Dan Brown, the author of The Da Vinci Code, has turn metaphysician.
He claims to know what the next leap in religion is going to be. We will soon drop the notion of a personal God and become like the Krell as depicted in the Sci-Fi classic film Forbidden Planet (1956). After reaching collective consciousness, the Krell were wiped out in a day by the emergence of their collective “baser selves.” (See the clip at end of this article.)
Getting rid of God does not get rid of man’s sinful nature.
Here’s Brown’s prediction:
Humanity no longer needs God but may with the help of artificial intelligence develop a new form of collective consciousness that fulfills the role of religion, author Dan Brown has said…. Brown said technological change and the development of artificial intelligence would transform the concept of the divine.
‘We will start to find our spiritual experiences through our interconnections with each other,’ he said, forecasting the emergence of ‘some form of global consciousness that we perceive and that becomes our divine’.
‘Our need for that exterior god, that sits up there and judges us … will diminish and eventually disappear,’ he added.
A “global consciousness” assumes and requires a prior consciousness.
What is the origin of consciousness? Why are we conscious beings? How did consciousness emerge from the Big Bang? Where did the stuff come from to bang? Where did the information come from to organize the stuff that banged to turn unorganized matter into you and me? How did morality arise from the disorganized hot matter that went bang? Matter does not give rise to morality. What evolved biological units will determine what’s moral and what’s not? Who says?
Here’s the bigger question. How does an evolved brain know anything beyond what his senses relay to his evolved brain?