LifeOS: exploring the system that executes DNA

November 29, 2008

Fields of Coherence

The core concept that holds the LifeOS model together is that of the coherent electromagnetic field, aka a hologram, hereafter referred to as, CEF. After reading several papers on the coherence of magnetic fields and the origins of the universe, it seems to me that there is great deal of evidence for our universe being fully coherent. If our current universe ever experienced a Big Bang type of singularity, where all matter was compressed to the max, it could be defined as complete coherence. Seems to me that the compressed universe would have to be vibrating as one, like a super crystal. As the universe expanded, coherence would have remained a fundamental property.

Waves of Feedback

The Computational Mind isn’t based on arbitrary numbers or a digital interpretation of the environment, but direct interaction with it through the holographic aspect of matter. We are not separate observers of phenomena, rather participants in multiple, dynamic feedback loops. When we think of a feedback loop, we generally envision a linear information channel, like the wire and thermostat. Actually, feedback involves continuous waves of information, from every connected source, regarding our interaction with the environment. Every movement of matter and/or energy within the system is participating in feedback. These waves are repeating patterns that are constantly being compared to the waves that have come before, in every CEF at every level. Their deviations produce interference when laid down over the past patterns. The interference causes ripples throughout the system, that identify its location, amplitude and other information about the deviation.

CEF as a Database

This CEF is like a faraday cage, in that it protects the field contents from outside electromagnetic interference. Input and output react at the boundary layer as if reacting to the entire field. However, the interaction at the boundary layer involves some sort of information management. Interactions don’t involve all of the information available within the field, but only a small portion. It is like the boundary layer responds to the input as a query and only selected information is transferred. This makes the field an electromagnetic entity.

A CEF as Pure Mathematics

Each CEF is a model for the Whole. The dynamic hologram that each CEF generates is a map to all of the possible relationships within the hyperspace it occupies. This in turn is a micro model of all of the possible relationships in the Universe. A formula could be written to describe any specific interference event in the hologram, but what the hologram does is describe the entire hyperspace it occupies in terms of the wavelength of its synchronized light. Essentially, the laser light bathes the CEF’s hyperspace in pure math. Any relationship that could be represented by a formula is intrinsic to each itineration of every CEF. These fields are nested, overlapped and interconnected by their membership the holoverse, as well as countless other feedback loops that carry specific information between discreet individual CEFs. It is all information flowing in all directions. The Whole is thus apprised of all relationships, from all points of view, all of the time.

A CEF as a Pattern For Growth

The growing tips of plants project an electromagnetic field in the direction they intend to grow.

Plants have to have a memory to grow. During the day they collect light energy and at night they turn that stored energy into new growth. If the plant is going to grow towards the sun, which they all do, it has to have a memory. The plant has to have a way to remember the path of the sun, and from that, predict where the arc of the sun will be in the future. It does so by extending the electromagnetic field of its current state, from its growing tip, towards the projected arc of the sun, as a template. You could say that the plant “imagines” how it needs to grow to get maximum sunlight the next day.

It also exhibits the very basics of awareness, to be aware of the environment, set goals and build towards achieving them.

Intelligent Action

You and i are subsystems that use thought to analyze a situation, set a goal meant to rectify it, then plan and implement action in order to accomplish that goal. All around us we see countless other subsystems that are doing the action thing, but we fail to acknowledge that they are also analyzing the situation, setting goals, planning and accomplishing, and in many cases, doing it more efficiently than human beings.

Goal oriented behavior is fundamental at all levels of Life. Even the smallest of creatures must identify food and devour it in order to survive. The same sequence of behavior must take place in the simplest of machines and animals in order to achieve goals.

The most efficient way to solve problems is at the point of action, where the individual interfaces with its environment. The farther away from the action that important decisions are made, the greater the chance for error. We find that to be true in human organizations of all kinds. Other subsystems are organized the same way.

That’s free will: the ability of the individual agent to make the final choice. Biological systems benefit from both good and bad choices by individuals, by keeping track and learning from all their experience.

