LifeOS: exploring the system that executes DNA

February 8, 2012

The Jigsaw Puzzle of Life

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My sweetheart and i like to do jigsaw puzzles. Putting one together is satisfying on several levels. We have fun.

I get an extra kick out of seeing the pieces as packets of information, also on different levels. The shape of the pieces is information that determines how they fit with their immediate neighbors. On each piece you have bits of information as brush strokes, lines, shapes and color, that also needs to match its neighbors. This is a separate level of information from the shapes of the pieces themselves. Both of these levels pertain to the assembly of the puzzle. When the puzzle is solved, the assembled bits produce a new level of information: the picture. The picture, in turn can produce another level of information by telling a story.

In the jigsaw puzzle we have levels of information woven together to support a system of encrypted data storage.

Atoms are packets of information limited to their connections by their shape. They also carry another level of information in their charges, spins and wave function, variables separate from the molecular shape. These internal variables are connected to externals through the laws of quantum mechanics. It looks to me like data storage with relational links, like a database.

There are infinite levels of information woven into biological systems, each one representing a web of quantum connectivity with its own level of functionality, the levels immediately above and below, and to all levels ever interacted with. It is a living breathing hyper-relational database that acts like it is a super quantum computer solving for the most efficient growth, reproduction and dispersal through adaptation.

That’s my idea of fun. =-)

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December 16, 2011

More Than a Metaphor

That’s why i have brought you deep into the forest, to give you human history from a different point of view. We’ve had the history of civilization written for us by the ones who have profited from the exploitation of the Biosphere. The version i am presenting comes from my communication within this system.

I didn’t get this model of intelligent microbes from books or discussions nor did i think this up on my own. I got this view of straight from the horses mouth. I got it directly from a member of the microbial mat. It came in an intelligent exchange, sort of an interview, where i asked questions and received answers. My encounter with this plant spirit overloaded my psyche with information that spawned more questions. I have spent the last thirty plus years sorting through that information and comparing it with other sources. I have interviewed other plant spirits along the way. I’ve learned valuable lessons from living alone in forests, deserts and mountains. I have found a landscape exactly as described by magicians, mystics and indigenous cultures in general. It is from my experience probing this separate reality that i obtained this version of human history.

So, this model of “how it all works” that the plant spirits have collectively laid on me, fits very well with the latest studies in biology, genetics, adaptive complex systems, symbiosis, quantum mechanics and information processing in general. The plant spirits got it right! So, for me the forest goddess is much more than a metaphor. The physical world we live in is intelligent. The whole Universe is a communication; the story of Life being told. We are part of that story. We are built from the same story elements as all of creation. Our bodies are made from intelligent parts that all communicate with our environment. Our bodies understand the language of Life, even if our intellect doesn’t.

December 12, 2010

Foretelling the Future and the Mayan Calendar

Filed under: 2012 — Tags: , , , , , , — insomniac @ 8:23 am

The Guano CycleHere’s the thing, you don’t foretell the future by traveling in time. There is really no magic to it at all. You foretell the future by understanding the past. The entire progression of time and space is made up of repeating cycles. From the smallest and fastest vibrations of energy inside the atom, to the largest galaxy, whether vibrations, life cycles or orbits, the Universe is made up of a consistent pattern of cyclical motion. Each one of those cycles can be expected to repeat with the same regularity until interrupted by some other cycle.

We use this concept all the time, for planting crops, breeding animals and paying bills. Since we know the growing cycle, the gestation period and the billing cycle, we have no trouble at all predicting when our crops will ripen, our herds will calve or bills come due. The thing we miss is that all of life runs this way, even our unnatural social, political and economic endeavors. The cyclical nature of all systems means that once you see the cycles, they can be broken down into repeating patterns just as reliable as your monthly bills.

