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Borderlands of the Spirit: Reflections on a Sacred Science by John Herlihy

By John Herlihy

Via a penetrating research of cause and mind, non secular mind's eye, and the sunshine of religion, this booklet addresses basic questions relating our look for that means.

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For those who are still unfamiliar with these terms, the acronyms refer to none other than artificial intelligence and artificial emotion. 4 The 1996 chess contest between Deep Blue, an advanced chess-playing computer with a grand master status, and the then reigning world champion Gary Kasparov has been well documented and is well known. Using a 32 microprocessor to examine two hundred million chess positions each second is one thing; arriving at an artificial medium of thinking with the empowerment to simulate all the domains of human thought is quite another.

Schumacher in his A Guide for the Perplexed (New York: Harper & Row, 1977), p. 76. qxd 11/1/2004 9:17 AM Page 17 Reason Wears a Wizard’s Cap theory of consciousness based on purely physical processing alone. This must lead us to the observation that if the human mind were merely the reflection of organized matter, and although this may be the contemporary idea of intelligence, it is certainly not the kind of intelligence envisioned by the traditional sages who believed human intelligence to participate in a transcendent principle reflected within the human being as an individualized beacon of light drawn from an otherworldly, supra-individual source.

From the traditional point of view, this assumption is considered a highly questionable point of departure, suggesting that there is no higher faculty within humanity other than the faculty of reason. The modern scientific worldview makes matters worse by suggesting that reason is both tabula rasa and end station of the mind, the rarefied arena for the prefiguration of all knowledge and the final transfiguration of the mind into the witness and harbinger of truth. As a kind of tabula rasa of the mind, reason is portrayed as a neutral faculty that has its own integrity but that does not suffer the intrinsic emotion, confusion, uncertainty, and doubt that are the inevitable characteristics of the human condition.

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