The Philosophy of Global Warming


If you are interested in the relationship between the human species and the rest of life on Earth, individual and collective human purpose, evolution, cosmology, the nature of reality, astrology, spirituality, and how all of this relates to global warming & the environmental crisis of modernity, then I am sure that you will like my new book 'The Philosophy of Global Warming'. In the post below I have provided the book description, the list of contents and the first two sections of the book. You can find out how to get hold of the book by clicking on this link:

The Philosophy of Global Warming





Sunday, 30 July 2017

The Evolution of Free Will & the Spiritual Journey


Here is an excerpt from Chapter 12 of The Philosophy of Global Warming:


At some point in the evolution of life the ability of life to pursue alternative courses of action arose; this possibility might be thought of as ‘free will’, or ‘rational ability’ or ‘thought’ or ‘reflective awareness’. The evolution of this possibility for alternative courses of action meant that some life-forms, such as humans, might not be living in accordance with their inner feelings/inner wisdom. I should stress that this isn’t an either/or situation; living in accordance with one’s inner feelings is a matter of degree. I believe that the vast majority of humans have always lived to a fairly high degree in accordance with their inner feelings; for, to not do so leads to mental and physical illness and to numerous kinds of suffering. Doing so is what has propelled human culture from hunter-gatherer to globalised technological society. However, there is almost always scope for humans to live more in accordance with their inner feelings than they currently do.

The vast majority of humans live to a fairly high degree in accordance with their inner feelings without any conscious effort to be spiritual beings. The realisation that living more in accordance with one’s inner feelings is a good thing to do, and the consequent pursuit of this objective, results in what is known as a spiritual journey, or a path of spiritual development or spiritual practice. A spiritual journey typically includes meditation, which is a way of connecting at a deeper level to one’s inner feelings. Meditation and mindfulness are concerned with attempting to be present with one’s currently existing inner feelings, so that one is not ‘taken away’ from these feelings by thoughts concerning the past and the present.

The epoch of the technological explosion, which I outlined a little earlier in this chapter, seems to be simultaneously an epoch in which humans have become increasingly preoccupied with the external as opposed to the internal. In other words, it seems to be an epoch in which the spiritual journey has largely been neglected by the human species. However, this surely wasn’t a new phenomenon in the era of the technological explosion. In other words, for almost its entire history the vast majority of the human species seems to have been more external focused rather than spiritual journey focused. The epoch of the technological explosion simply exacerbated this pre-existing tendency and took it to its extreme. When you have reached the extreme there is only one way to go, and that is to the less extreme. Whilst we are still living in the epoch of the technological explosion we are also gradually moving into the epoch where there will be a spiritual explosion. The widespread switch from external states to inner feeling states will result in an increasingly vast proportion of the human species embarking on spiritual journeys. This is a slow and drawn out process, but it is the future.

So, one can think of the ‘technological explosion’ as a prerequisite for the ‘spiritual explosion’. It is as if once we have fulfilled our purpose as a species, once we have brought forth the technology that life requires, that then we will be rewarded. We have suffered immensely in order to fulfil our purpose, but a glorious harmonious future awaits; it is a future of increasing spiritual fulfilment.

I would expect such interplay between technology and spirituality to exist on any life-bearing planet. So, if we were to encounter a highly spiritually evolved species of alien life-form, then there is one thing that we could be fairly certain of: these alien life-forms come from a planet which is highly technologically advanced. Their planet has gone through a technological explosion which was followed by a spiritual explosion.


It wouldn’t be correct to say that spiritual development is a side-effect of technology. Yet, technology lays the foundations which enable spirituality to bloom. This is the reality of what occurs and unfolds on an evolving and ageing life-bearing planet. This whole process of intertwining between the evolution of technology and the evolution of spirituality – a very gradual evolution of both, leading to a technological explosion which brings forth a spiritual explosion – can be thought of as leading to the self-actualisation of the human species.


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Monday, 3 April 2017

Veganism & The Superiority of the Human Species


In my last post I wrote about the reality of the superiority of the human species and how this relates to various interconnected issues; for example, the current widespread belief that the human species is not superior to the other life-forms that live on the Earth, and the cosmic inevitability and worth of the previous and current domination and exploitation of these other life-forms by the human species.

I have just finished reading the April 2017 edition of the Vegan Life magazine (I am a vegan!) & thought that, in the light of the above, it would be worth commenting on a view that was expressed in the magazine:


"Where I am right now I can see a field, and in front of me there are about 20 lambs. They have all been spray painted with numbers across their white fleeces. That to me is an example of the commodification of animals. They are seen as numbers and not as living beings. We, as humans, have to stop seeing ourselves as superior. By what right do we exploit these innocent creatures?"