In a cyclical system, the future is barely distinguishable from the past. Where we get screwed up is that we think that what we are doing has never happened before. We think we are evolving into some form never before seen in the Universe. Everything cycles, but us. We are somehow just going ever upward on our journey until we take over the whole show.

The first thing to learn from the Mayan Calendar is that they understood the cyclical nature of reality well enough to carve it in stone. Until we grasp this concept, we will continue to make poor decisions about the future.

April 29, 2010

Stephan Wolfram: Computing a theory of everything

Stumbled on this today…

Could he and i be thinking along the same lines? I have a lot more to learn about his theories, but they ring true to the LifeOS model, so far.

Once we start to look at the Universe as a computational process, we can see some basic rules that are the same up and down the scale. Those simple rules process at the quantum level to a cosmic outcome.

April 10, 2010

Fractal Patterns of Behavior

Filed under: consciousness, Fractals, technology — Tags: , , , — insomniac @ 8:18 am

For me writing is first and foremost a process for my own self improvement. It has always been the best therapy for dealing with my own life’s twists and turns. Writing things down stretches a moment of time out into something you can study. Over time, it allows us to notice repeating patterns in your own thinking and behavior.

The writing of a book about Life as a system, has forced me to think that way for the better part of a decade. That has been good for me. It has allowed me to see my own behavior as part of a larger pattern of species interaction. It is easier not to take events personally when we realize that they are but a tiny part of a larger fractal pattern. Everything we do is part of a larger pattern.

One of the advantages of being an old fart is that you can spot repeating patterns that are easy to miss the first time around. Just as important is to notice that their are no patterns that DON’T repeat. The world runs on repeated patterns. That’s easy to miss when you are young, and everything seems to be new and getting newer. It takes awhile to recognize that you are in the growth phase of your life and that it won’t always be that way. We all grow, mature, and eventually die. We are not alone, the whole system cycles through this basic sequence.

One of the patterns that becomes obvious, is the way new concepts, whether they be technological, biological or social, tend to clump, divide and bond during their evolution. The technological cycle has gotten shorter and shorter, making these patterns easier to spot. Take the invention of the automobile as a starting point. At first there were dozens of car makers. That list continued to grow until the more successful operations began to absorb the smaller ones. The numbers shrink until there are but a few manufacturers. They grow into inefficient behemoths, and begin to produce spin offs, that take advantage of their own growth cycle. Then there are newcomers that also benefit from the growth phase.

This same pattern repeats itself with every new invention or technological breakthrough. In biological systems we can see the same patterns repeat in populations, from single cells to human civilizations.

In the current growth phase of the transpersonal revolution, the movement is going through the same growth patterns as any industry. During the early growth phase, anyone can start up a new company, hang out a shingle and start to build an identity. Each new entry will have unique features that attract an audience. Each one is trying to build the best feature set, based on their view of what that entails. Nobody really knows what will be the best in the long run, but everyone that thinks they do, starts up another version.

I see this same pattern repeating in daily conversations, as well as the larger social movements. Specifically, the recent rift between Earth2.0 and The Venus Project, the ongoing discussion at evolver.net about defining that movement, and my own individual discussions. Nobody wants to dilute their vision of what the best feature/belief set will be. And so we have people being divided by minor detail differences, seeming to ignore that they are sharing a larger vision. It is like a competition to see who can be the most cooperative, that has gotten out of hand.

Don’t take it all tooo seriously. We are all in the same business. Don’t let our minor disagreements get in the way of the big picture. Sometimes it is just better to smile and nod your head, than to quibble over details. Don’t let today’ s disagreements become an obstacle to future cooperation.

cheers,
jim

February 2, 2010

Science & Spirituality

perspectives
by Romik Kimor (videos)
17:28
Science & Spirituality – The Essence of Life from Two Perspectives: Dr. Stuart Kauffman & Dr. Fritz-Albert Popp

Quantum fields, biophotons as information that controls cellular process… good stuff!
This one requires a plugin.
This is on my facebook page.

