I don’t know if humans will still be around in 10K years. Maybe then, they might have moved on from jesus/mohammed but I truthfully don’t see humans ever giving up spirituality of some form. I could be wrong but in 10K years who’ll know?
And, for the record, I hope religion only lasts another few decades and then reason and evidence begin to rule. I can hope, can’t I?
I don’t know what spirituality is. Please explain what it is in your words.
Our cultures are not static. Cultures evolve. Ideas evolve. New memes (analogous to genes) are created—we call this variation. And the unfit memes (analogous to genes) lose out to better memes (analogous to genes)—we call this natural and artificial selection.
Consider the unfit meme of altruism (actually its the whole set of moral knowledge of altruism—and actually its a memeplex, which is a set of networked memes—memes that generally go together).
The fit meme, actually memeplex, is Objectivism—which is the whole set of philosophical and moral knowledge of Objectivism.
Soon altruism will be extinct. Everybody will be an Objectivist.
Another unfit memeplex is the Justified True Belief, the epistemology created by Aristotle and still has to this day 99.9+% penetration in the human population. The fit memeplex is Popperism.
Soon Justified True Belief will be extinct. And everybody will be a Popperian.
And soon after that all evil memes will be extinct.
- Popperism is the philosophy created by Karl Popper. I good source to learn about Popperism is http://fallibleideas.com/knowledge-creation
- And a good source to learn Objectivism is the rest of Elliot Temple’s site: http://fallibleideas.com/
- This is where we discuss these ideas and more: http://groups.google.com/group/beginning-of-infinity/subscribe