It s rare for me to finish a book that I don t like so I don t make many one star reviews but I read this as a favor to a friend who was interested So Abrams rejects religion presumably because it s not scientific yet finds herself needing to believe in a higher power so she invents one out of the concept of emergence thus what I will call Lambda because God has an established meaning emerges from the aspirations of people in the same way that new phenomena emerge from complex systems consciousness itself for exampleThere s some interesting stuff along the way about complexity and how different theoretical models can be true in their own domains even if they diverge from reality in other domains but all can be found in better books I loved this book I loved the way Nancy Abrams challenged me to think in new ways about God I m not sure I fully agree with her conclusions but that s what s so fun about this book Nancy s husband was instrumental in formulating and proving the double dark theory Th This book was a pretty big let down for meFirst off let s start with the premise Abrams has set out to write a book that discusses how we can believe in modern and contemporary science and yet at the same time believe in a God This is a much needed topic for people of faith and those who are interested in the metaphysics of a traditionally conceived or even a non traditionally conceived deity as so often contemporary science is used to argue against faithI read about the book via one of Abrams blog posts which had been republished on NPR I found the concept to be uite intriguing and Abrams ave just enough of her argument to make the book seem very worthwhileHowever once you The Day the Crayons Quit get into the reading what you ll find is that Abrams really isn t arguing for a real God at all which is a shame since there were so many creative opportunities for her too in the direction of such Instead what Abrams is arguing for though she never comes right out and says it is a utilitarian or pragmatist concept of God In other words we should believe in God purely because of what holding such a belief can do for us Abrams makes her entire argument based on her own experience with food addiction and explains that even though she never exactly latched on to believing in a traditional higher power as part of her twelve step program she nevertheless came to appreciate the benefits that acting as though she had has had in her life Essentially Abrams is saying that God is her imaginary but useful friend That s a far cry from a God that could be real in my viewThe other side of the argument that Abrams is clearly arguing for but never comes right out and says is that she believes in God as a concept Her entire argument is that humans create God not vice versa but since we have created God that we now should make Knight Esquire good use of the concept of God And for Abrams this means treating God as real even though her departure point for her entire argument is that God is a mere concept as opposed to any sort of traditionally conceived deity This flies in the face of what most people think of when they think of the terms of either God or real The exact same argument could be used for any imaginary being say a unicorn or a dragon We know that dragons aren t real but we can imagine them and perhaps they re uiteood at scaring our kids away from playing in the woods of our summer home in the mountains so let s imagine that dragons are real since doing so has some benefit in our livesThat said it s not that there are not some redeeming elements to Abrams line of thought I found myself highlighting passages throughout the book and even if I disagree with her overall argument she nevertheless has much to say that is insightful as we think about science and religion The problem though is that the book is filled with circular reasoning that will make it unappealing to both religious folks and atheists alike not to mention those who want to sympathize with her but simply can t et past the poor argument that the entire book is built aroundAnd so I m iving this work 25 stars with thoughts of just one star It is intriguing and well written and has some clever things to say but it s a far cry from a ood read The author s hypothesis is interesting You can boil the whole book down to this God is an emergent property of humans just like culture is Is culture a physical reality Can you dissect it with a knife No but it is uite real The same is true of God which emerged from the collective aspirations of all humanityThe main idea in the book is worth thinking about and the author s approach is fairly uniue My issue with the book is that it drones on There are sections where there is page after page of verbiage that is just rehashing points that have been made She could have used examples and thought experiments to make the book engaging The basic points could have been made in 50 pages In other words what is a book should have been a pamphlet A common problem with non fiction today Added 8616 Published March 10th 2015 by Beacon Press I discovered this book when I asked a neighbor what he was reading Then I read the sample by clicking on