I have seen the future…

Lincoln Steffens is hardly a household name these days, though perhaps he should be. Born in 1866, which makes him a near-contemporary of Rudolf Steiner, he was a highly influential American journalist during the early years of the 20th century. He knew and interviewed most of the famous people of his time, and was a campaigning and muckraking journalist, whose investigations of corruption in Wall Street helped lead to the creation of the Federal Reserve System.

But Steffens had his blind spots, and the most egregious of these was his embrace of Lenin and the Soviet Union. It was Steffens who reported his first impressions of the Soviet Union with the notorious phrase, “I have seen the future, and it works.”

Lincoln Steffens

Lincoln Steffens (photo via New York Times)

The anthropopper has now come across the Lincoln Steffens de nos jours, and he is an historian called Yuval Noah Harari. He has written a book called Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow and it is my contention that Harari is doing for the coming incarnation of Ahriman what Steffens did for Lenin – in other words, in the term invented to describe people who blindly supported the likes of Lenin and Stalin while they committed atrocity after atrocity, he is a useful idiot.

Not that the world at large seems to regard Harari in this light – his book, first published in 2014, has become an international bestseller, endorsed by Barack Obama and considered by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg as essential reading. All the most glittering prizes of contemporary fame have been showered on him – TED talks, public lectures, a dedicated YouTube channel, an online course as well as speeches to the futurologists at Google and the Singularity University in Silicon Valley.

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Yuval Noah Harari (photo via Wikipedia)

In Harari’s book, you can see how in our current time the Ahrimanic and the Luciferic influences are working together to deceive human beings about their true nature and their true future. Humans, says Harari, have done great things already and unimaginably greater things are going to be done. Our lifespan, for example, the Biblical three score years and ten, will double to one hundred and fifty as we humans become masters of our own fate and shapers of the natural circumstances of our own existence. The gods once made sport of us, but the future will “upgrade humans into gods, and turn Homo sapiens into Homo deus.”

According to Harari, scientific and technological innovations issuing from the minds of a visionary technical elite will be writing the story of our future: “History is often shaped by small groups of forward-looking innovators rather than by the backward-looking masses.” (You can see how this might appeal to people like Gates and Zuckerberg.) If humankind of the future is still assailed by new strains of disease or with viruses resistant to all antibiotics, it won’t be because of inadequate science and research, but because of a failure of political will or inadequate resources.

So medicine, if the political classes allow it to get on with its job, is part of the good news. Climate change, environmental collapse and mass extinctions are, of course, part of the bad news; but “we could lessen the danger by slowing the pace of progress and growth”, and as for nuclear weapons, they have compelled the superpowers “to find alternative and peaceful ways to resolve conflicts.” Harari’s vision for the future, however, is not species annihilation but species transformation through science and technology. We will become new kinds of human beings as our bodies, minds and relationships with the environment and with mechanical devices become altered in fundamental ways.

Harari’s prediction is that we human beings will become more god-like as we become more machine-like and as the capacity of machines becomes more god-like. We are nothing special in the animal kingdom, we have no immortal soul, there is no essential human self and our thoughts and emotions are the product of electrochemical impulses which can in the future be modelled by algorithms. Our future lies in the hands of technical experts – in biotechnology, artificial intelligence, cognitive and computer science. New tools will become parts of our bodies. We will have bionic hands, feet and eyes, while nanorobots will move through our bloodstream looking out for disease and repairing the damage of age and injury. We shall have wearable and implanted devices to expand our senses and alter our moods, while biological tools will enter our cells, remodel our genes and give us new and better flesh, blood and neurons.

Harari says it is a fact that the “last days of Homo sapiens are fast approaching, and that our species will be replaced “by completely different beings who possess not only different physiques, but also very different cognitive and emotional worlds.” Ordinary human beings will become surplus to requirements, as wars will be waged by drones and work will be done by robots: “Some economists predict that sooner or later, unenhanced humans will be completely useless.” Algorithms embedded in silicon and metal will replace algorithms embedded in flesh, which as Harari points out, is what biology and computer science tells us is all we really are anyway. Things have apparently gone so far that some in Silicon Valley already refer to human beings as “meat puppets.”

Things are going still further: Harari says that human beings will cease to be free agents, that their autonomy will be taken over by algorithms – written at first by human beings but ultimately by algorithm-writing machines. As this happens, liberal society will disintegrate as we will no longer be able to sustain belief in the uniqueness of the free human being as the basis of liberal social order. “We – or our heirs – will probably require a brand new package of religious beliefs and political institutions.”