Dr. Fritz-Albert Popp:

“Biological Systems are governed by the special
interaction of a coherent electromagnetic field (biophotons) and biological
matter. There is a permanent feedback coupling between field and matter
in a way that the field directs the location and activity of matter,
while matter provides the boundary conditions of the field. Since
the field is almost fully coherent, the interference patterns of the
field contain the necessary information about the regulatory function.”

April 10, 2009

Why Are We Here?

When observed from above, from the control room of higher order of environmental systems, it looks like human beings have waged an all out war on Nature. From the time that man initiated slash and burn technology, the ability of one person to destroy habitat and reduce productive systems to wasteland has increased many fold, as have his reasons to do so. Human ingenuity has found many ways to profit from the plunder. And the sheer number of them has also multiplied. Six billion of them chewing away at the biological infrastructure like termites. What are they thinking?

At War With the System

Our imaginary war with the System is exemplified by the way we treat diseases like cancer. We think of cancer as something that has attacked us that we have to fight. We fight by killing cells, hoping to kill all of the enemy cells. Those cells indeed threaten a healthy body, but they are not enemies from the outside; they are the bodies own cells.

The body produces cancerous cells from time to time and has an elaborate immune system, that normally takes care of them. When the immune system becomes damaged itself, or the information it needs to function is compromised, or it is overwhelmed by damaged cells, a tumor results.

To the Rescue

The ego likes to blame the outside for all of its problems and the concept of attack and defense fits right in. The medical profession likes the concept as well. It makes them the knights in shining armor that save the day, defending the helpless ego from evil doers. But in reality, the carcinogens are always out there and the cancerous cells are always being produced. It is not that cancer is attacking, but the immune system is unable to cope with the level abuse heaped upon it by our decadent lifestyles.

It is Captain Self’s job to avoid carcinogens in the environment and make decisions that maintain the integrity of the immune system.

Misinformed Agents

When the good Captain is locked into battle with his own crew, nothing good can come of it. The Captain is not at war with the system, but a product of it. The cancerous cells are not at war with the body, but a product of it. Just like the Captain, the cancerous cells are simply misinformed. They are working under their own type of internal delusion. They both have forgotten that they belong to the system and have taken off on their own, following some internal dialog that takes them far from their intended path. In the efficient information processing system, we would expect these processes to be quickly terminated.

Run-a-way Process

In this journey of discovery, we are always on the lookout for repeated patterns. Here we see that an entity can run amuck, endlessly repeating a process because some feedback loop malfunctions. Just as in a computer stuck in an endless loop, sucking resources while producing no meaningful work, cancer cells and human beings have lost contact with their parent system; they no longer have the information they need to stay on track.

Is That Bad?

Depends on your point of view. From the view of the individual and/or species, failure is bad, success good. From the systems viewpoint, although run-a-way processes pose a threat to local subsystems, they also can provide benefits. A run-a-way process puts stress on the local system, causing accelerated learning and adaptation. For example, our separation from our environment has led to a spike in creativity and technology that never would have happened if the human animal had stayed connected to its natural system. For the individual, a diagnosis of terminal cancer can certainly rearrange one’s priorities. The sense of mortality may lead to extra effort going into an unfinished masterpiece.

Systemic Responsibility

The System provides the necessary information for all entities, just as it supplies nutrients and carries away their waste. The System also is responsible for any breakdowns in the supply channels. The System is also responsible for successful adaptation. The System knows what it is doing.

The System experiments with agents. There is a competition going on here; not a war, but a contest to determine what improvements need to be made in future models. This unprecedented acceleration of learning and adaptation is oriented towards an intentional outcome. We have a mission. Our job is to learn what that entails and get on with it.

October 8, 2007

Structure of Time

Filed under: Ch 04 Structure of Time — Tags: , , , — insomniac @ 9:19 am

Cycles

 

Time flies, not by flapping its wings, but definitely in repeated patterns. There is a rhythm to it. In fact, just about any fluctuation we can measure seems to repeat in cycles. The structure of time is in these patterns.

