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    Omega Point From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia For other uses, see Omega Point (disambiguation). This article includes a list of references, related reading
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      Omega Point
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

      For other uses, see Omega Point (disambiguation).

      This article includes a list of references, related reading or external links,
      but its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. Please improve
      this article by introducing more precise citations. (July 2010)

      Omega Point is a term coined by the French Jesuit Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
      (1881–1955) to describe a maximum level of complexity and consciousness towards
      which he believed the universe was evolving.

      In this theory, developed by Teilhard in The Future of Man (1950), the universe
      is constantly developing towards higher levels of material complexity and
      consciousness, a theory of evolution that Teilhard called the Law of
      Complexity/Consciousness. For Teilhard, the universe can only move in the
      direction of more complexity and consciousness if it is being drawn by a supreme
      point of complexity and consciousness.

      Thus Teilhard postulates the Omega Point as this supreme point of complexity and
      consciousness, which in his view is the actual cause for the universe to grow in
      complexity and consciousness. In other words, the Omega Point exists as
      supremely complex and conscious, transcendent and independent of the evolving
      universe.

      Teilhard argued that the Omega Point resembles the Christian Logos, namely
      Christ, who draws all things into himself, who in the words of the Nicene Creed,
      is "God from God", "Light from Light", "True God from true God," and "through
      him all things were made."

      Teilhard's term recurs in later writings, such as those of John David Garcia
      (1971), Frank Tipler (1994) or Ray Kurzweil, as well as in science fiction
      literature.

      Contents [hide]
      1 Five attributes of the Omega Point
      2 Related concepts
      2.1 Garcia and increasing creativity
      2.2 Tipler
      2.3 Technological singularity
      3 Science fiction literature
      4 See also
      5 References
      6 External links
      Five attributes of the Omega Point

      Teilhard de Chardin's The Phenomenon of Man states that the Omega Point must
      possess the following five attributes. It is:

      Already existing.

      Only thus can the rise of the universe towards higher stages of consciousness be
      explained.

      Personal – an intellectual being and not an abstract idea.

      The increasing complexity of matter has not only led to higher forms of
      consciousness, but accordingly to more personalization, of which human beings
      are the highest attained form in the known universe. They are completely
      individualized, free centers of operation. It is in this way that man is said to
      be made in the image of God, who is the highest form of personality.

      Teilhard expressly stated that in the Omega Point, when the universe becomes
      One, human persons will not be suppressed, but super-personalized. Personality
      will be infinitely enriched. This is because the Omega Point unites creation,
      and the more it unites, the increasing complexity of the universe aids in higher
      levels of consciousness. Thus, as God creates, the universe evolves towards
      higher forms of complexity, consciousness, and finally with humans, personality,
      because God, who is drawing the universe towards Him, is a person.

      Transcendent.

      The Omega Point cannot be the result of the universe's final complex stage of
      itself on consciousness. Instead, the Omega Point must exist even before the
      universe's evolution, because the Omega Point is responsible for the rise of the
      universe towards more complexity, consciousness and personality. Which
      essentially means that the Omega Point is outside the framework in which the
      universe rises, because it is by the attraction of the Omega Point that the
      universe evolves towards Him.

      Autonomous

      That is, free from the limitations of space (nonlocality) and time
      (atemporality).
      Irreversible

      That is attainable and imperative; it must happen and cannot be undone.
      Related concepts

      Garcia and increasing creativity
      Main article: Total creativity

      In 1971, John David Garcia expanded on Teilhard's Omega Point idea. In
      particular, he stressed that even more than the increase of intelligence, the
      constant increase of ethics is essential for humankind to reach the Omega Point.
      He applied the term creativity to the combination of intelligence and ethics and
      announced that increasing creativity is the correct and proper goal of human
      life. He specifically rejected increasing happiness as a proper ultimate goal:
      when faced with a choice between increasing creativity and increasing happiness,
      a person ought to choose creativity, he wrote. But the two are exclusively
      connected to where human kind is always finding creative ways to be happy.

