LifeOS: exploring the system that executes DNA

April 1, 2009

While we are on the subject…

…ran across this today. It’s a good one! Check it out.

The Quantum Surrender of Science

Science, a once-paralyzed minority of yesterday’s evangelical world, has long last come to the pinnacle of its predecessor. Scientists, now modern day vicars of faith, don fact as surrogates for dogma in their indoctrination of the ever impressionable public mind. As if clergy of old, their methods of derivation remain sacrosanct outside of scientific circles, impervious to the same investigation they readily apply elsewhere. To question the possible defects of the system that produces the central truths by which we live is to question reality itself, for how well our world view has been prescribed by scholastic teachings of scientific convention. All of our lives we have been taught that the world is a predictable place, and where it is not, thereby a lack of information, and not science, exists. We have been told to hold our tongue and quietly shave with the Razor of Occam when faced with the complexities of the unknown. But, let us exhibit caution before we obediently lock ourselves in the edifice of science, for a house of verity built on a foundation of error is sure to fall. Truths, despite adherence to the rules from which they are erected, become little more than falsehoods under incomplete laws of construct. Heterodoxies Blog presents The Quantum Surrender of Science, a composition on the deconstruction of scientific axiom, which aims to usurp the primacy of science by means of its own dilation, as the progression of such institutions are to be understood as an evolution, and not as the doctrine of truth we have been made to believe.

The middle is the best part.

What is needed now is the persistent disposal of scientific models that are limited to reductionism, determinism and localism, to be replaced with new models that consider factors from both higher and lower hierarchical levels, as well as those that acknowledge the observer and the act of measurement itself on reality.

Models focused on the systems approach, understanding processes and their control mechanisms, will take us to an objective view of objects, a higher level of functionality.

But most of all, in our infinite trek for truth, our scientific models of tomorrow must not only remember to bring society and its educational establishments along for the ride, they must demand participation from the true unveilers of the infinite realities they seek to ascertain.

I agree, but can “science” really give up? They seem to be turning deeper into their contrived material fantasy world. Meanwhile, the pseudo scientists, new agers and witchdoctors are leaving them behind, ready to embrace Quantum Mechanics as evidence of the existence of a mystical realm. Unafraid to incorporate QM into their understanding and improve their performance in real life. Even if science gets their models right, it could be another century before they can put them to proper use. You and i can put this knowledge to use today.

Meditate on it.

December 27, 2008

Self Help

I never intended this as a self help book, rather it was for my own exploration of information processing concepts as applied to biology. In that way it has been very therapeutic for me. However, now that i have progressed to this point in the journey, it seems to me that helping the “self”, is the only way to go. It isn’t about being selfish, but about helping integrate the desires of the individual with the intent of Life itself. It is about helping the self live in harmony.

You’ve Got to Serve Somebody

Learning to adapt is the fundamental goal of the System. LifeOS writes itself, by learning about itself. This too, is our reason for being. We are a collection point for information. We collect this information, not for the benefit of human beings, but to serve the System. It doesn’t matter what we think we are doing, the System is learning from it.

So, i am really writing about self improvement through learning how we relate to the System. Learning and living are really one and the same. It has been said by many observers that our present troubles are caused by the decline in our feeling of connection to the natural world. It is really no wonder, as both religion and science have tended to regard that connection to our animal nature, and emotion in general, as a negative that must be suppressed, overcome or denied. Nature has been seen as our adversary.

Our little self has been so overwhelmed by these cultural issues that it has forgotten it membership as a functional part of the System. It has succumbed to the self serving temptation of the shiny beads of wealth and power.

Failed Conquest

The fantasy that we can conquer Nature has run its course. We learn to live in harmony with the environment, or else. The very first step in that journey is to form an intimate bond with the crew and the ship that will take you there. From the point of view of the self, that’s the first level of the interface with the system.

