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Omega point is a term invented by French Jesuit Pierre Teilhard de Chardin to describe the maximum level of complexity and consciousness to which the universe seems to be evolving. Teilhard postulates that Omega Point bears the resemblance of the Christian Logos; Christ, who draws all things into Himself. In this theory, the universe is constantly developing towards higher levels of material complexity and consciousness, a theory of evolution that Teilhard calls 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 the supreme point of complexity and consciousness, which is not only as the term of the evolutionary process, but the actual cause for the universe to move in the direction of complexity and consciousness. In other words, Omega Point exists as supremely complex and conscious, independent of the evolving universe. I.e. Omega Point is transcendent. In interpreting the universe this way, Teilhard kept Omega Point within the orthodox views of the Christian God, who is transcendent (independent) of his creation. The Society of Jesus (Latin: Societas Iesu), commonly known as the Jesuits, is a Roman Catholic religious order. ... It has been suggested that noogenesis be merged into this article or section. ...


For Teilhard, Omega Point is the Logos, or Jesus Christ: who is "God from God", "Light from Light", "True God from true God" and it is "through him all things were made made."

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Five Attributes of the Omega Point

In The Phenomenon of Man, Teilhard de Chardin describes the following five attributes of the Omega Point:

  • it must be already existing;
    this is the only way to explain the rise of the universe towards higher stages of consciousness.
  • it must be personal – an intellectual being and not an abstract idea;
    the complexification 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 of this 'personalization' of the 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. He expressly states that in the Omega Point, when the universe is made One by unification, human persons will not be suppressed, but super-personalized. Personality will be infinitely enriched. This is because Omega Point unites creation, and the more it unites, the more the universe complexifies and rises in 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.
  • it must be transcendent;
    Omega Point can not be the result of the universe's final complexification of itself on consciousness. Omega Point, instead, must exist even before the universe's evolution, because Omega Point is responsible for the rise of the universe towards more complexity, consciousness and personality. Which essentially means, that Omega Point is outside the framework in which the universe rises, because it's by its magnetic pull that the universe evolves towards hIm.
  • it must be autonomous – free from the limitations of space (nonlocality) and time (atemporality);
  • it must be irreversible, that is it must be attainable.

In ontology, a being is anything that can be said to be, either transcendantly or immanently. ... Transcendental in philosophical contexts In philosophy, transcendental experiences are experiences of an exclusively human nature that are other-worldly or beyond the human realm of understanding. ... A physical theory is said to exhibit nonlocality if, in that theory, it is not possible to treat widely separated systems as independent. ...

Garcia's ever-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. Total creativity is that quality of the human being that allows and motivates him or her to discover new scientific laws, invent new machines or create great art or to help others to do those things (by, eg, commerce, politics, administration, idustrial production, education, philanthropy, therapy or the provision of... John David Garcia (born 1936 or so; died November 23, 2001 in Springfield, Oregon, USA) taught an iconoclastic vision of ethics and human purpose via four books, dozens of articles, lectures, seminars and failed attempts to found schools based on his ideas. ... Total creativity is that quality of the human being that allows and motivates him or her to discover new scientific laws, invent new machines or create great art or to help others to do those things (by, eg, commerce, politics, administration, idustrial production, education, philanthropy, therapy or the provision of... Total creativity is that quality of the human being that allows and motivates him or her to discover new scientific laws, invent new machines or create great art or to help others to do those things (by, eg, commerce, politics, administration, idustrial production, education, philanthropy, therapy or the provision of...


Tiplerian Omega Point

Main article: Omega Point (Tipler)

Omega Point is a term used by the mathematical physicist Prof. Frank J. Tipler to describe what he maintains is a physically required cosmological scenario in the far future of the universe. According to his Omega Point Theory, as the universe comes to an end in a specific kind of Big Crunch, the computational capacity of the universe will be accelerating exponentially faster than time runs out. In principle, a simulation run on this universal computer can thus continue forever in its own terms, even though the universe the computer is in lasts only a finite time. The Omega Point Theory requires that the universe eventually contract, and that there be intelligent civilizations in existence at the appropriate time to exploit the computational capacity of such an environment. The Omega Point is a term used by Tulane University professor of mathematics and physics Frank J. Tipler to describe what he maintains is a necessary cosmological state in the far future of the universe. ... Frank J. Tipler (born in 1947 in Andalusia, Alabama) is a professor of mathematical physics at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... This article is about the physics subject. ... For other uses, see Universe (disambiguation). ... This article is about the cosmological theory. ... Look up computation in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Acceleration is the time rate of change of velocity and/or direction, and at any point on a velocity-time graph, it is given by the slope of the tangent to the curve at that point. ... In mathematics, exponential growth (or geometric growth) occurs when the growth rate of a function is always proportional to the functions current size. ... While in the popular mind, eternity often simply means existing for an infinite, i. ...


