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The Consciousness Singularity

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The '''Consciousness Singularity''' refers to a hypothetical point of time in the future when human consciousness, at both the personal and species level, experiences an abrupt transition, a phase transition of sorts, into a collective state of transcendence that is conceptually impossible for us to imagine "what it's like" with our current limited cognitive abilities.

The term "Singularity", as used in this article's context, is an analogy to the well-known singularity in physics, the black hole, where you cannot see beyond the event horizon because light cannot escape from it. In a similar manner, we cannot see (or imagine) what's beyond the Consciousness Singularity because it is beyond our cognitive and imaginative capabilities.

The Consciousness Singularity bears no relation to the Technological Singularity, which involves the creation of smarter-than-human machines. Nor is it synonymous with Tielhard de Chardin's Omega Point.

To get a better intuition for the Consciousness Singularity, imagine, if you will, what a monkey or a rat would experience if suddenly its consciousness became like that of a human. Before the transition, it would be incapable of imagining what it's like to have human consciousness simply because it's beyond its limited cognitive capabilities. In the same manner, our species will undergo such abrupt transitions in consciousness of such magnitude that we cannot even begin to fathom what these new states of consciousness are like.

At the Consciousness Singularity, history as we know it, will cease. The universe, as we experience it now, will cease. Consider the most transcendent and mystical states of consciousness that have yet been experienced by mankind: these will pale in comparison with what's to come.

At the Consciousness Singularity, our consciousness will be expanded beyond the confines of an egocentric sense of self to include transpersonal experiences and transcendent self-identity. This new existence will be both a form of collective consciousness and a form of expanded individual consciousness. Though sounding like a contradiction, these two descriptions of transcendent consciousness are really flip sides of the same coin. The Consciousness Singularity is so far beyond our normal consciousness, that we cannot even begin to comprehend it, much less imagine what it's like to experience directly, unless we ourselves experience or have experienced transcendent states of consciousness.

Further Reflections

I (i.e., Shawn Mikula) take no credit for being the first to conceive of a higher consciousness, or for that matter, being the first to conceive of a consciousness singularity. Perhaps what I may claim some credit for is the emphasis I place on the importance of manipulating, enhancing, and transforming our brains to achieve transcendent states of consciousness, and ultimately, to bring about a consciousness singularity.

I do not believe the consciousness singularity will be the result of evolution, the type of evolution that created homo sapiens, for example. Rather, it will be the result of our own efforts. Without our own efforts at manipulating and transforming our brains, we will not realize the consciousness singularity.

The consciousness singularity I have in mind is not some Zen awakening. It will be the result of a dramatic transformation in the structure and function of our brains. It's that simple. No-one, to the best of my knowledge, has placed the emphasis on brain structure and function, that I do, that will be required to bring about the consciousness singularity.

If we understand a thing, we can control a thing. Our brains are complicated things, but they can be understood and controlled, and since our consciousness is simply brain activity, by dramatically altering our brain structure and function, so too will we dramatically alter our consciousness.

Those who are successful in this endeaver will experience such states of God-consciousness as have never been experienced before, by anyone.

And they will be the harbingers to the upcoming consciousness singularity. Of course, I do not believe there will be just 'one' consciousness singularity, but many, since states of consciousness are all relative. Nonetheless, I do not regard the consciousness singularity as simply evolution, at least not as Darwin understood the term. For him, evolution was the result of random variation and natural selection. But this is not how the consciousness singularity will come about. Rather, it will be the result of our deliberate efforts. Our will and intent will shoot us like arrows into the sun of the consciousness singularity. Neither random variation nor natural selection will be at work here. Only our wills, our desire to realize our own divinity and push it beyond the limits.


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