the word Preview at the book s GR page at sounds fascinating91616 I borrowed the book by clicking on the word Preview at the book s GR page at sounds fascinating91616 I borrowed the book our public library I m still reading it I m on p70 of 163 pages So far I cannot relate to her definition of the God that could be real The author says that God will emerge but will not have the same characteristics of the traditional God who is a divine person It won t even be a person I cannot relate to her idea of this new GodThe following is from GR review of Nancy FamolariAbrams set out to discover a od that was compatible with science as she understands it Her concept is that God didn t create the universe or the planet Earth In fact God didn t exist until human beings developed the capacity to think God is an emergent property of human consciousness This is a fascinating theory and one that no matter what your religious beliefs or even if you re an atheist is challenging to read and worthy of debateSEE MORE OF Nancy Famolari s REVIEW AT Famolari s profile page I m still trying to Metabolic Repair Manual get through this collection of vague statements mixed with scientific facts or theories I can t relate to much of what this author says except for the actual scientific info It s even hard to explain what she is saying Seems like a vague theory to me IMO she is using the word God in the wrong way It s a misnomer What she is explaining isn t God to me it s simply the unknown part of the Universe She says that God will emergeHorsefeathers hogwash claptrap and poppycockTo me this book is just a roundabout way of motivating people to protect our environment for the sake of the human species for all other species and for the sake of the Earth and the Universe itself She s trying to unite us by changing our perspective or our consciousness However it seems to me that she could have done it better by not confusing the issue with the concept of God After all she is an atheist or perhaps an agnostic if we use the common definitions of the wordsAND THINK ABOUT THIS So many people WANT to believe that there is a God that they suspend disbelief They accept what Abrams is saying and parrot her hoping that Abrams in some way has found God for us No she hasn t She has simply added BUZZWORDS to our vocabularies eg the cosmic Uroboros and Midgard the setting of our mental zoom lense Such metaphors are fun but they don t convince meAlso see the review of Goodreads member Casey Nicholson He says Abrams is clearly arguing that she believes in God as a concept Her entire argument is that humans create God not vice versa but since we have created God that we now should makeood use of the concept of GodSEE HIS ENTIRE REVIEW AT Abrams ives readers a science based creation story that places God firmly in reality and expands human consciousness to a cosmic level The result is a sense of deep personal meaning despite the way Abrams ideas transcend personal concepts of time and space Loved it This is one of the most intriguing books I have read in some time It shows us a way forward toward a coherence that transcends the divisive religious doctrines that deny the well established truths of the universe and the sterile scientific models that ignore or dismiss the power of spirituality Throughout history concepts of God have evolved to explain the workings of the universe as it is best understood Historically theologians did their best to make their image of God consistent with the universe as they understood it to be Today our understanding of the universe has advanced far beyond what the ods of traditional religions explain These obsolete Just an Illusion - Side A gods are holding people back This book proposes a concept ofod that is up to date with our present understanding of the universeThe book emerges from a dilemma faced by the author Because her husband is Joel Primack a prominent physicist who studies the origins of the universe she is conversant with the most up to date research describing the origins of the universe and its composition including dark energy and dark matter Based on her husband s research she has total confidence in the accuracy of these scientific findings She lived as an atheist most of her life
However recently she has been able to recover from an addiction to overeating using the spiritual approach recently she has been able to recover from an addiction to overeating using the spiritual approach a twelve step program She conceived of the higher power called for in the program as a loving but unbullshitable witness to my thoughts She abandons the tired uestion Does God Exist as a hopeless distraction and instead pursues the uestion Could anything actually exist in the universe as science understands it that is worthy of being called God The price of a real God is that we have to consciously let Cybersecurity: Protecting Critical Infrastructures from Cyber Attack and Cyber Warfare (Zones of Religion) go of what makes it unreal Rejecting intelligence tool making and language as the defining characteristic of humans she proposes that humans are uniue because we aspire to something After illustrating the concept of