Posted on July 9, By Scott Youngren Despite the scientific and philosophical arguments for the existence of God presented on this website and elsewhere, some readers may still be haunted by a persistent question: If he is more than just an imaginary big-daddy-in-the-sky, why does it seem that God is hiding from us? It stands to reason that the inability of anyone to produce a unicorn is a pretty good reason not to believe in unicorns. Varghese comments in The Wonder of the World:
Brief Note to the Reader If you are taking the time to read this website you are one of a small and fortunate group of humans today who question what our universal, biological, and technological history of accelerating change may mean for the future and larger purpose of humanity. It takes educational privilege, curiosity, insight, courage, and mental freedom to engage in this investigation.
Almost all of today's religous, philosophical, political, and even our scientific texts are curiously silent on the existence and implications of our record of ever faster emergence of physical-computational systems in universal history.
Given our current knowledge of the laws of physics and chemistry, and our record of accelerating performance gains in miniaturizing electronic systems, it presently appears that this accelerating trend will continue as far as we can see into our extraordinary future.
Accelerating computation, communication, and nanotechnologies have today become the most dynamic systems in modern society.
Faced with the daunting prospect of further acceleration in their capacity, most people presently either deny the possibility, or ignore the phenomenon entirely.
We believe that the evidence is strongly against the first response, and that the second response is unwise. The philosopher-technologist Archimedes said: Let us choose wisely. Learning about accelerating change from a broad and multidisciplinary perspective is a major purpose of this website.
We seek to accumulate some of the most incisive thoughts on these topics from a range of careful future thinkers, and to provide a number of synthetic interpretations, including one, the developmental singularity hypothesis, originally formulated by myself, the site's primary author, John M.
If you are willing to look beyond our natural human-centric, ego-centric biases and consider humanity's larger, universal role in the process of creating local accelerating change, you may find the picture that emerges is deeply satisfying, and the insights you can gain in terms of how to interact with today's technologies are immensely practical and relevant to your daily life.
Outreach, education, research, and selective advocacy of communities and technologies of accelerating change is a major purpose of our affiliated nonprofit organization, the Acceleration Studies Foundation. I encourage you to visit that website, attend our occasional conferences, join our listserves, and add your voice to the community.
While the genesis of these ideas began in written form over a century ago see our Brief History of Intellectual Discussion of Accelerating Change even today few people presently investigate, or critique universal and global trends in accelerating change broadly, carefully, or systematically.
Those who do so commonly call themselves futuriststranshumanistsand systems theorists. Marcel Proust has said "the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
Thank you for taking the time to carefully consider these fascinating, speculative, and at times disturbing ideas. I hope you'll consider our websites and community efforts worthy of your continuing support. Earth's electronic systems have been self-organizing, in a symbiotic relationship with human society, at rates approaching the speed of light since Michael Faraday's time.
Grossly, this generalized rate of evolutionary development is at least seven million times faster than the speed of thought in biological systems the speed of an action potential and synaptic diffusion in a human brain.
In an utterly surprising state of affairs, every new computing system over the last century of technological development has managed to be consistently more miniaturized, more resource efficient per standard computation, however definedmore human autonomous in the replication of its complexity, again however defined and more biologically-inspired having features of evolutionary development or organization increasingly similar to our own than the last.
Physicists presently see no near-term limit to accelerating computational capacity and efficiency trends, other than the Planck-scale limit of fundamental universal structure itself. As a result, the continued acceleration of local technological intelligence is very likely to be the central driver and determinant of the modern era.
It has been postulated by some that local environmental events after this point must also be "future-incomprehensible" to existing humanity, though we disagree. In this fascinating process, technology and biology are becoming ever more seamlessly interconnected and interdependent. As Brian Arthur of the Santa Fe Institute describes, technology is becoming organic, and nature is becoming technologic.
Even our minds and intentions, in a process that William Bainbridge of the National Science Foundation calls "personality capture," are becoming incrementally encoded into our increasingly intelligent technological infrastructure, so that it may better anticipate our needs, and serve us with increasing responsiveness and effectiveness with each passing year.Correct and Incorrect Perceptual Hypothesis.
Perception can be a very difficult task and there are so many perceptions that can be and are incorrect. While the opposite also applies there are so many factors that make up one persons perception 4/5(1). The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience.
A "general statement" "intended to develop a unified conceptual scheme for theory and research in the social sciences" was published by nine USA social scientists in Theory was to be based on a "theory of action" in which "the point of reference of all terms is the action of an individual actor or collective of actors".
Concepts are the constituents of thoughts. Consequently, they are crucial to such psychological processes as categorization, inference, memory, learning, and decision-making. Correct and Incorrect Perceptual Hypothesis.
hypothesis for PSY Prior View on Perception Prior to reading chapter three in Media and Research Update Psychology, Third Edition I thought of perception /5(6). Evolutionary Psychology. In its broad sense, the term "evolutionary psychology" stands for any attempt to adopt an evolutionary perspective on human behavior by supplementing psychology with the central tenets of evolutionary biology.
The underlying idea is that since our mind is the way it is at least in part because of our evolutionary past, evolutionary theory can aid our understanding not.