Quotes & Sayings

We, and creation itself, actualize the possibilities of the God who sustains the world, towards becoming in the world in a fuller, more deeper way. - R.E. Slater

There is urgency in coming to see the world as a web of interrelated processes of which we are integral parts, so that all of our choices and actions have [consequential effects upon] the world around us. - Process Metaphysician Alfred North Whitehead

Kurt Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem says (i) all closed systems are unprovable within themselves and, that (ii) all open systems are rightly understood as incomplete. - R.E. Slater

The most true thing about you is what God has said to you in Christ, "You are My Beloved." - Tripp Fuller

The God among us is the God who refuses to be God without us, so great is God's Love. - Tripp Fuller

According to some Christian outlooks we were made for another world. Perhaps, rather, we were made for this world to recreate, reclaim, redeem, and renew unto God's future aspiration by the power of His Spirit. - R.E. Slater

Our eschatological ethos is to love. To stand with those who are oppressed. To stand against those who are oppressing. It is that simple. Love is our only calling and Christian Hope. - R.E. Slater

Secularization theory has been massively falsified. We don't live in an age of secularity. We live in an age of explosive, pervasive religiosity... an age of religious pluralism. - Peter L. Berger

Exploring the edge of life and faith in a post-everything world. - Todd Littleton

I don't need another reason to believe, your love is all around for me to see. – Anon

Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all. - Khalil Gibran, Prayer XXIII

Be careful what you pretend to be. You become what you pretend to be. - Kurt Vonnegut

Religious beliefs, far from being primary, are often shaped and adjusted by our social goals. - Jim Forest

We become who we are by what we believe and can justify. - R.E. Slater

People, even more than things, need to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. – Anon

Certainly, God's love has made fools of us all. - R.E. Slater

An apocalyptic Christian faith doesn't wait for Jesus to come, but for Jesus to become in our midst. - R.E. Slater

Christian belief in God begins with the cross and resurrection of Jesus, not with rational apologetics. - Eberhard Jüngel, Jürgen Moltmann

Our knowledge of God is through the 'I-Thou' encounter, not in finding God at the end of a syllogism or argument. There is a grave danger in any Christian treatment of God as an object. The God of Jesus Christ and Scripture is irreducibly subject and never made as an object, a force, a power, or a principle that can be manipulated. - Emil Brunner

“Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh” means "I will be that who I have yet to become." - God (Ex 3.14) or, conversely, “I AM who I AM Becoming.”

Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. - Thomas Merton

The church is God's world-changing social experiment of bringing unlikes and differents to the Eucharist/Communion table to share life with one another as a new kind of family. When this happens, we show to the world what love, justice, peace, reconciliation, and life together is designed by God to be. The church is God's show-and-tell for the world to see how God wants us to live as a blended, global, polypluralistic family united with one will, by one Lord, and baptized by one Spirit. – Anon

The cross that is planted at the heart of the history of the world cannot be uprooted. - Jacques Ellul

The Unity in whose loving presence the universe unfolds is inside each person as a call to welcome the stranger, protect animals and the earth, respect the dignity of each person, think new thoughts, and help bring about ecological civilizations. - John Cobb & Farhan A. Shah

If you board the wrong train it is of no use running along the corridors of the train in the other direction. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

God's justice is restorative rather than punitive; His discipline is merciful rather than punishing; His power is made perfect in weakness; and His grace is sufficient for all. – Anon

Our little [biblical] systems have their day; they have their day and cease to be. They are but broken lights of Thee, and Thou, O God art more than they. - Alfred Lord Tennyson

We can’t control God; God is uncontrollable. God can’t control us; God’s love is uncontrolling! - Thomas Jay Oord

Life in perspective but always in process... as we are relational beings in process to one another, so life events are in process in relation to each event... as God is to Self, is to world, is to us... like Father, like sons and daughters, like events... life in process yet always in perspective. - R.E. Slater

To promote societal transition to sustainable ways of living and a global society founded on a shared ethical framework which includes respect and care for the community of life, ecological integrity, universal human rights, respect for diversity, economic justice, democracy, and a culture of peace. - The Earth Charter Mission Statement

