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. Due to my popular science interest in modern physics (cosmology, relativity theory, and quantum mechanics) I 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 spanning about 15 years in search for a coherent world view, which implied the exploration of very different approaches like ontic structural realism and mathematical monism (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, quantum idealism (Amit Goswami, Johanan Raatz and Michael Jones from Inspiring Philosophy), Neoplatonism with objective idealism (Timothy Sprigge, John Leslie), and classical theism. I also thoroughly evaluated the pro and con arguments for Christianity, esp. Roman Catholic (esp. Thomism) and Reformed theology, as well as Biblical exegesis and history (just for the record: no, I was not converted by my wife, who was a Cafeteria Catholic and "Chreaster"). My current beliefs are an idiosyncratic amalgam of several of the above views and can best be classified as Neoplatonist monistic idealism and philosophical theism (based on a combination of digital physics, the simulation argument, and quantum idealism): the world is a "simulation" in the mind of God. This view is arguably well compatible with a sophisticated Christianity (e.g., sensu Jonathan Edwards, Keith Ward, Teilhard de Chardin, and Frank Tipler), as well as the more esoteric traditions of many other religions (in the spirit of perennialism and hermeticism). However, I reject all kinds of fundamentalist religion as simplistic and naive cargo cults. (You can find a German language article about my views in this article about Quantum-Idealism that I co-authored with Johanan Raatz)

 

My "conversion" from atheistic naturalism and materialism  to an idealist and theistic 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 meanwhile convinced that even without sophisticated arguments we can simply know as a properly basic belief that materialism is wrong and that a universal mind (aka God) is the ground of all being.

 

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

 

Political position:

I am a right-accelerationist (techno-utopian) and geolibertarian minarchist. I endorse Georgism / Geoism (land value tax) and Pigovian taxes combined with a citizen's dividend, as replacement for all other taxes and all other welfare. Concerning environmental issues I endorse a positive anthropocene and promethean environmentalism (ecomodernism, cornucopian techno-optimism), including the use of nuclear energy and geoengineering to fight climate change, as well as embracing GMOs and industrial vertical farming as solution to feeding 11 billion people in 2100. Environmentalists have to abandon the notion of preserving pristine wilderness and embrace the future of nature as a well-tended "garden".

 

I love modern Western civilization and hate leftism and political correctness. I especially hate ecosocialist luddite hippies, who dream of 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. The only hope for life to endure in a hostile universe is human ingenuity (Gaia 2.0). 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 are as dangerous for the future of humanity as climate change deniers.