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Family Ecosmos: A MultiUniVerse to HumanVerse Procreative Spacescape

The Genesis Vision > Historic Precedents

Bauer, Susan Wise. The Story of Western Science. New York: Norton, 2015. A latest volume by a 21st century Renaissance woman (bio below) which proceeds from Greek origins to the scientific method, and onto Earth, evolution, and cosmic researches. A last chapter engages the recent advent of complex systems theories. But akin to Jessica Riskin’s book (search), her index cites some 330 male names but only few women (Marie Curie, Rosalind Franklin, e.g.). In addition, while Aristotle advocated life’s teleological development, some two millennium later it is stated that evolution is concluded to have “no predetermined goal, no overall design.”

Susan Wise Bauer is a writer, educator, and historian. She has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William & Mary in Virginia, as well as an M.A. in seventeenth-century literature and a Master of Divinity in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature. For fifteen years, she taught literature and composition at the College of William and Mary. A dozen or so works range from cultural histories to classical education at home.

The Genesis Vision > Historic Precedents

Boyle, Deborah. The Well-Ordered Universe: The Philosophy of Margaret Cavendish. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. Into the 21st century, scholarly studies have brought to light this mid-17th century feminine natural philosopher who was a peer of and complement to Isaac Newton. A similar 2010 volume in this section by Lisa Sarasohn began the late appreciation. Here a College of Charleston philosopher embellishes her unique blend of sensory mysticism and early science. As distinct from mechanical models (attributed to Newton, who was more an alchemist) she professed a natural “teleological wisdom,” by turns a “vitalist materialism,” with an intent to maintain an orderly world and cosmos. In that long ago age, an abiding, numinous creation was a given, deeply held conviction, as much as our day denies and disallows any phenomenal presence on its own.

The prolific Margaret Cavendish (1623-1673) published books on natural philosophy as well as stories, plays, poems, orations, allegories, and letters. Her mature philosophical system offered a unique panpsychist theory of Nature as composed of a continuous, non-atomistic, perceiving, knowing matter. In contrast to the dominant philosophical thinking (Isaac Newton) of her day, Cavendish argued that all matter has free will and can choose whether or not to follow Nature's rules. Deborah Boyle argues that her natural philosophy, her medical theories, and her social and political philosophy are all informed by an underlying concern with order, regularity, and rule-following.

The Genesis Vision > Historic Precedents

Damasio, Antonio, et al, eds. Unity of Knowledge: the Convergence of Natural and Human Science. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Vol. 935, 2001. We cite these conference papers some 17 years later to reflect upon the 21st century scientific transition. It was inspired in part by Edward O. Wilson’s 1998 work Consilience, he gave the opening address. Inklings and promise of a unification abided, but presenters mostly held to their own field. We note A. Damasio, Stuart Kauffman, and Terrence Deacon. However this has not since happened, natural philosophy has fallen into disarray, rife with denials of any phenomenal reality at all. While individuals seem to be overwhelmed, the guiding gist of this website is that research studies have shifted to a global sapiensphere which is now proceeding, as yet unbeknownst, to learn and discover on her/his own. See the article Science of Science by Santo Fortunato, et al in Science (March 2, 2018) for a latest affirmation.

The Genesis Vision > Historic Precedents

Rothman, Aviva. The Pursuit of Harmony: Kepler on Cosmos, Confession, and Community. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017. A University of Chicago historian of science offers latest insights on Johannes Kepler’s (1571-1630) mid-millennium endeavor, along with Galileo, Copernicus, Leibniz, and others to gain entry into this numinous worldly and stellar realm. A tacit incentive was a deep accord with biblical scripture. In regard, created reality ought to be a written text, while also graced by a musical score. Kepler’s special contribution was to embrace both a harmony of spheres and a natural alphabetic language. As we look back from our global millennium upon this renaissance revolution, a complementarity of these archetypal modes becomes evident even across the celestial raiment.

