Someone on patchwork/ssb asked about my worldviews, since I mentioned possibly starting a religion or something. Here's what I ended up writing. Most of it is about my views, how I arrived at them, what I think of life, some religious/spiritual views, etc. It's all good stuff, and I encourage everyone to give it a read, and hopefully explore the worldviews I mentioned if you don't hold them yourself. Or, if you think I'm wrong, feel free to debate me on any of the views.
My problem isn't religion. It's immoral, unethical, etc. views being pushed as being a sort of 'divine' knowledge. Along with a lack of knowledge, and a worldview that actually discourages questioning, critical thought, and curiosity.
I've always loved the unity, community, etc. aspects of religion. Things like having a shared worldview, a quick identifier to find people who have similar beliefs, etc. Something I've always kinda envied. And as such, I kept digging for a religion that kinda fit my beliefs. Alas, I found nothing.
Now, I'm not a theist. Of any sense of the word. I usually use the label ignostic or igtheist. But in practice I'm a gnostic atheist for most definitions of 'god'. More recently I had picked up reincarnation, and a sort of "all is one" type view, which I find a lot of atheists absolutely disagree on, sometimes in a very hostile manner.
So to outline some of my beliefs and views...
Basically the foundation and underlying views I've always had are: life is precious and something we should pursue and keep alive. And that knowledge and information are good. Curiosity is good. And improving oneself and the world is good. Those tenants have kind of spiraled out into a whole cohesive worldview that I now hold, albeit i haven't really got it on paper yet.
The most obvious followup was transhumanism. Transhumanism focuses on an improvement of life, increasing longevity, and ultimately making society and humanity as a whole better. I can't see any reason why someone would be against transhumanism if they properly understood it.
Minimalism, anti-consumerism, and general anti-capitalism was the next I had found. Capitalism and mindless consumerism as a whole was unsustainable, and just overall made life worse. I didn't at the time connect these to my worldviews, I just thought they were good to pursue for myself. They lead into a sort of "clean habitat, clean mind" kind of thing. Helps promote clearer thought, clear distinct actions, less clutter and waste, etc. All good stuff. Efficiency is good, as we noted with transhumanism and the basic core tenants.
From there I started learning about sustainability, green energy, renewable resources, and recycling. These help protect the planet, reduce waste, improve efficiency, and ultimately allow for the same finite resources on the planet to go further. And given entropy and the heat death of the universe, maximizing efficiency and reducing waste is the best way to ensure survival for as long as possible. Absolutely needed to improve the lifespan of humanity.
At some point I started adopting anarchist views, and became an anarchist. This was some time after I had watched the Zeitgeist films, and realized a technological utopia based on sustainability was indeed possible. Along with that, I saw the flaws in capitalism, the flaws in government, and my growing support of decentralization. In the anarchist spaces I learned about a wonderful concept that I now hold as one of my core worldviews: solidarity. I love the entire idea of it. Helping one another, and ultimately having each others backs to help build large strong networks to push forward and thrive. What's not to love? It melds right in with decentralization, helps foster a sort of communal effort, etc. Anarchism helps avoid the violence, coercive hierarchies, etc.
From there, as most people who know me could tell you: I got into decentralization, p2p networks, etc. I've always known torrents were effective ways of transferring files. And with growing p2p/decentralized networks, it's sort of solidified the concept in my mind. Decentralization works. And anarchism goes right with it, hand in hand.
Most recently, I've been slowly migrating to an "information is good" stance. Again, this has sort of been a running theme with me. I'm intensely curious, and very interested in understanding, knowing, etc. And to share that knowledge with everyone. I learned of sci-hub and now support it completely. I loved the wikileaks stuff. I had done self-tracking in the past, and am thinking of pursuing it moreso. The film "the circle" (2017) helped foster this view a bit.
Though I ran into a roadblock a bit here. Information and tracking is directly at odds with something most of my peers support: privacy. So I set out to ask about privacy, why it should be a thing, what good will it do in an ideal society, etc. I got crickets. It was only ever fears of current society (flawed), or appeals to emotion. What of the benefits of knowledge? What of the amazing nature that is self-tracking? Privacy, IMO, is flawed. There's no way to control information. We've seen that time and time again. Information wants to be free. So privacy is a losing battle with no real benefits.
So that's it. My core views as best as I understand them. I've been looking into veganism, and 'future' food sources like soylent that are nutritionally perfect. I'd like to reduce the amount of life we kill. I'm having a hard time finding the ideal solution here.
Reincarnation was accepted, due to my understanding of physics, reality, my own observations, quantum mechanics, etc. Though it's more of a sort of "all is one" type view. And that reinforces the "do no harm" view, which is why I've been looking into veganism.