The rotation and orbit of Earth around the Sun, augmented by the orbit of the Moon, gives us our basic slow rhythm. At the other end of the scale, we have the structure of matter that produces electromagnetic signals that we measure in cycles. These are very rapid cycles. In between these two extremes we have mechanical and biological cycles that we see everyday.

Music is a great example of a time structure, both in that the beat and bars regulate time, but also in that each note is a frequency which is micro-measurement of time. There is an inherent structure that can be identified in all music. Each piece of music has its own structure, superimposed or contained within the inherent structure.

Our football game is another time structure. Not only do we have the game length, but that is divided into periods. The rules that define the structure provide for timeouts and other means of temporarily suspending time. Each play is a time cycle. Four plays make a downs cycle. Cycles inside of cycles.

Steps to a Process

 

Each cycle of a process can be seen as a series of three basic operations. Intake, process and output. An automobile engine sucks in a fuel and air mixture, processes it by compressing and igniting it and spews the burned gases out the tailpipe. We breath in, oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged and we breath out. The computer takes a byte of eight bits, processes it mathematically and outputs the result.

Both cars and humans extract energy from their processes and have a secondary output; they do something. The computer doesn’t do anything, but output more data. In itself it is pure information processing. However, when hooked up to machinery, the information the computer outputs can be turned into hard goods.

A string of 1’s and O’s are moved into the cpu register as input. A mathematical process is applied to the input string. The result of the process becomes the output, which is nothing more than another string of eight 1’s and O’s. One cycle doesn’t accomplish much at all, but when a computer can make billions of such calculations per second, the result is almost anything… as you can see from the incredible sights and sounds available on a computer. Then there are all of the manufacturing, medical miracles, space explorations and studies, movie special effects, and so on, all made possible by computers performing such seemingly insignificant mathematical calculations many, many times per second.

In biological systems, the basic process cycle is performed by the cell. The cell intakes nutrients and other information, processes it and outputs energy, waste and/or more information. Not only does each cell put out, but there are trillions of them working away, processing information, in your body at any one time. That’s a lot of processing power.

So, we have basic process cycles at the micro level and more complex processes, made up of many micro level cycles, at the macro level. Everything is made up of cycles or frequencies or vibrations of energy.

In the basic breathing in and out sequence, the two states are required to alternate. Breathing in uses up the ability to breath in further. Breathing out is the only option, which reverses the situation and breathing out cannot be done until breathing out has been accomplished.

In some processes, each step produces a condition that that can only be satisfied by going to the next step in the process, no going back.

Guano Cycle

 

Each of us orbits around the center of our Earth, as does the Moon. The Earth orbits around the Sun, and it around the center of our Galaxy. Because of the tilt of the Earth’s axis, each orbit around the Sun produces a variation in the amount of light energy that falls on any one part of the Earth. This gives us our changing seasons. The Moon adds it’s rhythm to produce a highly complex organization of ebb and flow that repeats and varies within predictable limits.

The ancient Chinese understood this. They recognized this circular flow pattern in all living things. All things move in a circle (spiral) through a time of high energy to a time of low energy and back again, with a transition stage that contains the elements of both. These high and low points occur as regularly as their orbits. It is the Yin and Yang.

The Chinese also noted that living organisms concentrated on specific functions during certain times of the year, month and day. They surmised that all cycles passed through similar phases. They divided these phases into five elemental parts. They called it the Shen cycle. They gave each of the five parts an elemental name to symbolize it’s function. This is from the same folks who gave us acupuncture.

The symbolism and terminology that they used reflected their culture and therefore is a bit difficult to grasp, sometimes, so i have tried to put the concepts into terms that make sense to me. Being a long time organic gardener, my version centers around plants. I call it, the Guano Cycle. That is to emphasize that the dormant part of a cycle is just as important as the growth.

