Sunday, June 4, 2017

Hope: The Failure of these Metaconsciousnesses

Despite their many advances over simpler forms of life, the standalone human is comparatively weaker in myriad other ways. Potential brings with it responsibility--the power of choice is the addition of burden. Part of the evolutionary process whereby "life forms" (a.k.a. crystallized light conduits a.k.a. lightforms) of human-level complexity further improve their light capacity is the adhesion of conscious points into greater such points, as in hydrogen to rock to amoeba to hunter-gatherer to soccer mom. Quality evolution, thoughtful improvement upon light-bearing capacity per unit of established mass, proceeds to improve, not merely enlarge, existing processes.

The weaknesses of the metaconsciousness forming here on Terra are and will continue to be similar in form to those which affect standalone humans, pertaining to the severed sensory relationships between parts and whole. This represents the failure of 2017 Terran mass society to innovate, and its resulting reliance on coagulating carrion.

Consider the sundry weaknesses of the human form as we know it, each representing inefficiencies in energy management. The brain recognizes when the toe is stubbed, but cannot send a message to the toe ten seconds later saying, "Stop sending me pain alerts, I fucking get it already." Or rather, such messages can be sent, like directives from London, but the toe does not obey. More seriously, the ceaseless messages of stage-four liver cancer--or, more ordinarily, those of a minor acute stomach ailment--cannot be cut off. Similarly, the brain cannot turn off stress, fall asleep on command, order a reduction of hunger, an increase in rate or specific processes of metabolism, or order that an erotic delight be taken in learning the details of an otherwise-unpleasant new task, however healthy the latter may be for career or socializing or, even, reproduction.

These most basic facets of our existence as human-level consciousnesses are governed by the limits of our grown technology. Gluttons may seek drugs or surgery to control their appetites, just as others may seek group diversion to encourage their own exercise. A young person may wish to be bilingual or trilingual for employment purposes, and have access to free libraries and computing programs pertaining to such; yet, that person may find itself spending its evening and weekend hours rewatching old sitcoms, rather than studying Mandarin, then later regretting that usage of time. The same example may apply in any field: drinking rather than preparing tomorrow's presentation; eating tubs of cookie dough rather than lifting weights; gaming rather than learning to cook. The hardwired pleasures and reliefs, and the unwanted sensations of aversion, which we possess, are now often inversely correlated to personal or genetic success. Though bereft of a need to calorie-load in preparation for seasonal famine, many humans still operate under taste and pleasure motivations that are quite literally and mortally detrimental to their very survival--and, they lack the power to change their own response systems. Pharmacology has attempted to address this conflict in varied ways throughout the centuries, whether via amphetamines keeping traders alert on the dynamic parts of Wall Street, or fluoxetine assisting the idle middle and upper classes in dealing with the stresses of an excess of food, shelter, and leisure time.

Communication within the human shell is often mandatory, hardwired, and unavoidable, except when it is dangerously and unconsciously avoidable, as in paralysis, blindness, or other disabilities, wherein the body lacks the seemingly-obvious ability to employ the DNA knowledge it does in fact possess to correct glaring defects that it does in fact recognize. DNA includes the data for an adult arm, and for generating all the necessary substances to grow and manipulate such an arm using only human food, and, the body mends slashed skin, representing the unconscious knowledge of missing parts. Yet the body refuses to re-grow a missing arm, a defunct kidney, or other similar parts. This indicates the collective nature of evolution, in part healthy--the mass human organism realizes that it is more efficient for Terra to grow a new human than to replace the kidney of an older, damaged human. Individual-organism-based random evolution offers patently absurd non-explanations, pretending that more complex levels of coordination between developing components are impossible.

This process, of the body not using its own tools to maximize its own survival chances, results from and represents the systemic nature of true evolution. Moreover, the process of the individual mind being unable, despite the occupant's own most-fervent desires, to command the shell's reactions, demonstrates an inefficiency that, possessed of a localized imagination, evolution will eliminate. This is among the tasks for growing lightforms to master: the shell that intrinsically expresses the understood essence of the user. Even to the point of "I would prefer to be blonde" or "I want to be more slender," or more blatantly, "I want my white blood cells to promptly disperse any arterial obstructions attaining to or in excess of 2 millimeters diameter, and deliver the remains to the large intestine for their processing and eventual removal as waste," the ability of the mind to employ the neural interface tools to alter less complex portions of the shell is among the baby steps toward a better evolutionary plan. This seemingly obvious evolutionary toddle stands in defiance to the work of metaconscious Terra, wherein the goal is instead to merely duplicate the structure of a single human on a larger scale, rather like remaking an old movie with better effects.

