The world is still waiting for an answer to the death of God. Many people still attend church, but the myths and stories are no longer comforting. People are there, not because churches have answers, but because churchgoers still have questions. The anomie of modern life seems to result from an inability to find a reason to seek progress in the world—something that gives this material process a purpose.
from Neurosphere (2005)
Donald P. Dulchinos has spent the last 15 years working in various aspects of cable television. He has been involved in online network communities for at least that long, as a charter member of the Boulder Community Network and an early, active member and conference host on The Well, an electronic community. He has written two books on consciousness and spirituality: Pioneer of Inner Space: The Life of Fitz Hugh Ludlow, Hasheesh Eater and Forbidden Sacraments: The Survival of Shamanism in Western Civilization, forthcoming in 2005.
According to Donald Dulchinos, the real action on the Internet isn’t in the realm of commerce. It is, plain and simple, in the realm of religion. But not exactly that old-time religion. This book is about the spiritual impact of our increasing ability to communicate quickly and with enhanced evolution. It’s about our search for meaning, our hunger for a glimpse at humanity’s future development in whichâ€"frighteningly or excitingly,"the trend is clearly toward increasing integration of telecommunications and information technology with the body itself. Electronic prosthetics, direct neural implants, and the brain’s control of electronic and mechanical limbs move the boundary that used to exist between human and machine to some undefined frontier inside our bodies, our brains, and, perhaps, our minds.