FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Humanity no longer needs God but may with the help of artificial intelligence develop a new form of collective consciousness that fulfills the role of religion, U.S. author Dan Brown said on Thursday.
Brown made the provocative remark at the Frankfurt Book Fair where he was promoting his new novel, Origin, … inspired by the question "Will God survive science?"
"... Are we naive today to believe that the gods of the present will survive and be here in a hundred years?" Brown, 53, told a packed news conference.
... Turning to the future, Brown said technological change and the development of artificial intelligence would transform the concept of the divine.
"We will start to find our spiritual experiences through our interconnections with each other," he said, forecasting the emergence of "some form of global consciousness that we perceive and that becomes our divine".
"Our need for that exterior god, that sits up there and judges us ... will diminish and eventually disappear."
Who is really being naïve, those who place their faith in man or in God? It’s amazing how quick we are to place our faith in man despite the many lessons offered to us by history. But we keep thinking, “This time we’ll get it right!”
But we don’t even need the aid of history to realize how ridiculous this proposal really is--just spend a little time in the comments section of a trending story. The typical banter found in these comment forums should dispel the idea that a global human consciousness will replace the voice of God. Man’s vitriol and collective ignorance is a poor substitute for the wisdom of God.
As individuals, we aren’t the men and women God says we should be. Nevertheless, we are supposed to believe that collectively we will replace God. Really? As though all we need is more of a bad thing to equal a better thing.
I hear echoes of the serpent in the Garden, who suggested that Adam and Eve really didn’t need to listen to God anymore. The idea was that in their disobedience they would somehow “be like God.” We see how that worked out.
"For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil" (Genesis 3:5).
"Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall" (Proverbs 16:18).