Roger Roberts, 'Spokesman', Vegan Life magazine, April 2017, p. 41



The first part of the view expressed above is just an obvious truth: the 'human' is that part of our evolving Solar System, and the evolving entity that is 'life on Earth', that is the technological animal, the modifier, the analyser, the utiliser, the commodifier, of the non-living and living resources of the Earth. As we are currently living in the age of the Technological Explosion it is inevitable that the vast majority of humans that are currently alive will see non-human life-forms as 'commodities to be used' rather than as 'fellow brothers/sisters'.

The second part of the view expressed above is fundamentally flawed. The belief/hope that is being expressed is that in the future the human species might come to see itself as not superior to the other life-forms that live on the Earth, and that when this happens that there will be an end to factory farming and the plethora of other ways that humans utilise and exploit the non-human life-forms of the Earth. This hope, that all non-human life-forms will be treated by humans with the utmost dignity and respect, is a wonderful one. I, along with a vast number of other people, certainly hope for such a future. The reason that the view is fundamentally flawed is that, in reality, the human species is superior, and the human species will come to know, in the near future, why it is superior (at the time of The Realisation of Cosmic Purpose in the age of the Spiritual Explosion). This knowledge will be pervasive and widely accepted.

This means that the hope that in the future the human species will come to see itself as not superior is a hope that will never become reality. Indeed, despite the current exploitative actions of the human species towards non-human life-forms, our current epoch is already a stage in which the dominant view entails that the human species sees itself as not superior, because the current dominating view is that the human species is 'just one species among many' that has no cosmic significance or purpose that 'raises it up' above the non-human life-forms of the Earth. The view that the human species is not superior is perfectly compatible with the widespread human exploitation of the non-human!

In direct opposition to the view expressed in the magazine, it is actually the acceptance and widespread realisation that the human species is superior, and the knowledge of the reason why this is so, that leads to the end of the exploitation of non-human life-forms by the human species. Compassion cannot easily arise from a place of ignorance. It is when one sees the purpose of the human species and our relation to the non-human life-forms of the Earth, the fact that we are superior and the saviours of life on Earth, that compassion can easily flow and non-human life-forms can then only be seen as fellow brothers/sisters which are to be exploited and commodified no more.

The final part of the view expressed in the magazine is "By what right do we exploit these innocent creatures." The exploitation of the non-human by the human is not very helpfully thought of as a matter of 'rights'. Rather, the human, by its very essence, is that part of our Solar System, and that part of life on Earth, which becomes the modifier par excellence, the master exploiter, for the benefit of life on Earth. This is just the way that things are, the way that our Solar System is and unfolds. There is no question of 'rights' here. 'Rights' are just things that are invented within human society. As our Solar System/human culture unfolds, we will move to a different non-exploitative relationship with the non-human life-forms of the Earth.



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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The Superiority of the Human Species


We live at a stage of the unfoldment of our Solar System in which it is fashionable to believe that the human species is not superior to the other life-forms of the Earth. In accordance with this fashion, I am sure that you will have heard people assert things such as "we are just one species among many", or, "there is nothing superior about the human species; every species of life on the Earth is unique or special in its own way", or, "the human species is a destroyer; so, if the human species were to go extinct then this would be a good thing for non-human life on the Earth".

This view is currently fashionable because we live at a time in which the human species is gradually coming face-to-face with the realisation of the magnitude of the changes that it has made to the Earth. This gradual realisation is a stage of unfoldment of our Solar System in which 'the human' is in a state of separation, of anguish, of isolation, of desperation. The purpose of the human species, our role as the precious saviour of life in our Solar System, has yet to be revealed, so we are left in the aimless wilderness of believing that there is no purpose, believing that we are just 'one species among many'.

Not only this, but we are currently abusing and murdering our fellow life-forms on an industrial scale, through such activities as vivisection, caging and factory farming. If we tell ourselves that 'we are just one species among many' how can we possibly simultaneously justify our actions in initiating such abuse and murder of those who are our equals? This is the paradoxically contradictory human situation in our current stage of Solar Systic unfoldment; this is the source of human anguish and desperation. We try and ignore the abuse and murder, we want it to be below the surface, we don't want to encounter it face-to-face; yet, it is tacitly accepted and simmers away below the surface where it eats away at our inner being.

Yet, this stage of Solar Systic unfoldment is an essential stage of Solar Systic unfoldment. It is not a pleasant time to be born a human; however, the age of the mass domination of non-human life by the human species is an age of euphoria for life. Life is in a blissful state when it has reached the exceptional modification ability that is represented by the form that is 'the human'. In reality, the human species is superior to every other life-form that exists on the Earth, and that has ever existed on the Earth; the 'human species' is the zenith of the evolutionary progression of life on Earth. The human species is the most precious and valuable life-form that will ever exist in our Solar System. Don't let any supposedly knowledgeable scientist tell you any different, because if they do, then they don't have a clue! Why this is so cannot be widely appreciated at our current stage of Solar Systic unfoldment. For, the achievement of our cosmic purpose necessitates that this is so. The widespread realisation of cosmic purpose arises in the age of the Spiritual Explosion which follows our current epoch - the age of the Technological Explosion.













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