From these and similar domains
of observation and speculation, we can begin to see a variety
of obvious patterns implied if not demanded by much of the observable
terrestrial complexity coupled with our modern and available understandings
of organismal history on Earth. These patterns in their most general
anatomy imply that Earth is an animal, more than a ‘planet’,
and that this form of animal — much like ourselves —
assembles itself in waves of inward complexification
that allow for the gains of the whole to be magnified into all
participants, and so too with the trials. This is one of the most
essential features of the kind of animal Earth is, and it is one
of the most essential transports of connectivity amongst and with(in)
all of her constituent-children.
Living worlds tend toward the production of complex
cognitive beings for a purpose, which is discernable
by the each
of the beings of that world in some
domain and, generally speaking, must be commonly
apparent in their general activity. We might observe
that over time, living planets assemble and conserve
ever more complexly aware sentient participants, given
Their constituents cannot fail to recapitulate these
purposes in their local circumstances and scales of
their structure, activity, and elaboration.
This feature of organismal reality has the potential
to interfere with itself in
ways, at certain phase-steps of local or distributed
complexity, as we have experienced and are experiencing
At the animalian scale of perception and experience, diversity
in the environment (forms of biocognitive assembly in
relation and co-arisal) creates opportunities, threats
and challenges. The other side of that coin is the profound
potential for transcendence of those threats and challenges
via the integration of cognitive byproducts of the incredible
diversity of relational stimulus inherent in a thickly
speciated ecosystem. It is as if a single animal is learning
itself in a thousand domains of reflective and semi-competitive
relation. Each is a member of the body — and thus
directly connective with every other member, utterly violating
the rationality of physical separation in a real domain
which is neither physical nor entirely energetic: the
domain of active relation. This field is the formal ground
of sentience, and the birthplace and nursery for the complex
embodiment of organismal intelligence we have managed to
thus far sustain, and in some ways, perhaps, even embellish
slightly — as representational sentients.
Living worlds value complexity and diversity in much the same way complex animals such as humans not only value, but
diverse internal cellular and micro-floral ecosystems.
This diversity and complexity provide flexibility and
supra-animalian ability in complex cognitive animals such
Species and behavioral diversity is a transport,
cache, and amplifier for evolutionary and cognitive complexity.
One of the most powerful vehicles for these conservations,
and perhaps even their foundation, is connectivity.
A second is the ability to encode and transmit ‘information’
(progress) across many diverse boundaries — such
as individual and generational death. We can visualize
these two very general qualities as the opposing teardrops
of an infinity symbol: but it is where they are twisted
that the real miracles arise...
In choosing to convince ourselves of our intellectual
separation from animals, we threw away the baby of our
essentially connective natures and requirements with the
bathwater of our classical terror of our animalian heritage
and ancestry. As our modern activity hacks away at a living
library of absurd age and impossible rarity — we
are hacking away at the very sources and sanctuaries of
our own cognition. And this creates a terrifying problem
which is similar to attacking one’s own intelligence,
with something one doesn’t expect to have any effect
in this regard at all. After a very small number of these
events, the subject/victim is too stupid to have
any hope of discerning what it is doing, and simply keeps
doing it until the repercussions erase it.
The incredible biocognitive complexity embodied in the
metabolic and relational activities of simple and multicellular
animals, as well as the animals themselves are the product
of a developmentally intelligent planet, and are in point
of fact, the only thing of real value to a living world.
As this temporal-evolutionary complexity is preserved
only in living forms, there is no possible way to value
it economically with any sense of sane rationality. A
single microorganism could easily be worth the entire
GNP of all human nations since Roman times. It’s
a matter of perspective and application to value
them at all. Sentient beings should value each other and
other beings as essentially priceless. Living planets
definitely do, and there is clear evidence of this everywhere
around us. We ourselves comprise such evidence.
Consider a single living frog. Alive in the modern
moment, this animal represents a lineage of incredible
diversity, temporal experience, biocognitive expression,
and organismal metaphor. It is a living wavefront containing
and representing (and elaborating) an entire an unique
library nowhere reproducible and nowhere else inscribed.
As a living book, it reaches back to the inception of
Life on Earth. And it is not a thing – but instead
an elemental expression of an unthing: it is an organism.
Like living metaphors in a transcendental language, the
complexity and diversity of organisms around and within
us gives rise to the pool of
own cognition is re-assembled as a unique instance of
— moment-to-moment. When we erase or destabilize
ecosystems, attack whole species of organisms within
the essential biodiversity
of our planet, we are doing something akin to attacking
the mind of a child — using primitive, rapacious
metaphors to erase their native relational intelligence
and replace them with something more ‘manageable’.
In doing so we are effectively stamping out the
of God, and existing with(in) the poetry we are hacking
away at madly — are our own minds, persons, dreams,
hopes — and chances for a sustainable culture
on Earth. With each blow of the blade, we become less
to notice our own hand at the grip. The fingers seem
alien. We begin to pretend it is actually the work
others, and thus the curse proceeds to every domain of
our world. Every domain of our lives, thoughts, actions
and servitude to concept and mechanism.
A significant portion of the foundational goal of life
is to persist, and progress toward greater conservation
of metabolic, behavioral, physical and cognitive (connective)
complexity. In order to persist while conserving and
enhancing the current store of complexity,
life must be able to maintain this hard-won treasure beyond
the barriers of occasional or common terrestrial crisis.
