At one point we are motivated to seek classical explanations that have accompanied us since we became thinking beings. Life after life? Why are we here? Are there other consciousnesses in the universe? Other dimensions? The quest for self-knowledge leads us to the study of matters that escape material nature, where science cannot help, in this current state of development. Science has not yet been able to confirm these questions in practice, but it does not prove otherwise. Polarized skepticism cannot see that, the possibility of continuity of consciousness independently of the physical body is as fantastic and strange as the possibility of no continuity! That is, we have this fabulous experience during our lives, with so many relationships, achievements, emotions, learning, and then everything disappears when our brain is turned off after death. What’s more likely? As Carl Sagan said in his book Contact, regarding the possibility of extraterrestrial life: “The universe is a pretty big place. If it’s just us, seems like an awful waste of space”. We can transpose this idea into our own existence: “Life is full of experiences, learnings, achievements and emotions. If there is only this life, with no possibility of continuity, it would be a terrible waste of time and energy”. Philosophy itself is a way for explanations, but it has limitations, because it is contained in the closed plane of rhetoric and intellectual exercise, without practical application so that these questions can be confirmed. For centuries religions have tried to address the theme, but they are interspersed with dogmas and inculcations that, in addition to not solving problems, create a sectarian culture that has controversial effects on society and is certainly not evolutionary. There remains a New Age cornucopia of self-help, of paranormal and transcendental studies, from the most legitimate and informative, to the most fanciful and crowded with mysticism, symbolism, material anchors and personality cults.
Some people, however, have transcendental, revealing experiences that are strictly personal and impossible to be demonstrated or repeated, according to the scientific protocol. There are modern institutions that work with the organization of information and the development of techniques to help people to have their own experiences and to draw their own conclusions about immaterial reality, rather than simply believing in this or that religious tradition, in this or that cult or even deny everything with the justification of scientific skepticism. Some of these institutions are the Monroe Institute and the Centre for the Higher Studies of Conscientiology, among others. Both are present in various parts of the world and they study the consciousness and its manifestations in an exempt manner, offering courses and practices that can lead to a personal discovery. One of the most efficient techniques for breaking the unknown paranormal world would be the projection of consciousness out of the body, or astral projection, as known. The control and maintenance of lucidity in this condition would result in the personal realization that we are more than bioelectric machines and that consciousness would be independent of the body. From that point on, other findings, such as the continuity of life after death, the memory of past existences, the possibility of communication with other unincorporated consciences and the vision that we would have a mission to accomplish.
The inspiration for this book is precisely the possibility that in the future we, Homo Sapiens, take a ‘next big leap’ in evolution and acquire knowledge and cognitive attributes that today are unthinkable, such as nuclear physics and genetic engineering 200 years ago. Just as would be geometry for our ancestor Australopithecus. Just as it is repugnant today to imagine society in classical Rome delighting in seeing slaves being massacred by gladiators and devoured by beasts in the arenas. The huge current interest in the MMA matches and the fights between fans in the modern soccer stadiums, however, do not place us as far from this reality as we should have been.
Throughout its evolutionary journey, about 70,000 years ago Homo Sapiens went through the Cognitive Revolution, which differentiated us from other species and presented us not only with intelligence but with the refinement of our emotions, with the ability to recognize ourselves, to reflect, to understand one another, to plan, to choose, to reconsider and express ourselves. Today, we are where we are. We live relatively peacefully and our ethical values have evolved greatly, although the sheer amount of current conflict still shows how much we have to improve for world peace. We are still primitive in our relationship with our neighbors, whether for ethnic or religious reasons, for power or natural resources.
The various possibilities and scenarios for 1,000 years from now are enormous. We have the potential to resolve all conflicts and become better, leaving behind the incessant quest for survival and power. In addition to advances in science and technology there is the possibility of developing other cognitive or ‘ultra-psychic’ abilities, which would allow an increase in sensory perception and the discovery of other dimensions of consciousness. At this stage we could undoubtedly realize that our consciousness exists beyond physical matter and beyond life, without necessarily associating this fact with religions or a mystical culture, but rather with being an inherent attribute. The humans of the future may have qualities that are incomprehensible to us today. The development of new skills may lead us to another era of perception of our reality, when we become more evolved beings.
Science itself may come to discover, in an empirical way, dimensions presently conceived only theoretically. Are we limited to communicating with other intelligences outside the earth by electromagnetic paths alone? Restricted by the material contours of space-time, where the limit of the speed of light reigns supreme and the scale of the universe practically makes a practical relationship impossible? Or is there some unknown plan that would make this relationship possible? The technology of the future may give us access to dimensions or physical realities currently unknown. The space wormholes or the famous Einstein-Rosen bridges – hypothetical space-time shortcuts – are just one of many possibilities.