A CEF as Operating System

Where is the operating system on your computer? On the hard drive? Nope, that’s just a static copy. The active version of the OS is in RAM, random access memory. You can’t look at it, only the results of its activity. The code that is active is invisible. In RAM we have a dynamic array of information stored in a matrix of binary switches. It is a very simple version of our CEF, in that it reacts to input with specific output. Just like our CEFs, it has internal instructions that control its output. Those internal instructions are compatible with the internal instructions that operate every other agent in the network.

It is the same with LifeOS: the active operating system is invisible, but we can see the results of its activity. This operating system is not in code that has to be read before it acts, but present in the structure and properties of living CEFs.

The kernel of this operating system is in every atom, a fractal arrangement of energy vortices that contain direction, intent and unlimited potential(uncertainty), guided along the pathways of highest probability by memory, continually plotting expectations into the future. Waves of expectation are projected on incoming sensory data, in a dynamic flow of imagination becoming real. This process functions at all levels of biological systems.

Consciousness

Consciousness is what goes on inside a CEF. It is the interface between the CEF and the outside environment. Its complexity is mirrored by the information it contains. The “consciousness” of a cell is only interested in its own internal affairs, therefore it would seem far too simple(primitive) a process for us to call by that name. We expect a great deal more from anything we would call truly conscious. However, in terms of systemic functions, manipulation of information towards specific goals, in harmony with overall goals and procedures, is being accomplished at the cellular level. This kind of intelligent action was going on long before there were any multicellular beings, let alone “intelligent” primates. Let it also be noted that biological systems have used these techniques(manipulation of information towards specific goals) successfully for billions of years, before mankind came along and screwed things up by forgetting the part about, “harmony with overall goals and procedures”.

November 25, 2008

Abstract Intelligence

Abstract Computational Device

When we talk about biocomputers, the first example that usually comes to mind is the human brain. The computational model of the brain mind interaction has gained some popularity, but the biological model has a couple of major differences that we need to be aware of.

First is that the computer was designed as an abstract computational device. We design computers as general purpose tools that can be used in any number of ways.

When we want to use it for something specific, we need a program designed to process specific information in very specific ways to obtain the desired output. We have to input the values we are going to use for our computation. These values are the only thing that gives our computations meaning. The computer itself, was designed without any specific meaning for its code or output. In biological systems, the situation is very different. Information processing evolved around meaning to begin with. The values it processes are raw data, with meaningfulness integrated. It is sort of an inside out version of the process that designed computers.

Decentralized Processing

The same kind of reorganization of system components is exemplified by fact that the central processing unit(cpu) is anything, but central. Every cell does its own processing. In computers, the RAM, cpu, data storage and devices are all separate units that accomplish the various computational functions. In biological systems, cells adapt to perform all functions.

From basic stem cells, all other cells form according the information activated in the DNA. Therefore it must be assumed that all of the functionality of consciousness is contained within every cell, at least the coded instructions that make a cell able to participate in consciousness. Whether one believes that consciousness is a purely internal affair of the brain or that it is connected to a universal source, all of the functionality that makes it possible, must be contained in each and every cell.

This “inside out” version of our computer model appears more like a network than a single machine. However, while these cells all have their own onboard processor, they are all processing in synch, acting very much like a single supercomputer. Instead of processing digital strings in parallel, the biocomputer is processing waves of information in a nonlinear fashion, comparing incoming waves with the record of past waves.

Every component within our biological network contains its own network of nested networks of parallel wave processors. Even the “wires” that connect components act like a router in that they have their own processor.

Field State

All of these processors working in synch generate a coherent electromagnetic field that is a dynamic reflection of the “state” of the organism. Each cell within the system is recording its own state, as well as, the state of the overall organism in holographic interference patterns. Organs, connecting subsystems and muscle groups form their own coherent fields, that monitor and record their own state.

