The Supra-Intelligent Design
The Union of Science and Religion
The aim of these pages is ambitious. It is to explain the purposed nature of the architecture of reality from a vantage point that includes both physical reality and consciousness. This view expounds a truth: nature is goal directed and consciousness is the phenomenon that must arise to achieve its goal. If nature is purposed, comprehending what the purpose is and what role consciousness plays in fulfilling the purpose must centrally figure in any discussion that involves the subject of 'religion'. Religion centrally features conceptions of an abstraction called God. Arguably, the most important activity of advanced cognition is to unravel whether 'God' is a reality and, if so, what its nature is and what its nature implies for the aims of advanced cognitive activity. In the western civilizations, the dominant extant religions are varieties of theism, which propounds a thinking, emotional God that created physical reality out of nothing in a beginning. This view of God is a natural early conception--natural in that when consciousness (in a particular life-form lineage) first crosses the threshold of self-awareness, conceptions of a God would (in the certain absence of deep scientific understanding) probably assume the God to possess a consciousness similar to its own, although with greater understanding and powers to act and know. These assumptions were the seeds of theism. But, theism is receding in its ability to remain consistent with modern knowledge. Many remain committed and attached to theism; however, its logical foundations are eroding under the illumination of scientific understanding, which necessitates the arising of a modern religious philosophy to succeed it. Its successor must be fundamentally consistent with scientific understanding or it will simply be a distraction in the search for advanced truth. What strategy must the effort to develop a religious philosophy that is consistent with scientific knowledge take? Science and religion must be able to assume postures that are obviously different vantage points of the same reality. At a minimum, science and religion must be understood as contiguous, cohesive and coherent aspects of the same reality. The easiest route for developing this understanding is by connecting the shared architectural themes of physical reality and consciousness with nature's existential purpose. Of course, this requires knowing what the existential purpose is.
In order to align with science a modern religious philosophy must understand what abstract themes science has uncovered in the foundations of physical reality's architecture. Modern science asserts that there are two major themes underpinning physical reality: symmetry and quantization. Accordingly, a fully science-aligned religious philosophy must accommodate and account for the centrality of these themes.
The Supra-Intelligent Design is an understanding of physical reality that aligns with a meta-religious philosophy, Reflexive Emanation Panendeism (REP) that is as simple as it can be, while explaining why symmetry and quantization (i.e. the discreteness of primitive entities such as elementary particles and life-hosted consciousness) lie at the heart of natural reality. The Supra-Intelligent Design and Reflexive Emanation Panendeism taken together compose a model of reality that is close to the truth. To understand the model is to understand in what way and for what reason the structure and dynamism of nature is purposed.
Panendeism is a relative newcomer to the collection of well understood religious philosophies. It is panendeism, not theism, that shows the way to the union of science and religion. Reflexive Emanation Panendeism declares the reality of an insentient (non-explicitly-thinking, i.e., without human-like thoughts or emotions) supra-consciousness that is purposed. It's purpose is instantiated into the fabric of physical reality and directly manifests in life-hosted consciousness as the attraction between males and females. The sexual allure is harnessed by nature to ensure reproductive continuation; however, the ultimate nature and purpose of the attraction is much deeper.
The age of widespread access to information is here. Accordingly, science and technology are rapidly advancing and increasingly shaping people’s worldviews. Yet, because everyone is aware they will die, religious ideas and related philosophical stances will not recede from occupying a central role in people’s thinking. The trouble is: information-scientific worldviews are generally at odds with religious-philosophical worldviews.
Most of the extant religions originated in the ancient past and have remained largely unchanged. Conflict has arisen because they promote worldviews that imply features of observable reality that are at odds with scientific scrutiny. Science is the discipline that systematically observes and models the world, and is not about to loosen its objectivity in order to accommodate religion. Conflicting scientific and religious worldviews cannot be reflective of truth, and so one of the two has to shift its positions. Based on the antiquity of religion and science's agreement with observation rationality has it that religion is the thinking framework that must adapt the most. Religion needs a sharp turn into the direction of conformance with observation and logic. At a minimum, religion must stop conflicting with well vetted findings of science (e.g., evolution).
The information highway has arrived and the knowledge resources that are required for the modernization of religion have materialized. The upwelling of a truth rich, scientifically aligned religious philosophy has had to wait on science to uncover the essential abstractions of the natural order. Science has only recently identified these abstractions as common architectural themes that span all physical structure and behavior. In order for science and religious philosophy to align, these themes must also underpin religion’s philosophical models. These themes reside in the inner sanctum of scientific understanding, and must, for the continuity and synchronicity of understanding, underlie every advanced, science-aligned religious philosophy, which is equivalent to saying that they must underlie every viable meta-religious philosophy.
The elderly religions are so mired in the prescientific past that basic aspects of their fabric are clearly myth. Every religion that originated in the remote past is more or less afflicted with an antiquated metaphysical model and context. Many people are strongly indoctrinated and won’t accept this view, but the trend is clear. In ever increasing numbers, the young are straying from traditional religious belief because it conflicts with the scientific and technological foundations of modernity.
Religion must transform if it is to avoid skeptical rejection. It must be made to harmonize with science, while explaining to the scientifically inclined how and why it is a superset of science. If science and religion are both reflections of reality (i.e., truth reflecting models of reality), these aims must be possible because the foundations of logic assume there is only one reality.
The SupraIntelligent Design is a scientifically aligned understanding of nature's architecture that identifies the fundamental themes that suffuse nature's designs while also explaining that the overall design has an embedded aim that requires the arising of life and consciousness. Nature is constrained to follow the basal themes of symmetry and quantization, which ascend into the highest complexity realms of life and consciousness. REP explains how these themes are connected to a meaning and purpose embedded within natural reality that require advanced consciousness to arise.
The supraintelligent design does not entertain a free-thinking cognizance (such as human consciousness possesses) transcendent to physical reality. The "thoughts" that comprise the substance of nature are the full mathematical fabric of the complete physical reality. These thoughts are supraintelligent because they embed a highest purpose into their actuality. The SupraIntelligent Design's thesis is: the architecture of physical reality, from the underlying fields and their elementary particle excitations to the macro-cosmic structure of the multiverse, possesses an embedded aim. This aim requires the production of the advanced consciousness of highly evolved life and its purpose is no less than the continuation of existence itself.
A cosmotheology is a religious philosophy that is applicable to every intelligent life form at every location in the universe (and multiverse). The nature of the SupraIntelligent design suggests that any truth bearing religious philosophy will be a cosmotheology. Reflexive Emanation Panendeism (REP) is a specific cosmotheology that is a modern scientifically aligned religious philosophy. The way REP aligns with science and the social order is startling.
Carl Sagan said this:
"A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner or later, such a religion will emerge."