A friend to Catholics and Calvinists alike, a layman who called himself a “priest of God,” a Copernican in a world where Ptolemy still reigned, the German astronomer Johannes Kepler was a complicated figure. Aviva Rothman offers a new view of him and his achievements, one that presents them as a story of Kepler’s attempts to bring different, even opposing ideas and circumstances into harmony. But it was an elusive goal amid the deteriorating conditions of his world, as the political order crumbled and religious war raged. In the face of that devastation, Kepler’s hopes for his theories changed: whereas he had originally looked for a unifying approach to truth, he began instead to emphasize harmony as the peaceful coexistence of different views, one that could be fueled by the fundamentally nonpartisan discipline of mathematics.

The Genesis Vision > Current Vistas

Arthur, Wallace. Life through Time and Space. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2017. The National University of Ireland, Galway zoologist and author (search) achieves an engaging cosmic and Earthly tour by way of From Stars to Embryos, Cycles of Life, In the Beginning, Structures and Functions, From Boulders to Brains, Milestones of Discovery, and Endings and Enlightenment sections. His embryologist bent is evident with allusions of cosmic evolution as an “embryogenesis” whereof living beings, and our human witness, organically arise and develop from an original point, aka “from atoms to aliens.” The evolutionary import of ramifying neural anatomy and intelligence are well covered both or our home planet, and imaginations about extraterrestrials. Although not overtly cited, one get inklings of a global gestation reaching fruition as our humankinder might finally gain a salutary and palliative vision.

All humans share three origins: the beginning of our individual lives, the appearance of life on Earth, and the formation of our planetary home. Life through Time and Space brings together the latest discoveries in both biology and astronomy to examine our deepest questions about where we came from, where we are going, and whether we are alone in the cosmos. Wallace Arthur combines embryological, evolutionary, and cosmological perspectives to tell the story of life on Earth and its potential to exist elsewhere in the universe. Along the way, readers learn about the evolution of life from a primordial soup of organic molecules to complex plants and animals, about Earth’s geological transformation from barren rock to diverse ecosystems, and about human development from embryo to infant to adult. (Summary)

The Genesis Vision > Current Vistas

Brockman, John, ed. This Idea is Brilliant. New York: Harper Perennial, 2018. The latest annual question from the Edge.org salon, which asks What Scientific Term or Concept Ought to be More Widely Known? Over 200 responses from frontiers thinkers such as Irene Pepperberg – Cognitive Ethology, Jonathan Losos – Natural Selection, George Church - DNA, David Christian – The Noosphere, Janna Levin – Principle of Least Action, Andrei Linde – Non-Returnable Universe, Sam Harris – Honesty, Lee Smolin – Variety, Amanda Gefter – Enactivism, Frank Wilczek – Complementarity, and Juan Enriquez – Paleoneurology are collected. Quite an array, well meaning, mostly isolate, but bereft any glimmer, the very idea, of a greater reality and creation from which to gain any unified significance. An intrinsic animation seems broached by Carlo Rovelli and Anthony Aguirre on Relational and Indexical Information, along with Terrence Sejnowski’s Universe of Algorithms, Sheizaf Rafaeli’s Networks, and Don Hoffman’s Holographic Principle.

The Genesis Vision > Current Vistas

Gissis, Snait, et al, ed. Landscapes of Collectivity in the Life Sciences. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2018. A volume in the Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology which draws upon prior workshops and studies to identify a natural propensity for creaturely and human entities to mutually abide within cooperative and communicative groupings. Contributors such as Joan Roughgarden, James Griesemer, Deborah Gordon, Albert Tauber, Scott Gilbert, Eva Jablonka, Richard Michod, Eugene Rosenberg, Ehud Meron, and Elizabeth Lloyd gather evidence from many corners about this iconic formation. A 21st century biology ought to be, it is said, more concerned with relationships than isolate individuals. An exemplar is the holobiont (search) model of organisms, and people, newly seen as composite, symbiotic macro and micro-biological selves. Another portal is the social immune system (Tauber), as are self-organizing vegetation patterns (Meron). A salient paper may be Individuality and the Major Evolutionary Transitions by Erik Hanschen, et al (search) which engages this popular scale.