All the while throughout all this, I was really into motivational stuff, discipline, self-help, etc. The core idea I got out of it was "act now". Do actions as soon as they come to mind. Initiate things as soon as possible to prevent constant delays.
In terms of soul/spirit/whatever, looking inward I have only recognized qualia. No subjective 'observer'. Qualia is the only subjective thing that exists. And I'm starting to suspect it might not be something everyone has. However, with qualia we can derive that reincarnation is like the best guess. The many worlds interpretation is true. Among other things.
I had found kopimism, which reiterates my views and beliefs on information. However, it contradicts itself with regard to privacy. But I liked what it had to say about life and reality. That really jived with me. That life is just constantly duplicated, improving itself, remixing. Constant duplication, replication, enhancement, survival. And once I started thinking of life this way, the 'spiritual' thing hit me. I finally understood what people were going on about. This sort of "connected with the world" type view.
I had thought a lot about the origins of the universe, how things came into being. And I arrived at really only one answer: this 'duplication'. The universe must exist because if nothing exists, then the concept of nothing exists. You have 0, and 0 is 1, and with 1 and 0 you can derive math, the universe, physics, etc. I had watched a video on the Banach Tarski paradox (here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s86-Z-CbaHA) and that really helped solidify these views. You can duplicate, and multiply just with a single 'thing'. And I've identified this sort of struggle to survive and duplicate as 'life'. Since that's all really life is anyway, right?
And with transhumanism we can recognize qualia, subjectiveness, and our 'conscious self' is really just information and patterns/math, not actually any particular physical thing. Which is why stuff like mind uploading is possible. I realized that we are kinda information. And thus everything kinda clicked. Information is good, it needs to be free, duplicated, improved, remixed. And life is like that as well. Keep life alive, improve it, remix it, duplicate it, etc.
Efficiency and minimalism come back as seemingly opposite to this, but it's best to realize we do still have finite limits at the moment, and efficiency will allow more life with less resources. A net win.
So there it is. You have the universe existing from this concept, you have physics, math, logic all with this. You have the multiverse, life within it, consciousness, qualia, etc. And a sort of 'all is one', and a 'support all life' worldview. Act quickly as entropy is against us.
So what is this worldview and 'religion' called? Anything? Hopefully it's clear, as I just kinda wrote down my experiences and how I came to my views. I've been looking through various worldviews and beliefs, but couldn't find anything like it. How could no one else figure out these same basic core views? Looking back, they seem so obvious. They're self-evident, they're pro-life, pro-human. They lead to successful systems, successful lives, and longevity.
I'm at a loss. I worked hard to arrive at the truth. Where is everyone else? Did I somehow pass them in my search? I see vegans, but they don't have consistent views. I see atheists, but they stopped questioning and only cared about the theism question. I see anarchists, but they're of all different faiths and often support privacy instead of information. Has no one else actually sought a proper worldview like this?
I keep feeling like it must be somewhere. Someone must have arrived at these views before me. So I keep looking. Maybe I missed something. Maybe I got lost somewhere. I double check, triple check my views. Nothing. No mistakes, no flaws, no problems. My understanding of neuroscience, philosophy, metaphysics, quantum mechanics, economics, etc. are all spot on. Is it a values thing? I only really started with the idea that life is good and should be improved and protected. Does everyone else have different core ideas?
Perhaps no one actually sought truth like I did? So now I'm thinking, maybe I should start a religion. With these 'common sense' views it could honestly be one of the fastest growing. So that's where I'm at now. Struggling to get on my feet in life so I can pursue my views, and trying to figure out what to call this mess of ideas and ideals. Any help would be appreciated. I feel like I keep running into roadblocks. What is the exact nature of qualia? How do we know what the next 'flow' is after death? I realize time is static and deterministic, but there's clearly a flow and subjective nature to it. Why is "this" the thing I'm observing now? Why does it appear that the past is changing. Is the past changing? Perhaps I've been lead wrong on my materialism. Perhaps idealism is correct? Maybe we're just sliding between multiple worldlines and my views are right after all. But if so, why is that happening? Can entropy be defeated? How so?
We have an origin, we have a cause, we have a purpose. Survive, thrive, evolve, improve, enhance. Is it all just for ensuring survival of life? Is that even necessary? Perhaps life is just an endless struggle always ending in failure?
Either way, the goal seems clear to me by this point: overcome the natural universe in an effort to live and survive. Entropy and physics may be against us, but life has always found a way.
That's my views in a nutshell. All life is precious, so we should protect it. We should improve ourselves, and brace ourselves for what biology, physics, and nature have in store for us; not squabble over petty bullshit like who 'owns' what, or who gets the most of something. You'll be dead soon unless we figure out the most pressing issue of our time: aging.