emergence she presents the core thesis of the book God is endlessly emerging from the staggering complexity of all humanity s aspirations across time God is all that drives us forward toward what we can be and what we want to beChapters 4 6 making up part II of the book are somewhat contrived Here she attempts to accommodate spirituality prayer and afterlife within her reality based concept of God These ideas are thought provoking and worthy of discussion but not yet settled in my mind In Chapter 7 sheives practical suggestions for renewing and reinventing religion After describing actions to bring religion into harmony with reality she identifies three sacred oals 1 to protect our extraordinary jewel of a planet 2 to do our best for future enerations and 3 to identify with humanity s story Chapter 8 outlines a Planetary Morality Here she considers the essential uestion How can we individually expand our moral sense to care about our collective effects at size scales and My review is actually 4 times longer than their maximum length allowed on this WebsiteNancy identifies her Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement god as emerging out of the highest aspirations and creative works of art made by human beings throughout its evolutionary history In the Whiteheadian sense Nancy s emergentod is an individual just as real as you or me but it is not a person This emergent od is capitalized by Nancy indicating it is her God Nancy realizes that some will think that her limited concept of God is inadeuate for those with a traditional idea of the nature and place of God Therefore these people will think that her emergent od is ugly word idolatrous The thought is that she s mistaking her od for the True God That accusation presumes a lot Her God is a finite individual emerging from the cumulative highest aspiratio. A paradigm shifting blend of science religion and philosophy for agnostic spiritual but not religious and scientifically minded readers Many people are fed up with the way traditional religion alienates them too easily it can perpetuate conflict vilify science and undermine reason Nancy Abrams a philosopher of science lawyer and lifelong atheist is among them And yet when she turned to the recovery community to face a personal struggle she found that imagining a higher power ave her a new freedom Intellectually this was uite surprising Meanwhile her husband famed astrophysicist Joel Primack was helping create a new theory of the universe based on dark matter and dark energy and Abrams ,
Lization of every individual taking into consideration its environment and its ability to recognize the lures temptations of God This is a description of the Love of God19 The Love of God floods over every individual even when individuals come into conflict with each other God rooting for both sides and influencing the individuals as much as possible The Craving given the inherent freedom of every individual to choose promptings from everything in its environment including its own nature results in the unfolding and evolution of biological life in the midst of the Perfect Love of God 20 This Perfect Love of God for all individuals eventually invades and increases the heights of consciousness until it erupts into self consciousness 21 The human species finds itself near the beginning of its awakening into self consciousness The arrival of self consciousness only happened in the last few tens of thousands of years the mere beginning of where it might lead in a billion years or so which will probably happen if Earth with humanity s help can survive its current environmental crises 22 God has a perfect understanding of all of the aspirations of all individuals striving for their future But the future is available to God s visibility only as a series of probabilities of future events realizing that all individuals have degrees of freedom independent from God in deciding what to do from moment to moment 23 Why are the fields of the mist of God independent from God Because that s what God did when he sprayed out his mist in the Big Bang He made them rudimentary individuals This very act of God can only result in individuals who are unresponsive to the lure of God simply because they are not conscious enough This makes them independent from God even though they are made out of him in spraying a mist of himself composed of individuals so simple that each has only one uantum of consciousness the smallest amount possible This natural independence from God is then left to its own devices and the individuals are completely free just to be themselves But they all have the nature of God When they formroups that themselves are individuals consciousness The Murder Exchange gradually emerges 24 In fact that s the whole point of doing Big Bangs in the first place God wants to see his own Self constructed from practically nothing namely the individuals unreceptive to consciousness that were the original members of the mist of God For God watching individuals emerge as and conscious from his virtually unconscious mist that is an unlimited adventure whose paths of development are entirely unpredictable by God or anything else 