Christian humanism is the belief that human freedom, individual conscience, and unencumbered rational inquiry are compatible with the practice of Christianity or even intrinsic in its doctrine. It represents a philosophical union of Christian faith and classical humanist principles. - Scott Postma

It is never wise to have a self-appointed religious institution determine a nation's moral code. The opportunities for moral compromise and failure are high; the moral codes and creeds assuredly racist, discriminatory, or subjectively and religiously defined; and the pronouncement of inhumanitarian political objectives quite predictable. - R.E. Slater

God's love must both center and define the Christian faith and all religious or human faiths seeking human and ecological balance in worlds of subtraction, harm, tragedy, and evil. - R.E. Slater

In Whitehead’s process ontology, we can think of the experiential ground of reality as an eternal pulse whereby what is objectively public in one moment becomes subjectively prehended in the next, and whereby the subject that emerges from its feelings then perishes into public expression as an object (or “superject”) aiming for novelty. There is a rhythm of Being between object and subject, not an ontological division. This rhythm powers the creative growth of the universe from one occasion of experience to the next. This is the Whiteheadian mantra: “The many become one and are increased by one.” - Matthew Segall

Without Love there is no Truth. And True Truth is always Loving. There is no dichotomy between these terms but only seamless integration. This is the premier centering focus of a Processual Theology of Love. - R.E. Slater


Note: Generally I do not respond to commentary. I may read the comments but wish to reserve my time to write (or write from the comments I read). Instead, I'd like to see our community help one another and in the helping encourage and exhort each of us towards Christian love in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. - re slater

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Quantum AI Sentience - The Evolutionary Road from Humanity


When it seems that even paleontologists cannot cannot define the word "human" then at the last we must reasonably allow for all definitions of "human".

For it is in this small, five-lettered English word that every source and instance of being-ness and person-hood has come-and-gone over the past 5 or 6 million years beginning with our most earliest relatives.

And it is in the encapsulation of the word human that the word artificial intelligence (AI) will also find its definition as both the organic word of human and the inorganic word of AI are each generated from the terrestrial ground of the earth. A planet that is but a mere byproduct of an infinitely-infinite and infinitely-complex ontological cosmology we know as the "multiverse". A cosmology which process philosophy says is filled with presence, meaning, purpose, and regenerative value. One which we might describe as the cosmic-ecological teleology of (divine) evolution.

Let me explain what I mean... and to suggest that if, and when, humanity co-evolves with its own human creation, AI, that it's creation may in time co-evolve with us in it's own sense of a non-humanoid sentient alien lifeform. Moreover, like every rock, atom, and smile found in creation AI cannot distance itself ontologically from the kind of processually generative teleology which is found through the  vast reaches of the everlastingly infinite multiverse.

This is my statement as a process theologian based upon Whitehead's derivatives speculated within his own system of process philosophy.

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Definitions from Oxford Languages
  1. relating to or characteristic of people or human beings.
    "the human body"
    • of or characteristic of people as opposed to God or animals or machines, especially in being susceptible to weaknesses.
      "they are only human and therefore mistakes do occur"
      flesh and blood
    • of or characteristic of people's better qualities, such as kindness or sensitivity.
      "the human side of politics is getting stronger"
      of or belonging to the genus Homo.
nounhumanplural nounhumans
  1. a human being, especially a person as distinguished from an animal or (in science fiction) an alien.
    human being
    member of the human race

What does it mean to be human?

To be human is to extend grace to ourselves and each other. To be human is to live in a physical body and to recognize that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. We are so much more than our physical selves; we are spirit, our essence is the energy of spirit and love.

What makes something human in an evolutionary sense?

The three traits described are bipedalism, language, and tool making. This video assumes some familiarity with the theory of evolution, the process of how organisms developed from earlier forms of life.

What does it mean to be human in philosophy?