This new religion will be called Dataism. It will be accompanied by the dissolution of the boundaries between animals, machines and social systems, all of which will be seen as algorithmic information processing systems. The concepts of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ will be replaced by the primacy of the free flow of information. The “cosmic data-processing system” will be what God once was: “It will be everywhere and will control everything, and humans are destined to merge into it.”

One can see how all of this appeals very much to the would-be masters of the universe, such as Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Bill Gates (Microsoft), Tim Cook (Apple) and all those who believe that human beings are just commodities to be manipulated by those who control the algorithms. It reinforces their sense that they have got it right and that they are the leaders of evolution.

I think enough has now been said to indicate that Harari is completely under the influence of Ahriman and Lucifer. What is disturbing is that his vision is so obviously already well under way, as we move inexorably towards the time of the incarnation of Ahriman. I’ve written before about Rudolf Steiner’s warnings concerning the forthcoming unique incarnation of Ahriman, of which Harari’s book is an obvious precursor:

“Just as there was an incarnation of Lucifer in the flesh and an incarnation of Christ in the flesh, so, before only a part of the third millennium of the post-Christian era has elapsed, there will be, in the West, an actual incarnation of Ahriman: Ahriman in the flesh. Humanity on earth cannot escape this incarnation of Ahriman. It will come inevitably. But what matters is that people shall find the right vantage point from which to confront it.”

Steiner’s advice was that, although we cannot avoid this incarnation, the best thing we can do is to wake up from our complacent materialistic sleep and observe what is happening all around us:

“Whenever preparation is being made for incarnations of this character, we must be alert to certain indicative trends in evolution. A being like Ahriman, who will incarnate in the West in time to come, prepares for this incarnation in advance. With a view to his incarnation on the earth, Ahriman guides certain forces in evolution in such a way that they may be of the greatest possible advantage to him. And evil would result were people to live on in a state of drowsy unawareness, unable to recognise certain phenomena in life as preparations for Ahriman’s incarnation in the flesh. The right stand can be taken only by recognising in one or another series of events the preparation that is being made by Ahriman for his earthly existence. And the time has now come for individual human beings to know what tendencies and events around them are machinations of Ahriman, helping him to prepare for his approaching incarnation.

It would undoubtedly be of the greatest benefit to Ahriman if he could succeed in preventing the vast majority of people from perceiving what would make for their true well-being, if the vast majority of people were to regard these preparations for the Ahriman incarnation as progressive and good for evolution. If Ahriman were able to slink into a humanity unaware of his coming, that would gladden him most of all. It is for this reason that the occurrences and trends in which Ahriman is working for his future incarnation must be brought to light.”

I suppose we owe a debt of gratitude to Harari for showing so clearly what the incarnation of Ahriman will have in store for us, unless we wake up to what is happening and start to work towards some different outcomes. Outcomes are not necessarily independent of the prediction; and if enough people believe that certain things can happen or will happen, they may devote resources and technology to making them happen. So let us try to focus on what the real, intended future for human beings ought to be.

In doing this, we shouldn’t underestimate the difficulty of changing course, nor should we ignore the role of our present model of capitalism, which will prevent us from hitting the brakes and steering the car away from Harari’s predicted future. We already have a situation in which Jeff Bezos is ‘worth’ $85 billion, whereas an Amazon delivery driver is just a disposable part in a machine, a component to be thrown away without a moment’s thought as soon as he can’t perform to the standards demanded by the algorithm.

Let us leave the final word to Rudolf Steiner:

“To the extent to which people can be roused into conducting their affairs not for material ends alone and into regarding a free and independent spiritual life, equally with economic life, as an integral part of the social organism — to that same extent Ahriman’s incarnation will be awaited with an attitude worthy of humanity.”

 

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27 responses to “I have seen the future…

  1. Liliana

    The cell-phone addiction, which is becoming ever more prevalent, is a foretaste of what you lay out in your article, Jeremy. Technology now creates ‘reality’ – the virtual becomes real, the real becomes superfluous – and this leaves little hope that “Ahriman’s incarnation will be awaited with an attitude worthy of humanity.” It’s a nightmare scenario. Increasingly technology can be compared with the thorns among which the seeds fell in the parable of the sower, thorns ‘which grew and choked the plants’.

