Re: Teihard's Omega Point
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
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 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
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
(18811955) 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
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
1 Five attributes of the Omega Point
2 Related concepts
2.1 Garcia and increasing creativity
2.3 Technological singularity
3 Science fiction literature
4 See also
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:
Only thus can the rise of the universe towards higher stages of consciousness be
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.
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.
That is, free from the limitations of space (nonlocality) and time
That is attainable and imperative; it must happen and cannot be undone.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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" in
high-level autonomous machine computation. A result will be that our
technological and computational tools eventually completely surpass human
 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
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
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."
The Footprints of God
Ultimate fate of the universe
Frank J. Tipler
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
^ Tipler (1994), p. ??
Chardin, Pierre Teilhard de ♦ The Phenomenon of Man Scanned book in the
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,
"The New AI: General & Sound & Relevant for Physics, In B. Goertzel and C.
Artificial General Intelligence, p. 175-198, 2006."
View page ratings