In a reflective way, as a collaborative sapience now proceeds to quantify every breadth and depth of Earth and Ecosmos, as evinced here a recurrent icon and vitality comes into clear relief. As tradition long foresaw, emergent life, mind, and entity tends to a complementarity of personal members and their reciprocal interaction, so as to form an integral organism. It should then be strongly put that as its Yang male + feminine yin = dynamic Tao, African ubuntu, and Pierre Teilhard’s creative union versions emphasize, within a viable, me + We = US, one’s own liberty and welfare is not lost but actually much enhanced. Circa 2018, we need realize that a worldwise witness of a familial, procreative, salutary code is adawning for our notice in these terminal times.

Many researchers and scholars in the life sciences have become critical of the traditional focus on the individual. This volume counters such methodological individualism by exploring recent, influential work that utilizes notions of collectivity, sociality, rich interactions, and emergent phenomena to explain persistent issues in the life sciences. The contributors offer historical, philosophical, and biological perspectives to describe collective phenomena seen in insects, the immune system, communication, and human society, with examples from cooperative transport in the longhorn crazy ant to the evolution of autobiographical memory. A comprehensive look at the Holobiont notion (a multi-species collective of host and diverse microorganisms) and the hologenome theory (holobiont and its hologenome are a unit of adaption) runs through the essays.

The Genesis Vision > Current Vistas

Last, Cadell. Cosmic Evolutionary Philosophy and a Dialectical Approach to Technological Singularity. Information. 9/4, 2018. In this MDPI online journal, we cite an entry by a Free University of Brussels, Evolution, Cognition, and Complexity group scholar because as an example of conceptual vistas which attempt to treat whole universes as having a natural identity, properties and life of their own. In this way, a temporal development toward higher states and personifications of complexity and consciousness becomes evident. While in abstract terms, it goes beyond big history with an intent that if human beings can get a proper read on what is going on (a tacit assumption that something really is), such a vital knowledge can critically help guide future civilizations.

The Genesis Vision > Current Vistas

Mirandola, Giulia. The Swimming Eye: The Experience of Reading Pictures from Birth. Proceedings. 1/9, 2018. In this new MDPI online journal, an Italian educator advocates a creative blend of pictures and prose across the earliest times of childhood experience. The entry is also cited for saying that we peoples, from infants to adults, are meant in some way to actively “read the world,” a perennial allusion about a natural realm. A visual literacy, as indigenous and traditional wisdom avers, requires an aware attention to a greater reality meant for human edification. Her 15th century namesake is noted in the second quote. Into our confounded, violent 21st century, we are in much need of a wise woman’s renaissance and reformation.

This paper collects a number of reflections on the use of illustrated books during the first months of life. Reading pictures is a unique experience for each individual, through which early opportunities for social and cultural development are created. It sheds light on a child’s level of development; on what a very small person can do on their own; on the correct tools to assess a child’s type of attention compared to an adult’s; about what happens when a newborn and an adult place a book which is new to both of them at the center of their relationship. The rush to find words in a book ignores its multidimensionality. Nascent readers, with their scrupulous and multifaceted method of living the reading experience, teach themselves and those who comprehend them how a concept emerges and takes form.

Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463-1494) was an Italian Renaissance nobleman and philosopher. He is famed for the events of 1486, when, at the age of 23, he proposed to defend 900 theses on religion, philosophy, natural philosophy, and magic against all comers, for which he wrote the Oration on the Dignity of Man, which has been called the "Manifesto of the Renaissance", and a key text of Renaissance humanism and of what has been called the "Hermetic Reformation.” (Wikipedia)

The Genesis Vision > Current Vistas

Rutherford, Adam. A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes. New York: The Experiment, 2017. The British science writer and producer with a doctorate in genetics from University College London is well qualified to guide this tour from primate to hominid to homo sapiens in terms of their genomic endowments. Two main parts cover this arduous evolution unto historic migrations and diasporas. The olden tree branchings based on fossil finds lately becomes a “murky swamp” of interbreedings by way of ancient DNA sequences. An early section, Learning to Read, alludes that a genetic scriptome, now traced all the way to invertebrates, is the deep language of life by which our humankinder perusal can reveal how we all came to be. But the work still concludes, as if a necessary disclaimer, that Your face, your physiology, your metabolism, experience family, DNA, and your history are the contrivances of cosmic happenstance in a fully indifferent universe (362).

Who are our ancestors? Where did they come from? Geneticists have suddenly become historians, and the hard evidence in our DNA has blown the lid off what we thought we knew. Acclaimed science writer Adam Rutherford explains exactly how genomics is completely rewriting the human story—from 100,000 years ago to the present. A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived will upend your thinking on Neanderthals, evolution, royalty, race, and even redheads. Plus, here is the remarkable, controversial story of how our genes made their way to the Americas—one that’s still being written, as ever more of us have our DNA sequenced.

A Planetary Prodigy: HumanKinder's Geonome Knowledge

A Learning Planet > Original Wisdom > Rosetta Cosmos

Luczak-Roesch, Markus, et al. Not-so-distant Reading: A Dynamic Network Approach to Literature. it – Information Technology. 60/1, 2018. As the revolutionary perception of a common network physiology spreads across every field from quantum to culture, in this de Gruyter journal Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand linguists express how even literary textual works can be found to exhibit this universal interconnectivity.

In this article we report about our efforts to develop and evaluate computational support tools for literary studies. We present a novel method and tool that allows interactive visual analytics of character occurrences in Victorian novels, and has been handed to humanities scholars and students for work with a number of novels from different authors. Our user study reveals insights about Victorian novels that are valuable for scholars in the digital humanities field, and informs UI as well as UX designers about how these domain experts interact with tools that leverage network science. (Abstract)

A Learning Planet > Original Wisdom > Rosetta Cosmos

Manguel, Alberto. A History of Reading. New York: Viking, 1996. As the author’s bio and select quotes help convey, the volume has become an iconic edition, akin to George Steiner’s After Babel and others, about the perennial essence and effinity of universe and human as textual edification and ordained reader. Our sapient proclivity for literary nourishment assumes, as did Hebrew sages, Walt Whitman, and many more herein, a companion, abiding sense of a natural narrative as a numinous enlightenment. As ever and future, the great magnum opus work is to decipher and learn what actual script (and score) a phenomenal human universe is written in. The fourth quote is from an essay on the author’s website, click on Notebook in top row, which further relishes this conversation, but then laments its late digital phase.

Internationally acclaimed as an anthologist, translator, essayist, novelist, and editor, Alberto Manguel is the bestselling author of several award-winning books, including A Dictionary of Imaginary Places and A History of Reading. He was born in Buenos Aires (1948), moved to Canada in 1982 and now lives in France, where he was named a Chevalier de l'Ordre français des Arts et des Lettres. I add that Alberto would also read to Jorges Borges in his waning years. (Amazon)

The universe, in Judaeo-Christian tradition, is conceived of a written Book made from numbers and letters, the key to understanding the universe lies in our ability to read these properly and master their combination, and thereby learn to give life to some part of that colossal text, in imitation of our Maker. (8)

For Walt Whitman, text, number, reader and world mirrored each other in the act of reading, an act whose meaning he expanded until it served to define every vital human activity, as well as the universe in which it all took place. In this conjunction, the reader reflects the writer, the world echoes a book (God’s book, Nature’s book), the book is of flesh and blood, the world is a book to be deciphered. All his life Whitman seems to have sought an understanding and definition of the act of reading, which is both itself and the metaphor for all its parts. (168)