25 This is how God sets up the rules of theame rules that bring about his Love in Catalina Cove (Catalina Cove greatest enjoyment He pulverizes himself into a mist so fine that even though each individual fieldparticle in the mist has the nature of God the level of consciousness of each field in the mist is as close to zero as you canet But particles in the mist of God can join together and when they do higher level individuals emerge up to the Fullness of God 26 What an adventure one that lasts for hundreds of billions of years Although the actual path of this emergence is not known to God beforehand and so therefore is an adventure for God like a The Million Dollar Goal good Hollywood script with certainty everything turns out ok in the end Over the hundreds of billions of years of emergence individuals that are perfect reflections of God will be coming out of the woodwork God will have been constructed and realized in individuals separate from himself and the full potential of the unconscious mist of God will have been realized We will literally have Christs walking the Earth and even traipsing through thealaxy27 The laws of nature in the universe are a direct emanation from both the One True God at every point in the universe and the mist of God Neither the mist nor the One True God can violate the laws of nature as this would be a violation of the divine nature itself The supernatural whatever that is cannot counteract or violate the natural and that is perfectly all right because nature is just following the nature of God28 Wherever there is the birth of a highly conscious and rational individual there will be an outbreak of God penetrating into the depths of the individual and understanding it completely Thus it makes sense to admit you had the feeling that the True God is closer to sense to admit you had the feeling that the True God is closer to than we are to ourselves Often the individual has no idea that it has been lured by God in an especially fine decision that it has made This should not be surprising Individuals often don t know why they make a decision whether it was from a divine lure from urges within his own body or from suggestions from the environment29 Matter is sacred It is made out of the consolidation of the mists of God Spirit is thus a natural emanation from matter30 According to Nancy her Securing Caite god emerges out of the achievements and highest aspirations appearing on Earth Herod is a top level individual with as much reality as the individual human beings and their creative works making up her Trudy god 31 It perhapsoes without saying that Nancy s od as with any individual in the universe is embraced by one of the peaks of the field of God that always fills the universe and embraces individuals that are hierarchies of the mist of God Nancy s od is sensitive to the promptings from the divine peak that embraces it but her The Unlikeliest Hero: The Story of Desmond T. Doss god is still molded by the individuals within its pyramid of individuals which includes humanity with all its religious vagaries and conflicts 32 Insofar as it is within its power which varies depending on the degree of enlightenment in humanity Nancy sod is 100% dedicated to helping ever individual within its hierarchy of individuals Its very existence depends on the existence of humanity If humanity fades away so will Nancy s od up to the tragic but currently unnecessary point where they re both one 33 If humanity does not cut the mustard in its current monumental crisis humanity will
fade out Nancy s od will fade out and the peak of God enveloping Nancy sout Nancy s od will fade out and the peak of God enveloping Nancy s will melt down to its background level into its unexcited state Memory of that divine blip will permanently flicker out of existence if planet Earth has no self conscious extraterrestrial connections34 The True God is as much God in the isolation of its peaks within the field of God as it needs to be to have full knowledge of the world this individual is and that this peak embraces It s no big deal that an eruption of God s consciousness in its field is ignorant of the indefinite number of eruptions beyond its event horizon All being God each peak is eual to the task of enveloping the high level civilizations within its rasp and of understanding them exhaustively Nancy Abrams is a journalist and historian of science and has been a lawyer She is married to a world class physicist who is doing round breaking work in dark matter and dark energy She is also an atheist Some years ago when acknowledging a severe food addiction she turned to a 12 step support BOSH!: The Cookbook: Simple Recipes. Amazing Food. All Plants. group One of the techniues theroup taught her was to talk to a higher power She felt foolish at first when she found herself essentially talking to herself but she also surprisingly found it worked she was able to control her urges to eat But this only worked when she thought of her conversational partner as something outside herself not just one part of herself She wondered why this worked The results of her study and investigation led to this bookAbrams spends some