How the Internet is Launching a New Enlightenment

Could the planet be functioning by way of a central nervous system controlled by the Internet? A San Francisco physicist cum futurist thinks it's a plausible hypothesis and tells us to prepare for a new spiritual plane that involves social networks.


Peter Russell, who did a stint at Cambridge under Stephen Hawking, is the leading guru of a new Internet-centric collectivism. After years of expounding on the attitudes and preconceptions that affect behavior in the workplace, Russell has turned his lens to the unifying advantages of the Internet.

Never before in the human story, he notes, has there been a network, or multiple networks, with the potential to mobilize humans collectively at the cerebral level. You Tube, Facebook and countless fora have emerged as the defining communities of our time where ideas ferment to the point of a Gaia-like consciousness.

Perhaps all those years of yoga, Qigong, Falun Gong, aromatherapy and soul retrieval could have been substituted with a few avatars and usernames.

Ask Mr. Russel for directions on the path to Internet Enlightenment at Ode Magazine and continue your discussions of spiritual catharsis here at Big Think.

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

Getty Images
Sponsored
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

Keep reading Show less

Can the keto diet help treat depression? Here’s what the science says so far

A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.

Public Domain
Mind & Brain
  • The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
  • Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
  • Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
Keep reading Show less

Steven Pinker's 13 rules for writing better

The Harvard psychologist loves reading authors' rules for writing. Here are his own.

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 21: Steven Pinker speaks onstage during OZY Fest 2018 at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park on July 21, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Ozy Media)
Personal Growth
  • Steven Pinker is many things: linguist, psychologist, optimist, Harvard professor, and author.
  • When it comes to writing, he's a student and a teacher.
  • Here's are his 13 rules for writing better, more simply, and more clearly.
Keep reading Show less

Want to age gracefully? A new study says live meaningfully

Thinking your life is worthwhile is correlated with a variety of positive outcomes.

YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images
Surprising Science
  • A new study finds that adults who feel their lives are meaningful have better health and life outcomes.
  • Adults who felt their lives were worthwhile tended to be more social and had healthier habits.
  • The findings could be used to help improve the health of older adults.
Keep reading Show less