gets a new blue dress...
Sometime around 3000 million years ago,
a unique change took place in the solar family. Allegorically,
we might say that an ash-covered princess got a blue dress.
What happened during that time was the outcome of myriad gradual
changes, and it would send a shout announcing the fertility of
that princess into domains our species has yet to metaphy.
3000 million years ago — give or take a passel — Earth
began reflecting blue light. This was the result of the
assembly-activity of her children, who had already survived against
impossible odds, in an impossible environment for an impossible
duration of time. Of course, they survived in general —
many forms and individuals certainly didn’t. But what did
survive, was always somehow exceptionally faster, and more diverse,
at the game of survival.
This was so long ago that local organismal Life had not
yet invented the form of Death we are familiar with. The only
kind that was available was circumstantial— beings did not
die ‘of age’ — and thus biocognitive ‘time’
was an entirely different affair from our experience of it. Most
of the lifeForms were colonies or cells, and they were essentially
eternal in various somewhat strange (to us who know death) ways
— not to mention the fact that they didn’t get to
conceptualize much about mortality. Simply stated: there wasn’t
enough safety or complexity (then) to do so.
While it’s true that it ‘took a while’ for the
blueNews to spread, the inhabitants of our little planet rarely
realize the significance of that event on a cosmological scale.
If we presume that light is the fastest of all possible
mediums of connectivity (an idea which has already been shattered
by verifiable experiment) our planet is sitting at the core of
a sphere of blue light that could be 3
billion light-years in diameter. Of course, the weave
and warp of space, dust, gas, gravity and other obstacles probably
limit her transmission distance to less than half that —
but that’s a positively vast sphere. Even if there are thousands
of planets in the average galaxy generally alike with her —
this reamains no small feat.
Anything that can read light and trace its sources (which
could turn out to be most of everything that can sense anything
at all) within that sphere knows something very intimate indeed
about the planetAnimal we call Earth. Her incredible fertility
is no secret, and has been ‘big news’ in vast terms
ever since she put on the new dress her children made with(in)
If life does anything at all — it appears (at least locally)
to be deeply founded in transactions with ‘light’
or what we might more generally call radiant energy.
We could also call it a faster media — features
of the local medium which move or vibrate at different speeds
from those other streams in which slowMatter arises and persists.But
once there is life (and possibly before) there is cognitive energy,
and this causes the previously infinite domains of relation and
complexity-assembly to explode in a whole new dimension of universes
of (new dimensions of universes of...). Consider how many terrestrial
organisms not only read light, but transform (literally, ‘go
beyond form’) it directly into energy. This means that the
energy goes into the life forms, and both change in reactive assembly.
There is no more intimate connectivity than to exchange energy,
and all of organismal reality is constantly complexifying the
optionable transports in so many domains that a lifetime would
not suffice to merely begin the catalogue.
Can light know its own speed? Unlikely.
But human cognitives can estimate it. Not that it’s speed
is the most important characteristic. It’s probably the
least important, because it probably doesn’t even succumb
to speed in the way we metaphy it (which is very flat, in general).
But cognition can be faster than light, because it builds hypersystems
in organisms — and those ‘mere cells’ are immortal
assemblers of something our metaphors fall flat in the face of.
They have sources, too — and their sources are not merely
the prosaic arbiters of chance, change and clockwork suggested
by even the most advanced of our theorists. They are the sources
of those theorists, in fact.
I would speculate that any organism that reads anything
in any way whatsoever responds biocognitively to light —
or at least some band of ambient energy — especially on
a world like ours. At the scale of creatures of human size, we
think the light of a distant world something that our eyes cannot
detect, but this is generally untrue, because we have many forms,
assemblies and scales of eyes — all of which are comprised
of simple and complex cellular assemblies. Light and Life are
intricately unified in our universe, and what changes light, changes
life. When we reCognize this, we realize something potentially
startling — cellular assemblies like to make eyes for more
than mechanical reasons. In fact, we might playfully suggest that
‘making more eyes, of more sorts, in more domains’
is much of what organismal progress is fundamentally about.
Our powers of systemic detection as a human being — a collective
organism capable of distributed sentience (and sentience-lensing)
— are far beyond our most absurd speculations of
superfunction. It is our mind that cannot detect the
light of distant worlds, not our eyes. In the domain
of the incredibly tiny, light from a distant world or
sun is much vaster than at our unityScale. At some organismal
scales, such light might well be more like a tempest than some
insubstantial theory of connection. And this affects transports
as well as participants.
