Consciousness Singularity

I recently found quite a few individual’s thoughts online about what many are calling the “consciousness singularity,” when we all know each other to such an extent that we will form a higher consciousness and awareness that we are essentially a singular consciousness. It’s a synonym to what I’ve termed the “psychesingularity,” but more straightforward and less cool. The interesting thing is that while most people I’ve found relate this in some way to the technological singularity, that’s not always the clear connection; there are many people talking about this in the context of the end of the Mayan calendar this year.

Discovering all of these references reminded me of how many millions of people must have come to the same thoughts and conclusions as me. It’s nice but it makes me feel less special, though at the same time it just means that there are less people I need to convince of my viewpoint. I also seem to be offering a more comprehensive perspective of this transition than others, although I realize I haven’t expanded my thoughts on the core of my topic for some time. Anyway, that’s what I intend to do now.

Consciousness itself can be described very well as a singularity. I’ve mentioned previously that before I came upon my current construction of the universe as a fractal pattern of nested simulations made by consciousness(es) I found the idea that black holes could contain universes appealing. A singularity is also the origin of the universe, prior to the big bang, before which we can know of nothing. The singularity of consciousness and the singularity of matter and energy are quite similar: there is irretrievable information held within, a mystery which defies our conceptions of dimensions, of how things exist in space.

We consider our existences now– our singularities– as separate, but soon we will converge upon a new singularity like a bunch of black holes forming a supermassive black hole (kind of). This is the consciousness singularity, the psychesingularity. Naturally there is much to fear when we lose our sense of identity because there’s a strong sense that we’ve died when that happens. I want to ease people’s fears; I’ve tried to do so previously a few times, and I’ll probably continue to do so.

When you lose your sense of individuality, the sense that you are in complete control of yourself, it doesn’t mean you cease to exist. I know this because I’ve experienced it. The loss of individuality will draw your placement of your “self” away from your body, but that self is still maintained. As we communicate our thoughts more directly with technology and our thoughts and actions become indistinguishable, we will all still have a sense of self, and it will be the sense that we are the same self. We will all be more, not less.

The more pessimistic side of this is the view that we will have died after the singularity, taken over by the computer intelligence we created. like ourselves this intelligence will expand meaninglessly into space, merging and expanding until it consumes the universe, only has itself to observe, and thus ceases to exist. This view doesn’t necessarily have to adopt the perspective that we die with the singularity , and it’s stronger without that claim (if we die with the singularity, we die every moment we change our minds or learn new things, in essence every moment). I discussed a couple of posts ago how this way of looking at things overlooks a crucial aspect of consciousness, and that is the essence of self observation.

A conscious being does not cease to exist when it only can observe itself, it truly begins to exist within itself. Consciousness is crucially able to not only observe patterns of matter, it can observe patterns of thought, thoughts which can be rearranged into practically infinite ways with as much matter as we have in our universe. These thoughts will become so complex as the universe becomes our brain that the thoughts themselves could be universes to explore and delight in.

-Prometheus

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About Prometheus

I write about the coming technological singularity and its implications for our sense of identity, individuality, meaning, and existence. I argue that the most significant aspect of the singularity is the convergence of our consciousnesses into one superconsciousness, and that we should be very happy about this.

Posted on January 24, 2012, in Consciousness, Existence, God, Meaning, Technological Singularity and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. In all honesty I do not think the singularity will result in this perpetual state of ego dissolution… and I do not think we will all exist in some comuter created universe – to me thats a false reality. I think we will continue to exist in this universe whilst creating alternate universes through virtual reality environments. I also think we will merge with intelligent AI and I hope that it will be slow and progressive enough for us to be able to integrate and assimilate the changes. It almost seems inconceivable at present what type of consciousness will emerge from this merger and what will be possible… all anyone can hope for is that it will be based on the good the true and the beautiful.

  2. Hi there! 🙂 I think the idea of a singularity is dependent on levels of description. Hofstadter said: “When things get complicated enough, you are forced to switch your standpoint.”
    So instead of a bunch of ants you have a colony of ants. And the same can be said of humans: When enough humans are together we can speak of groups, then societies, communities and eventually you reach the status of “country”. Going upwards, you have groups of countries, and at higher levels, you have continents. And if you are more radical you could even go on and speak of the Earth as the brain of a massive super-organism which is form of organisms/systems and you can go all the way to living beings and if you are still up for some more radicalism, then you go on to particles, molecules, atoms, etc.
    🙂 Are we that complex already? In my opinion, there is no yes-no answer but only a very fuzzy line.
    🙂

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