Evolution shows a real trajectory towards increased bio-complexity yielding greater intelligence and consciousness. The human race and its complex brain structure represent the cutting edge of this trajectory—so far.
Based on the evidence that evolution has provided us it would be a safe bet to assume that life’s continuing trajectory will be towards further increased intelligence and consciousness. After all, the human brain is still gathering more knowledge about the world it finds itself in.
What differentiates the human brain from brains of other creatures is that it can take in the sensory data from the circumfluent world and find deeper meaning through mental abstractions. As physicist David Bohm once put it “…to recognize anything whatsoever is to see that as various ratios are related to an object, so are they related to our mental concept of it.”
Human consciousness and its intelligence can recognize and distill ratios out of nature that other animals are oblivious to. Furthermore, new mental insights and creative thought come from recognizing novel ratios and analogies within the subject matter (ratios of ratio). These new ratios and analogies lead to profound mental abstractions including mathematics.
Currently, science does not embrace the idea of “purposeful” design in creation or evolution. So God is not a part of the scientific equation. But what if it could be proven that God had anticipated the future trajectory of human intelligence and consciousness by providing special hidden substrata within sensory experience that would allow humans to discover deeper analogies and ratios?
Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg claimed that God indeed designed Sacred Scripture in a way that new analogies could be distilled (revelation) from the ordinary sensory experience of it various narratives. In other words, the stories within Holy Scripture have substrates built into their architecture in the form of higher levels of meaning and analog. It is in these substrates (sacred scaffolding) that God’s Word displays its authority, inerrancy and sacredness.
The caveat is that embracing such an unexpected reality in God’s Word requires an evolutionary “jump” in human cognitive function. Few scientists or theologians are mentally and emotionally disposed to hearing such things.
So I will keep writing my blog posts in the hope that human evolution will catch up to the cognitive level required for recognizing the deeper ratios and analogies of God’s revealed wisdom.