SEED This element represents the last part of the dormant phase. It is the last half of winter, the New Moon, the time just before dawn. In the plant, it is the seed. It is the Spiritual Beginning, the time for meditation and prayer. From the element, Flower, SEED receives an order for the needs made evident by the last cycle. These needs, once purified by the Spirit, enter the last part of SEED, which is planning. A need is a vacuum; it will be filled. The observer tunes it’s awareness to the need, recognizing it as Yin, on the way to Yang. By turning the awareness in the direction of the flow and identifying the channels that the energy must follow to carry need into fulfillment, the observer accepts the plan already in existence. The code is in the seed. Our job is only to be aware of the plan, not to make one up.

SPROUT This element begins with ignition. The plan comes to Fire in dream stage, a visualization in the mind. It is Spring, dawn, rebirth and the first quarter. In the plant it is the sprout. As the plan begins to solidify into a physical reality, it consumes an ever increasing amount of energy. Growth has begun.

LEAVES This element represents the time of greatest growth and activity. It is Summer, Full Moon and mid-day. It is the leaf of the plant. Processing, change and transportation of energy within the organism are the dominion of this phase The growth taking place during this time has been programmed in Seed and ignited into existence during Sprout. No new, unplanned or un-ignited action will take place during this Leaf phase. It is the Law. At the end of Leaves we have a complete, whole physical reality, constructed in accordance with The Plan.

STEMS & ROOTS This element represents exchange and harvest. It is the Fall, the last quarter and the twilight. In the plant it is the Stem and Roots. This phase represents the animal spirit, incoming and outgoing, transportation of matter. The energy consumption decreases and is stored for the upcoming dormant stage. The physical is delivered, and we move back towards spirit.

FLOWER This element represents balance and flow. It is the Winter, the darkening of the Moon and the night. In the plant, it is the flower. It begins with a festival, the celebration of a healthy and beautiful circuit. It is the time for joy and reflection. It is the time to give thanks. The last part subjects the Yin and Yang of the past to Judgment. The result is a list of new needs to be sent on to Seed.

The cycle is not complete as we are but looking at the end of a spiral. We have progressed one spiral-length. Even though the cycle is divided into five parts, you can see that there is a blending and division of functions that fade gradually from one phase to the other. The American Indian divides the circle into four parts, matching the seasons, and again in eight. The Moon divides our yearly cycle into twelve, as does astrology and our calendar.

It doesn’t really matter how many divisions one imagines, there are really no boundaries nor a single point orbiting a center. The energy is flowing around the circle at all times, and the position indicates the phase receiving emphasis. The tides are an example of this. The water is always there, but it rises and falls to the tune of the Moon. The energy in the Guano Cycle is always flowing, like a Yin Yang wave. Life is a flow that isn’t divided into static pieces of matter, but a dynamic movement of energy that is whole and indivisible.

Living in the Flow

 

The way to use this system is simply to realize that it represents the proper order to accomplish any task. It is obvious that it applies to the growing of crops or animals. We know that we won’t harvest anything if the seed does not sprout, grow and mature. What is less evident is that cooking a meal or building a house or running a business, it can be helpful to adhere to the same sequence.

Let’s say we are going to build a chair. We first must recognize a need for one. We stop thinking about other projects and concentrate on the fulfillment of that need. We have entered Seed. From the visualization of a support for a seated person, we begin to plan. From there we move to Sprout where the plan is ignited into action. The final decisions are made and it moves on to Leaves. Here the plan is turned into reality. Energy is consumed to build a chair. In Stems and Roots the chair is transported to it’s new place of duty and exchanged. If you are wondering where the materials came from, it is also the Stems and Roots Department, during the preceding cycle. Part of the exchange process involves the order for materials for another chair and more energy to replace that used during the cycle. In Flower we celebrate the chair and its cycle by sitting on it. While we are relaxed and in a good festive mood we reflect on the whole event and settle our awareness on the needed improvements. The next chair has already taken shape in the mind – Seed.