This means that what we commonly consider competition
is actually in service to its opposite — mutual
preservation. While seemingly a commonplace notion, its
commonality hides the treasure, which is that our ideas
and formulations about competition become something other
than what they pretend the moment their activity or the
realizations of those concepts turns against the diverse
natural complexity of a living planet, or a living people.
It seems that what is done in the ecological realms (or
those we refer to thus) is always done in the intellectual,
cultural and lived experience of the people of Earth.
Thus the nations that champion the bald and rapacious
conversion of a living planet and its peoples to profit
and prisoners must first succeed in entrenching itself
as a mimetic hero in the minds of the vast populations
of its victims, such that they will perceive in the
predator as a hero.
Thus it is that a mere paradigm: i.e.: animalian diversity
is at best marginally important — whether real,
or active in a human population — can grow to such
a degree that it erases the people who carry it as completely
as it erases their nursery, children, and future.
Since a concept, in a complexly representational cognitive
species, can silence an entire biosphere (which is is
a participant with(in)), so if a planet is going to evolve
toward this sort of creature, there must be failsafes
and unknown aspects of potential involved...
5. There is no sure clock
for terrestrial crisis.
It is possible for a string of crises to occur simultaneously,
or linearly, with such bio-destructive power that the
majority (or totality) of multicellular animal forms on
earth could be extinguished with stunning rapidity. This nearly happened during
the Permian Extinction. These are crises of biocognition
as well, and are firmly written not only in the mechanical
features of the survivors, but in their cognitive and
emotional characters as well. Put simply, organismal Life
on Earth remembers the great cataclysms —
and generally these memories are deeply charged with terror.
Encountering things similar to them, conceptually or in
reality tends to trigger organismal and cognitive response
as though the ancient threat were being relived —
but the domain of this activity may be incredibly difficult
to take notice of, or may also ‘seem’ to ‘small’
to be of real consequence — so it is rarely remarked
upon or pursued by ‘educated people’.
That there have been vast extinctions in terrestrial
history which were survived by complex animals does not
in any way imply that many, or most such catastrophes would
have the same outcome. A relatively small mechanical catastrophe
could silence the entire biosphere in perpetuity. So could
a war, or an act of terrorism — or a significant enough
strike from an extraplanetary object.
Vast extinctions can also be unexpectedly (and often invisibly)
catalyzed or directly caused by what we might refer to niche
predation, which is
the activity of specific scales and domains of parasitic
living or mechano-mimetic momentums, unlinked from the sorts
of common limiters that protect both parasites and their
hosts by (more or less) insuring that the most essential
organisms or mechanisms of balance and regeneration cannot
be permanently disturbed, except by extra-systemic interventions.
While human thought tends to follow lines trusting the
future of our race (and the other beings of the planet)
to our adaptability and our technologies, our own complexity
(and theirs) requires extremely delicate and specific
tolerances of many variables in many domains. An analogy would be that we commonly have
trouble getting ourselves into space, or getting probes
to other worlds accurately — for the same general
sort of reason.
Complex animals are ecologically sensitive, and profoundly
environmentally delicate. 60-85% of the Monarch Butterfly
population was extinguished in a single unseasonable storm
in 2002. Humans are not butterflies, but the tableau is
only different in scope. One must wonder if the butterflies
expected the storm. Complex cognitives are even more sensitive,
Because of this consistent fact, organismal life and the
environmental transports it engineers, sustains, and elaborates
are complexifying toward a position where various modes
of survival-response (to crisis) are possible.
Additionally, there is another problem: the animal
of a living planet comes to ‘know the danger’
of being penetrated by a large extraterrestrial object.
Once this has happened three or four times (each time
it is akin to being shot in the head and barely surviving)
— the planet develops new domains of sensing
and response, as precursors to the ability to formulate
an active organismal (biocognitive) response to such threats.
And this has psychological relevance for the planet and
all scales of her constituentChildren.
So, for example, before the permian extinction, the diversely
established biocognitive complexity of Earth was thriving,
and hyperconnective — an incredibly adeptly engineered
‘sentience lens’ that required thousands of
billions of years (multiplied to some term by all participants
at all scales) to assemble.
The process used for this assembly is an infolding of
conserved complexity, connectivity and diversity —
which then results in scalar magnifications of potential
(cells to multicells colonies to animalian organisms,
etc). Once this is established, the sentience and expression
characters of the planetAnimal are dramatically magnified
— far beyond the place of becoming ‘a form
of energy’. This magnification produces something
we have no word for...but it is like a lens that radically
accelerates and magnifies its own sentience potentials
— in a game that would make a god blush. It then
actively recapitulates these potentials into its children,
at every possible scale.
So the planetAnimal, in one moment, finds itself diversely
connectively alive, aware, and expressive of internal
and cognitive prosperity. In what is for her far less
than an eyeblink — (and this is seen happening with
billions of eyes with(in) her, at billions of positions,
velocities and scales) — she sees the things
from space coming — and then they penetrate her
— and then 85% of her mind, hands, eyes —
thousands of trillions of lifeYears of effort —
Earth, as an animal, responds just as animals of her kind
will. She begins to intentionally engineer creatures of
sufficient cognitive and mechanical complexity to be able
to first metaphy, and later respond to threats to
the entire system.
Just as we have macrophages and immune systems —
a planet will, like any evolving psybiocognitive hyperstructure
— engineer a similar sort of organismal participant
— albeit at an entirely different scale.
Such a participant must be able to metaphy and respond
to many forms of systemic threat, in many seemingly distinct
domains. And it must remain motivated to do so. If it
fails to accurately metaphy its own position, or its powers,
or its sources — this class of participant can act
like a broken immune system, and consume the garden it
arises in hope of the sustenance of.