      Tipler

      Main article: Frank J. Tipler
      Frank Tipler uses the term Omega Point to describe what he maintains is the
      ultimate fate of the universe required by the laws of physics. Tipler identifies
      this concept as the Christian god and in later writing, infers correctness of
      Christian mythology from this concept.[citation needed] Tipler (1994) has
      summarized his theory as follows:

      The universe has finite spatial size and the topology of a three-sphere;

      There are no event horizons, implying the future c-boundary is a point, called
      the Omega Point;

      Sentient life must eventually engulf the entire universe and control it;
      The amount of information processed between now and the Omega Point is infinite;
      The amount of information stored in the universe asymptotically goes to infinity
      as the Omega Point is approached.[1]

      Key to Tipler's exploration of the Omega Point is that the supposition of a
      closed universe evolving towards a future collapse. Within this universe, Tipler
      assumes a massive processing capability. As the universe becomes smaller, the
      processing capability becomes larger, due to the decreasing cost of
      communications as the systems shrink in size. At the same time, information from
      previously disconnected points in space becomes visible, giving the processors
      access to more and more information. Tipler's Omega Point occurs when the
      processing capability effectively becomes infinite, as the processors will be
      able to simulate every possible future before the universe ends - a state also
      known as "Aleph".

      Within this environment, Tipler imagines that intelligent beings, human
      personalities, will be run as simulations within the system. As a result, after
      the Omega Point, humans will have omnipotence, able to see all of history and
      predict all of the future. Additionally, as all history becomes available, past
      personalities will be able to run as well. Within the simulation, this appears
      to be the dead rising. Tipler equates this state with the Christian heaven.

      Technological singularity

      Some transhumanists argue that the accelerating technological progress inherent
      in the Law of Accelerating Returns will, in the relatively near future, lead to
      what Vernor Vinge called a technological singularity or "prediction wall." These
      transhumanists believe we will soon enter a time in which we must eventually
      make the transition to a "runaway positive feedback loop"[citation needed] in
      high-level autonomous machine computation. A result will be that our
      technological and computational tools eventually completely surpass human
      capacities.

      [2] Some transhumanist writings refer to this moment as the Omega Point, paying
      homage to Teilhard's prior use of the term. Other transhumanists, in particular
      Ray Kurzweil, refer to the technological singularity as simply "The
      Singularity".

      Science fiction literature

      In the 1937 science fiction novel Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon, what later came
      to be called the Omega Point by Teilhard de Chardin was reached when the Cosmic
      Mind encountered the Star Maker (the Creator of the Cosmos).

      In the Isaac Asimov short-story The Last Question, Humanity merges its
      collective consciousness with its own creation: an all-powerful cosmic computer.
      The resulting intelligence contemplates the cyclic nature of the universe,
      ending with a twist.

      In Childhood's End, a novel by Arthur C. Clarke, the destiny of humanity - as
      well as most of the other intelligent species in the universe - seems to merge
      with an overall cosmic intelligence.

      In Dan Simmons's Hyperion Cantos, the Omega Point is used extensively. The
      catholic priest character Father Hoyt/Duré who is introduced to the story frame
      as one of the pilgrims in the first two volumes of the tetralogy (Hyperion and
      The Fall of Hyperion) eventually becomes Pope Teilhard I.

      In Darwinia, a novel by Robert Charles Wilson, a mysterious event in 1912
      transforms Europe into an immeasurably strange place, full of hitherto unknown
      flora and fauna, and it is revealed at the very end that the entire story is a
      tiny part of a virtual war inside what is effectively an Omega Point
      metacomputer at the end of time.

      In the first part of Poul Anderson's novel Harvest of Stars, North America is
      ruled by the Avantists, an oppressive pseudo-religious regime that draws its
      justification from a commitment to take humanity to what they call the Omega
      Point. It uses the Greek infinity symbol as a logo, and it is deemed politically
      correct to greet each other with "alpha", to which the reply is "omega".

      However, since the Avantist Advisory Synod believes in social engineering and
      technical progress as the means to advance humanity, its teachings are in fact
      transhumanist.

      In Tomorrow and Tomorrow, a novel by Charles Sheffield, the main character Drake
      Merlin is on a quest to cure his dying wife. He has her frozen and then freezes
      himself in the hope that the future holds the cure. Eventually, he finds that
      the only hope to having her back is to wait out the aeons until the Omega Point,
      at which time she will again be accessible.

      George Zebrowski wrote a trilogy of space opera novellas, collectively called
      The Omega Point Trilogy and published as a single volume in 1983. The name
      appears to be a coincidence; it predates Tipler by many years and does not
      involve any of the Omega Point ideas listed above.

