhist principle of compassion, which means ‘suffering together’, offers our best chance for salvation. The actual dying process is unlikely to be very pleasant, especially for children and adolescents, who will not be destined to grow old enough to have children of their own, bringing one billion years of continuous sexual reproduction to an end, at least in our species.

In Sanskrit, compassion is karunā, akin to agapē ‘love or charity’ in Christianity and Pāli mettā ‘loving-kindness’, the translation of Sanskrit maitrī, the root of maitreya ‘friendly, benevolent’. This word has the same Proto-Indo-European base as community, from Latin commūnis ‘shared, common, public’, originally in sense ‘sharing burdens’, from cum ‘together with’ and mūnus ‘office, duty; gift, present’, from mūnare ‘to give, present’.

We can thus see from the root of our collective soul that the next Buddha—as Maitreya, the ‘Loving one’—can only be a community or global sangha, practising compassionate living rather than an individual, as Thich Nhat Hanh has foreseen. And when our lives are based on Love, the Divine Essence we all share, we realize that kindness is our True Nature, for kind is the native English word for nature, the Oxford English Dictionary tells us, having the same root.

It is not necessary to experience the mystical and apocalyptic origins of the Method or understand its technical details, for we all intuitively use it everyday to bring a sense of order to our lives, from the micro to the macro, from organizing the folders and files in our computers to working synergistically in teams to send humans to the Moon, for instance.

Nevertheless, if we are to intelligently face the ignorance and turbulence of the world today, we can connect the both-and heart of the Method to Ananta Kumar Giri’s principle of compassionate confrontation, akin to Andrew Harvey and Carolyn Baker’s Savage Grace, the oxymoronic title of a recent book confronting the great global crisis with much wisdom, compassion, and courage.

By harmonizing evolutionary convergence—in consonance with Heraclitus’ Hidden Harmony, the fundamental law of the Universe—we could live with compassion as mystic psychologists, which is absolutely essential. For in the overall scheme of things, during the twenty noughties, evolution passed through its Accumulation Point in chaos-theory terms—as the nonlinear mathematics of systems dynamics tells us—the most momentous turning point in some fourteen billion years of bifurcating evolution since the most recent big bang.

And if conscious evolution is to intelligently bring universal order to this fragmentary chaos in the Age of Light, guiding us to live joyfully in harmony with our rapidly changing world, we need to live resiliently in the dark night of the globe, as Andrew and Carolyn put it in their vitally significant book, helping us prepare with love and compassion for the inevitable death of Homo sapiens.

What is inner science?

I have recently been in touch with some academics associated with the Academy of Inner Science, founded by Thomas Hübl. These conversations have raised the question, just what is inner science? I don’t yet know what Thomas means by this term, but maybe we could look first at the scientific questions that the domain of inner science needs to answer. For sound scientific inquiry begins with asking the right questions.

For me, the most fundamental of these questions is “What is causing scientists and technologists, aided and abetted by computer technology, to drive the pace of scientific discovery and technological development at unprecedented exponential rates of acceleration?”

In my experience, this question can only be answered with Total Awareness, awakening to Total Revolution, as Vimala Thakar inspires us to do in Spirituality and Social Action: A Holistic Approach, being free of attachment to the status quo at these rapidly changing times. By Awareness, I don’t just mean Consciousness, in the way that some modern mystics, like Rupert Spira, use the term.

Rather, for me Awareness is Self-reflective Divine Intelligence and Cosmic Consciousness working harmoniously together to view the Universe, as the Totality of Existence, holographically. Consciousness provides the coherent Light for Intelligence—as the eyesight of Consciousness—to function with full conceptual clarity. The more coherent and brilliant the Light—unclouded by past experiences and future expectations—the more the fragmented mind can be healed, understanding why we behave as we do.

Cognitive ScienceTo see how this view of inner science relates to conventional scientific perspectives, let us look at a couple of diagrams from Wikipedia. First, here is a diagram of the constituents of cognitive science, founded to explore the relationships between human intelligence and so-called artificial intelligence and between the mind and the brain. The psychologist George A. Miller proposed these constituents in 1978 under the auspices of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Now while much progress has been made since Carl Gustav Jung said in 1935 in London that the science of the unconscious psyche had not yet left the cradle, much research is still needed in cognitive science before we have a reasonable understanding of the psychodynamics of society, the most complex structure in the world, far more complex than the brain.