The basic process goes like this:
Input as interference patterns, generated by dynamic state of the organism. Past patterns build up to indicate the shape of future patterns. These past patterns are projected into the future as expectations. In this way, input is compared with expectations. Deviation from expectations produces ripples in the interference patterns that define the inconsistency from every possible angle.

We can think of this as a linear process, it is more like our model of a computer, so it makes the concept easier to grasp, but in reality these interference patterns contain all of the information available for memory for the entire organism. That is a lot of information, more than a linear description can accommodate. Trillions of cells participating in a dynamic field of their combined states. So, when we say, “compare input with expectations”, we are talking about comparing oncoming waves of information, rather than a digital string.

Waves of Meaning

It would be like standing on the seashore and noticing the changing patterns of waves pounding at your feet. The position of every water molecule is affected by the changing forces of wind, tide, temperature, salinity, shape of the sea bed, earthly vibrations and all. It is as if you could look at each wave and predict its motion, according to past memory. Then being able to see the deviation from expectations and surmise the change that brought it about, and make corrections to restore predictability. A tough assignment, right? If every molecule in your ocean was a sensor that reported its position and “state”, in one dynamic readout, the task would be much easier.

Computers are essential to the functioning of an information processing system, but when those basic concepts are expanded to incorporate distribution of targeted information in waves, across a network, with feedback from the information itself controlling distribution, we just begin to reach the level of sophistication demonstrated by biological systems. These are systems that monitor themselves and propose adaptive strategies to attain goals, as do intelligent human beings.

All Intelligent

In recent years, science has discovered things like entangled particles, wave functions, feedback loops and holographic principles. It was thought that these phenomena had little to do with natural systems, but were concepts confined to the lab and theoretical exercise. In reality these concepts are fundamental to systems at all levels. It is not that there are sometimes feedback loops, nor that wave functions sometimes mirror reality’s uncertainties, nor that particles sometimes become entangled, nor that holographic principles sometimes appear, but that these principles work together to produce the most sophisticated information processing system imaginable. The system is all feedback, all entangled, all holographic, all memory, all processing, with intent, with targeted goals achieved by employing strategies. This system exhibits capability that gives a new depth to the meaning of the term, intelligence.

November 23, 2008

The Process

Filed under: Ch 08 System Components — Tags: , , , — insomniac @ 2:04 pm

In computer networks, the components are all very separate units, each with their own physical hardware and software. In the LifeOS model, such distinctions are hard to make, except at the atomic level. Matter is the platform. The physical atom could be said to be the hardware, while the signal it broadcasts, represents the information, or software component. Even at that level, matter and information are simply two aspects of the same thing.

Matter is already engaged in memory, processing and speaks the language. It isn’t something that needs translation into a machine language: matter itself, is the language. An atom means what it says. It constantly broadcasts its identity and location via its internal vibrations.

Process

Each atom is a simple processor. It cycles through phases, or states,  that establish a unique frequency pattern and location. This frequency is the basic clock speed, the cycle time for a single process. In computers there is generally one clock speed, but in a network, there may be many different processor speeds, each machine operating on its own. In biological systems, there are many different processing cycles and speeds, but they are all in harmony with one another. It is these harmonic frequencies and the coherent fields they generate that form the Holoverse.

When combined in molecules, these processors link together like algorithms to produce specific output. That output is what we call, the “properties” of the molecule. When atoms are organized into a DNA molecule, one of the properties is a signal in the visible light range; the biophoton.

Memory

Memory is intrinsic to matter; the nucleus represents the physical reality of the atom, while the electrons hold the informational component as wave function. Through their mutual entanglement, wave functions are shared holographically with the rest of the system.

When atoms are processed into molecules, they become a physical record of that process. The molecule also represents its current state in the wave functions of its combined particles. This state of the molecule includes its relationship with the whole. The wave function is the holographic component at the particle level. The wave function is entangled with other wave functions as a coherent electromagnetic field. The nucleus marks the physical presence of the atom in the physical memory and its particles mark its presence in the informational (datagram) hologram. It is the constant interaction between the physical and the informational, keeps the system growing and adapting.