If we were to presume (in our example) that biospheric
penetration by an extra-terrestrial body is the only vast
and significant threat to the nursery (which it isn’t)
— we might speculate that a biosphere would actually
expend quite a bit of complexity-momentum in ‘growing
itself’ toward a variety of inward solutions. Some
of them would be passive, and others active.
Amongst the active experiments emergent from the planetAnimal
in the wake of such catastrophes throughout history —
was a creature that could hear her voice, feel her feelings,
see what she sees, and become what she herself had always
been — a protector.
Again, we are presuming this is the only threat. To accomplish
this she would need a creature capable of mechanical manipulation
at a scale that dwarfed anything which had ever existed
— except of course in everything she already was.
She was something far beyond all machines....but she was
going to need a species that could build large, strange
toys...and could see into the stars at a distance...and
not destroy the nursery during their growthPhases...and...
And eventually one of those species stepped up to bat,
so to speak. What it really was that they stepped up to
was more of a glowing celestial tree whose every branch
led inward to an exquisitely unknowable -source-. At this
tree they began a relationShip with a ‘family’
of sentient hyperStructures with(in) whom they arose as
a sort of ‘complete and unique’ inner reflection
We might speculate that
this species needed an uninterrupted (or generally contiguous)
phase of growth and connectivity with its sources in
order to succeed. But early on in the process, the exact
momentum they were biocognitively marshalling a systemic
defense to shattered the nursery again. And this would happen
quite a few times. Each time it happened, it damaged their
relationships with the delicate tools and stories they’d
inherited at the Tree. Soon they forgot about the Tree and
the Stories altogether. And, during a time of relative calm
from the celestial penetrants, they actually forgot what
it was they were supposed to be learning to be protecting,
and from what, and why.
In fact, other threats had risen unnoticed, and largely
taken over the gifts from the Tree, almost entirely,
and were using them to accomplish something very similar
to what they gifts were engineered to protect the planetAnimal
from. Meanwhile, inside the children themselves, something
similar was happening: their own immune systems were attacking
them. But they could not see the relationShip — they
didn’t have a metaphor they trusted, that pointed
in that direction.
So they kept building machines, and copies of machines,
and machines to make copies of copies made by machine-making
The value of a given creatureform is not reproducible,
and is beyond human understanding in terms of symbolic
valuation. The value of any individual living creature
is similar, though perhaps not precisely symmetric. The
reason for this seemingly incredible value is simple:
any extant being represents its entire lineage of evolution
and history, conserving within its structure and behavior
idiosyncratic histories, abilities, molecular engines,
and the many other and possibly un-nameable aspects of
complexity that it and its biological peers have struggled
so epically to preserve, expand, transmit and conserve
throughout the Earth’s history. In effect, each
creatureform is a unique, transforming, and living volume
in an irreproducible library. A living planet values each
extant creatureform overtly, regardless of evolutionary
ideas to the contrary.
In terms of scarcity, and its relation to value, there
is nothing more scarce in the universe at our scale than
living beings. Most of space does not appear to contain
them. Earth, at least locally, is an anomaly in this regard,
and her conservations are beyond all possible systems
of valuing, comprising the very rarest of possible rarities.
A living planet has a very specific lifespan, in terms of outcomes for life there, and for the planet
itself. There are two primary limiters of the length of
1: #S1: Solar or Near-Space Catastrophe:
a: catastrophic solar activity/solar death
b: impact from space or other trans-terrestrial catastrophe
2: #E1: Environmental Catastrophe:
Atmospheric biometabolism and regeneration is badly damaged
or destroyed outright
i. Organic cause (i.e.: a radical niche-predator microbe)
ii. Action of intelligent beings disrupts processes
iii. Action of unforeseen/known natural causes
Within these two windows, all significant
living activity takes place, and all hope in persistence
or prosperity for any form of life is prescribed.
A biocognitive planet learns through intersystemic
interaction, storage and transformation – synergistically,
and attempts correction and progress toward being what
it is becoming. Like all organisms, the sum total of living elements
which comprise a worldAnimal represent its body, mind,
and spirit – in the same way the sum total of living
cells in a human body are similarly representative.
We must also deeply acknowledge the necessity of including
contexts and environments our models and metaphors as
part of ourselves — because the biocognitive
moment we may experience or express is directly emergent
from the entirety of local history, momentum, lineage
It does not learn through the activity of machines which
replace organismal participants with mechanicals —
nor does it learn when its only complex cognitive species
becomes overmechanized, intellectually. The intellectual
life of a planet is largely emergent from the intellectual
(consciously cognitive) experience of its constituents,
thus it will tend to suffer in a scalar magnification
of anything largely afflicting its single complex cognitive.
The living beings of a planet, at any given moment,
may be said to constitute a single evolving and clearly
cognitive being, and this being is emergent, and scalarly
self-referencing in activity as well as form. It is an
‘alien beyond all aliens’ — a worldAnimal
— and we are certainly and observably constituents
in such an animal in a way somewhat analogous to neurons
in our own mind. But our models of neurons are in error,
for we believe that some mechanical activity of them produces
character — which is backwards. Character emerges
from cognitive activity unmechanically, as a reflection
of the real basis of reality — which is as emotional
as it is physical or energetic.
All beings are elements in planetary metabolism and (trans)sentience.