For instance, Uta Frith, emeritus professor at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, pointed out in 2015 that the Royal Society is very far from accepting inner science as a valid science, as the science of the mind and psyche is still leading “a rather shadowy existence in the hallowed halls of science”. Even though the discipline is over a hundred years old, it is far from maturity, with fewer than three per cent of fellows of this august body being specialists in psychology, or cognitive or behavioural neuroscience, as she denoted this domain.

As she said, “One reason for the currently poor reputation of psychology is the obstinate belief that we already know what goes on in our mind, and that we can explain why we do what we do. This naïve belief will be overcome by improved communication of empirical findings, and especially of those that go against ingrained folk psychology. It’s not rocket science. It’s a lot harder than that.”

One reason for the difficulty in establishing psychology as the primary science, as the inner science on which the outer sciences can be built, is that the two most fundamental sciences of the mind are hidden in this definition of the scope of cognitive science: mathematical logic, as the science of reason, and depth psychology, as the science of consciousness, including the collective unconscious.

Here is a diagram from Wikipedia in 2013 showing how the branches of science conventionally relate to each other. Although the current diagram has removed the hierarchical dependency of the life and social sciences on the laws and methodology of physics, both the original and revised diagrams show how far apart the two basic sciences of the mind are viewed today. This split has arisen most particularly from an exchange of letters between Bertrand Russell and Gottlob Frege in 1903. They agreed that mathematical logic has nothing to do with psychology.

The other fundamental misconception of this diagram is the cultural belief that the physical universe of mass, space, and time is the Universe. When we look deeply inside ourselves—as mystics through the ages have done—we discover a quite different Universe, one that recognizes Consciousness as fundamental, transcending space and time.

So how can we heal this fragmented way of looking at inner science? On the one hand, mathematical logic, founded by George Boole in 1854 with his Laws of Thought, traditionally provides the underpinning for all the sciences, as the diagram illustrates. On the other hand, mystical psychology, founded a few thousand years ago in the Indian subcontinent, provides the underpinning for our most profound human experiences.

Clearly, we need to find a way of bringing them together if we are to resolve the great global crisis facing humanity today. That is the purpose of the Universal Method, outlined in my previous blog post, providing the Contextual Foundation and coordinating framework for completing the final revolution in science, integrating all inner and outer sciences in Wholeness.

It is important to note that the Theory of Everything that arises from such a synthesis is a form of insight, a way of looking at the world, from Greek theoria ‘a view’, as David Bohm pointed out in Wholeness and the Implicate Order. As Albert Einstein wrote in a famous letter to Jacques Hadamard in 1945, words and mathematical signs, as expressions of scientific theories, only arise as a secondary activity.

Now while this visionary healing process can happen in an individuated being engaged in self-inquiry in solitude, it can best happen in the collective in a safe space through relationships with others, as Thomas said at the Celebrate Life Festival in 2017, when the theme was ‘Collective Trauma – Mysticism – Integration’. The theme of the Festival in 2018 at the Omega Institute in New York is “to explore restoration and healing in these times of fragmentation”.

This is a clear sign of a prophecy that the scientific mystic Pierre Teilhard de Chardin made in The Human Phenomenon coming to fruition. As he said, one day all the divergent paths of evolution will converge at its Omega Point, enabling us to realize this vision: “The way out for the world, the gates of the future, the entry into the superhuman, will not open ahead to some privileged few, or to a single people, elect among all peoples. They will yield only to the thrust of all together in the direction where all can rejoin and complete one another in a spiritual renewal of the Earth.”

Universal Method

The Universal Method is a commonsensical system of thought that enables the practitioner to integrate all knowledge in all cultures and disciplines at all times into a coherent whole, thereby healing the fragmented mind and split psyche in Wholeness and Oneness. The Method, called Integral Relational Logic, is Universal because we all implicitly use it everyday to form concepts and organize our ideas and mental images in interrelated tables and networks.

We can see this most clearly because this intuitive, rational Method has evolved from the information systems modelling methods underlying the Internet—applicable in all cultures, industries, and disciplines—taking the abstractions of pure mathematics to the utmost level of generality. If these transcultural semantic methods had not been developed from ideas originating with the ancient Greeks, the Internet could neither exist nor expand at a hyperexponential rate of acceleration. This art and science of thought and consciousness therefore provides a common language for unifying all inner and outer sciences.