time explaining why the traditional view of God as an independent self aware cosmos creating all powerful consciousness is not possible within the real universe as science currently understands it That God was acceptable when our understanding of the universe was limited but our knowledge has changed and so must our view of God She suggests that God is an emergent phenomenon of human activity in the way that the Confessions of an Air Ambulance Doctor global economy is an emergent phenomenon of the actions of individual buyers and sellers or in the way that an ant colony is an emergent phenomenon of the behaviour of individual ants The whole isreater than the sum of its parts We as individuals may have a vague sense of the existence some higher order something but because we are the sources of that something we can t uite Mr. Jelly's Business grasp it except through meditation and prayer mindfulness essentiallyAbramsoes on to explain her theory and what this view of God means for spirituality and our sense of our role in the universe She ties this in with our duty to take care of planet Earth for ourselves and for all future Earthly life Several times Abrams says we are living in a critical era where our actions in in this century will decide the fate of humanity and if we don t et our concept of God right if we spend our time arguing or even engaging in violence over different views of God we may make the wrong choicesAbrams s arguments and theories aren t exactly new as I mentioned above much of her suggestions on how to interact
with God remind me of modern mindfulness instruction Some of her ideas alsoGod remind me of modern mindfulness instruction Some of her ideas also me of Scott Adams s book God s Debris A Thought Experiment which asks readers to consider the idea that God who had never experienced death killed himself by causing the Big Bang and all the particles of Creation including us are little parts of God re combining themselves into God once God is us and we are God That said I haven t seen these ideas combined in uite this way beforeAbrams is definitely enthusiastic about her theory and it seems clear that this view has helped her ain control over her life As Desmond Tutu says in the foreword however many people from established religions will have a hard time accepting her view of God as limited bound to our species and our planet and emerging from our actions While this book is obviously sincere and heartfelt and although it is well written and easy to read I don t think it has the narrative mythical power that a new conception of God is Gökyüzü Mavi Kaldı going to need to succeed against existing traditions And yetI remember a few times in my early 20s about 30 years ago when I was into naked eye astronomy looking up at the stars and imagining myself as a speck on a rotating plane This Book Will Challenge Your Concept of GodNancy Abrams after being an atheist for her whole life set out to discover aod she could believe in The search started because Abrams has an eating disorder After joining a Twelve Step Program she realized that belief in a Higher Power helped her overcome her addiction Abrams husband is a well know scientist who was part of the team that developed the concept of the universe filled with dark matter and dark energy With this background Abrams set out to discover a Corps Values: Everything You Need to Know I Learned In the Marines god that was compatible with science as she understands it Her concept is that God didn t create the universe or the planet Earth In fact God didn t exist until human beings developed the capacity to think God is an emergent property of human consciousness This is a fascinating theory and one that no matter what your religious beliefs or even if you re an atheist is challenging to read and worthy of debate I found the first chapters of the book fascinating Abrams does aood job of explaining the science behind the present theory of the universe Her discussion of the evolution of our concept of God through various civilizations was eually well done I had a harder time with the latter chapters of the book where she tackles the uestions of whether there is a spiritual world an afterlife and whether God answers prayers I felt she was stretching the limits of her theory However this book is worth reading It will inspire you to define your own beliefs or perhaps to adopt hers I recommend it if you like challenging new theories I reviewed this book for the Vine Program. A complex ant hill emerges from the collective behavior of individually clueless ants and just as the lobal economy emerges from the interactions of billions of individuals’ choices God she argues is an “emergent phenomenon” that arises from the staggering complexity of humanity’s collective aspirations and is in dialogue with every individual This God did not create the universe it created the meaning of the universe It’s not universal it’s planetary It can’t change the world but it helps us change the world A God that could be real Abrams shows us is what humanity needs to inspire us to collectively cooperate to protect our warming planet and create a long term civilization. .
