Friday, February 16, 2024




I have been a student of mathematics, physics, engineering, computer science, geology, and cosmology since 1951, earning several degrees, including a PhD in environmental engineering in 1988, and because of several spontaneous out-of-body experiences (OBEs) that occurred early in my life, I have also been a seeker of metaphysical knowledge, exploring the perennial philosophy of Aldous Huxley, the Rosicrucian Order (AMORC), Theosophy, Zen Buddhism, Tibetan Yoga, Jewish and Christian Mysticism, and Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) yoga meditation techniques.

I have practiced a form of pranayama (yogic life-force control) since 1960 as an initiate in the Kriya consciousness expansion techniques taught by Sri Paramahansa Yogananda, and I have also been involved in consciousness studies with several well-known researchers in the field for the last 40 years. I have been a computer programmer, an actuarial mathematics technician, a mathematical modeler, and US Government systems analyst. I believe that this multi-field background provides me with a unique perspective from which to comment on artificial intelligence and the nature of consciousness.

With all of the concerns we are hearing today about AI computing machines, like their becoming conscious and taking over the world with the potential of destroying us, let me point out that you can only believe that such a thing is possible and that it might happen, if you not only don’t believe in God, but you also don’t believe that you have a soul. My discovery in 2011 of the indirectly measurable non-physical aspect of reality, now known as gimmel, existing in every atom of the universe, proved to me that, if man-made machines become conscious, they will do so only within the existing laws of nature, which are actually the physical manifestation of Primary Consciousness. i.e., the Mind of God, the substrate of all reality. So, let not your heart be troubled about AI! It is subject to the laws of the universe. Floods, fire, and atomic bombs have not destroyed us, and AI will not destroy us either. The Mind of God is the matrix from which all that exists arises; it is the only reality, and AI, like any other human artifact, is part of it.

In order to prove or disprove the existence or non-existence of God for myself, I have practiced Kriya Yoga techniques daily, for a little more than 63 years. I am happy to report to you that the Loving Omnipresence of God is real and that it is provable not only by personal experience, but also by the existence of quanta of gimmel. Without it, there would be no physical universe, no planet Earth, and no human beings. At present, artificial intelligence is only a poor imitation of the real thing, and it is subject to the laws of the universe. AI is already able to out-perform human beings in speed of computation, and algorithmic learning; but numerical calculation and finite memory are only small parts of intelligence, and they are merely tools of consciousness, not consciousness itself. Yes, AI, like sticks and stones, slings and arrows, guns and bombs, is capable of destroying us, if we are stupid enough to let it. But, the destruction of the humanity by AI would not be the triumph of a superior species of consciousness over us, it would just be the stupidity of suicide!

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