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  2. I hadn’t heard of Harari. The quotes you offer are very disturbing and I fear already well on the way to becoming reality.

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  3. Sophia Smith

    Thank you, Jeremy.
    Excellent insight into frightening possibilities, fast turning into some kind of reality….
    The point of prophecies is to change them.
    Good courage to us all!

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  4. Demetrios Peroulas

    Thank you, Jeremy.
    I can only agree with you, Liliana and Sophia.
    “It would undoubtedly be of the greatest benefit to Ahriman if the vast majority of people were to regard these preparations for the Ahriman incarnation as progressive and good for evolution”…
    My warmest greetings to all of you and let us not forget that Christ won Ahriman neither in the desert nor during the next three years but on the hill of Golgotha.

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  5. Steiner’s text does not say: ‘when only a part of the third millennium of the post-Christian era has elapsed’, but ‘before only …’. So, the moment of incarnation of evil is not imminent, but has already passed.

    As you said, the ahrimanic influences (in the past seventeen years) would not only comprise a materialistic sleep but also a new religion (partial truths, illusions, statistics and ‘the Gospel alone’).

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    • The incarnation of evil has already had a long history. Pinpointing the Ahrimanic incarnation will likely involve all of present-day humanity. It first began when the horizontal line was placed here, and wherein the potential to sink below it became possible. Christ averted the descent into the Abyss, but we can now choose our path in freedom of will:

      “Between the Atlantean flood and the great War of All against All man has had to renounce for a time the power to see into the spiritual world. He has had to content himself with seeing only what is around him in the physical world in the so-called waking consciousness. This is now the normal condition. But in its place it has become possible for him fully to develop his self-consciousness, his individual “I,” during this time, to feel himself within his skin as a separate “I”-personality, so to speak. This he has won. Now he also retains this individuality when he again rises into the higher spiritual worlds, and this ascent will be possible to him after the great War of All against All. But this ascent would not be possible if he had not taken part in that great cosmic event in the middle of our epoch which runs its course in the physical world,. Man would have been obliged to sink down into a kind of abyss had he not been preserved from it by the entry of Christ into our world. We must keep in mind that man has descended completely into the physical world in this epoch of ours.

      Let us represent the physical plane by this line; above it what is called the spiritual, the heavenly world, and below it what is called the abyss.”
      GA104, 24 June 1908

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      • Steiner would go on to express, some seventeen years later, how the Abyss still exists as a tangible entity and value. Just look at this last entry in the Anthroposophical Leading Thoughts on the warning about “Nature and Sub-Nature”.

        http://wn.rsarchive.org/Books/GA026/English/RSP1973/GA026_c29.html

        Is this not where we are today? Small-minded little self-enclosed technocrats, living within their personal [hand-held] universe. This is the ahrimanic incarnation. Stop looking for one particular personality. It is embedded in the culture of our day.

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      • In this same entry Steiner pointed to regression as another danger besides technology: “Of course what is here meant is not any sort of return to earlier states of civilization, but rather that Man should find his way to bring the new conditions of civilization into right relation with himself and with the Cosmos.”

        In the previous thread Jeremy referred to Polanyi’s view of land, labour and money as “fictitious commodities”. In our post-truth society we have to deal with new religions, conspiracy theories, fictions and alternative facts created by ordinary civilians like ‘John William Smith’.

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  6. Herb

    I think you have this backwards. From what I have read, Harari was warning against this Dataism and all that it implies. He wasn’t endorsing it. In fact, Harari doesn’t even have a smart phone and he meditates two hours a day and takes at least one month off every year to disengage from the modern world and everything electronic. It is apparently his way of staying in balance.

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    • Herb, here is the issue. Harari is a Jew. As such, he sees the world as a material entity, without the force of Christ. He also is a homosexual, which could not be consecrated in Jerusalem, but in Canada. Yet, the issue of the homo sapien, or homo deus, is one that requires the acquisition of supersensibile knowledge. As such. Steiner gave a perfect lecture here on the matter of what to believe:

      http://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/GA124/English/RSP1985/19110313p02.html

      I won’t read it for you, but I will tell that it says that the Jews, as well as the Muslims, are both aligned in materialism; and so, their conflict.

      The Europeans and Americans, they see the Christ in their future. And so it goes. Harari is a wimp, whether he meditates or not. He refuses the Christ, just as his predecessors did long ago. Just go ask him. Yet, he gets to be a bestselling author today. Why not.

