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Hard limits on the empirical frontier demand a reassessment of our obsession with material reality. Understanding the world requires both empirical knowledge and an exploration of faith, which governs the other side. Complexity science points towards faith in a purposeful world guided by intentional, flowing love.
From the study of emergence, causation and intention, we learn that a cosmic intentionality guides the emergent cascade and has given us life, beauty, joy and consciousness – it has loved us. We should love it back, with humility and gratitude for its many gifts, including the gifts of our imperfect and necessarily limited empirical understanding.
Science is the engine of human progress, but the tip of the spear, our primary intention, must be the human empathic values of trust, humility, mutual respect and shared commitment: in a word, love.