Enlightenment How?

Be­ware any­one who men­tions the E word. Com­mon, and gen­er­ally solid ad­vice in spiritual cir­cles. I use it here due to a lack of good al­ter­na­tives, but I might sug­gest that we come up with some. Apolo­gies if I have already trig­gered your cringe re­sponse.

Two ques­tions I think may be worth con­sid­er­ing for EAs:

1 - What if en­light­en­ment is real?

2 - What if there are re­li­able ways to pre­cip­i­tate it that are yet to be dis­cov­ered?

1 - What if en­light­en­ment is real?

What is en­light­en­ment? And what do I mean by real?

The thing that I think may be worth look­ing into for EAs is not su­per­nat­u­ral. It is the idea that it is pos­si­ble to no­tice some­thing, ei­ther con­tinu­ally or on de­mand, about our in­ter­face with the world that can re­duce per­sonal suffer­ing and dra­mat­i­cally in­crease per­sonal wellbe­ing. Th­ese ‘notic­ings’ have long been in the realm of the spiritual and re­li­gious.

By real I mean that the differ­ence be­tween the en­light­ened and the un­en­light­ened would be starkly no­tice­able with var­i­ous meth­ods of wellbe­ing re­search.

2 - What if there are re­li­able ways to pre­cip­i­tate it that are yet to be dis­cov­ered?

If en­light­en­ment is real, then it is very likely that there are bet­ter and worse ways to pre­cip­i­tate it. Which meth­ods have been tried in the past? Which have been the most suc­cess­ful? Why were they more suc­cess­ful? Could new tech­nolo­gies provide bet­ter suc­cess rates? Can we put it on the blockchain?


  • This would be available to al­most anyone

  • It could dra­mat­i­cally in­crease the wellbe­ing of those who have the insight

  • Meth­ods to pre­cip­i­tate it may well be cheap or free to dis­tribute once they have been refined

  • There would very likely be pos­i­tive sec­ondary and ter­tiary effects to hav­ing more ‘en­light­ened’ peo­ple in the world

  • It may have been ne­glected due to su­per­nat­u­ral as­so­ci­a­tions

I’d love to know any thoughts any­one has one way or the other. I’m par­tic­u­larly keen to know whether this comes across as too un­scien­tific, or maybe too in­tractable.