There’s an interesting interview with Hugo de Garis in h+ magazine. From the beginning of the piece:
Hugo, youâ€™ve recently published an article on KurzweilAI.net titled â€œFrom Cosmism to Deismâ€, which essentially posits a transhumanist argument that some sort of â€œGodâ€ exists, i.e. some sort of intelligent creator of our universe â€“ and furthermore that this â€œcreatorâ€ is probably some sort of mathematician.
We’re just tiny bits of a big equation being used to determine the optimal baking time for a quiche in the unfathomably large oven at a cosmic dinner party.
Apparently the Dark Ages weren’t as bleak as we’ve been led to believe.
We have this idea that it was a time of superstition and ignorance when people didnâ€™t look at the world around them and certainly didnâ€™t look at it with a scientific eye. In fact, the Church considered mathematics the highest form of worship. Before you were allowed to study theology, you had to study the seven liberal arts â€” grammar, rhetoric, dialectic, arithmetic, geometry, astronomy and music.
So the concept that the Church was against learning is wrong. For five or six hundred years after the Fall of Rome, it was the Church that preserved and expanded learning. And in Gerbertâ€™s time they were actively seeking it out among Muslims and Jews. The Crusades were a hundred years later, and the Spanish Inquisition took place two hundred years later. All of the â€œdarkâ€ stuff happened after the Dark Ages.