An audio version of this talks is at my podcast, Talks and Thoughts, available via podcast feeds.
The anxiety about AI has reached hysterical proportions. Luminaries are declaring that every last human being is at risk. Which suggests a panic not about the future, whatever it may bring, but about the present, and what has already been lost.
What has vanished, for some, is a living sense of what it is to be human. As William Blake knew, when machine ways dominate, human beings flip from hope to despair, from elation to desperation. The question that seems to hard to answer is just what it means to be human.
Drawing on a recent book, I Judge No One by David Lloyd Dusenbury, as well as my latest, Spiritual Intelligence In Seven Steps, this talk looks to the life of Jesus for inspiration.
Figures from Dostoevsky to William Blake have recognised he lived at an existential edge, in this world whilst simultaneously making present another world, not of control and moral anxiety but of gift and eternal expansion. The vision is practical and, in an era in which the sense of being human is clearly at risk, fundamental and pressing.
For more on I Judge No One by David Lloyd Dusenbury – https://www.hurstpublishers.com/book/i-judge-no-one/
For more on Spiritual Intelligence In Seven Steps – https://www.markvernon.com/books/spiritual-intelligence-in-seven-steps