Development of my World View


Having been born into a highly secular society and raised in an irreligious and agnostic family background, I have been an atheistic materialist and naturalist for most of my life until my late thirties, and was only interested in nature and natural sciences. Between 2004-2006 I developed a stronger popular science interest in modern physics (cosmology, relativity theory, and quantum mechanics), and read the bestselling books by David Deutsch, Brian Greene, John Gribbin, Richard Feynman, and Michio Kaku, as well as later by others such as Sean Carroll and Max Tegmark. I soon came to realize fundamental philosophical problems concerning time, causality, laws of nature, and the effectiveness of mathematics. I also realized the hard problem of consciousness, the problem of reason (incl. intentionality / aboutness), the problem of universals, the standard problem of free will, and the problem of objective morality, as well as the ultimate question "why is there anything rather than nothing". This led to a spiritual journey beginning in 2006 and spanning about 15 years in search for a coherent world view, which implied the exploration of very different philosophical and metaphysical approaches like ontic structural realism and mathematical monism (Pythagorean Illuminism and its ripoff cult Hyperianism, Max Tegmark, Gary Drescher), pantheistic neopaganism (panpsychism, hylozooism, animism), Eastern philosophies like Daoism and Shintoism, non-dualism (Advaita Vedanta) and neoperennial integral thought (Ken Wilber), Whiteheadian panentheistic process thought, Bergsonian and Nietzschean flux, monistic / quantum idealism (Amit Goswami, Johanan Raatz and Michael Jones from Inspiring Philosophy, Bernardo Kastrup), Neoplatonism with objective idealism (Timothy Sprigge, John Leslie), and classical theism. All these views turned out to be incoherent, incomplete and unacceptable. I also thoroughly studied and evaluated the pro and con arguments for Christianity, esp. Roman Catholic (esp. Thomism) and Reformed theology, as well as Biblical exegesis and ANE history (just for the record: no, I was not converted by my wife, who rather was a kind of Cafeteria Catholic and "Chreaster"). I totally reject any kind of religious fundamentalism and its literalist interpretation of scripture as an anachronistic kind of silly cargo cult belief system.

 

Ultimately, I decided for a rationalist metaphysics based on Neoplatonism and Pythagorean Idealism, which arguably is compatible with a sophisticated interpretation of Christianity (e.g., sensu Teilhard de Chardin, Frank Tipler, and Richard Rohr), as well as the more esoteric traditions of many religions in the spirit of perennialism, gnosticism, and hermeticism. I am convinced that such an idealism has much stronger philosophical support than dualistic classical theism. I am a strict rationalist and consider a strong principle of sufficient reason, Ockham's razor (parsimony), the laws of logic and mathematics as our only reliable guide to true knowledge, while empirical science is mostly of practical and instrumental value for technology, medicine, and the exploration of contingent spatiotemporal phenomena.

 

My preferred metaphysics is very similar that of Pythagorean Illuminism (as elaborated in the 32 books of the God Series by Mike Hockney), but it differs in two major issues:

  • I do not consider “God” as a hive mind of independent mathematical monads (souls), but rather consider these monads as having only virtual existence in the ultimate Monad (universal mind or world soul) in terms of a monistic idealism. The world is a simulation in the divine mind, and distinct finite minds are just temporally dissociated patterns within this mind (similar to the view of Bernardo Kastrup).
  • I definitely do think that real contingency, such as the value of the Planck constant, ultimately cannot be rooted in pure necessity (problem of modal collapse), but must be rooted in a necessarily existing infinite regress of contingency.

My "conversion" from atheistic naturalism and materialism to an idealist world view did not involve any faith in holy scriptures, but was exclusively based on reason and a careful critical evaluation of empirical evidence and philosophical arguments. However, I am also convinced that even without sophisticated arguments we can simply know as a properly basic belief that materialism is wrong and a universal mind exists as ground of all being.

