II. A Planetary Prodigy: HumanKinder's Geonome Knowledge
Once again, the working premise for this website is that Anthropo Sapiens altogether, as a major evolutionary emergent transition to a super-organic planetary progeny, ought to and can be seen as achieving her/his own worldwise revolutionary discovery. This expansive Part II will first broach many prior encounters and contemplations in their indigenous, mystic, scriptural, perennial, linguistic and philosophical expressions.
We next survey the historical, nonlinear course and rise of theoretical and experimental scientific studies, one could say from the moon to a multiverse in some 400 years. Another copious chapter seeks to document this cerebral/cognitive shift from individuals (men) and small groups to a bicameral, constantly collaborative Mindkind Sapiensphere. A recent subsection in regard is Deep Neural Network Learning facilities. A further illustrative aspect is a select array of International Conferences.
A. Original Quest(ion)
Over the past millennia as sapient human beings gained a novel awareness and facility to wonder and learn about their august being and occasion. As readers know, this multi-sensory and media endeavor took many forms, for which this five part section offers a select variety of references and testimonies.
At the outset, Mythic Animism surveys an indigenous, mystic, vista, often by wise women, of an aboriginal immersion in an awesome, numinous living, personified, magical realm. From this milieu arose in independent places a sense of a stratified creation graced by an exemplary iconic principle through which the world can be made comprehensible. An array of eastern and western receptions are noted in The Anthropocosmic Code around a central truth that micro human and macro universe are mirrors to each other as children to parents.
The Renaissance project to read the encompassing cosmos as a found testament of God’s works in accord with God’s given word in reviewed in The Book of Nature. A Rosetta Cosmos natural literacy is next proposed as a conceptual aid to ecumenical rapport. It also cites new findings that self-organizing complexities equally imbue this textual corpora. An eclectic World Philosophy module concludes with an added emphasis on African, Global South appreciations of ubuntu person/community values.
1. Indigenous Intimation: Mythic Animism
For the Maya, the Universe was an exuberant celebration of fractals. Everything repeated itself in an endless variety of forms and sizes and all things were mirror-image transformations of the same underlying life force. Douglas Gillette
Selections from a copious literature about our primal, native, mystic, shamanic, aboriginal dreamtimes whence the human psyche began in wonder and thrall to approach and narrate this fantastic spatial abode and temporal drama. Such indigenous wisdom arose from and communed with a holistic, living, energetic, personified milieu that we are in much need of remembrance and avail today. To employ a 21st century metaphor, for these early seekers this vital, spirited nature was an exemplary edification arising in a manifest way from an independent yet complementary generative source.
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2. Perennial Wisdome: An Anthropocosmic Code
As noted earlier, by the Rosetta Cosmos theme we gain the ability to translate each iconic version into every another because they reflect the same, genetically iterated, wholly relational, procreation. Fast forward many centuries, it is an intent throughout this worldwise website to show how its latest encounter in terms of generic self-organizing complex network systems can indeed convey a numinous, self-similar genesis. That is to say, the original "correlative cosmology" of Asian acumen reappears in our anthropocene age. Here are various sources as entry points to a persistent, exoteric to esoteric, traditional distillation. From our late moment, one might suggest “wisdome” to convey its eternal essence.
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3. The Book of Naturome: Cosmo Scriptura
A 21st century phenomenal knowledge by our global humankinder can be seen to have a familiar, traditional identity. Two books of revelation have long been said to inform our religious encounters. One is God’s received word – the Bible, Torah, Koran; the other God’s works in the evidences of cosmic and Earthly creation. In 1987 Pope John Paul II wrote to George Coyne, SJ, Director of the Vatican Observatory, stating that “the matter is urgent” for a rapprochement between theology and science. In the first lecture set up in response, Danish historian Olaf Pedersen advised that the best means to achieve this may be to recover the venerable concept of Nature as a literal testament.
A second testament has deep roots going back to Plato, Aristotle and Augustine. Each creature was a living sign or exemplary emblem, the natural environment an edifying guide. The mission to limn a Divine design motivated Francis Bacon, Isaac Newton, and 16th and 17th century Renaissance theologians and metaphysicians. “Philosophy is written in this grand book, the universe, which stands continually open to our gaze. But the book cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the language and read the letters in which it is composed” famously advised Galileo.
This open book, sought in various ways by each faith, if sufficiently deciphered, will then accord with God’s given word. But into the 19th and 20th century as a galactic universe burst into evolutionary space and time, life and entities seemed more like contingent accidents in its blind, entropic mechanism. At a time when Peoples of the Book are locked in apocalyptic, tribal, ethnic conflict and carnage, often over misunderstandings about God and Human, heaven and earth, textual passages, a second incarnate dispensation seems quite legibly in our midst for the asking and reading.
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4. A Rosetta Cosmos Literacy
The original Rosetta stone found in 1799 in Egypt contained three versions of the same passage: two forms of hieroglyphics and a third in Greek. By this unique treasure the ancient logographic scripts could at last be translated. Today when religions and cultures seriously vie over textual and historical heritage, when postmodernism says comparison is not even possible, a Rosetta-like universe is broached whereby each transcription, whether myth, religion, philosophy, literature, art or science, would necessarily describe and be a portal to a common organic reality. A renewed imagination that we indeed live in a literal, narrative creation, a Library of Cosmos, made for us to decipher and read could be of much value. By this view, each language and dialect ought to reflect, in translation, the same message. The Book of Nature, An Informational Source and Emergent Genetic Information sections also contain apropos citations. In addition, circa 2010 forward, we offer references that find humankind's corpus of textual literature to be a further manifestation of universal complex network systems.