The complexity preserved in even the ‘simplest’
single living being is far more than can be represented
in words, value-systems, or any form of information known
to humans – because it is, in effect, a peculiar,
but precise recording of evolutionary time. A mote of
living bio-memory from its home planet.
A single living creature, of any sort whatever, is worth
more than the entirety of the products of human knowledge
and manufacture. When our species realizes this directly,
we will have graduated from biospheric infancy. We must
insure the biosphere survives long enough for our species
to have this opportunity.
9. The goal of a living planet could be
modeled as fivefold:
is a very mechanical perspective-model of a process whose
poetics are of far greater import than its mechanics...
a0: To attempt to assemble (through evolutionary
symbiosis and competition) complex symbolically representational
cognitives, imaginal tool-users with the ability to value
and protect whole ecologies, first locally, and
then by projecting them off-planet or to other worlds.
These toolUsers must be emotionally poetic enough to resist
To value the attainable (as a goal) and living (as a resource)
diversity and complexity highly in all activity and assembly.
This not only allows for the protection and nurturence of
extant life through atmospheric regulation and other vectors,
but also enriches the biosphere as a whole with greater
possibilities for sentience, cognition, biological novelty, resource
transformation, general connectivity, innovation and symbiosis
amongst extant forms.
a2: To value diverse connectivity
highly in all situations, attempting always to preserve
what has been accrued, embodied or assembled thus far.
a3: To attempt to ameliorate
to some extent the disastrous consequences of sudden environmental
flux or catastrophe for terrestrial life through a coalescent
system of biocognitive self-regulation which will utilize
diversity to absorb and distribute environmental shock,
(much in the same way a complex animal body deals with an
a4: To seed space with micro-fauna
or proto-fauna that could eventually find purchase on a
suitable planet as a hopeful fail-safe against failure of
ecomigrations or generation of the migratory species.
This is accomplished through ejection of biomaterial from
the upper atmosphere into space though various modalities.
This also increases the functional sensing and cogniscium
of the planetAnimal should it be able to produce any form
or protoForm which is capable of travel in space without
At best, a living planet’s ability to succeed in
generating persistent life is consistently opposed by
#S1 and #E1 as well as
#C1: The durations between
extreme terrestrial crises.
a planet has the distance between terrestrial crises which
either annihilate or seriously weaken evolutionary work
toward generating the required complexly cognitive tool-user.
in the destruction of large sectors of animalforms seriously
reduce the chances for success. If these crises arise from
auto-mimetic sources, such as mechanical technologies and
mechanized ‘ways of knowing’ emergent from a
species who is the sole hopeful assembler of a biospheric
migration platform — this amount of time, or ‘survival
window’ can, and in function does undergo geometric compression.
This means that with such momentums operating on a living
planet, eventually, a single instant of activity
will decide the outcome for most or all complex animalforms
on the planet, because of the geometrically self-magnifying
nature of the threat.
Thus we can see with great
universality, that, given a mimetic cognitive or technological
basis, it is unfortunately possible to produce a complex
animalform that is either hostile to, or incapable of
reasonably valuing the co-existent ecologies
– at least during some phase of its development.
Such a species can easily fall into a short or long phase
of biospherically significant omnicidal activity. If we
at the automobile in the modern moment, and over the last
75 years, we can immediately and personally observe that
humans are, in general, currently be either hostile to their
own planet and species, or phase-hostile — if only
by the virtue of the real example of this single mimetically
technological momentum. It‘s action in the biosphere
is predatorily and domineeringly mimetic. It replaces, converts
and dominates ecosystems, habitats, and environments —
as well as human individuals and societies — in order
to further establish its potential and momentum for scalar
expansion of its replicative and mimetic agendas.
On many living worlds, the amount of time actually available
to succeed in producing a persistent living symmetry (the
window of sentience-opportunity) may be less than 1000k
years. In fact, the living Earth has thus far had,
with a few exceptions, a very safe genesis, by any reasonable standard. We could even call it miraculous.
There is no reason whatsoever to believe this will continue
to be true in any domain, and there are whole armies of
reasons why we must immediately acknowledge and transform
our own activity in whatever domains we can discover that
it runs counter to the natural elaboration, co-arisal, and
inter-communal support for living
systems which are emergent from ecosystems relieved of the
majority of systematically expansive and consistent threats
of mechanistic erasure. This also means that if there
are other living planets, in the big story, most of them
fail to produce persistent life, even if they manage a genesis.
We might speculate in broad strokes about the embodiment-ladder
of this complex cognitive tool-user — the assembler
of the planetAnimal’s migratory platform (ostensibly
the planetary hero in terms of species), and its progress
toward and into its goal-form thusly:
- simple cognition, arousal of self- and group awareness
and complex sensory integration modalities.
- complex cognition —
symbolic (representational) languages – enlarged
social systems - storying – tool expertise – cities
– war – materialism — deconstruction
- struggles related to relinquishing terrestrial ‘luxury’
in exchange for the challenges of adult (species-protector)
- begins overwhelmingly
to actively and clearly value ecologies and symbiosis
industry and economies.
- succeeds in moving
whole or partial ecologies into protected off-planet
in moving whole or partial ecologies over interstellar
12. Solar Variance
Let’s consider a couple of hypothetical potentials
that may aid us in gaining a more realistic perspective
on cycles whose length and natures defy our modern and
common understandings, explorations and notice.
