Saturday, January 03, 2009

Reflections of the Omega Point: Frank Tipler and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Written by David Healy
Sunday, 18 May 2008 02:27

Beckoning us from some distant future, the Omega Point begins a new paradigm perpetuating all life forever. In doing so, however, a new way of thinking must occur, one where selfishness is vanquished so that a unity of minds can combine into a more cohesive community. On the forefront of this transmigration are two men who have seen the future through different disciplines and have endeavored to interpret its meaning. One of the most important glimpses came from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. A Jesuit priest by training, he helped solidify the Omega point into a spirituality that mankind had to strive for. In contrast, the physicist Frank Tipler used science to prove his observations on what was being projected into the far future. Together these two great thinkers brought about what is to become the Omega Point theory.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin believed that humanity could achieve a form of Godhood or a high level of spirituality called the Omega Point. This was an evolutionary process that everyone could attain through discipline and dedication to the path of enlightenment. He coined the phrase noosphere that is a sphere of the mind above the animalistic biosphere. The noosphere is a sphere of reflection and conscious intentions that binds with all of humanity. He maintains that evolution has a definite direction called an Ariadne’s thread, a connection with the growing complexity of the human mind that seems to push us forward, or pull us toward a time of self-actualized Godhood. He suggests that awareness with self-reflection was the source of transcendence; he says, “an evolution conscious of itself could also direct itself.” If human evolution has a direction then a self-reflecting noosphere could influence its own course toward whatever potential strange attractor lies ahead.

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