      In Peter F. Hamilton's Night's Dawn Trilogy, the Omega Point is a repository for
      the souls of the dead of all sentient species in the Universe. It is implied
      that this is also the point to which the universe will eventually collapse.

      Humayun Ahmed's novel Omega Point (2000) concerns multiverses, a developing
      theory of time and a manifestation of the Omega Point that interferes with
      history to allow the theory to reach fruition.

      Stephen Baxter writes about the Omega Point in many books including Manifold:
      Time and Timelike Infinity.

      Julian May's Galactic Milieu Series draws heavily for both plot and background
      on the concepts of Teilhard de Chardin's Omega point theories.
      Shantaram, a novel by Gregory David Roberts, refers to the philosophical theory
      that the universe "tends towards complexity."

      See also

      Digitalism
      The Footprints of God
      Hyperintelligence
      Noosphere
      Supertask
      Simulated reality
      Technological singularity
      Ultimate fate of the universe
      Posthuman God
      Frank J. Tipler
      Elisabet Sahtouris
      Vladimir Vernadsky
      Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
      References

      ^ Tipler (1994), p. ??
      ^ http://omegapoint.org
      External links

      Chardin, Pierre Teilhard de ♦ The Phenomenon of Man Scanned book in the
      Internet Archive
      Chardin, Pierre Teilhard de ♦ The Phenomenon of Man An HTML version of the
      book (without illustrations)

      Human Evolution Research Institute

      Princeton Noosphere project cites Teilhard de Chardin

      Teilhard de Chardin on evolution

      Essays by Tipler on the Omega Point

      Computer history's stride towards an expected Omega Point by Jürgen Schmidhuber,
      from

      "The New AI: General & Sound & Relevant for Physics, In B. Goertzel and C.
      Pennachin, eds.:

      Artificial General Intelligence, p. 175-198, 2006."
      View page ratings
    • prometheus_973
      Alpha! I found this Omega Point topic to be interesting: The collective consciousness; a repository for souls, multiverses; growing complexity equating to an
      Message 2 of 2 , May 8, 2012
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        Alpha!
        I found this Omega Point
        topic to be interesting:

        The collective consciousness;
        a repository for souls, multiverses;
        growing complexity equating to
        an expansion of consciousness;
        creativeness and happiness; the
        evolution to become God the
        creator; etc.

        Then again, would Astral regions
        and "planes of consciousness" be
        considered to be multiverses or
        parallel universes? Thus, I see a
        connection between the religionists
        (and the pro-religion faction) and
        the philosophers.

        The big difference is that one
        doesn't have to join a religion
        and waste their time and money
        and participate as a worker bee
        within a hierarchy to experience
        this phenomena.

        Prometheus

        **************************
        Omega Point
        From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

        For other uses, see Omega Point (disambiguation).

        This article includes a list of references, related reading or external links,
        but its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. Please improve
        this article by introducing more precise citations. (July 2010)

        Omega Point is a term coined by the French Jesuit Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
        (1881–1955) to describe a maximum level of complexity and consciousness towards
        which he believed the universe was evolving.

        In this theory, developed by Teilhard in The Future of Man (1950), the universe
        is constantly developing towards higher levels of material complexity and
        consciousness, a theory of evolution that Teilhard called the Law of
        Complexity/Consciousness. For Teilhard, the universe can only move in the
        direction of more complexity and consciousness if it is being drawn by a supreme
        point of complexity and consciousness.

        Thus Teilhard postulates the Omega Point as this supreme point of complexity and
        consciousness, which in his view is the actual cause for the universe to grow in
        complexity and consciousness. In other words, the Omega Point exists as
        supremely complex and conscious, transcendent and independent of the evolving
        universe.

        Teilhard argued that the Omega Point resembles the Christian Logos, namely
        Christ, who draws all things into himself, who in the words of the Nicene Creed,
        is "God from God", "Light from Light", "True God from true God," and "through
        him all things were made."

        Teilhard's term recurs in later writings, such as those of John David Garcia
        (1971), Frank Tipler (1994) or Ray Kurzweil, as well as in science fiction
        literature.

        Contents [hide]
        1 Five attributes of the Omega Point
        2 Related concepts
        2.1 Garcia and increasing creativity
        2.2 Tipler
        2.3 Technological singularity
        3 Science fiction literature
        4 See also
        5 References
        6 External links
        Five attributes of the Omega Point

        Teilhard de Chardin's The Phenomenon of Man states that the Omega Point must
        possess the following five attributes. It is:

        Already existing.