Prof. Tipler identifies the final singularity of this asymptotic state of infinite information capacity with God. According to Prof. Tipler and Prof. David Deutsch, the implication of this theory for present-day humans is that this ultimate cosmic computer will be able to resurrect (via emulation) everyone who has ever lived, by recreating emulations of all possible quantum brain states within the master simulation. This will be manifested as a simulated reality. From the perspective of the simulated inhabitants, the Omega Point represents an infinite-duration afterlife, which could take any imaginable form due to its virtual nature. In mathematics and applications, particularly the analysis of algorithms, asymptotic analysis is a method of classifying limiting behaviour, by concentrating on some trend. ... This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... David Deutsch (born 1953) is a physicist at Oxford University. ... In physics, a quantum (plural: quanta) is an indivisible entity of energy. ... Simulated reality is the idea that reality could be simulated — often computer-simulated — to a degree indistinguishable from true reality. ... For other uses, see Afterlife (disambiguation). ...


Prof. Tipler's Omega Point Theory is predicated on an eventual Big Crunch, thought by some to be an unlikely scenario by virtue of a number of recent astronomical observations.[1] Tipler has recently amended his views to accommodate an accelerating universe due to a positive cosmological constant. He proposes baryon tunneling as a means of propelling interstellar spacecraft. If the baryons in the universe were to be annihilated by this process, then this would force the Higgs field toward its absolute vacuum, cancelling the positive cosmological constant, stopping the acceleration, and allowing the universe to collapse into the Omega Point. This article is about the cosmological theory. ... In physical cosmology, the cosmological constant (usually denoted by the Greek capital letter lambda: Λ) was proposed by Albert Einstein as a modification of his original theory of general relativity to achieve a stationary universe. ... Combinations of three u, d or s-quarks with a total spin of 3/2 form the so-called baryon decuplet. ... Quantum tunneling is the quantum-mechanical effect of transitioning through a classically-forbidden energy state. ... The Higgs boson, also known as the God particle, is a hypothetical massive scalar elementary particle predicted to exist by the Standard Model of particle physics. ... Look up Vacuum in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Omega point as a reference for technological singularity

Some transhumanists argue on the basis of the accelerating technological development inherent in The Law of Accelerating Returns, that within 20-140 years into the future we will arrive at what Vernor Vinge called a technological singularity or "prediction wall" in which humans will be semi-aware components of a computerised social structure of such complexity that no one person or group of persons can understand more than a tiny fraction of the whole. They 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. The result is that our technological and computational tools eventually completely surpass human capacities.[1] While some transhumanist literature refer to this moment as Omega point in reference to Teilhard's concept, the idea of an Omega point reached by technological means was not present in the work of the author. Instead, this moment is often referred to simply as "The Singularity," as in the work of Ray Kurzweil. Singularitarianism is a moral philosophy based upon the belief that a technological singularity — the technological creation of smarter-than-human intelligence — is possible, and advocating deliberate action to bring it into effect and ensure its safety. ... When plotted on a logarithmic graph, 15 separate lists of paradigm shifts for key events in human history show an exponential trend. ... Vernor Steffen Vinge (IPA: ) (born February 10, 1944) is a mathematician, computer scientist and science fiction author who is best known for his Hugo award-winning novels A Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky, as well as for his 1993 essay The Technological Singularity, in which... When plotted on a logarithmic graph, 15 separate lists of paradigm shifts for key events in human history show an exponential trend. ... Positive feedback is a feedback system in which the system responds to the perturbation in the same direction as the perturbation (It is sometimes referred to as cumulative causation). ... Dr. Raymond Kurzweil (born February 12, 1948) is a pioneer in the fields of optical character recognition (OCR), text-to-speech synthesis, speech recognition technology, and electronic musical keyboards. ...


Omega point in popular culture

In science fiction novels

  • 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 was 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, after a mysterious event in the first decade of the twentieth century transforms Europe into an immeasurably strange place, full of hitherto unknown flora and fauna, 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 to hope 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 a science fiction novel of Humayun Ahmed named Omega Point, Omega point does a research on Ref by making him living in two different times simultaneously. He, in one time period, is working with the theory of time, which is about to fail. To make him successful Omega Point sends him back in time to get married so that his descendant would be able to continue his research.