In general, the planet has been seeking to grow in the sense
of greater diversity, connectivity, character, complexity
and survival opportunities. An excellent metaphor for this
is the human egg-cell: once impregnated it establishes a
process-momentum of charactered division —
elaborating itself (and its connectivity-relations) as a
new synthesis which is uniquely embodied yet follows a template
established by all domains of previous activity related
to animalian reproduction.
A model of the planet
as a set of emergent symmetries which form scales of identity
or ‘personhood’ makes sense, because during
this process, the planet gains new domains of sensory awareness
and interconnection with itself, and its natures and medium.
So a planetAnimal becomes, along with its emergent children,
generally and specifically, ‘more essentially cognitive’
— just as the human egg-cell, once fertilized begins
to do, and will continue to attend without cessation both
as an individual and a participant, throughout its life
and interactive/reproductive cycles. We might envision this
process as a complex dance of infolding division, were each
division magnifies the diversity and complexity that it
arose from in environment, connectivity, and energetic conversation.
During this process of planetary maturation, long ‘solar
seasons’ occur, during which some essential characters
of the Sun go through somewhat regularized and also sporadic
changes. This is communicated to Earth via the EM band of
radiation, as well as domains of light, ambient temperature,
gravity, heat and other atmospheric ‘features of medium’
we might record or examine. Many of these ‘features’
we are in no way aware of, for they operate at scales (or
in domains) we cannot examine with our modern modalities
of knowing. Yet we exist with organismal transports that
allow us to interact with and experience these things very
As modern humans, our models (and root-metaphors) have
failed to link our species’ evolution, or our cognitive
natures or potentials to solar output with adequate attention
to this single domain’s profound and universal (even
at scales) significance. Some few scholars with a mind
to undoing science entirely, have presented reliable evidence
that, essentially, ‘nothing in this area
of spaceTime’ isn’t the Sun.
DNA, planetary sentience, biocognition, languages...all
of it is essentially sourced in solar energetics, which
recapitulate broad features of spaceTime itself.
As an example of the solar-season effect I am talking
about, we could easily model a ‘long period’
wave, in a domain related to the features of Solar output
and biological connectivities with these features. This
wave might be composed of ‘discrete elements’
such as are suggested by our physics, but we can throw
physics and math away entirely and simply see that the
earth is consistently bathed in Solar energetic output.
We needn’t even name or label any element to understand
this deeply. And at the cellular, and intracellular scales,
as well as at animalian scales, this connectivity is not
only essential, it is the source of all ‘formation’
of almost any kind at all, in energetic terms.
Let us suppose there is an ~3750-year ‘waveform’
in solar output in some domain, or a set of integrations
of such waves, at various scales of time. During this
‘phase wave’ solar output rises from a baseline
to a maximum, downward past the base to a minimum, and
back to the baseline. Perhaps the nature or alignment
of the Sun’s magnetic poles changes, rotating ‘slowly’,
as part of such a process if not its primary apparent
Let us further suppose that ‘certain areas’
near the low and high points of this wave correspond to
dramatic times of change, and sometimes catastrophe on
Earth. They may also act as the arbiters of entirely new
domains of sentient evolution, however, as I shall later speculate.
If we ‘speed up time’ from the inception of
life, to the present, we would likely (very generally)
see something like ‘seasons’, in which there
would be ‘spring blooms’ followed by ‘fallow
winterings’. Life (and the connective and cognitive
potentials of all participants and ecologies) would perforce
follow and reflect these cycles in organismal cycles of
blossoming, unity, poverty, competition, and catastrophe
— as might some unique form of eternal tree in which
many symmetries of physical memory exist.
At the same time those cycles of catastrophe would (in
most, but not all cases) provide whole new domains of
novel elaboration and unity potentials for the survivors,
many or most of which would be forms of capitalizing upon
the accrued conservations of the entire biosphere, as
they might in any moment be rePresented.
After each cycle of catastrophe, there would be a phase
of struggle, followed by a rapid eruption of greater diversity,
new cognitive potentials, and biocognitive integration.
Or rather, this was true until the rise of the
If we do the same ‘timeline-thing’ with biospheric
cognition, and linked human cognitive and intellectual
prosperity with the prosperity and diversity of the living
animalian ecospheres — we’d get some
astounding pictures that would very likely deeply relate
solar activity and the development of the biosphere, and
of human cognition. And I believe not from theory
but from experience that we’d also discover profound
evidence of what would clearly appear to be ‘extra-systemic’
interference, interpenetration, and manipulation. With
such an expansion of perspective in place we might then
begin to understand why our species has worked and warred
and written so epically merely to preserve records of
myths and gods — and what the accessible
sources of these momenta really are.
We might, from such a vantage, experientially discover
that our films and literature thus far fail nearly completely
in offering us realistic metaphors of our real biocognitive
heritages and potentials. Another thing we’d notice,
in our species, is that these ‘catastrophe events’
— occurring during a solar minimum or maximum —
sometimes in combination with another sporadic solar or
terrestrial event — would literally extinguish
certain civilizations from the face of the Earth, and
scatter many others.
Laws, fear, wars and terror — all manners of confusion
and semantic condemnation would follow consistently in
the wake of these crises of planetary proportion. To many
survivors, I am certain it felt as if the Earth herself
(and thus the universe) had been ‘stuck in the head’
and seriously injured.
I believe that this new perspective — one perhaps
one alike with it — could (and will) disclose a
direct and profound correlation between the birthplaces
(and times) of what we call religions, and activity in the Sun. We’d likely
notice that, along a waveform that was a reduced-arc version
of our hypothetical Sun-wave, we’d see the rise
of something akin to prophecy epidemics.