If we consider how this cognitive revolution was processed more than 70,000 years ago, it is plausible to imagine a process of transmigration of consciousnesses from other regions of the universe – or even inaccessible dimensions – that had been incorporated into the new Sapiens hardware when it reached a point where this transition was feasible. These consciousnesses may have had to pass through a material experience in order to evolve. In this process we, Homo Sapiens, might have been inspired by higher and more refined intelligences, helping in the first steps.
Our descendants in the not-too-near future may be very different from us, not only in scientific and technological achievements, but in their cognitive and consciential capacities. They can reach a stage of development and have a moral code that is incomprehensible to us today. They would gain access to realities and knowledge that sound fantastical nowadays. The paradigm shift can be astounding. Everything is possible and all care is little when we discard possibilities, however strange.
To go through a second cognitive revolution and reach a higher stage of development a lot will have to be conquered; we can no longer devote ourselves to the constant struggle for survival, social standards, power, reptilian competition in our brain, and sectarian ideologies. We must give up selfishness and a hedonistic life for the betterment of the quality of life for all. We will have to have other values and other priorities. Perhaps, by reaching this stage, the only important thing for every human being is to help other consciousnesses in other parts of the universe evolve. ***
A small step for a man
… a giant leap for mankind
This phenomenal phrase stated by Neil Armstrong during the first lunar landing on July 20th, 1969, can express very eloquently an evolutionary step for mankind. Evolution not in biological terms but, in Latus Sensus, referring to a holistic approach embracing technology, organization, focus, determination and, in the bottom line, consciousness or consciousness evolution.
If we consider that until recently mankind was dealing with a World War involving civilized European countries, Japan and the US, to say a few, the achievement of Apolo 11 landing two astronauts in the moon, mere 24 years after, resulted from great progress in peace and general development. We could mention that the main reason for this mission was to declare the technological superiority of the U.S. and lead them one step ahead in the cold war, but the entire mankind harvested the benefits from this achievement.
Prehistory and consciousness
We still have a long way to go but we have to remember our progress during our journey as Homo Sapiens, in the last 200.000 years. In the process, it is important to try to understand what were the ingredients that took the primitive Homo Habilis to the more sophisticated Homo Ergaster, which in turn, paved the way to the Homo Erectus, the first “Homo” to have a human appearance. I do not intend to go into a deep study about the classical Evolution of Species, which is not the objective of this blog, but rather try to understand and discuss the elements that took place in these leaps, whether environmental or pure challenge of consciousness.
The Homo Habilis lived about 2.8 millions of year ago and had a small brain, about the size of a present chimpanzee. Although, that brain was enough to make this species the first to leave evidence of the use of stone tools and fire, which lead to more efficient scavenging of meat and cooking and, consequently, the consume of more protein. The extraordinary ingestion of fatty acids promoted the process of encephalization, what expressively increased the number of neurons in the brain and more synapses in the frontal cortex. A slow but, surely, expressive leap in evolution. This process continued in the Homo Ergaster and the Homo Erectus, leading to the Homo Sapiens, which is our current species.
The Elements of Consciousness
The refinement of our emotional attributes took place somewhere in the past when we started to feel the loss of our relatives and friends when generosity prevailed over survival as we learned to share, protect, cry and laugh. These are all improvements of our consciousness that we have been carrying for ages. We do not need to go too far; it is evident the difference of the mentioned attributes in our present domestic animals. A dog or an ape can express sympathy or feel the loss of a member of the family or of the pack. If you have seen the expression of love and care of a mother ape or a mother bear breastfeeding their babies you surely know what I mean ( in fact it can make some human mothers ashamed…). If you have a dog or a cat at home you surely can realize the sparks of intelligence and feelings they possess. I think these are the primeval elements of consciousness in a living being. You cannot find this kind of emotions or intelligence – that you see in our cats and dogs – in a lizard or a fish, for instance. It seems that reptiles have a more primitive consciousness with more simple emotions that seems to be a bio-program dedicated only to survival and reproduction. We can go even further and take into account the plants perception, ability to sense and respond to environmental circumstances and, therefore, survive and adapt to the environment. Although this is not to be associated to a consciousness, considering plants have no nervous system, it permits this life forms to react with movement and changes in their morphology, “within signaling pathways that may provide a biochemical basis for learning and memory in addition to computation and problem solving” .
We can go on and on exploring how minerals can react to environmental dimensions and so react to temperature, pressure, humidity, among others, but this is going too far already…
The point is that life forms in our planet are not evolving only in biological terms but also in consciousness. In particular, our species have been evolving from the last 3 million years, just to keep focus, and expressively during the past 200.000 years, with the Homo Sapiens, which developed the capabilities of abstract reasoning, language, introspection, problem-solving and, ultimately, love.