Isaac Asimov (January 2?, 1920?[1] – April 6, 1992), pronounced , originally Исаак Озимов but now transcribed into Russian as Айзек Азимов [1], was a Russian-born American author and professor of biochemistry, a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. ... The Last Question is a science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov. ... This article is about a novel. ... Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE, Sri Lankabhimanya (16 December 1917 – 19 March 2008) was a British (lived in Sri Lanka since 1956) science fiction author, inventor, and futurist, most famous for the novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, written in collaboration with director Stanley Kubrick, a collaboration which led also to... Dan Simmons (born April 4, 1948 in Peoria, Illinois) is an American author most widely known for his Hugo Award-winning science fiction novel Hyperion and its sequel The Fall of Hyperion. ... Hyperion The Hyperion Cantos form a tetralogy of science fiction novels by Dan Simmons. ... Hyperion is a Hugo Award-winning 1989 science fiction novel by Dan Simmons. ... Hyperion The Hyperion Cantos is a tetralogy of novels by Dan Simmons. ... Darwinia is a science fiction novel written by Robert Charles Wilson in 1998. ... Robert Charles Wilson (born 1953) is a contemporary science fiction author. ... Poul William Anderson (November 25, 1926–July 31, 2001) was an American science fiction author of the genres Golden Age. ... Social engineering is a concept in political science that refers to efforts to systematically manage popular attitudes and social behavior on a large scale, whether by governments or private groups. ... Posthuman Future, an illustration by Michael Gibbs for The Chronicle of Higher Educations look at how biotechnology will change the human experience, has become one of the secular icons representing transhumanism. ... Tomorrow and Tomorrow is a 1997 science fiction novel by Charles Sheffield. ... Charles Sheffield (June 25, 1935 – November 2, 2002), was an English-born mathematician, physicist and science fiction author. ... George Zebrowski (born December 28, 1945) is a science fiction author who has written Macrolife (1979) and The Omega Point Trilogy (1983). ... Classic pulp space opera cover, with the usual cliché elements. ... Humayun Ahmed Humayun Ahmed (Bangla: হুমায়ূন আহেমদ) (born 1948) is the most famous contemporary Bengali fictionist and playwright who has been writing for over thirty five years. ... Humayun Ahmed Humayun Ahmed (Bangla: হুমায়ূন আহেমদ) (born 1948) is the most famous contemporary Bengali fictionist and playwright who has been writing for over thirty five years. ...

In games

  • In the fictional Chronicles Of Fate game universe[2], the primary god of goodness, Josh, derives his 'divine' power from a set-up that one would describe as an Omega Point - his mind is distributed into the fabric of spacetime itself within the galaxies his empire controls, and he can alter matter, energy, and the laws of physics in any way he wishes there. He's able to expand his sphere of divinity when his armies place giant, arcanely technological monoliths called Worldstandards on new planets, which act as signal amplifiers to extend his pattern further into space and time.
  • In the shooter game Final Fantasy VII Dirge of Cerberus, the main villain actually becomes the Omega Point by sacrificing millions of people, and is called Omega.

JoSH is a Montreal-based Indian/Pakistani fusion band. ... ... Look up Ω, ω in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

In music

  • The musical band Mr. Bungle references the Omega Point in the song "None of Them Knew They Were Robots" on the album "California."
  • Apollo 440 wrote a song called "Omega Point" for their debut album Millennium Fever, in which a friend of the band recites a quote from Barrow and Tipler's The Anthropic Cosmological Principle, pg. 676: "At the instant the Omega Point is reached, life will have gained control of all matter and forces not only in a single universe, but in all universes whose existence is logically possible; life will have spread into all spatial regions in all universes which could logically exist, and will have stored an infinite amount of information, including all bits of knowledge which it is logically possible to know."
  • Terence McKenna's monologue on The Shamen's Re:Evolution refers to the Omega point as an inevitablity: "Human history represents such a radical break with the natural systems of biological organisation that preceded it that it must be the response to a kind of attractor or dwell point that lies ahead in the temporal dimension."
  • The Omega Point is referenced in the song Love On Haight Street on BT's third album Movement in Still Life.
  • Marilyn Manson's Mechanical Animals, which contains motifs of Posthumanism and transhumanism, also contains references to Omega Point, as can be deduced from lyrics and imagery of the Omega symbol. Furthermore, the main character of the concept album is named "Omega".
  • The Omega Point is the main influence for the name of a band from Argentina called Punto Omega.
  • "Omega Point" is a song by Cephalic Carnage on their album Xenosapien.

