Tonight I was mulling over some things I had read from some scientist and was struck by the tendency / need to communicate our ideas in an anthropocentric manner. One way we continue to do this is by our anouncements to each other that we now know everything that is necessary, that there are just detail left, and no knowledge revolution is expected. There is really no difference to this attitude today with the flat earthers and the Ptolemicists. While modern scientists often just blame those old time religionists for the problem of insight, they fail to see that the problem is in our genes. We humans have a number of well developed traits that like or not, we have to manage, whether scientists or religionists (and some of us are both). I would include in these traits: faith, belief, ideology (or a simple direct solution solves the problem). Primal faith ensures the babe that the food will come tomorrow, belief that the unknowable is human friendly (I suggest this is a possible motivator for the homo sapiens exodus out of Africa (across the planet), ideology that a set of known strategies are good for any new situation (protect the group, kill the prey, find the water).
Modern religion (since sometime pre-agriculture) has been a progressive insight to convince humans to make further use of that neocortex. While evolution scientists are proud to portray a theory of the development of religion that doesn’t require acknowledging an intelligence vastly greater than our own, and in this exposing their anthropocentricism, it is possible to construct a theory of the development of religion that includes the vitality of an agency that is not just flesh and blood. Such a theory suggests that spiritual or religious insight matches the development of capacity of the human being to use the adaptation. The reptilean and paleo-mammalian brains have a big drag on our responses, even while we are trying to use our neocortex for very smart things. The Great educators have provided insights, motivation (that no ordinary philosphers or leaders have managed), and neocortical training approaches, to launch successive phases of growth in society and civilisation.
Baha’u’llah, likewise, now reassure us that we can have faith in, and believe in the outcome of the scientific approaches. He reiterates that the mot important thing to learn is “O my God, thou hast created me to know Thee and to worship Thee. I testify to my powerlessness and Thy might,my poverty and Thy wealth.There is none other God but Thee, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting”. This teaches that our place in reality is nix. Our humility is requisite. Faith in God is survival in the ongoing adventure. Belief that His teachings will give us access into the unknown far future. Baha’u’llah’s teachings once and for all raises a great edifice over the foundation ideologue.
Whether the seeker desires belief or disbelief, the biological organism that is human requires submission to function outside of their anthropocentric tendency. It is tempting to suggest that, without this, science itself may stall in a loss of insight. however Baha’u’llah has already raised an edifice for an expectation of 500,000 years of building, so it becomes rather a moot point now the motivation is out there.
Baha’u’llah also teaches to expect the finding of life everywhere in the Universe. Yet how would we respond to another intelligent form? Baha’u’llah recommends that His teachings will create the conditions for the appropriate response. This is a true directive of belief. To loosen our hold on our own anthropocentric analysis, we need to contemplate the All-Knowing, God, and our deepest humilty before that course.