And during each of those events, we’d see ‘scalar
waves’ of specific individual people who were able
to capitalize on these opportunities to encounter and
become something far more than what we nominally consider
ourselves to be, or be able to be. Yet the promise they’ve
held forth in our literatures and religions is not a false
one. It is the promise of our human destiny, and the birthright
of every sentient being.
We might discover that each of the civilizations
of advanced or primitive natures (by ‘our’
reckoning) would have recorded an intimate and incredibly
diverse understanding of the Sun in their poetics, spirituality,
ritual and daily moment of consciousness. As the Sun or
the Earth began to change — often in domains that
were ‘merely’ magnetic or otherwise invisible
— these peoples largely understood and recognized
the significance of these momentums, and attempted in
many cases to encode ways to evade or ameliorate the terrestrial
problems which these ‘universe storms ’ were
already known to bring.
In many cases, perhaps ironically, those cultures who
were in their natures most intimate with the Sun, and
who, in the psybiopoetic bases of their lives, cultures
and activities lived these relationships like children
actively reading the book of a god, or a family of gods
— were the very cultures which were often destroyed
during the upheavals surrounding the dips and spikes in
the solar output and terrestrial biocircumstance. It’s
useful to notice that, in this model, we could replace
a solar variation with something like ‘a large impact-event’
and come up with a very similar model, and possibly very
similar cognitive effects in human (and likely animalian)
populations. Many fine works of science and speculation
proceed fruitfully in the exploration of these potentials,
it is true — and yet the stories we should perhaps
read first are those which we ourselves comprise and recapitulate.
On many occasions, as our species (in general) reached
toward a place where our real relationships with the Sun
and Earth could be understood and embodied — the
very peoples in whom this intimate knowledge emerged were
destroyed by something they’d perhaps only partially
come to be able to embody their experiential understandings
of. Additionally, such ‘solar cultures’ faced
other threats which would by their nature always increase
dramatically during crises of any kind — such as
invasions, or other ‘chain-link’ catastrophes
which can and often will assemble in the wake of biospheric
The shape and activity of our modern societies, as well
as ‘the general shape and natures’ of our
human cognitive persons are all deeply related to these
stories and their specifics — the marks they left
in our biosphere are ‘also written’ in the
symmetries and habits of all future participants in the
Let’s explore at another
model, briefly — the Earth builds up incredible scalar
domains of complex diversity and connectivity during the
Solar Spring, and Summer, because the severe and harrowing
nature of the winter (migratory animals will fail their
migrations due to magnetic dysfunction, vast threats to
all the various lifeScales, etc).
In order for complex animalian life to conserve any reasonable
portion of its gains,
there must be at once abundance and diversity — the
focus of which at once locally-systemically elaborate, and
also functions (very importantly) as a crisis-buffer.
The nature of the potentials for radical solar or sudden
terrestrial change (which doesn’t necessarily indicate
cold, but rather change in some as yet unspecified
domain) require that a diverse and complex symmetry exists in order to at once
survive and capitalize upon reconstruction potentials (in
a simple manner of speaking).
Generally this formula worked reasonably well (and sometimes
famously) during its trials across the challenges emerging
in timeline of terrestrial history. Even the occasional
extra-systemic penetration (such as by a comet or asteroid)
was survivable for enough of the complex animalian creatures
of Earth to carry on the conservations and accrued connectivity
potentials of the biospheric lineages which largely perished.
But this is certainly not guaranteed, and no matter how
tenacious we imagine Life to be — this can never excuse
us from the deepest and perhaps sacred respect for its obvious
desires, goals, potentials and delicacy.
If we suddenly introduce machines into the model,
near the end of a (or even ‘the’) ‘solar
summer’ — just before the pool of diversity
is about to be required by the entire biome for basic survival
— we can see the potential for a catastrophe
far more deadly than anything the biosphere has yet experienced.
From this perspective, the rapacious conversion of anciently
conserved assets certainly and accurately appears to be
the activity of a virus-like invader rapaciously converting
the entire biosphere into copies of itself, and support
systems for its continued copying, at rapidly increasing
velocities. The truly frightening thing is that this is
exactly the sort of unLife that will survive the winter,
along with anything else that may. But the activity of this
invader will tax every other living form, all the way to
expiration, wherever possible. And the taxation is cognitive
as well as physical.
Observing the planetary biota from an expanded perspective,
in a compressed timeline, we might notice that something
like a fire that begins, perhaps ironically, with the
invention of the firearm — and then proceeds to rapidly
consume whole lineages of species and ecosystems. Instants
later, the automobile arises, and immediately creates the
potential for whole new scales and domains of erasure.
Further instants pass, and global industry and mechanization
result in the direct compromise of all biospheric ecologies,
and the eradication of some 1/3rd of the complex
animalian ecologies. More difficult to estimate is the impact
on the plant ecologies. How does one estimate the damage
of permanent genome change in the biosphere already accomplished by modern industry? What about
pervasive chemical and or radioactive toxicification?
All or most remaining ecologies, especially those of the
animalian and plant scales, are ferociously, systematically,
and universally compromised. There is a resident biocognitive
plague of mechanical conversion and at the dawn of the 21st
century it remains largely unnamed, unacknowledged, and
unseen by none but the species who is its source.
Ironically, this happens to be the species most
threatened by what is unfolding from its misapprehension
of its position and potential.
A solar winter during the severe compromise in the biosphere
caused by rapacious industry and mechanization could end
the story of complex animalian life on Earth completely.