Mr. ... California is a 1999 (see 1999 in music) album by the band Mr. ... Apollo 440 (alternately known as Apollo Four Forty or @440) are an English musical band formed in 1990 in Liverpool by brothers Trevor and Howard Gray with fellow Liverpudlians Noko and James Gardner, although Gardner left after the recording of the first album. ... For the Canadian writer, actor, producer & director, see Terence McKenna (film producer). ... The Shamen were an experimental electronic music band, initially formed in Aberdeen, Scotland by Colin Angus (b. ... Brian Wayne Transeau (born October 4, 1971 in Rockville, Maryland) is a trance musician, better known by his stage name, BT. He has been called the Father of Trance for his pioneering in the trance genre [1],[2] and Prince of Dance Music for his multi-instrumentalist skills [3], and... Movement in Still Life is the third album by electronica artist Brian Transeau, also known as BT. The UK version was released in 1999; the US version released in 2000 has a substantially shorter running time and a different track order and selection. ... Marilyn Manson is a rock band based in Los Angeles, California. ... Alternate Cover Limited Tour Edition Mechanical Animals is Marilyn Mansons third full-length album, released on September 15, 1998. ... For the critique of human as a concept, see posthumanism. ... Posthuman Future, an illustration by Michael Gibbs for The Chronicle of Higher Educations look at how biotechnology will change the human experience, has become one of the secular icons representing transhumanism. ... Look up Ω, ω in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Cephalic Carnage is a musical group formed in Denver, Colorado in 1992. ... Alternate Cover 12 Vinyl cover Xenosapien is the fifth full-length album by Cephalic Carnage. ...

Movies and comic strips

  • There is a Dilbert comic strip in which Dogbert postulates that since everything develops from simpler forms to more complex forms, a supreme being must be our future, not our origin. His idea is that God must be the entity that will be formed when enough people are connected by the Internet.
  • In the Neon Genesis Evangelion movie End of Evangelion, which ends the story, the Human Instrumentality Project, which aims to merge all human souls (in the form of LCL) into a single mind, as a final step on evolution, is largely influenced by this theory.
  • In Eureka Seven, a similar theory called the Limit of Life exists. In the Limit of Life, the Scab Coral, an omnipotent being, must not awaken while it shares space with humans or it will collapse the Earth and the space around it in a singularity of consciousness.

Dilbert (first published April 16, 1989) is an American comic strip written and drawn by Scott Adams. ... The Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise is a multi-billion dollar umbrella of Japanese media properties generally owned by the anime studio Gainax. ... The End of Evangelion (Japanese: 新世紀エヴァンゲリオン 劇場版, Shin seiki Evangelion Gekijō-ban) is an animated movie by Hideaki Anno. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... NERV redirects here. ... This article is about evolution in biology. ... Original run 17 April 2005 – 2 April 2006 Episodes 50 Manga Author Jinsei Kataoka, Kazuma Kondou Publisher Kadokawa Shoten Serialized in Shonen Ace Original run 26 July 2005 – 26 September 2006 Volumes 6 Manga: Gravity Boys and Lifting Girl Author Miki Kizuki Publisher Kadokawa Shoten Serialized in Comptiq Original run...

See also

Digitalism may refer to: Digital philosophy Digitalism, a New Rave duo from Hamburg, Germany ... The Footprints of God is a thriller novel written by American author Greg Iles. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... The noosphere can be seen as the sphere of human thought being derived from the Greek νους (nous) meaning mind in the style of atmosphere and biosphere. In the original theory of Vernadsky, the noosphere is the third in a succession of phases of development of the Earth, after the geosphere... A screenshot of the Timewave Zero software. ... Elisabet Sahtouris is an American/Greek evolutionary biologist, futurist, business consultant, event organizer and UN consultant on indigenous peoples. ... Simulated reality is the idea that reality could be simulated — often computer-simulated — to a degree indistinguishable from true reality. ... In philosophy, a supertask is a task occurring within a finite interval of time involving infinitely many steps (subtasks). ... When plotted on a logarithmic graph, 15 separate lists of paradigm shifts for key events in human history show an exponential trend. ... It has been suggested that noogenesis be merged into this article or section. ... Frank J. Tipler (born in 1947 in Andalusia, Alabama) is a professor of mathematical physics at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky (Володимир Іванович Вернадський/Владимир Иванович Вернадский) (March 12 [O.S. February 28] 1863 - January 6, 1945) was a Ukrainian-Russian mineralogist and geochemist whose ideas of noosphere were an important contribution to the Russian cosmism. ... Similar to this theory is the belief or aspiration that humans will create a God entity, emerging from an artificial intelligence. ... Terence McKenna (November 16, 1946 - April 3, 2000) was a writer and philosopher. ... A screenshot of the Timewave Zero software. ...

References

  • Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, 1950. The Future of Man.
  • -----, 1955. Le Phénomène Humain (The Human Phenomenon) (1955)
  • Frank J. Tipler, 1986, "Cosmological Limits on Computation," International Journal of Theoretical Physics 25: 617-61.
  • -----, 1994. The Physics of Immortality. Doubleday.
  1. ^ Although see Lawrence M. Krauss and Michael S. Turner, "Geometry and Destiny," General Relativity and Gravitation, Vol. 31, No. 10 (October 1999), pp. 1453-1459. Also at arXiv:astro-ph/9904020, April 1, 1999.

It has been suggested that noogenesis be merged into this article or section. ... Frank J. Tipler (born in 1947 in Andalusia, Alabama) is a professor of mathematical physics at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. ...

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