In a universe as strange and alienly miraculous
as the one we certainly inhabit, what we find are worlds within
worlds assembling worlds — many of which are busy assembling
eyes, assemblies of eyes, and hypersystems of eyes — in
myriad simultaneous scales and domains.
Most of these eyesThings all around us appear to our toys of knowledge
as being up to little more than trafficking in photons. There
must be at least a billion forms of eyes on this planet.
If aliens alike with ourselves cognitively, but physically more
like jellyfish came here, they would likely engage in a shocked
exchange of humor, terror, or irony that might well (when reasonably
translated) equate to something not unlike this: “What the
(b‘ardiK‘itI’cth!) happened on this planet!?
It’s like a factory of eyes! The whole world is nothing
but various scales and assemblies of light-sensors —dragging
whole biocognitive ecologies around with them!”
In this case, probably having visited many worlds, these creatures
would be jesting – for they would realize that almost
all living planets struggle to assemble something very generally
alike with the panoply of organismal variance within a template
that we find on Earth. Eyes are something most cellularly-based
biomes would generally develop toward, and perhaps surpass. They
are part of our reason of being, and a part of what we are actually
being — even apart from our ideas about it. We rarely (if
ever) discuss this because the metaphors we have and are familiar
with are far too flat to offer us even a glimpse of the realities
and purposes we arise with(in).
living symmetry will evolve toward greater sensory complexity, and
deeper cognitive integration with its circumstance along a generally
similar if not morphologically specific path. This path will inspire
the biocognitive assembly of the sensory reality of eyes
long before the physical reality (an eyeOrgan) exists, through a
process involving the integrative synthesis and re-extrapolation
of accruals— a biocognitive process that enables the potential
for extrapolative sensing.
From this sort of precursor-assembly momentum will be born the chreodes
that organismal populations of every scale and domain will rush
to fill, resulting, eventually, in recombinant and modular sensory
arrays — and on a bright planet like Earth — this leads
to eyes. In order to get to a phase where a world
can assemble and attenuate eyes, it must first demonstrate (succeed
in establishing) the potential to give birth to and sustain many
diverse scales and domains of biocognitive relation and embodiment.
Across every scale domain and assembly, Life is sensing and
reflecting, uniquely at every velocity and position. As a visible
momentum, Life assembles, embodies and expresses something so essential
we can only call it connectivity — we could perhaps see the
term cognition as a more formalized synonym of this connectivity,
because its form defies our expectations — even once we have
at last glimpsed something of the broad strokes of what is really
A kind of biocognitive organismal inflorescence assembles this potential
in a strangely non-linear, or scalar dance — and the flowers
of these accruals are recapitulated in the forms, diversity, and
new realms of sensory integration and synthesis built upon the ancestral
lineages of struggle across countless catastrophic boundaries. As
the complexity, connectivity, and co-enriching diversity of the
biome increase — the benefits of this hyperconnectivity are
‘folded’ into each of the participants — uniquely
according to their existing and integrative potentials for sustaining
and enriching this planetary resource.
The story of our world, our senses and our genesis is far far more
amazing than the stories we have glimpsed. The bald fact of what
is present and happening here on Earth has long been hidden by a
single broken tool which we claim to use to examine our universe.
But nature has far better tools than philosophy, religion, or science.
She has far far better toys than the wildest fantasies of mortals
combined with the sum total of human knowing.
Earth is an animal, not a machine, and she does not assemble
anything ‘like’ machines. And you are her,
in essence — and schema, form — connectivities, and
action. She builds sentient miracles of emotive and charactered
connectivity. Our own bodies and minds are a recapitulation of this
— and they include what they exist as an assembly of.
We are a universe of scalarly recombinant eye-creatures, seeing
into domains, transports and velocities we, at our common scale,
have not the vaguest sense or model of the real import of. But even
though this has remained largely the case on our world for the last
3000 years, it’s about to change – and the change is
going to be dramatic.
way is about 100,000 ly in disc diameter, about 30,000 ly in width
near the core, and the average thickness is about 10,000 ly. The
group’ of galaxies is about 10 million ly in diameter,
with a center between our galaxy and M31.