As Dante advances through the three perceptible realms of the Afterlife, the poetic or intellectual image of the world as book becomes more and more concrete, until it takes on what Dante calls “a universal shape,” the shape of a book. For Dante, reaching the final vision in the Empyrean, the ultimate reality is a book. Dante the pilgrim, like a curious and reflective reader, while moving along the road from the first to the last page, allows himself to go back, to retrace explored territory, to recall, foretell and associate events past, present and future, leafing back and forth through God’s book, where “that which in the universe seems separate and scattered” is “gathered and bound by love in one single volume.” Of such convictions are readers and writers made. (Reading the World, 2)

A Learning Planet > Original Wisdom > Rosetta Cosmos

Morales, Jose, et al. Rank Dynamics of Word Usage at Multiple Scales. arXiv:1802.07258. We note this posting by National Autonomous University of Mexico, and Aalto University, Finland computer scientists including Carlos Gershenson as a current example of how linguistic textual writings can be treated by and seen to exemplify the same complex network systems just like quantum and genomic to neural and societal. A great truth and realization is thus arising in our midst whence natural phenomena becomes, in turn, deeply textual in kind, a library of cosmos and culture. See also Quantifying the Information in the Long Range Order of Words: Semantic Structures and Universal Linguistic Constraints by Marcelo Montemurro in Cortex (Vol. 55, 2014)

The recent dramatic increase in online data availability has allowed researchers to explore human culture with unprecedented detail, such as the growth and diversification of language. In particular, it provides statistical tools to explore whether word use is similar across languages, and if so, whether these generic features appear at different scales of language structure. Here we use the Google Books N-grams dataset to analyze the temporal evolution of word usage in several languages. Using different methods, results show that there are generic properties for different languages at different scales, such as a core of words necessary to minimally understand a language. (Abstract)

A Learning Planet > Original Wisdom > Rosetta Cosmos

Ramiro, Christian, et al. Algorithms in the Historical Emergence of Word Senses. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 115/2323, 2018. We cite this by UC Berkeley, Lehigh University and University of Toronto cognitive and computational psychologists as an example of how our copious textual writings can be yet treated by and seen to express a similar programmic source as many other realms. And by turns cosmic genesis nature takes on a textual essence as a written universal narrative, of which we ordained readers are now invited, meant, to save, continue, and creatively embellish the story.

Human language relies on a finite lexicon to express a potentially infinite set of ideas. A key result of this tension is that words acquire novel senses over time. However, the cognitive processes that underlie the historical emergence of new word senses are poorly understood. Here, we present a computational framework that formalizes competing views of how new senses of a word might emerge by attaching to existing senses of the word. We test the ability of the models to predict the temporal order in which the senses of individual words have emerged, using an historical lexicon of English spanning the past millennium. Our findings suggest that word senses emerge in predictable ways, following an historical path that reflects cognitive efficiency, predominantly through a process of nearest-neighbor chaining. (Abstract)

A Learning Planet > Original Wisdom > Rosetta Cosmos

Seoane, Luis and Ricard Sole. The Morphospace of Language Networks. arXiv:1803.01934. MIT Center for Brains, Minds + Machines (Google) and ICREA-Complex Systems Lab, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona polymaths contribute to novel perceptions of nature’s ubiquitous networks as they are found to grace and structure even human linguistic discourse.

Language can be described as a network of interacting objects with different qualitative properties and complexity. These networks include semantic, syntactic, or phonological levels and have been found to provide a new picture of language complexity and its evolution. Most studies of language evolution deal in a way or another with such theoretical contraption and explore the outcome of diverse forms of selection on the communication matrix that somewhat optimizes communication. Here we present a detailed analysis of network properties on a generic model of a communication code, which reveals a rather complex and heterogeneous morphospace of language networks. Additionally, we use curated data of English words to locate and evaluate real languages within this language morphospace. (Abstract excerpts)

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