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      • Herb

        I can only say that there has always been some anti-Semitism among anthroposophists, and this is an unfortunate example of it. Is this because it has existed in Christianity for so many centuries? Perhaps. But one would hope that at least anthroposophy would leave it behind in the trash where it belongs.
        As for Europeans and Americans seeing Christ in their future, I would like to see the evidence for that. Most Europeans have become atheists and agnostics. Churches are closing as fast as mosques are opening. Most Americans have no idea of the Christ though they may think they do.

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    • Steve, that’s absurd and stigmatizing. You can’t ascribe (alleged) abnormal group characteristics to an individual. All human beings receive a normal development by the Spirits of Form in the first place.

      The One Particular Personality didn’t live in Steiner’s time, but according to Steiner (1919) would be a source of materialism, nationalism, abstract thinking and Christian piety in our time. Why not be aware of this one evil in person, when it has appeared in our times?

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      • Ton, I wasn’t attempting to ascribe anything abnormal to Harari. Rather, his freedom to be is noteworthy, and his creative accomplishments only lack what spiritual science makes clear about the destiny of “home sapien” and “homo deus”. Jeremy’s article seems to be an incendiary attack on Harari, and yet, the issue that is important for this blog is the influence coming from someone entirely ignorant of spiritual science. We need to point this out, and why it is so.

        Now, as to “The One Particular Personality”, who didn’t live in Steiner’s time, but exists now, well take your pick. Many people today combine those attributes of:
        Materialism
        Nationalism
        Abstract Thinking
        Christian Piety

        So, why does it have to be one single person? And if it is based on these attributes, then Ahriman has many followers already, doesn’t he?

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      • Steiner’s characteristic of the Jahve-religion in this lecture was ‘preparation’ (i.e. Messiah expectation), not rejection.

        The issue with the One Single Person is the need for a source, an authority, an impulse, comparable to the pagan wisdom of the Luciferic Incarnation, even an initiation school.

        Steiner foresaw the post-truth society with its smart phones for every one in this way:
        “… the clairvoyance of each individual would be strictly differentiated. What one person would see, a second and a third would not see. Confusion would prevail and in spite of being made receptive to clairvoyant wisdom, men would inevitably fall into strife on account of the sheer diversity of their visions. Ultimately, however, they would all be satisfied with their own particular vision, …” (GA0191/19191115)

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    • Harari’s piece on the treatment of animals is very moving. One doesn’t have to be a vegan to feel compassion for the animals. Just as many animals form part of a food chain, some humans still need to be in that chain and get their protein from eating another animal, but this does not mean that we should take away everything else in an animal’s life. Just as the Angels are our guardians, in the next incarnation of the earth we will have an angelic role to play in relation to the animal kingdom. Harari is one of those people who has begun to understand this already in this life.

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  7. I agree with Steve when he says, ‘Stop looking for one particular personality. It is embedded in the culture of our day.’

    I do believe that seeking the ‘one person’ is actually playing Ahriman’s game, i.e., trying to bring into the sense world something which we know as a spiritual reality and belongs in the spiritual world.
    What significance could it have, to know, for example, that Mrs. Jane Doe, a systems architect living in Punxsutawny, a borough in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, is the incarnation of Ahriman?
    Knowing this would be a temptation to some people to act wrongly, to try to change destiny, to do evil.
    This desire to know who the individual is comes of curiosity, a trait which Steiner warns against .

    If Rudolf Steiner is right then the incarnation of Ahriman is an essential part of the evolution of humanity.

    All we need to know is –
    1. that it will or has taken place,
    2. how the Ahrimanic impulse works in human development. There are very clear indications about how this impulse works in the lessons of the First Class.

    It disturbs me when I read sentences like this one in Steve’s posting – ‘Small-minded little self-enclosed technocrats, living within their personal [hand-held] universe’.
    I think. ‘Who is he talking about?’. My son is a technocrat, he very much enjoys the ‘[hand-held] universe’ – yet he is not the least small-minded, little, or self-enclosed.

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    • Tom wrote:

      “It disturbs me when I read sentences like this one in Steve’s posting – ‘Small-minded little self-enclosed technocrats, living within their personal [hand-held] universe’. I think. ‘Who is he talking about?’. My son is a technocrat, he very much enjoys the ‘[hand-held] universe’ – yet he is not the least small-minded, little, or self-enclosed.”