        Only thus can the rise of the universe towards higher stages of consciousness be
        explained.

        Personal – an intellectual being and not an abstract idea.

        The increasing complexity of matter has not only led to higher forms of
        consciousness, but accordingly to more personalization, of which human beings
        are the highest attained form in the known universe. They are completely
        individualized, free centers of operation. It is in this way that man is said to
        be made in the image of God, who is the highest form of personality.

        Teilhard expressly stated that in the Omega Point, when the universe becomes
        One, human persons will not be suppressed, but super-personalized. Personality
        will be infinitely enriched. This is because the Omega Point unites creation,
        and the more it unites, the increasing complexity of the universe aids in higher
        levels of consciousness. Thus, as God creates, the universe evolves towards
        higher forms of complexity, consciousness, and finally with humans, personality,
        because God, who is drawing the universe towards Him, is a person.

        Transcendent.

        The Omega Point cannot be the result of the universe's final complex stage of
        itself on consciousness. Instead, the Omega Point must exist even before the
        universe's evolution, because the Omega Point is responsible for the rise of the
        universe towards more complexity, consciousness and personality. Which
        essentially means that the Omega Point is outside the framework in which the
        universe rises, because it is by the attraction of the Omega Point that the
        universe evolves towards Him.

        Autonomous

        That is, free from the limitations of space (nonlocality) and time
        (atemporality).
        Irreversible

        That is attainable and imperative; it must happen and cannot be undone.
        Related concepts

        Garcia and increasing creativity
        Main article: Total creativity

        In 1971, John David Garcia expanded on Teilhard's Omega Point idea. In
        particular, he stressed that even more than the increase of intelligence, the
        constant increase of ethics is essential for humankind to reach the Omega Point.
        He applied the term creativity to the combination of intelligence and ethics and
        announced that increasing creativity is the correct and proper goal of human
        life. He specifically rejected increasing happiness as a proper ultimate goal:
        when faced with a choice between increasing creativity and increasing happiness,
        a person ought to choose creativity, he wrote. But the two are exclusively
        connected to where human kind is always finding creative ways to be happy.

        Tipler

        Main article: Frank J. Tipler
        Frank Tipler uses the term Omega Point to describe what he maintains is the
        ultimate fate of the universe required by the laws of physics. Tipler identifies
        this concept as the Christian god and in later writing, infers correctness of
        Christian mythology from this concept.[citation needed] Tipler (1994) has
        summarized his theory as follows:

        The universe has finite spatial size and the topology of a three-sphere;

        There are no event horizons, implying the future c-boundary is a point, called
        the Omega Point;

        Sentient life must eventually engulf the entire universe and control it;
        The amount of information processed between now and the Omega Point is infinite;
        The amount of information stored in the universe asymptotically goes to infinity
        as the Omega Point is approached.[1]

        Key to Tipler's exploration of the Omega Point is that the supposition of a
        closed universe evolving towards a future collapse. Within this universe, Tipler
        assumes a massive processing capability. As the universe becomes smaller, the
        processing capability becomes larger, due to the decreasing cost of
        communications as the systems shrink in size. At the same time, information from
        previously disconnected points in space becomes visible, giving the processors
        access to more and more information. Tipler's Omega Point occurs when the
        processing capability effectively becomes infinite, as the processors will be
        able to simulate every possible future before the universe ends - a state also
        known as "Aleph".

        Within this environment, Tipler imagines that intelligent beings, human
        personalities, will be run as simulations within the system. As a result, after
        the Omega Point, humans will have omnipotence, able to see all of history and
        predict all of the future. Additionally, as all history becomes available, past
        personalities will be able to run as well. Within the simulation, this appears
        to be the dead rising. Tipler equates this state with the Christian heaven.

        Technological singularity

        Some transhumanists argue that the accelerating technological progress inherent
        in the Law of Accelerating Returns will, in the relatively near future, lead to
        what Vernor Vinge called a technological singularity or "prediction wall." These
        transhumanists believe we will soon enter a time in which we must eventually
        make the transition to a "runaway positive feedback loop"[citation needed] in
        high-level autonomous machine computation. A result will be that our
        technological and computational tools eventually completely surpass human
        capacities.

