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Parallel Distributed Processing

From cognitive science, whereby information is handled more efficiently by the use of many modular processing units connected in parallel. Also applies to many simpler computers conntected together to accomplish a more complicated data processing task.

Participatory Planet

In some real way it seems that our Earthuman presence has a cocreative significance to the fate and future of the entire genesis ecosmos. The phrase is drawn from J. A. Wheeler's participatory universe which comes to this conclusion.

Phenomenon

The word is here availed in a similar way as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin did in The Phenomenon of Man so to imply a greater genesis reality that exists on its own of which we human beings are to be appreciated as an ordained, central manifestation

Phenotype

The observable characters of a specific organism - macromolecules, cells, structures, metabolism, energy utilization, tissues, organs, reflexes and behaviors. Their manifestation is dependent upon genotype and environment.

Phylogeny

The full range of evolutionary stages involved in the formation of a species.

Phylum

A taxonomic category in classifying animals composed of groups of related forms and classes. These constitute the major subdivisions of the animal kingdom.

Planetary Patriots

This is an attempt to move beyond the current aggressive use of the word patriotic but only on a national scale. Our actual humankinder identity and allegiance is to the whole bio/ecosphere which we altogether live upon, rather than to arbitrary local borders.

Power Law

A mathematical relationship between the intensity and frequency of an event or pattern whence the greater the intensity, the lesser the frequency. Examples are earthquakes or networks.

Precestry

A companion and contrast to the popular ancestry word so as to imply that a human personal being could imagine having future progeny and evolutionary phases within them.

Prokaryote

A bacterial cell without a distinct nucleus.

Protein

An organic macromolecule formed by amino acids joined by peptide bonds.