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5. World Philosophy: An Ubuntu Universe
This venerable subject has a huge, eclectic literature, here select entries from a widely cast net may introduce and survey. We note that contrary to the postmodernism humanities, a phenomenal, encompassing “metanarrative” is necessarily allowed and perceived. We hope to contribute to its beneficial achievement by our holistic humankind. The section also offers studies from our late vantage that seek to reconstruct a historic, emergent course of information and learning. In further regard, this section is a home for an organic, complementary, salutary African wisdom.
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B. The Spiral of Science
With the realization that the natural world could possess regular, discernible properties instead of capriciousness, that these can be investigated, catalogued and codified, a Renaissance science and technology began its exploratory and empirical quest. This project necessarily engaged in quantification: to name, count, measure, test and arrange an incredible creation of atomic depth, celestial size and evolutionary duration. But with each expansion over past centuries, we human observers vanished into insignificance.
This agenda led to philosophical consequences quite opposed to the original initiative. As nature was taken apart and reduced piecemeal, the world appeared more like a machine than an organism. A material, mechanical scheme took over which divorced people from nature, value, mind and spirit from matter. A first scientific revolution of the 17th and 18th century equated with natural philosophy and theology gave way to a second stage into the 19th century as it split into specialties and subdisciplines - biochemistry, neuropsychology, ethnobotany, solid state physics, and so on. This parcellation led to more isolation, the living realm was disassembled, dissected and embalmed. The endeavor to read sacred nature that began with promise has wound up with a cosmos of profane pointlessness.
A reintegration began in the 20th century when quantum physics and relativity theory set aside a billiard ball model for a seamless, interrelated unity. This conceptual shift is still working itself out and lately percolating into biological and social realms. For most of its tenure science was concerned with infinitesimal particles and infinite sidereal reaches. By means of fast, networked computers and graphic visualizations, a “third infinity” of an oriented, recurrent, dynamic complexity and consciousness can be now studied and expressed. The section is called The Spiral of Science because in retrospect the reconstruction of how universe and human came to be proceeds from separate investigators to increasing dialogue and collaboration and onto our present worldwide, interdisciplinary community, noted next in Mindkind.
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1. Earthificial Intelligence: Deep Learning Neural Networks
A new section in Spring 2017 to survey and report this “artificial intelligence” or AI turn from a longtime machine computation scheme to realizing that biological brains as they fluidly form, think, perceive, and gain viable knowledge provide a much better model. This revolution parallels and is informed by new neuroscience understandings of cerebral node/link modular, community, rich hub, multiplex dynamics of neuron/synapse topologies and emergent cognizance. A prime quality is a self-organized, critically poised, self-corrective education, especially reproduce our human acumen to recognize patterns. “Deep” means several, interactive network layers or phases, as opposed to one prior level or “shallow” AI.
Another consequence and why we locate in this Spiral of Science section, is an increasing use of such “artificial” neural nets (ANN), aka connectomics, to handle vast data inputs from worldwide astronomic, quantum, chemical, genetic and other research programs. They are further aiding studies of life’s evolutionary course and organismic physiologies, along with social media, behavioral, traffic, populace, and commercial domains. We also record that statistical Bayesian methods of iterating and optimizing probabilities to reach good enough answers are often used in concert. These entries are a sample survey, together with relocated citations, of the growing collaborative shift.
And in accord with our website premise that an emergent cumulative transition is underway to a personal sapiensphere, we take license to dub this historic movement as an Earthificial Intelligence. If scientists and scholars are presently availing neural architectures and capabilities to advance their local and global projects, these endeavors could appear in the evidential guise of a bicameral noosphere or sapiensphere. Rather than an untoward technical artifice and/or a singularity which might take off on its own, this nascent occasion of a prodigious progeny could be appreciated as learning on her/his own. By this view a novel phase of phenomenal edification could be in our midst when me and we Earthlings need it most.
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C. Mindkind Sapiensphere: A WorldWise Collective Intelligence
Is it reasonable to consider the world order as being at all like that of the brain? Yes. What we observe is a similarity of order expressed at different levels, at all levels from cells to animals and from animals to societies. One wonders if this is perhaps a universal law….. Rodolfo Llinas
With life’s evolution found to be a nested, recurrent sequence of whole entities, (please see Part V) its next emergent phase of planetary proportions seems much underway. In regard, many observers perceive a metamorphosis to a diverse yet unified super-organic entity, a personsphere over great earth. Its biological features of anatomy and physiology are covered in Part VI, The Phenomenon of Humankind. What is of sure interest is the formation of a global cerebral faculty, a true brain that learns. Since evolution seems to repeat the same pattern at each ascendant stage, by extrapolation to a worldwide scale again neural network structure, hierarchical thought processes and cognitive activity can be recognized. A notable property is its analogous semblance of bilateral hemispheres, also entered in Part VI.
But an ultimate consequence of achieving its own consummate knowledge has not been followed up. If the advent of a radically novel planetary locus of learning and discovery can be admitted and translated, it could gather and integrate the many fragments now at odds. At a time when peoples cannot break free of ancient cycles of violence and carnage, such a common edification by a unified humanity is indispensible. As MIT’s Thomas Malone notes herein, this nascent “collective intelligence” may be the only way we can save ourselves. This is the reason for our annotated bibliography and anthology format.
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1. International Conferences
A section within Mindkind's collaborative endeavors for info and entries to select meetings, events, seminars, courses, and projects of special interest across the natural and social spectrum. Another, more extensive, list can be found on Complexity Digest postings at www.comdig.org, click on CxConferences.
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