We have been catapulted from a relatively modest place in the middle of the food chain to the top in a millisecond of geological time. We have godlike technology but without the chill of an alpha lion lounging in the savannah. With UFO sightings allegedly clustering around nuclear weapons, I have a darkly comic image of aliens looking down at us right now, open-mouthed in horror.
One overriding impression from Dr. Iain McGilchrist’s recent masterpiece The Matter with Things is that the imbalance in our brains toward the left hemisphere has turned us into overly-paranoid predators. Our left hemisphere is concerned with manipulation, power, control, and competition. But it is ignorant of the whole picture, and it lies when confused. This has led to a world of “Moloch.” Perpetual arms-races where existential risk is coupled with exponential technologies.
This concept all seemed distant and theoretical until a few weeks ago. My only question had been if the storm, our dark night, was behind us or ahead of us.