The nucleus is firmly fixed in the physical universe while the particles that surround it are tuned to the larger hologram in which the atom participates. Another way to say it is that the nucleus represents the material and the electrons represent the ethereal.

CPU?

CPU stands for central processing unit. That is where a computer does its central processing, of course. In early computers there was only one processing unit, so the data flow acted like a centralized government or business, with centralized processing of information. Just as in business and government, as informational structures grow, it becomes more difficult for a central processor to handle the load and maintain overall speed. Over time, the system becomes more decentralized.

Even in modern computers the term cpu is becoming blurred, because a lot of processing is going on outside the central processor, which is itself, made up of multiple processing units. Biological systems have taken this trend towards decentralization to the max; every cell has its own cpu. Besides, as discussed earlier, part of the process is universal, driven from the atomic level. Rather than a processor, everything within the cell is processing.

The cell is the processing unit where DNA code is read and executed. Maybe it should be called a universal processing unit, a UPU? That name might not yet do justice to the level of activity going on in the cell. Besides being a processing unit, it is also a holographic memory unit and part of the display. All of the functionality found in the system is contained within the cell.

Sound like a radical statement, but how can it be otherwise? Every function within the biological system is performed by a cell or group of cells. Their functionality is tightly controlled by genetic code, the total of which is contained in each cell. The functionality to produce everything we do is contained in every cell, data processing, memory… and consciousness. Does that mean that every cell is conscious? Maybe, but it surly means that the functionality to think is contained in every cell.

The Cell

In our biological system, the memory, processor and language are all incorporated in the cell. The cell represents a universal manufacturing plant that is completely controlled by information. Whatever the specific function of a cell might be, those parameters are established on an informational level before there can be any physical output.

All of this dynamic action is recorded holographically(mirrored) by the entangled wave functions of all the particles(objects) involved in our universe. Everything is connected to everything else, in waves of feedback, but separate connections are forged by the needs identified by the feedback. Feedback identifies needs and the structural patterns to necessary to resolve them. Those patterns are projected into the future as (morphic)fields and followed by the construction process.

November 19, 2008

System Components

So far we have covered a lot of territory, wandering as it were, following our trail of information. Our vehicle has been our consciousness, each of us behind the wheel of our own machine, but sharing the road. This project started out as a book, a linear journey meant to be traversed from beginning to end. I have watched it morph into something altogether different. There are still branches in the road, but they lead thru wormholes that can put you anywhere. We are no longer just travelling down a single road, but are part of a wave that is engulfing all roads. Instead of following a single path, we can jump from one to another, observing, comparing and sharing what we have found.

In the blogsphere, the information is scattered and linked in a nonlinear structure. All of our daily outpourings are indexed and cross referenced by the system. It becomes more than a book or a library of books; it becomes a live process. It is a micro model of a holographic network. The details are stored in the material objects where they originate, and the overview stored as relationships between objects; both bound together by the holographic web. Information in intelligent ferment on a global level.

In this process we have jumped between micro to macro, solid and wavelike, looking at components and their attributes in some detail. In this section, we are going to hook some of these components together and compare the functionality of biological systems and computer networks. In some ways this is a summary of how we got to this point in our journey.

Wetware

When we think of computer systems, we divide the components into two categories: hardware and software. Well, the biocomputer is all wetware that embodies the functionality  of both. However, all this wetware does sit atop a hardware platform, known as the material universe. The wetware can do nothing, but that which is doable by the underlying system of natural laws; physical, electromagnetic and quantum. The potential for everything we do exists within the material platform.

Information Processing Basics

At the basic level of functionality, an information processing system requires a memory, a processor and information, all functioning in the same “language”. Our platform is matter and the informational structure(laws) that hold it together. Matter is also the memory, processor and language, that makes our system go. How could it be otherwise?

