Embrace the Singularity

What matters most is the decision we make every second to live to our fullest.  Our age is the age of heros.  The choice is constantly upon us.  There are a couple of definitions of ‘the singularity’ out there.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_singularity.  This is the idea that computing will surpass human intelligence.  Then there is the idea of gravitational singularity–that black hole hypothesis that not even light escapes from a star collapsing upon itself.  Well, my layman’s understanding anyway.  Then I like Vernor Vinge’s description: “It is a point where our old models must be discarded and a new reality rules.” http://mindstalk.net/vinge/vinge-sing.html. This in reference to the technological singularity. In my own mind I mash it up to define it: the point when all of our assumptions are no longer valid.  Of course apocalyptic’s like to point to the end of the Mayan calendar–2012 for a specific date.  Even this smells too much like Christian tag sale mentality, like we had in the White House during the Bush dynasty: a devaluation of life.  Pointing into the future makes it easy to postpone action.  The future is now.  So the singularity, then, is also now.  It is a spiritual state of being that demands we live in the fullness of the present realizing our assumptions are conveniences. We have to trust gravity in order to move around and go up and down the stairs.  But what is occurring around us is the continual creation of being mutually agreed upon.  These are the implications of quantum mechanics sometimes expressed asconstructionist theoryor ontogeny: the simultaneous creation of being.

I am trying to embrace the singularity.  The largest window that has opened to glimpse the event horizon is peak oil. I am  as addicted as the next American.  But I see dissolving all around me the assumptions that make this American life possible.  40% inflation–the tip of the ice berg, and totally denied by everyone.  3 days of food on the grocery shelves without the Mac truck spewing forth its fumes.  The prospect of frozen bodies unable to pay for Big Oil deliveries.  The incremental erosion of the ability to move around our estranged suburban landscape.  The idea that the housing market will come back up.  How about tourism?  Think about that: sustainable tourism–well, if you have a sail boat I guess, or you can walk there.  But you see, I’m not a pessimist.  That’s why I am trying to embrace the singularity, in all of its definitions.  Mind melding in the good old Vulcan way with my computer contributes to the technological event horizon.  But the side effects are well worth it: emergence.  Just the act of trying brings you around to the moment between worlds.  I open up and receive all of your thoughts.  Well, not too many comments–but the thoughts are there and this alters the universe. I can feel it. We continually build the universe together and so have the choice to change it for the better. I am not alone. It is the urgency some of us feel that matters.  As they say the effects of climate change will be unequally distributed around the globe–just as wealth and just as intelligent choices.

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