It will at
the very least reduce our civilization to the evolutionary
position of warring tribes. While we in 2003 prepare for
what could easily escalate into world war in order to secure
‘oil reserves’, the oil we are seeking is the
very thing to which we have sacrificed many of the sentient
lineages of our planetary cohabitants — as well as
our own human potential, cultural and personal liberty,
and cognitive complexity. In so doing, we’ve utterly
failed to realize is that these cohabitants, cultures and
ecosystems are required in order for us
to continue to enjoy the cognitive complexity we’ve
so luckily accrued. They aren’t co-habitants at all,
but instead a living part of our real persons and bodies.
They are the place our mind
We’ve failed to notice that the diverse animalian
life of Earth, in history and in the modern moment
is the very source of our sentience, our cognition... our minds — not on timelines,
but right now — moment-to-moment. Our ‘mind’
is the result of sentient scales of hyperconnectivity, and
is not (contrary to our models) a noun — or possessed
in a single body or species. It’s an emergence
game, and a critical one for our people and planet
to understand, immediately. As we allow ecologies of real
and cognitive terrain to undergo conversion to mechanical
systems and industrial support we are selling our own minds,
as well as our bodies for something which we already
possess in unlimited abundance.
Should a radical shift in the solar or terrestrial mediums
be incumbent upon us during this crisis-phase — in
other words, while our species is acting like a an auto-immune
disease in the single cell we call Earth — our people
will deeply rue the callous ideologies of science, religion
and materialism which led us to attempt to murder ourselves,
and found us engaged nothing but speeding up the process,
and lying more desperately and multilaterally about it.
Yet if we understand the real and poetic natures of the
relationships between the Earth, the Sun, and their many
children...we find apparent not only a set of windows into
almost magical impossibilities, we find ourselves,
and the keys to our mutual personal, cultural, and biospheric
At the scale of the organelle,
the incredibly minute ‘organs’ in our cells,
we are literally touching the surface of the Sun at all
times. We have failed
to adequately understand the cellular implications of quantum
theory, which, while only theory, can provide important
inroads into understanding, for example, why we are cognitive
creatures at all, and perhaps more specifically, why we
are symbolically cognitive, and what sorts of attendable
dangers and benefits this element of our natures really
offers. At these minute scales the physics of EM and other
bandwidths of energy (perhaps domains we have no metaphors
for as well) create a situation where ‘all beings’
are functionally ‘touching’ in real time.
The nature of this connectivity, expanded as it is in a
highly connective universe, creates a situation where any
cognitive being —or set of them — can essentially
They can also ignore distance.
And death. In this kind of ‘network’,
all of those ‘obstacles’ were overcome long
before the first cells struggled toward establishing a foothold
on Earth. Our species has blatantly denied, ignored, and
made various sorts of wars about this. It’s a really
significantly serious problem, and it’s coming to
a head in the modern moment that is going to reach toward
either cataclysm of a global scale or radical intentional
shift. The most likely time-frame for this change is extremely
small. It’s on the order of 5 to 25 human years. In
other words, the game is on, now.
Living systems long ago evolved complex connectivities,
which in their essential structure
conserve incredibly minute
connectivity windows, which allow them (us) to mutually
option each other’s knowledge, experience, and abilities.
Humans, believing this impossible, have literally ‘forgotten
how to be alive’ on Earth. We don’t realize
that our linkage to the Solar momentums, as well as local
environments and terrestrial energetic momentums is so
complete that we are not in any detectable domain, or dimension,
‘separate’, at all. We’ve been far too
busy with the domains of the ‘normal-sized’,
to even notice this, though it’s clearly obvious and
demonstrable in our biophysics.
The significance of such a fact is nearly impossible to
overstate. It means that each living human being is born
as a member in, and with sacred connectivity privileges
to, all of the beings which have ever existed, or will,
at any scale of ‘individual’ or ‘society’.
It means that there are now experientially accessible (to
infants, not experts) skills and activities that will utterly
change what it means to be human. Not in the future, right
now, for anyone willing to directly and non-dogmatically
explore this terrain, in their own body, planet and ecosystem,
as well as the various scales of social endeavor and activity
of the other people and peoples around them.
It means, in essence, that the universe as we
understand it is a hyperconnected sentient library which
exists outside our ideas about time completely, and it is
a library which ‘learns itself’ through and
within the activity of living sentient beings, much as a
human infant does.*
It means an entirely new world of ‘ways of knowing’.
*Consider what human activity
has wrought in such a library, taking only Earth as the
sphere of concern.
13. Extra-Systemic (inter)Penetration
[this section undergoing revision]
There is a rather strange story in the bible, in exodus
where Moses and those he’s recently led out of egypt
find their cohort afflicted by ‘fiery serpents’.
Those who are ‘bitten’ die. Supposedly this
is a punishment for departing from God’s side, and
bemoaning their hunger — losing their faith, so
to speak. Moses is instructed to cause a serpent to be
cast in brass atop a staff or rod. Those who look upon
the serpent, he is told by god, will sustain little harm
from their injuries. This is done with little fanfare,
and apparently succeeds. Those who look upon the raised
Later in a very puzzling statement, John references this
event without complex explanation, saying merely “And
as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even
so must the Son of man be lifted up.” But what did
he mean by this remark? Is there something incredible
and undiscovered that happens to human beings when they
see an image raised upon a stick of some sort? Could it
have something to do with a ‘piercing’ or
‘penetration’ resulting in new domains of
potential and liberty?