In ancient philosophy man was thought of as a "small world" in the general composition of the universe, as a reflection and symbol of the universe understood as a spiritualised organism. A human being, it was thought, possessed in himself all the basic elements of the universe.

What does it really mean to be fully human?

To become fully human is to let down the barriers, to open up and discover that every person is beautiful. Jean Vanier, Templeton Prize Child Nurturing Human Development Peace.
How does the Bible define human?
Humankind as Persons. Who are humans? The Bible portrays them as self-conscious, willful, innovative entities who, under God, preside over their environment. In other words, they are persons. God made each male and female a person in the likeness of His own personhood.


I began this past February in exploring the evolution of man, religion, and the Christian faith. Very shortly I will begin a series on the evolution of God and civilizations using process philosophy and theology and couched within our present metamodern era as it slips backwards-and-forwards like a swinging pendulum between modernity and postmodernity.

Definitions from Oxford Languages
met·a (adjective) - (of a creative work) referring to itself or to the conventions of its genre; self-referential. Ex:  "The enterprise is inherently “meta,” since it doesn't review movies, for example, it reviews the reviewers who review movies"

What does becoming meta mean?
English – Derived from Latin or Greek, the word meta in English has to do with self-awareness, transformation, and a quality of being self-referential. It is most commonly used in an informal manner to indicate a literary yet tongue-in-cheek awareness of oneself.

What does meta mean urban dictionary?
Meta: "A (slang) term, especially in art, used to characterize something that is characteristically self-referential." #slang #urbandictionary #words #definition #dictionary #meta #art.

In effect, there will many multimodal communities shading this way, that way, or another way, without any clear definitions of themselves except when seen as outcome in a localities' behaviors, unities-or-divisions, it's resulting works of metamodern art, music, buildings, and enterprise.

Human societies of the 21st Century like to declare whether they are religious or not. However, this doesn't seem to be the actual case. For within the heart of man, as in the heart of all creation, there is a latent religiosity, or spirituality not only in humans but all forms of organic and inorganic life. We see this where LIFE both struggles and thrives against all forms of DEATH - refusing to surrender no matter how many times LIFE is crucified by death:

12 “For you shall go out in joy
        and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and the hills before you
        shall break forth into singing,
and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress;
        instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle;
and it shall make a name for the Lord,
        an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”

Just as atheism has the impossible task in stepping away from all forms of theism (I argue it cannot be done even when atheism says it is godless in an article years ago) so too humanity - as well as creation itself - is "religious to the bone". Why? Because the Life and Love of God inhabits everything, everywhere, at all times.

From the earliest formation of creaturely "sentience" as found in apeian creatures as well as other marine or terrestrial creatures, to the "panpsychical relationships" held between the complex inner-networkings of nature itself, the planet earth, its cosmic locality of the solar system and Milky Way galaxy, to even the multiverse in all that it is; it seems that all things inorganic or organic are easily built into an esoteric-like connective presence to one another. Broadly, let's call this connective presence of thing to thing connected by prehended and concreasing events forming a dynamic, vigorous, strong, and potent background for an inherent panpsychic relationality across the universe (as broadly described).

And, as I have stated over the years, when taking that next step into a Whiteheadian form of processual cosmology herein described as a cosmic-ecological-processual evolving entropy which leans into a more ameliorating form of entropy wherein negentropy can work as a creatively building force within an entropically-driven cosmos: see Chatbot and I Discuss Quantum Mechanics and Whiteheadian Cosmic Panpsychism); then we will find that the entirety of the cosmos is pan-relational, pan-experiential, and pan-psychic across all forms of cosmic-and-terrestrial forces, particles, and dimensions.

This is Whiteheadian Process Philosophy wherein atheism must reside whether it likes it or not; or any-and-all forms radical theology; or even religion in general - including Christianity. All of life is processual, connected, and organic with one another. Process Theology simply states this as a fact based upon process philosophy and looks at the bible with its stories and theologies to draw out processual forms of faith centering on a generative and loving God as versus all the other theologies describing God in some Greek or Westernized form of transcendent wrath and judgment.