Sadly, however, while this transdisciplinary, scientific Method can be described in a suitable language, not yet fully defined, it cannot be taught. This is because it begins and ends at the Divine Origin of the Universe, at the Alpha and Omega Points of evolution and involution, in harmony with the fundamental law of the Universe, which Heraclitus of Ephesus called the Hidden Harmony. Dualistic polarizing opposites are never separate in Nondual Reality, the key to Inner Peace and hence World Peace.

Nevertheless, although the Universal Method—as an all-inclusive Integral Operating System—has emerged in consciousness to heal a deep personal and cultural wound in my psyche, it could be used to help heal what Erich Fromm and J. Krishnamurti, among others, have called our sick society. If the many individuals and organizations engaged in this awakening process could see their activities in the context of the Whole, like specialist cells in the body politic, then the immense synergy generated would accelerate the harmonization of evolutionary convergence.

We can intuitively develop the Awareness to reveal the Hidden Harmony by standing outside ourselves, knowing with the pre-eminent Christian mystic Meister Eckhart, “The eye with which I see God is the same as that with which he sees me.” Or, in terms of The Upanishads, Brahman and Atman are One and Tat tvam asi ‘You are That.’

This eye is Self-reflective Intelligence, the Divine eyesight of Consciousness, which provides the coherent Light necessary to view the Cosmos—as an ordered whole—holographically. We therefore do not need to be worried about algorithmic machines with so-called artificial general intelligence taking over the workplace during the 2020s because we humans have immense unfulfilled potential to develop and awaken as superhuman beings, far beyond computers, quantum or deterministic.

However, this can only happen if we make the most radical change to the work ethic since our hunter-gatherer forebears settled in village communities to cultivate the land and domesticate animals some 10,000 years ago. By being free of the constraints and divisions of the economic machine, we would have the time and energy to engage in self-inquiry, understanding what is causing us all to behave as we do, liberated from conflict and suffering.

We would then be living together in Peace and harmony, in the Stillness and Bliss of the eschatological Age of Light, knowing that there is no death in Reality, as the Immortal Ground of Being. For, as Guy McPherson says at the end of many of his YouTube videos, “At the edge of extinction, only Love remains.”

Cocreating harmonious social order

In A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, promoted enthusiastically by Oprah Winfrey, Eckhart Tolle said, “We are a species that has lost its way.” He concluded this inspirational book by saying that spiritual seekers of their True Nature and Identity constitute a new species healing the deep split between Divinity and humanity in the cultural psyche. To give this emerging species a collective identity, Barbara Marx Hubbard calls it Homo universalis, to denote both its Divine and Cosmic qualities.

Similarly, as Western civilization disintegrates into chaos driven by fourteen billion years of bifurcating evolution and faced with a multitude of existential risks, the ecophilosopher Henryk Skolimowski sees a compassionate, holistic civilization emerging out of the conflict-ridden patriarchal epoch, leading to a harmonious social order, governed by Divine Light, which he aptly calls Lumenarchy.

Rick Archer has interviewed over 400 ‘ordinary’ spiritually awakening people in his Buddha at the Gas Pump series, which is a sign of a great Spiritual Renaissance spreading around the globe, indicating our entry into the beauty of the eschatological Age of Light at the end of time, a vision that Eckhart made famous in the Power of Now.

Being egolessly free of the past and future is essential as Homo sapiens faces its inevitable extinction, most probably in the next ten to hundred years, as part of the sixth mass extinction on Earth, now well underway. For, as Guy McPherson, the world’s leading authority on abrupt climate change, has said, even the transformation of the industrial society into the transpersonal, superhuman Age of Light would not prevent our beautiful planet Earth becoming uninhabitable this century.

But rather than despairing, as evolution becomes increasingly conscious of itself following the invention of the stored-program computer in the late 1940s, we have the wonderful opportunity to transcend our mechanistic conditioning. Through resolute self-inquiry, we could realize our fullest potential as a species by making the most radical change to the work ethic since our hunter-gatherer forebears settled in village communities to cultivate the land and domesticate animals some 10,000 years ago.

By being free of the constraints of the economic machine, we could collectively and synergistically complete the final revolution in science, just as Isaac Newton completed the first in 1687 with Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. By applying the abstract information systems modelling methods underlying the Internet to all knowledge, we can develop a comprehensive model of the psychodynamics of society, answering the Big Questions of human existence, such as “Who are we?”, “Where have we come from?”, and “Where are we all heading at ever-accelerating, exponential rates of change?”