Next post I would like to go through the development of our consciousness throughout the history of our civilization (briefly, do not worry!), to the present days.
 Bhalla, US; Iyengar, R (1999). “Emergent properties of networks of biological signaling pathways”. Science 283 (5400): 381-7.
Our Role in the Universe
There are fascinating issues that surround us like the classical questions “Why are we here?”, “Is there intelligent life in other parts of the universe?”, “Is there an afterlife?”, “Is there a God?”, “Is there not a God?” and so on.
Thanks to our intelligence and our self-awareness, we have the capability of making these questions and try to find explanations. Not easy. Mankind has been dueling with those issues since our first spark of consciousness when we started to formulate answers and reasons mostly based on superstition and myths. The advent of the formal science slowly created an official path to search for answers about our universe, but many issues are yet unsolved and still subjected to the same poor judgment and systems of belief, even in the XXI century!
This blog does not have the ambition of intending to solve these questions but it is a tiny contribution to discuss them and understand what people think about them.
Dogmas and Systems of Belief x Personal Experience and Reasoning
Personally, I do not belong to any system of belief and do not get along with dogmas, whether secular or sacred. Despite being an engineer exposed to the recognized systems of science, I am aware that this discipline does not explain it all. On the other hand, even not belonging to any standard faith I have to agree that religion had its role in improving consciousness, despite all the stumbles and setbacks during the history of our civilization (although it is impossible to reckon the balance between benefits and harm provided by the many religions). What I strongly believe, is that it’s about time to start thinking for ourselves and try to find our own answers. I know many people that had scratched the veil of another reality or the alternative of a non-physical realm. I myself had personal experiences, very elusive and evasive, but yet enough to awaken the glimpse of possibilities and make me curious about them.
That´s the objective of this blog; to present ideas, to share thoughts, compare experiences, promote articles and other blogs, all in the scope of the evolution of consciousness. I have many interests in life; family, business, music, off-road expeditions, water sports, writing, science, history, reading, to say the most important. Considering time is a precious commodity, I selected the particular subject of consciousness to write about because I think it is something worthwhile to share and discuss.
Of course we will eventually be dealing with issues like consciousness, self-awareness, paranormal activity, extra-sensorial experiences, mind expansion, OBE (or out-of-the-body-experience, or astral traveling, or astral projection), reincarnation, afterlife, metaphysics, the manifestation of consciousness in non-physical realms, religions, science, skepticism, bio-energy and relative matters. However, there is no intention to approach these issues in a dogmatic, mythical, mystical or hermetic way. The idea is to treat them like possibilities of our consciousness, perhaps abilities or attributes that are still hidden and underdeveloped in our mind or soul. The approach will be reason and not belief, possibilities and not creed, self-experience and not intermediaries, facts and not dogmas.
Science and Religion
We will be also referring to subjects like quantum physics, cosmology, big bang theory, string theory, relativity, sub-particles realm, natural philosophy, natural science, human behavior, ethics, inquisition, secularism, enlightenment, civilization, and many others. Not technical but just deep enough to discuss the similarities between different realities and subjects.
The Next Giant Leap
In short, the idea behind this blog is to discuss which are the next leaps in human consciousness. In many articles on the internet, you may read that the next “Giant Leap for Mankind” is the landing of a human being on Mars. It is, in fact, true. But in our focus here I am more intended to discuss how humans are going to be in the next 500 or 1000 thousand years. Are we going to be able to better use our brain capacity and promote better synapses? What are the kind and the level of our moral values? Will there be criminality how we see today? Wars? Are we going to be able to discover and develop metaphysical attributes and touch a different kind of reality? Is our consciousness going to be able to manifest itself in a non-physical reality? The questions are open and greedy for suggestions.
In order to get to this point, I will start my posts with some thoughts on the evolution of our consciousness since its first sparks, and then over the history of our civilization. I will try to be brief and deal mostly with concepts and ideas. The pacing and details will come from the feedback from readers.
eBook. Evolution: The Next Giant Leap
I am currently finishing a novel called Evolution: The next giant leap, a fiction story set in the future, which deals with the matters that are the scope of this blog. I will eventually promote this eBook here and will be more than happy to promote other blogs, sites, articles, books, films or any material that our readers produce or recommend, once we remain in the range of this blog.
I hope to have comments and suggestions from you, the reader. So, in case you have the same interests and want to share your thoughts, they are welcome. If you defend an extreme point-of-view about a particular religion or system of belief, to the level of aggressiveness, maybe this blog is not for you, although I do not intend to avoid or censor any ideas.
A note about the English version of this blog: English is not my native language and, at the moment, I cannot count on a text reviser to publish the ideas. So, please accept my apologies concerning any typos, grammatical errors, lack of cohesion, poor phrases etc. If you have any suggestions regarding the improvement of the posts, in order to provide better comprehension, please send them!