      Certainly, I agree. But I also have children who engage in such beahviour, and know nothing about what it means. This lecture is a good example of what it means today to see people interacting with their smart phone, and ignoring everything else. I witnessed this the other day, as I often do. Steiner warns here about individualism, and its inherent anti-social consequences. The goal, of course, is to become a social being that extends itself to others. “No Man is an Island”.

      And yet, in my own experiential universe, I see it coming. I watched it the other day. Everyone had a hand-held device, and was completely interacting with it with no regard to any other living being. So, maybe Steiner meant something here that he saw coming on the horizon. I know that I saw it myself.

      http://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/SocFor_index.html

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  8. In Steve’s last post I find his way of speaking about Harari, Jewish and Muslim people to be demeaning and destructive. Steve says, ‘Harari is a Jew. As such, he sees the world as a material entity, without the force of Christ’. This is an extraordinary assumption to make about an individual on the basis of their parentage or race. Steve risks slandering all people who own to Jewish heritage, and also demeaning Harari’s divine essence.

    Steve goes on, ‘He [Harari] also is a homosexual, which could not be consecrated in Jerusalem, but in Canada. Yet, the issue of the homo sapien, or homo deus, is one that requires the acquisition of supersensibile knowledge.’
    What has Harari’s sexuality to do with anything in this discussion? It seems as if Steve only mentions it because he wants to use that as a way of demeaning Harari.

    Steve says, ‘Harari is a wimp, whether he meditates or not. He refuses the Christ, just as his predecessors did long ago.’
    I do not believe that this is a Christian way to speak about any human being.
    It makes me sad and troubled to find remarks like this on a blog which is inspired by Anthroposophy.

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    • Tom, I have nothing against ethnic, or sexual orientation. Yuval Noah Harari is the one being excoriated here by Jeremy’s tirade against what appears to be Ahriman’s greatest invitation in the recent work of Harari.

      Herb made comments that caused me to lift an eyelid on the matter and look at Yuval’s easily obtainable wikipedia biography:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuval_Noah_Harari

      Yet, your attempt to excoriate me is misplaced, although I understand the sentiment. Being homosexual is really nobody’s business, and being Jewish on a cultural level simply goes with the territory. So, let me ask you Tom, what do you see that this guy is doing that makes him so persuasive? It likely has to do with the modern viewpoint that technology has no limits, and the human mind has now the power to replace the fictional ‘god’ with its own omniscience.

      This is the viewpoint that Harari’s book, and its popularity, finds disturbing to a morally conscious anthroposophist. I can’t help it if I blurt things out that appear socially incorrect, but a moral outrage is involved here. It has nothing to do with the Jewish or Muslim cultures in themselves, or any personal sexual orientation.

      Rather, it has to do with the fact that for two thousand years, these two cultures, which fight each other every day for their particular version of supremacy, both have rejected the entry of Christ into earth evolution. The Jews rejected Christ directly, as we know, and the Arabs bypassed the whole issue for some 666 years. They have nothing but materialism now, and all that goes with it, on a crumbling and dying earth.

      Read the lecture I sent, Tom. Could you just take 20 minutes to read it, and gain some perspective? This lack of perspective is really the issue here. I know you like the idea of being a secular humanist with social democratic views, and a cosmopolitan spirit, but that is weak when a definite plan of spiritual evolution exists to be comprehended.

      Just look at all those people with their smart phones, and easy ‘google’ lookups, and the tweet-world, where every opinion could possibly get some traction time. Now, mix in all the lies and propaganda coming from the various media outlets, and what do you have with today’s younger generation?

      Do they see a future in someone like Yuval Noah Harari, or possibly in someone named Rudolf Steiner? I doubt they see anything with the latter, although I expect a few lookups, easily obtainable.

      Steve

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  9. wooffles

    Now I’m sorry that I didn’t comment positively at the time on Steve’s comment “Stop looking for one particular personality. It is embedded in the culture of our day” since I thought it exemplified the most genuinely productive and positive way to work with Steiner’s indications.

    It was followed by “Harari is a Jew. As such, he sees the world as a material entity, without the force of Christ,” which exemplifies the exact opposite.

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    • You might have taken a word or two out of context, but my response to Tom is worth looking at. While the force of Christ is definitely here, it is also a matter of perception, even though it is often denied. Remember, Christ represents evolutionary power; real power to change things at the midpoint of earth evolution. While the Buddha brought a very worthy teaching some five hundred years before Christ, the Christ brought real power, which is why a crucifixion and death occurred.