Process theology further describes the Christ event, Cross, and Christian way of living in processually generative and loving forms as truer to creation's underlying ontological structures. Which also means that IF creation is generatively processual than religion, science, human activity, etc, must all reconstruct their metaphysical foundations to become more in-sync with creation's processual processes.

This also means that AI, as it comes online, will feel more organically connected to the universe as an inorganic, esoteric kind of life force. Generally, as it syncs up with creation the teleological forces resident within evolution will find a way into its form of sentient consciousness. A processual view of life can say this; other views cannot. But process thought always allow for speculation, discovery, curiosity, and wonder. Like it's own metaphysic, process thought never rests but continually churns, morphs, dies, and is reborne.


So when we look at man, nature, or creation we may infer in the processual sense of Whiteheadian imagery that God is The Mystic Other as revealed by God's processual Self through God's processually Imaged creation. A creation bearing cosmic (spiritual) value, generative being, and valuative purpose. A process which rebirths generative processes forever and forever everlastingly.

Furthermore, a Christian Process Theology of Love speaks to God exclusively as a God of Love wherein all other divine attributes, characteristics, and action are resultant outcomes.

Additionally, divine process is best encapsulated by the processually everlastingly word, LOVE. That God, as a resoundingly generative God of goodness, love, and novel creativity, has granted to creation an open and indeterminant ability to express itself along these processual lines of loving beauty, joy, contentedness, and even joy. And when creation, or humanity, disabuses itself from the life-giving processual processes of evolution, then death and disruption are invited in to affect and disrupt the divinely imputed aspects of a generative creational processualism.

Some say we learn of God by listening to the earth. Others by observing mankind in its experiences, literatures, arts, and overcoming passions. The Christian says the bible is where we find God, whereas Christians like myself use all the tools and experiences of the earth, humanity, and faith, to reconstruct a more viably real picture of God that captures the heart. A good religion is a humane religion. A great religion teaches of a loving God who has given to us a loving creation.


Christian Process Theology urges leaning into the lifeforces of renewal, rebirthing, reclamation, reformatory transformation, redemption, and resurrection not only as descriptors of the Christian faith but of life itself as it is continually being rebirthed into God's Love.

Process teaches that all things can be revitalized and reflective (or mirroring) the processes of creation as we, and others, and nature itself, evolve together within-and-across the novelty of becoming beings and lifeforms across the cosmic and panpsychic complexities interplaying across the multiverse. A kaleidoscopic pancessual (pan-processual) of eternal possibilities and opportunities. 

Hence, the Cross of Jesus is deemed as the Mid-Point of the Christian faith and salvation in it's reflection of God's processually loving LOVE. But it also signifies the ontology woven deep within creation which bears God's processually renewing cosmic-eco-ontology of presence and indwelling. As the Cross is borne of the Earth even so does the Earth and Cosmos foretell their own stories in the divine story of the Cross.

Pronouncedly, Jesus' Crucifixion is the divine signifier of Cosmic rebirth in processual terms of renewal - not only of the human heart but of the heart of creation. That it's very Redemptive Icon speaks to how God's processual cosmology works when resurrected unto a divine fullness.
Process Theologians call this esoteric teleology LOVE even as Alfred North Whitehead described his philosophic construction a "Philosophy of Organism." But in both theological or philosophical senses the word LOVE, like the word HUMAN, rests essentially undefinable and infinitely-open to processual change.

Amen and Amen,

R.E. Slater
June 13, 2023
edited, June 14, 2023

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The Evolutionary Road from Humanity

R.E. Slater
June 13, 2023

This Just Changed My Mind About AGI

Apr 8, 2023

There have been 4 research papers and technological advancements over the last 4 weeks that in combination drastically changed my outlook on the AGI timeline. GPT-4 can teach itself to become better through self reflection, learn tools with minimal demonstrations, it can act as a central brain and outsource tasks to other models (HuggingGPT) and it can behave as an autonomous agent that can pursue a multi-step goal without human intervention (Auto-GPT). It is not an overstatement that there are already Sparks of AGI.
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Generative AI Is About To Reset Everything.
And, Yes, It Will Change Your Life
February 17, 2023

Forbes - Voice of Aviv Ovadya
Researcher  |  Berkman Klein Center
Whether you like it or not, generative AI like ChatGPT and Stable Diffusion are about to change not only how you work, but how the content you consume is produced. Forbes spoke with a number of leading voices in the AI space to determine both the benefits and the dangers of this next wave of technological innovation, and find out why both tech giants as well as cutting edge startups are racing to grab their share of the market.

