Race Survival Intelligence
Physicist Daniel Whitmire argues that species such as ours go extinct soon after attaining technological knowledge. Given standard statistical rules, this follows directly from the eerie emptiness of our galaxy. We appear to be on our own, and that is not good. As Whitmire explains, it means that any beings that successfully get to the stage we are at promptly extinguish their ecosystems.
There is, however, a way to transform this logic to our great and lasting benefit. The pioneering environmentalist Alexander King defined exactly what we need to do to succeed as a race. As he states in his book Let the Cat Turn Round: One Man’s Traverse of the Twentieth Century, the only durable solution to our external and internal problems is a transformation of human nature, namely: “… evolution beyond the egoism that motivates every individual” (2006, 22). In other words, this is a requirement for our survival. Unless we can achieve this transformation, we are going to join the vast graveyard of technologically advanced civilisations that might have been. And this is not just a problem for the next generation to worry about. It is happening now. As shown by this list of the global catastrophic risks we have created we are already in dire need of a change in the way we use our modern technology. As stated by John Holdren in his capacity as senior scientific advisor to President Obama, we’re in a car with bad brakes driving toward a cliff in the fog: “There’s a chance we’ll go over the cliff anyway but prudence requires that we try to stop the car.” (2008). But in all too many ways we go racing on toward doom.
The great majority of the difficulties we see at all levels of society are the products of egoism, meaning the belief that acting in one’s own best interests is the only criterion that matters. The trouble is, this is exactly what got us to where we are now; it is practically the definition of how to be successful. This has been true from the beginning of time. As explained in detail by Bradley Thayer in Darwin and International Relations, evolutionary theory provides a solid basis for the origins of egoism and domination. This is ideal default position for individuals and groups in a vast, unknown and likely hostile feral setting. So that is what is required for success across almost the entire span of the history of our development. But having got us as far as modern civilisation and technology, this same success strategy is disaster for our race in the now very small world of planet-killing pollution and high technology weapons.
Predation and competition were vital requirements to evolve to a human civilisation capable of producing high technology. But we need to move beyond both as primary drivers for the race to survive the self-induced global catastrophic risks. This transformation of human nature seems quite impossible in the current worldview. As King notes: “All religions have, in their purest aspirations, attempted to induce such a change, with very little success.” (2006, 22). So we have ample reason to believe this is an insoluble paradox for a race of our kind, hence an empty galaxy. However, the new worldview brings about exactly the change he describes as essential. We do not really have to evolve beyond the egoism. Just as well since that does seem to be impossible. We are still egoistic, but in the personal world described by QBism the egoism of the individual who understands the true nature of reality operates on a much wider agenda. In the personal world defined by the new physics, your perceptual reality is the sole definition of the physical world you live in. This is described in The Perceiving Subject. This means the spiritual gurus saying that you are the world are essentially correct. Thus in this kind of very personal world one increasingly identifies with the world as a whole.
In this personal world, enlightened self-interest is the only sane option. As described in Quantum Karma, the individual has nothing to lose and everything to gain from identifying with the world as a whole. A new age is born. If this can become the general perceived wisdom, the new current paradigm, the human race will likely live long and prosper. There is every incentive. As described in Quantum Immortality we are effectively immortal, the perceptual reality passing on from one life in one version of the world to another. And the kind of world one finds oneself in is necessarily the one defined by what one has observed in this lifetime. In this kind of personal world, in which each one of us actually lives, there is a kind of karma. As stated by von Baeyer, there are things that the physics is urgently trying to tell us, and the implications are deep and powerful. There is an inherent morality.
In view of the evidence from cosmology, this is a matter of the intelligence of the our human race as an entity, meaning the capability to solve problems, adapt and survive, and direct and control. Since it is now not only the community but the race that is best served by a functioning morality, it would seem this is an attribute of the race intelligence. In this case it seems that the pervasive leanings toward morality, communitarianism and spirituality are the race intelligence, emerging as intuitions. These are not just nice ideas by unusual people, this is what it takes for us to survive as a race. Yet more distasteful still to some, no doubt, since effectively you are the world, there is an inherent socialism! But this is not wishy washy or inefficient, it is how to make the world work for you, properly. Of course, it does not hurt to bear in mind that if we manage to pull off the impossible, and change the deeply imperilled destiny of our race, we will have an empty galaxy to expand into.