The little imaginary self hiding in the back room, has to bond with the physical big body that will take the bumps and scraps of poor navigation. The ship and crew are selfless, but none-the-less, suffer the illusions of the captain. It isn’t that there is mutiny, but there can develop a loss of trust. The captain sees the environment, but the crew is flying blind. However, the crew feels the environment on a cellular level. Both are aware of the results. The object is to guide the ship through the maze of the environment to achieve specific goals. When the results of the process fail to meet expectations(no food, for example), the crew becomes agitated. Survival is the primary objective of the crew. So when in doubt, they just remove some of the responsibility from the captain, without notification, and proceed to propose and select behaviors based more on past success than the captain’s assessment. This frustrates the captain no end, but that only adds to the problem.

Deep down, the captain feels a degree of guilt, for the poor communication, and rightly so. This is analogous to a loss of confidence. The captain and crew are not on the same page. Sounds like the beginnings of a mental health issue, for sure.

Shooting Free Throws

An example of this that works for me is the shooting of free throws by professional basketball players. Here we have players that are capable of making baskets from 20 feet away, while being guarded by skilled opponents, at a higher percentage than they can make free throws at a shorter distance, with nobody in their face. These are highly paid professionals that practice for hours at a high percentage level, but can’t do the same in a game.

What’s the deal? It’s the relationship between the captain and the crew. When playing at speed, the captain doesn’t issue specific commands to the crew. The captain is busy watching the game and pointing out possible strategies to the crew chief. “That guy is open, that defender is out of position, etc”. The captain and crew have practiced this together and everyone does their job, as a team.

At the free throw line, the captain takes over and tells the crew what to do. “This is important… watch your feet… not too hard… this is a big game… don’t let the fans distract you,” and on and on. The crew isn’t left to do their job as they have practiced, and another shot clanks off the rim. Now this is a long way from the expectations shared by the whole gang, and those cells get agitated, further eroding confidence.

The successful techniques are the ones that still or occupy the conscious mind so the subconscious can get on with it. It boils down to improving the communication between captain and crew.

Make Peace With Your Self

Got to love your self before you can love the rest. The first step is to make peace with all aspects of the self. You need to feel your connections to the ship and crew to the point of tears. It takes a lot of emotional “juice” to make changes in our core beliefs. Hallucinogenic drugs, NDE’s, exhaustion, meditation, music, sacred spaces, etc. are all ways to trigger an emotional event with enough power to solidify new beliefs and behavior. They all depend on the power of the neurological “feel good” to reinforce desired behavior.

Behavior Modification

Depending on the set, setting and resident symbolism of the experience, one can be made to feel good about almost anything. The initiation rites of warrior cults, secret societies and basic military training are examples of behavior modification techniques with a proven record of success. It doesn’t matter what labels one hangs on the process, or what one believes, these are the elements involved in modifying behavior. Why not take control of the process?

When a self really feels the connection between mind, spirit and body for the first time, there is an emotional jolt (endorphins flow) that captures the moment and related symbolism as special. This is the moment when your behaviors are susceptible to change. When you have a good grip on that state, expand that feeling of love, devotion and appreciation to the environment around you. Acknowledge your connection to that which knows all, and your consciousness will be flooded with new information; sort of a welcome to the team, starter kit. Sounds like a spiritual rebirth, doesn’t it? Well, that’s what it is. It is this kind of experience that rewrites your interface.

May 14, 2008

Dissecting Wholeness

Filed under: Ch 05 Cyber Systems — Tags: , , , , — insomniac @ 11:11 am

We all seem to think that we understand the concept of wholeness, but we are under one major handicap. We are hopelessly locked into our own point of view: that of a separate, individual ego. The view from the high throne of the ego is great, but if we really want to understand how the System works, we need to get past our inevitable human-centric bias and look at the System as the Whole that it is.

We humans are “parts”, and as such, we still think of the Whole as the sum of its parts and maybe a little extra for synergy. But the Whole came first! Parts are divisions of the Whole, rather than the Whole being the sum of the parts. Again, the distinction may seem trivial, but it amounts to looking at the road traveled from the opposite direction. It is a totally different view.

Like a Rainbow

Wholeness is like a rainbow in that any attempt to divide it into parts results in arbitrary boundaries. We think we see bands of color in a rainbow, but that is a construct of our mind. In reality there is a steady rate of change of the frequency of refracted light, from one edge to the other, with no real border between one “color” and the next. It is our mind that lumps a band of frequencies together and labels them as one color.