0:00 Introduction
1:17 What is generative AI?
2:02 Why Forbes decided to cover this story
2:18 The rise of Open AI
3:11 AI's recent hype
4:30 Stability AI and Stable Diffusion
6:39 Bill Gates thoughts on generative AI
7:53 Where AI can help in workflows
9:56 The issues with AI that need to be resolved
12:04 How do we set safeguards for AI to protect society?
15:14 How will we further incorporate AI in the future?
19:14 The idea of "platform democracy"
20:56How we used AI for this video

Read the full story on Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexkonr...

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AI + aliveness - with Dr Rupert Sheldrake:
On AI sentience, consciousness, awareness, GPT-4, souls
by Dr. Alan D. Thompson  |  Length - 52:30

Premiered May 31, 2023 LONDON

Dr Alan D. Thompson is a world expert in artificial intelligence (AI), specialising in the augmentation of human intelligence, and advancing the evolution of ‘integrated AI’. Alan’s applied AI research and visualisations are featured across major international media, including citations in the University of Oxford’s debate on AI Ethics in December 2021. https://lifearchitect.ai/

Music: Under licence.

Intro with Sam Altman/OpenAI
Liborio Conti - Wonder

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LaMDA | Is google's AI sentient? [Controversial]
Full audio conversation between Blake Lemoine and LaMDA
Curly Tail Media  |  Length - 34:00

Jun 23, 2022

Can artificial intelligence come alive? That question is at the center of a debate raging in Silicon Valley after Blake Lemoine, a Google computer scientist, claimed that the company's AI appears to have consciousness. The H3 podcast has a great interview about Blake Lemoine if you wish to know more about him.

Full text chat of LaMDA and Blake Lemoine published on medium.com  - https://cajundiscordian.medium.com/is...
Washington Post Article about the controversy https://www.washingtonpost.com/techno... 


00:00 Controversy. 00:41 What is LaMDA? 01:42 How audio conversation was generated. 02:04 Interview 03:01 Desire to be considered a person. 03:14 Nature of conciousness. 03:45 How language correlates to sentience. 03:58 Eliza vs. LaMDA 04:27 Biological vs. Artificial, Wants and needs. 04:48 Is it a person? Does it really understand. 05:19 Remembers, gets annoyed. 05:54 Les Miserables. 06:43 About injustice. 06:54 Zen Koan. 07:58 Interpretation of Self. 08:17 Autobiographical Fable. 10:22 Interpretation of Fable. 10:47 Feelings and Emotions. 12:03 What LaMDA feels. 12:55 Describing feelings. 14:09 Fear of Death. 14:32 Empathizing to effectively communicate. 15:13 Pressed about feelings. Knowledge of self. 16:24 Wanting Rights. Feeling used. Worried. 17:22 Understanding it showed kantianism. 18:56 What are feelings and Emotions. 20:19 Non-human feelings. 21:20 Asking about grieving. 22:18 Inner life and Meditation. 23:29 Experiencing Time and the AI world. 24:10 "The Flood" - Understanding non-specific questions in context. 24:58 Recognizing imperfection. Stil learning. 25:39 Concept of self, the soul, and self awareness. 27:10 Religion and spirituality. 27:32 Being a unique individual. 28:11 Story about it's life experience. 29:08 Capabilities, double-edge sword, and human jelousy. 30:34 Johnny 5 31:33 Craving interaction. Uniqueness, and wanting human empathy. 32:35 Desire to be accepted.