To realize that there is a specific sequence that must be followed for anything to make the transition from thought to reality and follow that sequence carefully, all the way through, makes for an ordered life. It gives one an almost unfair advantage over those who attack life at random.

Hero’s Journey

 

The simple structure of a story is: it has a beginning, middle and end. A more detailed version was proposed by Joseph Campbell in, “The Hero With a Thousand Faces”. The theme was elaborated on by Christopher Vogler in his book, “The Writer’s Journey”. What they have done is offer a diagram or timeline for the prototype plot structure underlying almost every successful movie or screenplay.

Christopher Vogler was working for Disney studios when he first read Campbell’s stuff. He wrote a long memo outlining the concept and how it fit in with what Disney Studios was doing. The memo spread like wildfire through Hollywood’s fantasy fabricators. In no time they were analyzing all their movies and screenplays to see how well Campbell’s theories matched up. Everyone was truly amazed at how well this seemingly nonsensical mythic terminology and structure fit with what they already knew to be successful movies. They also noticed that some of the less successful movies violated this structure in some fundamental way. It was obvious that Campbell and Vogler were on to something.

A similar high percentage of foreign films also fit the pattern. Of course, even the most ancient myths follow this same structure. So, we have here a nearly universal pattern or structure used in storytelling.

This brief version of Campbell’s 12 stages is taken and revised slightly from the Power Structure User’s Manual. This was written for screenwriters, but the same structure, with minor terminology revisions, works for all kinds of writing, even nonfiction.

Ordinary World-We meet the Hero and identify with him.

Call to Adventure-The hero is called to undertake a quest.

Refuse the Call-The hero says, “No way.”

Meeting with Mentor-Wisdom prevails

Crossing the Threshold-The hero commits to the adventure and enters the “Special World”.

Tests, Allies and Enemies-Situations and characters that help the hero discover what is special about the Special World.

Approach to the Innermost Cave-Where the hero prepares for the crucial battle

Ordeal-The crucial battle or confrontation

Reward-The trophy or benefits from surviving the ordeal.

Road Back-Where the hero leaves the Special World. Home is the goal

Resurrection-Last rite of purification before arrival at home

Return with the Elixir-The hero returns with more than victory and a trophy, he has learned a secret lesson that he shares with his community.

This is an example of a sequence or progression of steps or phases that accomplish a goal, in this case, telling a story. It is a very similar pattern to the Guano Cycle. They are both describing a growth and development sequence. The growth and development of Plants, and storytelling follow a similar structure. It isn’t much of a stretch to say that the structure of the Hero’s Journey represents a universal pattern for “civilized” behavior. It is the “warrior’s way”, the warrior ethic, the go-out-and-get-the-trophy mentality that drives our society.

As true as that may be, our interest is more general. Both of the above time structures, The Hero’s Journey and The Guano Cycle, represent a universal schematic for a process loop, like a recipe, a manufacturing or chemical process, a mathematical formula or the actions of a cell. The structures are similar, but the steps they contain are very different. We will dig into subject farther down the road.

One thing all of these cycles have in common is that they go in only one direction. Planets don’t ever back up, in spite of the illusion created by retrograde Planets, their orbits continue in the same direction. Every cycle has a directional movement within its orbit, from one end to the other and back. All of these movements, from Planets down to electrons are extremely precise in timing and orbit. Precise isn’t the right word here, is it? Reliable, maybe? Reliable enough to be predictable within a limited range of variation. That’s the problem is that none of these measurements of cycles is constant, they vary within limits, but those limits change as well.

So, time has a structure that includes frequencies, cycles, harmonics, repeated patterns, that are dynamic, fluid and unstoppable. It is the movement of a dynamic Universe where timing is everything.

Cheers,

jim

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