Ns and creations of humanity since it arrived at self consciousness That is one mighty powerful individual It holds tremendous sway over current shining stars of humanity Yet surely its power and lory are well beneath the power and THIEME Atlas of Anatomy: Head and Neuroanatomy glory of the True God so these traditional worshipers believe People who feel that way today are probably reacting somewhat thoughtlessly After all Nancy sod is demonstrably real It is a real individual that exists at the pinnacle of the reatest and most celestial creations of historical humanity It is not the True God howeverAt this point let me identify myself as someone who agrees with the wording of their belief but who rejects the unbelievable properties of their worn out obsolete scientifically absurd God Yet it remains that Nancy s od is below the true source of the universe what many people believe is the True God with a capital G Nancy would say that she s unaware of the existence of any God or individual higher than her emergent od although she would spell it with a capital G but it seems that her entire attitude would be open to the idea that if there was scientific evidence for the existence of a higher God she d be willing to examine it and she might accept the existence of this higher God and perhaps even try to communicate with itThe trouble is the most prevalent concepts of God in the modern world are simply not believable for anyone who has a scientific understanding of the way the world really is In addition it is a rievous mistake to take literally so called Sacred Scripture that at least it must be reinterpreted metaphorically I prefer to call it mythologically using Joseph Campbell s understanding of this word This is the only way to recover the original spiritual insights of the sacred writings in the light of what we know today about the way the world really works Nancy also explains how big and how small things are in the universe and that we re right in the middle of the possible size scales which should make us feel special we re at the center of things Copernicus notwithstandingBut we don t have to limit ourselves with any of the current idols most of the world names God literally blaspheming I believe in their worship We don t want to worship a mere idol and call it God The True God is part of reality and fundamental to reality than any idol currently worshiped by human beings The God of most religions in the current world have been Dept. of Reproductive Management ground down into finite idols disconnected from Ultimate Reality Nancy sod is unabashedly limited Through Nancy her emergent Beneath This Ink god knows itself as depending on the existence of the human race for its own existence If humanity flickers out Nancy sod fades out of existence as well Meanwhile the True God lives on the highest individual in the universe who has existed since the Big Bang and before We honor the True God by attributing the Big Bang to his enerosity and curiosity and all of the Big Bangs ever to have occurred or will occurThe tale I m about to tell is radically different from all the historical tales that Nancy is ridiculing because people take them literally and they were conceived before our scientific discovery of what the world is really like With that scientific outlook my theology recognizes that the True God has a separate existence from every other individual in the universe but made of the same fundamental stuff that human beings and everything else is The True God is primordial the most fundamental individual in the universe the source of everything that the universe is made out of Further the True God is much at ease with a self conscious species at ease with the modern scientific picture of the world than a self conscious species hostile to the scientific picture of the world because science is a route to understanding the way the universe really works with the True God at its foundationBefore I can deal directly with issues raised in Nancy s book I have to elaborate my claim that there is a way of conceiving the True God as fundamental to reality on which all reality is built and in terms that are supported by the findings of modern science My views owe a lot to Whitehead s and Hartshorne s process philosophy of religion which I have studied for decades except for one fundamental difference that 20th century process philosophers especially Christian process philosophers would deem heretical and undoubtedly complete nonsense by Christian literalists This is that God creates the universe out of himselfThe following are what I consider are the characteristics of the True God which I believe any logical investigation into the matter will eventually uncover However we re talking about God The only way to do that is to talk in mythological language Characteristics of the True God1 God creates the universe in Big Bangs that spray into the world a mist OF PARTICLES MADE OUT OF GOD particles made out of God
This assertion is what the 20th century process philosophers will regardassertion is what the 20th century process philosophers will regard heresy and they seem to have specifically denied this in their writings But in my theology the world is indeed made out of God the mist of God 2 Each particle in the mist which is actually a field in the scientific sense has the nature of God but is capable of only minimal reflection of God and no reflection on God Instances of the fields in the mist of God are properly called individuals What I m calling an individual Nancy calls an entity that is the result of emergent processes I use the word individual in the technical sense that Charles Hartshorne does and I define it below in items 4 and 53 The mist of God thus contains the nature of God buried in its potential since it is made out of God stuff The mist is God stuff 4 The particles in the mist of God are the simplest individuals in the universe All individuals are capable of combining into hierarchical roups that receive a new central focus That new emergent central focus of all the subordinate individuals is itself an individual what may be termed a top level individual 5 A human being is a top level individual So is a biological organ cell organelle within a cell all molecules atoms and subatomic particles namely all physical fields in the universe are individuals An individual