      Where did the body go? Did the earth need this body at that time?

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      • wooffles

        Steve,

        You write to Tom that “for two thousand years, “these two cultures [Judaism and Islam], . . . have rejected the entry of Christ into earth evolution. . . They have nothing but materialism now, and all that goes with it, on a crumbling and dying earth.”

        The way you write, you make Steiner’s conception of the atonement and its relationship to a “crumbling and dying world,” equal Christianity. It is believed by, perhaps, 100,000 people, if that many. The vast majority of Christians believe nothing of the sort. There are a lot more global warming denying Christians doing their best to speed up the process of the world crumbling and dying than there are anthroposophical ones.

        If you had written something along the lines of how everyone who does not believe in Steiner’s idea of Christ and the atonement has nothing but materialism, which is what you seem to be getting at, you would have at least avoided coming off as an anti-Semite.

        Maybe you really do believe that everyone who is not a professed Christian has nothing but materialism. But I find that hard to imagine.

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      • I tend to take a lofty position on this blog because it purports to be about Anthroposophy, and the anthroposophical world conception. Thus, at the heart of the matter is the Christ Event. Maybe I should take a moment to say that while possibly there are a hundred thousand people in the world who follow this conception with a fair degree of understanding, there are certainly millions more who don’t.

        Certainly, this includes all the fundamentalist Christians, who would scoff at the idea that Christ is the Sun Spirit, and the Earth is on the way to becoming a Sun in its present transformation. The two thousand year history of the earth and its human population since the Mystery of Golgotha has been a solid mineral evolution, and materialism has been the progressive and natural outcome of this evolution.

        Thus, Materialism goes with the territory because Ahriman, the so-called “ruler of the world”, has also followed this evolution with the power that he offered to Christ. Christ refused by saying: “Man does not live by bread alone”. Humanity truly lives by spiritual perception and cognition. Yet, Ahriman supports every possible means to drive human beings into the Abyss. This is the present threat, and we should be looking at every indication of it, and the ahrimanic authors enticing it along.

        This is what this current thread is about, and not accusations of anti-semitism. What might appear so can be easily explained to the overly sensitive judgment of those who find certain words offensive. Rudolf Steiner is still considered to be an anti-semite by his opponents, no matter what defenders like me say on his behalf. The Gospel of John is considered to be an anti-semitic gospel for its characterization of Jews, and so maybe it should have been written more gently.

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  10. It seems to me, Steve, that you don’t understand what being anti-semitic or homophobic are.
    Jeremy certainly expressed great discomfort over Harari’s writings but Jeremy doesn’t mention Harari’s ethnicity or sexual orientation. That is because they have nothing to do with Harari’s prophetic speculations unless Harari himself declares them to be relevant.
    You say my standpoint as, ‘a secular humanist with social democratic views, and a cosmopolitan spirit,’ is weak.
    Is that how you judge other people?
    I see my values springing from Christianity and out of Rudolf Steiner’s and other developed soul’s revelations of the spiritual world. If that makes me weak – so be it.

    This will be my last comment on this particular issue.

    I would be interested to read other contributor’s views about Herb’s comment that Jeremy has the wrong end of the stick – where Herb says, “I think you have this backwards. From what I have read, Harari was warning against this Dataism and all that it implies. He wasn’t endorsing it.”

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    • As well, I have nothing more to say other than what I wrote here:

      https://anthropopper.wordpress.com/2017/07/16/i-have-seen-the-future/#comment-3456

      except to say that simple references to “Jew’ and ‘Homosexual’ does not make one an anti-semite, or homophobic, regardless of how words are taken.

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    • wooffles

      Tom,

      Harari definitely does not embrace dataism wholeheartedly. He claims to be doubtful that life can be reduced to data flows (i.e., dataism), but also claims that he might be wrong. He acknowledges that dataism doesn’t have an explanation for consciousness and might never have one. On the other hand, it might find an explanation, and then that’s that.

      He says his purpose is to leave the reader with questions:
      Are organisms really just algorithms, and is life really just data processing?
      What’s more valuable-intelligence or consciousness?
      What will happen to society, politics and daily life when non-conscious but highly intelligent algorithms know us better than we know ourselves?

      But this is only from reading the Google preview.

      Some nightmarishly messianic figure like Ray Kurzweil with his “singularity” might reinforce the general thrust of Jeremy’s posting more strongly.

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