We can thereby show with meticulous mathematical reasoning—as the abstract science of patterns and relationships—that Consciousness is fundamental—not matter, space, and time—and that all beings are interconnected in undivided Wholeness. We are like waves and currents on and beneath the surface of the Ocean of Consciousness, never separate from the Ocean for an instant, like waves and ripples on the holomovement, which David Bohm used to resolve the incompatibilities between quantum and relativity theories in his holographic theory of the implicate order. By solving the ultimate problem of human learning, developing a coherent body of knowledge within a single all-inclusive framework and Contextual Foundation, we can explain all our experiences from the mystical to the mundane.

Today, many individuals and organizations are seeking to consummate the sacred marriage of science and spirituality, developing a synthesis of all inner and outer sciences. These include the Science and Nonduality (SAND) conferences and Thomas Hübl’s Academy of Inner Science. Others engaged in this Scientific Revolution are Dean Radin, Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and the systems philosopher Ervin Laszlo, who has participated in a teleseminar on the Akashic Paradigm with Stephen Dinan, Ken Wilber, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Riane Eisler, and Duane Elgin.

However, these wonderful developments are taking place within the divisive financial context of the dysfunctional global economy, with its unsustainable gulf between rich and poor. It is therefore in all our interests to synergistically pool our skills and resources in the Sharing Economy in a life-enhancing global community, called the Alliance for Mystical Pragmatics, with the motto ‘Harmonizing evolutionary convergence’.

We may not be able to bring about World Peace because, as Eckhart said in Stillness Speaks, an uplifting book of aphorisms, the conservative defenders of the disintegrating materialistic, mechanistic, monetary, and monotheistic world order make the most noise, fearfully grabbing the headlines in the global media.

Nevertheless, if we could raise our voices in symphonic harmony, like the recent Women’s March in the USA, miracles could happen. For, as Ananta Kumar Giri has said, “Transformative harmony involves both compassion and confrontation.” We would then be living in harmony with the fundamental law of the Universe, which Heraclitus of Ephesus aptly called the Hidden Harmony, the ability to see both sides of any situation with Divine Love and Self-reflective Intelligence.

The spiritual philosopher Tim Freke calls this harmonizing ability paralogical thinking. For, as he says, “We see the paradoxity of something when we understand it from two opposite perspectives at once,” a clear sign of Awakened Awareness, grounded in Nonduality. There is nothing more wonderful in human experience, which Tim denotes with the simple word WOW! Not surprising, this is something “everyone is searching for,” as he says.

This is key because, as Albert Einstein said after the Second World War, you cannot find Peace with systems of thought that lead to conflict. You cannot solve problems with the mindsets that create them. A radically new way of thinking is needed if we are to cocreate androgynous social order in the Eternal Now, knowing that our True Nature, which we all share, is never separate from our Immortal Ground of Being for an instant. For, as Guy McPherson says at the end of many of his YouTube videos, “At the edge of extinction, only Love remains.”

Living as mystic and scientist

I have spent my entire life since I began to think for myself as a seven-year-old in 1949 seeking to unify the incompatible overall contexts for science and religion—the conceptions of Universe and God, respectively.

By applying my skills as an information systems architect in business, I have been successful beyond my wildest dreams, calling the Cosmic Context for all our lives Wholeness or Consciousness, meaning ‘knowing together’.

As a human, I am thus both a mystic and scientist, embodying the mystical wisdom and scientific wisdom of J. Krishnamurti and David Bohm, for instance, in one being.

However, as most people are still attached to traditional conceptions of science and religion and of God and Universe, which govern the global economy, I do not belong to any existing social grouping. In the words of Vimala Thakar, I have awoken to Total Revolution. For, as she said, holding on to the status quo at these times of unprecedented, evolutionary change is insane.

That is why I am seeking to set up the Alliance for Mystical Pragmatics with the motto ‘Harmonizing evolutionary convergence’, intended to unify the Spiritual Renaissance and Scientific Revolution taking place today, a prerequisite for World Peace at these dangerous times we live in.

Do join us if you feel moved to do so through my Contact page.

Starting Afresh at the Very Beginning

In May 1980, I began an experiment in learning that started afresh at the very beginning in order to heal my fragmented, split mind in Wholeness, as the union of all polar opposites.

However, as a consequence, for the past thirty-eight years, I have been living as an outsider to society, as it is currently constituted, driven more by divisive, either-or thinking than a holistic, both-and approach to life.

As I still feel that I have a worthwhile contribution to make to society, I’ve written a two-page flyer on this dilemma, trusting that in so doing it could help to resolve it.