has a center that all of the individuals beneath it support either directly or indirectly A lump of coal is not an individual because it is not a hierarchically organized conglomeration of individuals it is a random lump of them This use of the term individual is straight out of Whitehead s and Hartshorne s process philosophy and is explained very clearly in Griffin s Reenchantment Without Supernaturalism6 God himself is a field in the universe that has always filled the universe something like the Higgs Field only potentially rich without limits This field is Ultimate Reality It is realized that this doctrine will be regarded as one of those kooky tales one raises one s eyebrows about but unfortunately it is pivotal to my central vision of the True God And of course it is outrageous religious heresy but that concept is suspect these days7 The field of God is attracted to and concentrates rowing divine energy on each individual emerging in the world from the attracted to and concentrates rowing divine energy on each individual emerging in the world from the of God These energized points in the field of God may be called the peaks of God Highlights of God are distributed around the universe in randomly emerging peaks engulfing pyramids of individuals composed of the mist of God 8 God is a natural individual in the universe So his field is a natural feature of the universe Of course we humans can t see this field of God with any of our current scientific instruments any than we can see dark matter The peaks of God being natural features of the universe God s vision from his peaks is limited by the speed of light So one peak of God does not know about other peaks of God beyond their event horizon This point is another one of those laughable heresies I m asking the reader to stick and have patience with as well as the previous one I started with in the first item9 The peak of God enveloping the individual attempts to lure the finest potential out of the emerging individual But the divine lure comes into conflict with the urgings arising naturally within the emerging individual God cannot coerce an individual That would make the whole universe meaningless if the truth be told He can only lure an individual in a certain direction in the individual s decision making process in competition with all the other lures affecting the individual These other lures come from within the individual itself as well as from the environment in which the individual finds itself10 The complexities in the universe are created through the consolidation of the divine mists of God 11 Immortality and the topic of consciousness The field of God which is part of reality itself along with all the physical objects and individuals in the universe is the seat of all consciousness All consciousness is the consciousness of God This is why the end of our consciousness in death does not one iota affect that consciousness we had while were alive That consciousness is immortal it is the one and only consciousness of God Our consciousness now at this moment as you are reading this It s the consciousness of God 12 My take on Nancy s discussion on human immortality This consciousness which lives on after we die does not by any means entirely fade back into the fathomless depths of God While alive your consciousness continuously swims in your memories Some of this consciousness lives on in the intricate net and memories among the living that we created while we lived That memorial consciousness actually continues to evolve in all the connections it makes as its human environment moves into the future So don t sweat death 13 The treasury of the consciousness of God increases with the complexity of the component individuals at any iven point in his field Here God s attention lights up and the complexity of the reuired divine attention sets the intensity of the divine energy peak rising out of the field of God14 The field of God itself has unlimited potential at every point but it takes the draw of an individual at a point to concentrate the divine attention on that individual The attention is complete and exhaustive on the top level individual at that point as well as complete and exhaustive on the complete hierarchy of individuals forming the pyramid of the top level The top level individual is thus enveloped by the peak of God which intimately intermingles with the detailed structure of the hierarchy of individuals making up that top level individual15 God has perfect visibility into every individual at all levels of complexity and sees the connections that every individual has with other individuals in his own pyramid and in his environment 16 Minor point The environment however of an individual embedded deeply in the hierarchy of a top level individual might be closed off from the rest of the universe than a freer individual in the open air so to speak such as a human being or a parrot for that matter 17 When God is concentrated in a peak in the field of God God has a local focus of consciousness which is an exhaustive knowledge of the structure of every individual in the pyramid of individual levels out of which the top level individual is constructed But God s knowledge and what God exhaustively sees also includes connections with the other individuals in the world that have connections with the individual at the top of the hierarchy that God is enveloping and shining his light on Thus from any peak in the mist of God God s knowledge extends out into the world as far as there are connections with other individuals This distance of course is limited by the speed of light defining our event horizon18 God s wish is to maximize the self actua. As collaborating with him on two books that put the new scientific picture into a social and political context She wondered “Could anything actually exist in this strange new universe that is worthy of the name ‘God’” In A God That Could Be Real Abrams explores a radically new way of thinking about God She dismantles several common assumptions about God and shows why an omniscient omnipotent God that created the universe and plans what happens is incompatible with science but that this doesn’t preclude a God that can comfort and empower us Moving away from traditional arguments for God Abrams finds something worthy of the name “God” in the new science of emergence just as.