Platform

The physical universe is both the platform for our information processing system, and object of our processing. What we human beings do is observe and manipulate the physical universe in specific ways. We do this by processing information coming from the environment. Every other mobile creature on the planet does the same thing; they all observe and manipulate their environment.

Language

Defined as a system of symbols and rules used to convey abstract information. Is DNA a language? There seems to be some controversy. Where are the symbols? Some folks are unwilling to grant DNA language status. Some object to the idea that DNA consists of abstract information. Other arguments seemed to be saying that DNA can’t be a language because language is a communication between intelligent parties. Since neodarwinism has already decided that there is no intelligence involved in nature, DNA must be something else, like the result of random events.

Changing the label around, calling DNA, “instructions” or “lists”, doesn’t get past the fact that information is stored, accessed and executed. These are all very intelligent actions. Of course, in the LifeOS model everything is information and the language is matter itself.

In the same vein, consciousness exists because environmental information is collected from the senses, encoded into nerve impulses and combined into a comprehensive “virtual reality” presented to the conscious mind, as an external projection. This is certainly more like sophisticated system design, than a random collection of survival solutions.

Abstract Concepts

This line of thinking leads to a dilemma: if we admit that thought is a translation or encoding from environmental reality into some abstract mental language, then we just about have to admit to an intelligent designer. Translation, encoding, language are all based on the ability of some part of the process to understand abstract concepts.

Abstract Creation

There is no doubt that computer language is an abstract creation, and the product of intelligent designers. Being able to deal with abstract concepts, such as language and computer code, is what sets human beings apart from “lower” animals, right? To look at DNA as an abstract language, may raise some difficult questions, but intelligence is the only thing we know that can manipulate abstract concepts.

The language used for memory throughout biological systems is likewise, either a coded language or not. DNA, consciousness and the subconscious must either be an abstract representation of reality, or a direct one. If an abstraction, it is going to require an intelligent component to do, or at least engineer, the encoding.

Encoded Perception

Another branch of science tells us that our consciousness cannot be a direct view and certainly is encoded. Either way, meaning is somehow attached to objects in the environment. Either that meaning is assigned by an intelligence, or intrinsic to the object.

If DNA is not a language, then the organizing factor, the natural laws which cause the double helix to form into three bit codons, must be intrinsic to non-living matter, part of the atomic structure. In this context, the “shape” of the double helix would have to be a product of the internal structure of the atom. The alternative is that the organizing component is external to matter.

If DNA is a language, then there exists an intelligent component that manipulates abstract concepts. This component could also be intrinsic to all matter, rather than external. Wherever the organizing element is located, its results are all around us.

November 14, 2008

Atom Song

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An atom is not a static chunk, but a vibrating bundle of energy. These vibrations are not random noise, but a concise information set. Each cycle is like a sine wave that broadcasts the atom’s existence and relative position. All these sine waves are flipping in harmony, as one, generating the Holoverse.

Each atom sings, “I am here!” Together they all sing, “We are all together!” In counterpoint, adjacent atoms sing, “I am you and you are me, and we can work together.” All the while, atoms and molecules join together into local choirs that sing their own arias, always in harmony with the rest. The songs they sing are information about the flow of reality around them. All groupings follow the same pattern: singing in harmony, all about the world around them.

And the System records it all.

November 8, 2008

Molding Reality

Filed under: Ch 08 System Components — Tags: , , , — insomniac @ 11:23 am

In our journey through the informational properties of light, matter, structures and fields, we have seen that information processing is going on at all levels of biological systems. For example, when we recognize the flow of blood through the cardiovascular system as essentially informational, we can see how the system creates and modifies physical reality through the activities of its agents.

The bloodstream carries information, and it also supplies the energy necessary to power the processing and the physical actions of the agent. It provides materials, energy, blueprints and assembly instructions, on time to countless cellular projects. Hormones, neurotransmitters, immune system cells are all physical objects that carry instructions between cells. Intracellular communications are vital to the system.

