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What Does It Mean to Be Human? A Personal and Catholic Perspective

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Abstract:

A philosopher-poet-theologian ponders the implications of the multimillion-year biogenetic process that produced Homo sapiensand is beginning to reveal itself ever more clearly as evolution of the mind and consciousness. As meaning trappers and makers, called to actualize the divine image imprinted upon us, we are now facing biological and cultural evolution with deliberate human input as well as the evolution of evolution. As communicating animals that are becoming ever more aware of our adaptive behavior, we have the potential of affecting our own destiny by listening to the spirit within and nurturing the genes and memes that give rise to physical, intellectual, creative, and moral excellence. In the matrix of cyberspace we have the opportunity to heal the two-culture split, to reinvent ourselves, to incubate/weave the emergent religions of the future, and to create our multiple “Ways” appropriate to the dawning Age of Global Dialogue.

Keywords: Incarnation; Logos; Tetragrammaton; axial period; biological evolution; cultural evolution; cyberspace; divinization; emergence of consciousness; four nucleotides; genes; information exchange; interactivity; interconnectivity; intuition; love energy; meaning; memes; mysticism; noogenesis; overcoming mind-body dualism; overcoming two-culture split; process philosophy; synchronicity; transformation

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9744.00416

Affiliations: University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, USA ihs@ionet.net

Publication date: 2002-03-01

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