2 min readSome possibilities for the survival of the human race

Climate change, nuclear wars, and now artificial intelligence – all these threats can will us to a collective near death experience. Can they lead to the transformation of our societies?

If there is any advantage to the possibility of human extinction, it is that it brings humanity to the edge of life – a phenomenon that Larry Dossey considers as a global near death experience (NDEs). 

Dossey asserts that a nonlocal model of consciousness necessitates the need for chaos to bring about transformation. As multiple existential threats emerge, humans are forced to extend their capacities in search for creative solutions. Dossey says that he is not alone in this conviction and moves to cite Vaclav Havel and Lewis Thomas who both believe that because consciousness precede being, death, or the possibility does not stop humans in our tracks. Instead, they are the necessary catalyst for transcendence. 

Implications for AI

A global threat is upon us, one that is even more urgent than artificial intelligence. The climate emergency guarantees that life is bound towards extinction. If we subscribe to a materialist mindset, then such news is enough to lead us towards depression and hopelessness – a phenomenon most prevalent in young people today [see The World Is Grieving: What It Means For Future Generations]. 
But if we realize that we are of one mind, and that our consciousness is eternal, we will transform the way we view and influence the world. We will learn to be more compassionate, and responsible, in the same way that individuals who experience NDEs come back with a new purpose in life. 

Dossey shows us that there are only two ways towards human existence: either we are radically transformed by the collective NDE upon us, or we discipline ourselves to gain the capacity to consciously tap into the One mind [see The One Mind] of which all our individual minds are a part. Whichever direction we move towards, one thing is certain, change is afoot. 

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