 

I strongly reject the modern cult of atheistic naturalism (esp. "New Atheism"), eliminative materialism, functionalist physicalism, mechanistic determinism, and reductionistic scientism as incoherent, irrational, empirically refuted, and thus absurd dogmatic faith, which is mostly based on sloppy argumentation and shallow philosophy (esp. among internet infidels), and ultimately implies detrimental nihilism.

 

My most admired thinkers are Pythagoras, Plato, René Descartes, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Leonhard Euler, Joseph Fourier, Bernhard Riemann, Kurt Gödel, G.W.F. Hegel, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Arthur Schopenhauer, Eduard von Hartmann, Friedrich Nietzsche, Henri Bergson, Teilhard de Chardin, Carl G. Jung, David Bohm, John Bell, Karl Pribram, Michael Talbot, and Julian Jaynes.

 

My most disliked thinkers are Aristotle, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, David Hume, Immanuel Kant, Issac Newton, Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and David Hilbert.

 

Political position:

I am a techno-optimist and techno-utopian accelerationist, who thinks that the artificial intelligence revolution towards AGI/ASI will change every aspect of modern human societies in the next decade, including an end to human wage labor. I endorse equality of opportunity but not equality of outcome, with reasonable limits to both ends of the wealth spectrum. I endorse a kind of social free market capitalism as best system for sustainable human flourishing, which combines green growth with universal health care, universal education, and a citizen's dividend (universal / unconditional basic income aka UBI or even universal high income). I support a technocratic meritocracy (sensu Plato) as e-government, a 100% inheritance tax (with reasonable exceptions), a land value tax (Georgism / Geoism), and Pigovian taxes on pollutants and unsustainable use of natural resources. Concerning environmental issues, I endorse a positive anthropocene and promethean "bright green" environmentalism (ecomodernism, cornucopian techno-optimism) and eco-capitalism (blue greens). This includes the general expansion of nuclear energy (esp. modern reactor designs for production of red hydrogen) in addition to 100% renewable energies (with smart grid, sector coupling, and green hydrogen), deep seafloor mining for rare minerals (asteroid mining in the future), massive geoengineering (esp. enhanced weathering with basalt), and negative emission technologies (BECCS and DACCS) to fight and reverse climate change, a major transition from self-owned ICE cars to on-demand self-driving EVs (TaaS), as well as a second green revolution with fully embracing GMOs, cellular agriculture (incl. lab-grown meat and precision fermentation dairy), and industrial vertical farming as solution to feeding 9-11 billion people in 2100, as well as even more urbanization with smart mega cities. A climate goal to limit global warming below 2°C or even 1.5°C is totally unrealistic. It may be desirable but it is not going to happen. We will certainly also not get a runaway global warming of 5°C or above. We will have to accept a warming of 2.5-3°C by 2100 and adapt. This is bad, but not the end of the world. I strongly oppose climate alarmists, who scare young people into irrational fear of imminent human extinction. Generally, environmentalists have to abandon the delusional notion of preserving pristine wilderness and all of biodiversity, and instead embrace the pragmatic future of nature as a well-tended "garden" for human enjoyment and recreation. Ultimately, the goal is not to preserve the limitations and suffering of biological reality but to overcome it.

 

I greatly appreciate the achievements of Western civilization and hate liberal leftism, wokesism, political correctness, cancel culture, SJWs, critical race theory, and crazy gender ideology and other forms of degenerate human stupidity. I especially despise ecosocialist luddite hippies and prophets of doom and collapse, who dream of degrowth or even returning to the caves to save "mother Earth" from evil humanity. Gaia theory is romantic nonsense and the harsh truth is rather Peter Ward's Medea hypothesis: nature not only wants to sterilize Earth with mass extinctions, but wants 5 of 7 children dead before the age of 5, it wants you to be dead by the age of 50, and in the meantime it wants you to be mostly hungry, frightened, sick, and full of parasites. Anything better than that is thanks to modern science, technology, and evidence based medicine. I also concur with late Hans Rosling's brilliant statement that "humans never lived in harmony with nature, but died in harmony with nature". Radical environmentalists with their anti-human and anti-civilizational attitudes are as dangerous for the future of humanity as climate change denialists and stupid anti-vaxxers.