I suggest it could — and more than this —
I suggest that it is a (much more than a) metaphor that
is of such general and foundational significance that
it relates not only to serpents and messiahs (and their
messengers) — but to planets — and
even systems of them. Time and time again in terrestrial
history, deadly penetration has resulted in impossible
cataclysms of novelty and opportunity. Yet this is
not the only outcome, and it is not the only symmetry
in the passages I reference above.
In our industrialized (in dust trial) civilizations, we
expect (in accordance with what we’ve been taught)
that since we find little physical evidence of complex
ancient artifacts we are the only civilization to achieve
the level of complexity we believe we now enjoy. But our
ideas about our own ‘progress’ and ‘advancement’
are grossly and very mechanically misfounded.
We are a generation who has proven itself auto-omnicidal.
We will not yet admit this openly, and this is functionally
equivalent with causing a geometric growth in the problems
we’re facing as a result. From within such a cycle
the ‘crisis point’ is ‘always arriving
faster than last time you looked’. An incredibly
dangerous situation. But it also provides inspiration
for radical and positive response. The human species has,
in the last 250 years or so, become a penetration-event
that a biosphere cannot contend with or prepare to
Our sort of penetration does not bring novelty to the
nursery — but erasure. The niches of complex biocognitive
diversity we are erasing are not open for recolonization
by new children. They are precolonized by the
cognitive and physical machines that erased the extant
and potential organismal diversity in the dead gardens
they now rule over.
Worse, when confronted with the clearly obvious fact,
we simply do it again, faster, while claiming we’re
really the champions of those we’ve sold into perishing.
The victims have no limit. Every human child and adult,
every biospheric participant. Our minds, bodies, dreams,
hopes and souls now belong to assassins. And they don’t
even really have bodies, these assassins — they
are, largely, ideas and projections. Social momentums.
Commerce. Industry. Big Science. Religion. Academia.
We are a planet owned by conceptual thrisps. Our human and organismal futures belong to things like ideas, but they are not things or ideas at all —
they are more like cognitive artifacts —
and they arise and proceed with in an endless quest to
dominate and annex terrain. Thrisps
sacrifice living beings and the human lives of their hosts
at the altar of their reproductive progress and defense
of held terrain, thousands of times per second,
all around our world, without cessation — and with
rapidly expanding velocities in any domain we may possibly
There is nothing, essentially,
which opposes the nearly absolute dominion of ‘ways
of knowing’ over the myriad potentials of ways of
being, and becoming. The results are always apparent first
in the human cognitive biome or cogniscium, and then in
the physical biome of Earth.
Unbound thrisps in the cogniscium are essentially predatory.
They build alliances and make war for possession of cognitive
terrain in populations, or, the entire field of the our
human consciousness and endeavor. This is easily seen
from a scale only slightly larger that those we are used
to. At this scale, we can notice that our ideologies and
endeavors emerge as very obvious and singular outputs
and outcomes. We can see, from an enlarged perspective,
the ‘animal of knowledge’ within the animal
of our species.
Part of my position is that are not yet
‘advanced’. We have become auto-omnicidal
and this has affected the base systems and root characters
of our own biology, intellect and cognition in ways we
could not (and cannot yet) have guessed.
It’s not entirely unclear why we’ve done this.
We once experienced the direct interpenetration of
gods, then there were
crises, and the gods appeared to have ‘gone away’.
Then decided, as we’ve decided many times before,
that we wished to become gods, and thus no longer needed
contact or direct exploration of our real connectivity
From what we knew of gods, they existed ‘up
the scale’, cognitively, as well as physically.
In a similar fashion to how your own consciousness exists
as an up-the-scale emergence of cellular endeavor in the
many colonies (universes, really) of your organs (and
relations, etc). From the perspective of cellular colonies
in your liver, you are ‘up the scale’. They
are ‘in you’. You are, conversely, in them.
But your domains, and the scales of awareness and concern
To consider such cellular organizations insentient is
the very root of error. Their sentience differs, true,
but there is nothing more apparent upon the good green
Earth than the results of endless generations of the struggle
of cellular intention to fulfill its myriad and majestic
destinies. Of course, the reality was that, in most places
where gods were important — there were ‘two
scales’ of gods. The ‘down the scale’
gods, and the ‘up the scale’ gods.
Believing ourselves ‘advanced’ in our understandings
and our embodiments and systems of understanding, we find
too often that on close experiential observation our ‘advancements’
are in many cases nothing more than ‘vastly predatory
over-complexification’. Science, in its drive to
pseudo-mechanically map domains of human storying and
experience which are essentially emergent from personal
and common sensory experience has actually succeeded in
the genesis and maintenance of a severe metaphoric distortion
field, which complexifies in the way a window that ‘continuously
shatters’ into smaller, more broken windows would.
With such a window before our eyes, we become watchers
of the patterns in the window, and we tend the window
directly, hypnotically ignoring the real world it is ‘in
front of’. The combative marriage in between science
and meme-based religions has resulted in our nearly complete
separation from the metaphors necessary to lead us to
personal and social experiences of our sources, which
are, at this very moment, everywhere accessible in a way
that would force archeologists to need to don diapers
for their first glimpse of what they had, since they were
born, literally, in the palm of their own hands. All our
domains of ‘knowing’ are alike with this.
We ‘only build’ complexly elaborate ‘ways
of knowing’, when we are, as a species, in emotional
and social crisis. And thus, the invention of machines,
created a ‘scalar wave’ of cognitive atrocity
in our species, our cognition, our languages, activities,
and in our biosphere.