Dividing Wholeness into parts is a function of the same mental attribute that divides the color of the rainbow into bands. That’s the way we humans see things. We divide our environment up into units, then we label and classify them. That’s what we do.

Cultural Connections

We have a similar handicap when it comes to the concept of interconnectedness. Everything is connected to everything else, sure that’s easy to say, but our ego is operating under a different set of rules. Our ego has been sold on the idea that connections run in a hierarchal structure, with the most important or intelligent at the top and the least down at the bottom.

This is the structure of information flow that most of us grew up with. We looked to the next highest person on the ladder for our information. Our parents, teachers, coaches and the rest of our system of education have all reinforced that model. Our civilization runs on the up and down flow of information. Religion, the military and most financial and business institutions also use this branching tree structure to organize themselves.

That is also the way the ego organizes the rest of the self: the ego on top with the rest of the self divided into sub-units that the ego can boss around. The ego considers itself to be intelligent, but the rest of the self is kind of dumb. The ego thinks it is going on to a life ever after, but it isn’t intending to take the body along. It is really funny for the ego to take all the credit when it is literally nothing without the rest.

Pyramid Values

As citizens of our respective cultures, we live our lives within this pyramid shaped hierarchal structure. In the workplace, in our social organizations, in personal relations, in education, we are constantly being placed in a structure according to our “value” within the organization. Everything has a pecking order. It should be no surprise that we project that same model on physical reality.

The real surprise comes when we find out that the Universe is not really organized that way at all, but as this holistic, all units connected to all others, super cybernetic kind of holographic information processing system. Before we can really take advantage of this information, we need to update our own internal models, the ones we use when we think. Our behavior follows our thoughts, consequently the old patterns and structures that we have been using to run our lives have got to be replaced with models that more accurately reflect reality.

All of us today have been exposed to a new model of information flow that more closely resembles the Natural System; the global interconnected computer network, known as the internet. This is the new model for how the Universe works. Information flows in all directions, with no top nor bottom, no beginning nor end.

We oldsters have to learn this new structure, and try to apply it, but the youth of today are born with this new concept of the flow of information stuck in their ears. As the shape of our collective consciousness changes to incorporate this new model of reality, our performance within the system will improve.

Funnel Vision

The pyramid structure is no longer adequate to describe our world. It is obsolete, but change comes slow. Our culture, if not addicted, is totally dependent on this view of individual power and worth. Both religion and science have used this hierarchical structure to diagram the origin of the Universe. Whether it be god or the big bang, their concepts of the cosmos are very similar. In fact, the pyramid structure itself demands it resolve to a single point, which is the top of the hierarchy. It is the dominant conceptual structure employed by both science and religion that forces them into their “funnel vision”.

The Interconnected Endless Loop

The concept of interconnectedness doesn’t have a top. It is a different kind of structure. Placement within the structure is not dependent on any individual value or privilege. In a system, every “part” is of equal value as a function within the whole, with no provision for moving up or improving position. The value of an individual part is its contribution to the whole, not its relative success compared to other single units.

In this structure, information doesn’t originate at the top and filter down, but is equally available throughout. Commands don’t come from the top or any central location, but originate at the point of action. That’s your free will. All of the information necessary to make decisions is at your disposal, but the final decision is always yours. This gives you the authority try new strategies. After all, who knows the situation better than you? If your implementations are a successful, they may be adopted by the System. If not, the structure will not miss you.

This holistic, all connected structure doesn’t point to an origin or any single cause or string of causes, but to a dynamic Whole that manages its own homeostasis through dynamic subsystems. Creation is not something that happened once in the past, but happens in the present, incessantly, everywhere there is Life. This holistic, dynamic, interconnected structure doesn’t even present a path to an origin, but cycles and recycles itself into an endless loop.

Thinking Globally, Acting Locally

There is nothing wrong with having an ego-centric point of view, in itself. That is the mode one must be in to deal with local reality. However, the ego can benefit greatly from an understanding of the whole picture. To improve that understanding, improves the quality of all one’s interactions with local reality.

Understanding Wholeness might be the key to the survival of our species. Understanding may be the wrong word; it might be that Wholeness has to be felt emotionally before it can be grasped by the intellect. Can you feel it?

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