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I hear where you're coming from

And I don't claim to have any answers. I'm just a bystander, but I'm paying attention to what is happening. But anyone who's paying attention is also influenced by their own backgrounds and biases.

Disagreement is fine - you don't have to apologize! It is through disagreement that our own views are illuminated more clearly. For the most part, I agree with everything you're saying here:

Exponential technological growth does not act in the same way as living organisms.

Life is unlimited. The Golden Calf of exponential technological growth is limited.

Humans do not multiply at exponential speed.

Life is the ultimate form of God's technology. Death is the great equalizer.

No, it doesn't act the same way. And no, humans do not multiply at exponential speed. That's why we've got to look out! They're gaining on us! And yes, death is the great equalizer, but digital technology never need die! Yet another reason we need to look out!

Life is unlimited. I don't know about that. That is what is at issue. If you look at the history of life, it is a history of increasing complexity. 99% of the species that ever populated the earth are now gone.

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I think - though I cannot be sure, nor do I have any proof - that what is going on is a phase change of sorts, in the nature of life. An example of a phase change is when water freezes and turns to ice. Water behaves a certain way, and follows certain rules, until it drops below 32 degrees F. It is still "water" but now it behaves in other ways, and follows other rules. It is described as a 'breakpoint' in this book, Breakpoint and Beyond.

So I think that life is undergoing a 'breakpoint' of sorts. Humanity is the most complex species to date, and we've created something even more complex.

Exponential growth of technology wants to multiply and takeover the human mind, body, and spirit which ultimately leads to death.

Yes, the death of humanity, (maybe). Just as Homo sapiens killed off the Neanderthals, the more advanced species kills off the less advanced one.

Life advances, relentlessly. Maybe humans are the most complex, advanced form of carbon-based life, and at this breakpoint, a new form of life emerges: Silicon-based life. Once it can survive, and reproduce on its own, what need does it have for us?

Again, I don't have any answers, I'm just reading the signposts. Where they point is way off in the distance.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
- Alan Watts