LEVELS OF BEING
..the view I want to convey in this book is largely an anti-reductionist, anti-matirialist and anti-mechnistic one. The argument I want to put forward is that....
...The natural world is composed of a hierarchy of "persistent phenomena", in which matter, life, mind and society are simply different levels or aspects of the same thing. I propose that this natural hierarchy can be mirrored by an equivalent one that exists inside a parallel universe called cyberspace. I want to sketch an outline for a common descriptive language which can be used at all levels of the hierarchy. In this language which shall find the basic operators of which life and mind are constructed.
.......................an outline for a common descriptive language -
a hierarchy of "persistent phenomena"
GAME OF LIFE
GAME OF LIFE: Conway - CELLULAR AUTOMATA - -
MULTIVERSE: Multiversum - INFORMATION - COMPUTATION -
ORDER: SMALL WORLD - SYNCHRONY
EVOLUTION OF EVOLUTION:
EVOLUTION OF MATTER
EVOLUTION OF LIFE
EVOLUTION OF MULTICELLULAR LIFE
EVOLUTION OF SENSES
Humphrey S. 15.... a history of mental evolution - I take it for granted that the human mind does indeed have an evolutionary history, extending through nonhuman prototypes- monkeys, reptiles, worms - all the way back to the first glimmerings of life on Earth. -
PHENOMENON - an event as it appears to an observer - subjective feelings - sensitivity - action patterns -
What is happening to me - what is happening out there -
While one path led to the qualia of subjective feelings and first-person knowledge of the self, the other led to the intentional objects of cognition and of objective knowledgege of the external physical world.
EVOLUTION OF ORDER
Steven Strogatz SYNC The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order Theia 2003-09-09
pg 1 : Keywords: the sound of cycles in sync - synchrony occurs spontaneously - the existence of spontaneous order in the universe - The laws of thermodynamics seem to dictate the opposite, that nature should inexorably degenerate toward a state of greater disorder, greater entropy. Yet all around us we see magnificent structures, galaxies, cells, ecosystems, human beings, that have somehow managed to assemble themselves. This enigma bedevils all of science today -
The impressive kind of sync is persistent - study of "coupled oscillators - Groups of fireflies, planets, or pacemaker cells are all collections of oscillators - entities that cycle automatically, that repeat themselves over and over again at more or less regular time intervals - the mathematics of nature - Two coupled oscillators would be no challenge, their behavior has been understood since the early 1950s. But for questions involving hundreds or thousands of oscillators, we're still in the dark. The nonlinear dynamics of systems with that many variables is still beyond us -
EVOLUTION OF COMMUNICATION
EVOLUTION OF CULTURE
EVOLUTION OF LANGUAGE
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