Mystical Pragmatics 

At the request of Ananta Kumar Giri of the Madras Institute of Development Studies, I have written a revised essay on ‘Mystical Pragmatics: Harmonizing Evolutionary Convergence’, as an introduction to the Alliance for Mystical Pragmatics.

The main change from the essay four years ago is that I met Guy McPherson in Oslo in December, learning why the likelihood of abrupt climate change in the near future is the greatest existential risk facing humanity today.

But while grieving for humanity, I continue to live in the moment, trusting that in so doing we could come fully alive, realizing our True Immortal Nature in union with the Divine, before the inevitable death of our species at the end of time, foreseen by the seers through the ages.

Living at evolution’s Omega Point

During the 1920s and 30s, the scientific mystic Pierre Teilhard de Chardin saw that we can only understand evolution as a whole by studying the mental and spiritual qualities of the human phenomenon. At the end of the 1930s, he put his thoughts and vision onto paper writing Le phénomène humain, published posthumously in 1955 because the Christian authorities thought that his spiritual writings offended Catholic doctrine.

This pathbreaking book was translated into English in 1959 as The Phenomenon Man and in 2003 as The Human Phenomenon, causing a furore in scientific circles as well. For instance, Peter Medawar, a Nobel Prize-winning laureate, called the book an ‘incoherent rhapsody’.

Nevertheless, there is much sense in this rhapsodic prose, which we discover when we ourselves study the human phenomenon by looking inside ourselves, as evolution becomes ever more conscious of itself within us.

In my case, in 1982, when helping to design and implement a new management accounting system in Kuwait, I realized that in just two years since resigning from my marketing job with IBM in London, all the divergent streams of evolution had converged within me, much as Teilhard had prophesied.

However, while I realized that I had reached the Omega Point of evolution by conducting a thought experiment that started afresh at the very beginning at evolution’s Alpha Point, this experience was so exhilarating and terrifying, it has taken me half a lifetime to understand what actually happened to me in the early 1980s.

Furthermore, as I appear to be the first person on the planet to have been consciously carried to evolution’s glorious culmination, I have needed to find a quite new language to describe both my experiences and the psychodynamics of society as a whole, from conception to death.

However, communicating this language and exploring what these evolutionary studies mean for the future of our species involves more work than I am able carry out on my own. So I would much welcome any assistance that anyone reading this blog feels that they could give me.

God, Universe, humans, and machines

Ever since the beginnings of human learning, some 40,000 years ago or more, humans have sensed within and around themselves an ineffable source of energy that is inaccessible to the physical senses, called God, Brahman, Reality, and many other names.

In parallel, humans have looked outwards, mapping the skies, calling the totality of matter, space, and time the universe, from a Latin word meaning ‘turned into one whole’. However the relationship between God and Universe, and humanity’s relationship to both have been unclear.

Then in the 1600s, following the success of the Keplerian-Newtonian revolution, scientists thought that they didn’t need God anymore. Everything in the world could be explained in terms of the mathematical laws of physics, including human behaviour.

Following the invention of the stored-program computer in the late 1940s, some scientists have said that algorithmic machines with artificial general intelligence will soon take over the workplace, making humans redundant.

So having eliminated Divinity and humanity, what next for science? Or is there another way? Could we rethink the relationships between God, Universe, humans, and machines in a way that makes sense for us all at these end times we live in?

Yes, of course we can. But to do so we need to question everything that we humans have learnt over the millennia, demolishing the defensive mechanisms that we have built around ourselves as groups and individuals.

Using the computer as a metaphor, as individuals, we are like apps that can cross these boundaries, enabling us to integrate specialist disciplines into a coherent whole, recognizing that none of us is ever separate from any other for an instant. However, this unifying ability is undesirable in machines, as the Spectre flaw in the design of modern central processing units has recently exposed.

Furthermore, we could access the kernel of the Integral Operating System that governs our lives, revealing the Universe’s innermost secrets, knowing that we are never separate from the Divine. However, such a revelation is both a cultural taboo and undesirable in machines, as the Meltdown flaw in the design of Intel processors exposed.

What all this means requires us to change the meanings of many words as the dictionaries define them. For instance, the words God and Universe both denote the Totality of Existence, including the utmost depth and breadth of the Cosmic Psyche. So I would welcome anyone who wishes to help develop a coherent glossary of terms in open, interactive dialogue that could describe all our experiences, from the mystical to the mundane.