        [2] Some transhumanist writings refer to this moment as the Omega Point, paying
        homage to Teilhard's prior use of the term. Other transhumanists, in particular
        Ray Kurzweil, refer to the technological singularity as simply "The
        Singularity".

        Science fiction literature

        In the 1937 science fiction novel Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon, what later came
        to be called the Omega Point by Teilhard de Chardin was reached when the Cosmic
        Mind encountered the Star Maker (the Creator of the Cosmos).

        In the Isaac Asimov short-story The Last Question, Humanity merges its
        collective consciousness with its own creation: an all-powerful cosmic computer.
        The resulting intelligence contemplates the cyclic nature of the universe,
        ending with a twist.

        In Childhood's End, a novel by Arthur C. Clarke, the destiny of humanity - as
        well as most of the other intelligent species in the universe - seems to merge
        with an overall cosmic intelligence.

        In Dan Simmons's Hyperion Cantos, the Omega Point is used extensively. The
        catholic priest character Father Hoyt/Duré who is introduced to the story frame
        as one of the pilgrims in the first two volumes of the tetralogy (Hyperion and
        The Fall of Hyperion) eventually becomes Pope Teilhard I.

        In Darwinia, a novel by Robert Charles Wilson, a mysterious event in 1912
        transforms Europe into an immeasurably strange place, full of hitherto unknown
        flora and fauna, and it is revealed at the very end that the entire story is a
        tiny part of a virtual war inside what is effectively an Omega Point
        metacomputer at the end of time.

        In the first part of Poul Anderson's novel Harvest of Stars, North America is
        ruled by the Avantists, an oppressive pseudo-religious regime that draws its
        justification from a commitment to take humanity to what they call the Omega
        Point. It uses the Greek infinity symbol as a logo, and it is deemed politically
        correct to greet each other with "alpha", to which the reply is "omega".

        However, since the Avantist Advisory Synod believes in social engineering and
        technical progress as the means to advance humanity, its teachings are in fact
        transhumanist.

        In Tomorrow and Tomorrow, a novel by Charles Sheffield, the main character Drake
        Merlin is on a quest to cure his dying wife. He has her frozen and then freezes
        himself in the hope that the future holds the cure. Eventually, he finds that
        the only hope to having her back is to wait out the aeons until the Omega Point,
        at which time she will again be accessible.

        George Zebrowski wrote a trilogy of space opera novellas, collectively called
        The Omega Point Trilogy and published as a single volume in 1983. The name
        appears to be a coincidence; it predates Tipler by many years and does not
        involve any of the Omega Point ideas listed above.

        In Peter F. Hamilton's Night's Dawn Trilogy, the Omega Point is a repository for
        the souls of the dead of all sentient species in the Universe. It is implied
        that this is also the point to which the universe will eventually collapse.

        Humayun Ahmed's novel Omega Point (2000) concerns multiverses, a developing
        theory of time and a manifestation of the Omega Point that interferes with
        history to allow the theory to reach fruition.

        Stephen Baxter writes about the Omega Point in many books including Manifold:
        Time and Timelike Infinity.

        Julian May's Galactic Milieu Series draws heavily for both plot and background
        on the concepts of Teilhard de Chardin's Omega point theories.
        Shantaram, a novel by Gregory David Roberts, refers to the philosophical theory
        that the universe "tends towards complexity."

        See also

        Digitalism
        The Footprints of God
        Hyperintelligence
        Noosphere
        Supertask
        Simulated reality
        Technological singularity
        Ultimate fate of the universe
        Posthuman God
        Frank J. Tipler
        Elisabet Sahtouris
        Vladimir Vernadsky
        Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
        References

        ^ Tipler (1994), p. ??
        ^ http://omegapoint.org
        External links

        Chardin, Pierre Teilhard de ♦ The Phenomenon of Man Scanned book in the
        Internet Archive
        Chardin, Pierre Teilhard de ♦ The Phenomenon of Man An HTML version of the
        book (without illustrations)

        Human Evolution Research Institute

        Princeton Noosphere project cites Teilhard de Chardin

        Teilhard de Chardin on evolution

        Essays by Tipler on the Omega Point

        Computer history's stride towards an expected Omega Point by Jürgen Schmidhuber,
        from

        "The New AI: General & Sound & Relevant for Physics, In B. Goertzel and C.
        Pennachin, eds.:

        Artificial General Intelligence, p. 175-198, 2006."
        View page ratings
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