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II. A Learning Planet: An Integral Knowledge by Humankind

Once again, the working premise for this website is that humankind altogether, as if a major evolutionary emergent transition to a super-organic planetary, prodigious progeny seems just now to be achieving her/his own discovery. This Part II will glimpse its worldwide bicameral brain and nascent cognitive knowledge, set within historical backgrounds. As an individual assimilates and accommodates new findings by matching them with prior memory, so it is vital that novel cosmological vistas and traditional religious teachings agree. For this purpose, three sequential encounters are introduced: a common wisdom of antiquity, the regnant scientific enterprise, and its novel global cerebral phase.

A. Original Quest

At the outset, a Rosetta Cosmos concept is proposed as a conceptual aid to ecumenical rapport. Mythic Animism next surveys an indigeneous, mystic immersion within and stories of a living, personified, magical realm. From this milieu arose independently a sense of a stratified creation as the result of a creative perennial principle, by which the world can be comprehensible. Eastern and western receptions are noted in The Anthropocosmic Code. The great world religions are entered in Part VI, The Phenomenon of Humankind, with regard to how each manifests a universal, yet complementary truth. The Renaissance project to read the natural cosmos as a found testament of God’s works by and its accord with God’s given word in scripture is reviewed in The Book of Nature. Its current revival is covered in Part VI, Religion and Science. A selective survey of World Philosophy and Knowledge is lastly included.

1. 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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2. Indigenous Vision: 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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3. 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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4. The Book of Naturome: Cosmo Scriptura

A novel dispensational knowledge by our global humankind 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 worldly 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 discern 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 religion, once sufficiently deciphered, will then accord with God’s given word. But into the 19th and 20th century as the extant cosmos burst into evolutionary space and time, life and the human seemed more as contingent accidents in its blind, entropic mechanism. At a time when Peoples of the Book remained locked in internecine, tribal, ethnic conflict and carnage, often over misunderstandings between God and Human, heaven and earth, textual passages, such an advent at last of an incarnate natural scripture, a Cosmic Codex, could be of salutary advantage.




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5. World Philosophy Encounters

This venerable subject has a huge literature, here various works from a wide cast net are listed to introduce. We note that contrary to the postmodernism humanities, an encompassing “metanarrative” is allowed in accord with its beneficial achievement by our holistic humankind. It is also the home for studies from our late vantage that reconstruct a historic, progressive, emergent course of information and learning. In regard, we further choose this section as a repository of exemplary, organic, imperative 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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C. Mindkind: A Global Knowledge

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. Deep Neural Network Learning

A new section, circa Spring 2017, to survey and report contributions to this artificial intelligence turn from many years of a machine basis to realizing that biological brains as they actually form and think provide a better model. This recent revolution parallels and is informed by 2010s understandings of their multiplex, modular, communal, rich hub, dynamic scintillations of cerebral topologies and cognizance. A major task for them, in both human and computational aspects, is pattern recognition. “Deep” means several, interactive network phases, as opposed to prior, one level “shallow” AI. Another consequence of these dual advances is the use of “artificial” neural nets (ANN), aka connectomics, as a generic node/link epitome to help analyze cosmic, quantum, chemical realms and onto life’s quickening gestation and our social media. We enter some reposted examples, with other cases through their relevant sections.

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2. 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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