Thoughts are Things

Neurons are also known to communicate by means of invisible impulses and waves.  Neurons react to invisible incoming impulses by producing physical packets of information, in the form of neurotransmitters like dopamine. These neurons can be reacting to information from the outside environment, from neighboring neurons or from that wonderful thing we call the imagination. So, this is an example of thought being turned into physical reality. Thoughts turn into things as the very first part of the process. Thoughts(information), stimulate neurons to produce physical molecules that act directly on the mental/emotional state of the thinker, and indirectly affect behavior, resulting in changes in the environment. Thoughts become things is not just a new age fantasy, but an obvious functional element active in biological systems. Waves and impulses are converted into physical reality at all levels of living things.

It isn’t that thoughts sometimes become physical reality, it happens every time you and i think.

Cycles of Creativity

There are a couple things that we can learn from this simple view of biological processes. In the first place, thoughts and physical reality are not opposites, but parts of the same process. Thoughts form from observations of reality, while they flow into actions that result in modification of that reality. Information flows back and forth between the environment and its agents, switching mode from thought to reality, until a predetermined expectation is met. Then the neurons relax and the flow of dopamine slows down or stops. Attention shifts, and the process begins again.

Waves of Communication

Secondly, just the fact that neurons use impulses and waves for communication within the brain context, indicates that waves and impulses are used for the same purpose in other organs. Impulses and waves are not confined to cells nor organs nor individual agents, but flood our being from all directions. The Holoverse model says that all matter is connected through electromagnetic fields made up of waves. It is naive to assume that the brain waves we associate with mind should be unaffected by the flood of waves around us.

In the Flow

We are not isolated individuals in the physical world, but are engaged in a constant flow of physical information from the environment, in the form of nutrients, pheromones, allomones, allergens, pollutants, drugs and on and on. We have no trouble recognizing that, physically, we are like sponges that intake and filter all kinds of stuff from the environment. However, when we start to think about the human mind/brain, we want to think of it as an isolated organ that has original “thoughts”, unaffected by outside influences. Instead of filters to the outside waves, we think of our brain as protected by an impenetrable barrier. If this is the case, that the mind is isolated, it is certainly the only organ in all of biology that can make the claim.

We know for an undisputed fact that plants manufacture molecules that, when ingested, cause profound changes in mind/brain function that result in altered behavior. Is there any doubt that audio/visual cues can also cause chemical changes in mind/brain activity? Actions of others, as in mob rule or crowd panic, can surely produce altered mental states and behavior. Lest we forget, mystical states have been proven to alter both body and brain in measurable ways.

Tool of the System

From a systems viewpoint, the brain of an agent is a tool for filtering extraneous information, allowing the agent to focus on specific tasks. Likewise, the ego, equipped with the illusion of free will and supreme confidence, is allowed to operate independently, making decisions and taking action based on observations.

Thoughts are more than just things; they are like stem cells, universal things capable of becoming anything.

November 6, 2008

The Brain as a Computer

Filed under: Ch 08 System Components — Tags: , , , , — insomniac @ 10:51 am

We want to go deeper into the computer/brain analogy than our surface observation that there are similarities. To say that the brain works like a computer may be a gross oversimplification. One way that a computer,(with programs) is very similar to a human brain is that they both limit the user to a narrow band of choices for any situation. The computer programmer decides what options to present to the user based on what actions may be needed during the specific task. The subconscious makes similar choices, presenting the conscious mind with what it deems appropriate for the situation.

Although we like to think of the subconscious mind as belonging to us, it really belongs to the system. We the users, also belong to the system, even though we are individual agents. As such, we are supplied with onboard intelligence that limits, organizes and prioritizes incoming data into an integrated three dimensional virtual model, consistent enough to be routinely mistaken for reality. We are indeed very smart animals, but it is the system that is responsible for that capability, not human beings. We have amazing abilities, for sure, but the system provides a similar integrated three dimensional virtual model, to every mobile species. It makes it possible for birds to fly and animals to run. This is the heart of the user interface.

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