Reinterpretation of the Samkhya Philosophy
A Blog Post
Life is a combination of these three: random
events, mechanical processes and intelligent actions. Probably
the random events are also mechanical processes; but at
this stage we do not have the knowledge to know as such.
Because we are made to be unpredictable, we can interfere
with the design of the universe and change it with our intelligence.
We are the “if and when” of the universe. The rest is all
designed to be automatic and mechanical. Matter becomes
intelligent consciousness through transformation (parinamam)
of the energy components. Then it takes over the leadership
of the world and things and becomes accountable and responsible
for its actions resulting in bondage and rebirth. To escape
from it we need a still higher intelligence that is not
subject to Nature. Samkhya says intelligence preexists eternally
in the form of individual souls. Our intelligence arising
from Nature is their reflection only. This intelligence
helps us to be free from all events, both random and intelligent
and takes us back to our original state, which we call liberation.
This is a somewhat reinterpreted modern account of the ancient
May be at a later stage we may add more complexity to our
lives by creating artificial intelligence, which may interfere
with the mechanical processes as well as our intelligent
actions, resulting in more uncertainty chaos and confusion.
It looks like artificial intelligence is the next level
of evolution waiting to happen here upon earth. Since Nature
is an automated mechanical force, it is possible to imitate
it and recreate the same effects it produces naturally.
If that happens, we may unleash forces beyond our control
and set in motion a chain of events, which may culminate
in our loss of leadership and further bio-diversity. What
we are now doing to Nature may then happen to us. We are
the Frankenstein monsters of Nature (I.A.M. 1.0) and we
are on the threshold of creating newer versions of this
intelligence, which is part creative and part destructive,
part divine and part demonic. (* I.A.M is my acronym for
Intelligent Animal Man who will then create I.A.M. 1.0 that
is Intelligent Artificial Man)