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technologies provide new opportunities and questions concerning the spiritual.
This paper looks the spiritual in 20th century art and science as the
basis for examining the spiritual implications in cyberspace, itself the
outgrowth of art and science. This is followed by a discussion of the
virtual worlds of William Gibson and Frank Tipler. The emerging discipline
of studies in consciousness is introduced as a link between the spiritual
and the digital, and the prophetic work of the Jesuit Teilhard de Chardin
discussed for his concept of the 'noosphere'. The spiritual implications
of a conscious Internet are then examined.
Keywords: spiritual, cyberspace, consciousness, Gibson, Tipler,
Teilhard de Chardin, artificial life, virtual cosmogenesis.