There is a better way to develop, and to be, a mass consciousness (or a component thereof), and it is not the subordinate, self-contradictory way we see on this infected planet. Perverted evolution is Jenome's methodology; what we have on Terra, as once on dead Aphra and Mara, is a cheap product being sold too early to the weak and the naive, who seek shadows of "community" and "improvement," but who don't have the strength, intelligence, and/or patience to build the real thing. More locally put, there is the possibility of guiding humankind's mass-communication evolution in a healthier direction. This one does not predict such a conclusion to be possible in the instant subject, but would be delighted to be proved wrong. More likely, if you care to, you should take this information somewhere else.

Backward Consumption

Notwithstanding their material superiority here, both Gentile components and Jewish, Terra's growing metaconsciousness(es?) are destined for suicide. The Jenomic evil possesses a more complex definition than that of merely "using something to survive." The process of integrating less complex lightforms into more complex ones--which, incidentally, is the foundation of old Terran moralities--owes something of itself to real science, in the sense that expanding lightforms grow more complex by consuming and assimilating simpler versions of themselves. What makes Jenome and Jenomics evil is their attempt to reverse this process: the breaking down of complex light conduits into less-complex forms, which is an act in pursuit of an end to beginnings. Ergo we witness the sanctification of parasites, not in a positive way, but in a negative. Parasites, like a pool of rancid shit being consumed by eager bacteria, can be wonderful tools of growth, just as can be a decomposing body, for the decomposition of the body will turn it into useful components. True winter and true death, like true spring and true birth, indicate the successful expansion of light, ergo they are "good" and "beautiful" to entities desirous of light.

What makes some parasitism wrong, or evil, is in the creation of parasites which do not produce useful components as part of an integrated system of renewal and improvement, but which attempt to consume the rebuilding and improvement process itself. The savor of going backwards is powerful to Jenome, hearkening to true nothingness. For example, requiring all sprouting vegetables to be culled in order to make more fresh soil available for worm farms: on their own with light, corpses and worms and vegetables are good things, producing complex plants which degrade under the attentions of more complex worms, which produce "richer" soil, which produces more complex plants, et cetera. True parasitism, whether of the relevant microorganisms upon future soil or that of the plants upon the sun, is not bad nor negative. The attempted deadening of this cycle occurs when new shoots are amputated and delivered to the sickest worms, in the interests of producing a cycle which, besides being unsustainable, will not produce improved future shoots nor future worms. This type of negative parasitism, we see in all modern economies. It is not in, as modern parlance would have it, "assisting the poor" that we err, but in assisting acts of non-contribution. Contrast the person who is forced to lease and maintain a home telephone kiosk in order to field customer service requests with the person who has the option of receiving disability checks in recompense for electing to not be willing to take a crap job. The "sore knees" or "mental stress" disability payee makes for a less sympathetic example than the "wheelchair occupant" disability payee, yet the principle is the same. Like all truths in mass society, real charity tends to become tarred by its mandatory and oft-advertised association with negative parasitism, whereby the seemingly-intelligent choice to work hard and not have children until they can be cared for is punished by the mass society, while the seemingly-stupid choice to faux- or not-work and have prodigious children that cannot be cared for is rewarded by the same mass society.

(Universalist socialism is a minor poison compared to war machines, but its nurturing of the corrosive can be better understood by people accustomed to arguing within the narratives of local religions based on marketplace evolution. Ergo "NHS" or "welfare" examples often serve here as more useful study models than critiques of more accepted forms of conquest.)

The Terran metaconsciousness has achieved and will achieve the comparatively short-term benefits of the thief, the creditor, the debtor, and the plagiarist, in the sense of having transferred value without creating anything. In this case, the metaconsiousness does not develop a new type of energy conduit, but rather duplicates, in larger scale, existing structures. The mass society which employs, say, western pop culture as its neurography, is superior to its component mass humans, and to predecessor standalone humans, in much the same way as a cunning, fast-healing giant: it is capable of smashing enemies, controlling resources, and effecting marginal improvements to existing technology. All of the existential shortcomings of its predecessor humans, though, remain: its sensory capabilities can be drastically expanded, but not added to; its control over itself can be perfected, but not revolutionized; its furniture rearranged, but not made unnecessary.

The successful doublethinking of mass humans, and of the metaconsciousness under which they shelter, makes them profoundly effective at this stage of evolution. Like a pupil retaking a grade for the hundredth year, the Terran metaconsciousness dominates those who merely pass through: an insurmountable tyrant, grown large and bold, knowing the answers to every test better than the teacher, yet forever wedded to certain levels of achievement. The flaws of this human evolutionary stage, as discussed earlier, are necessarily duplicated on a tremendous scale as mass humans take it upon themselves to play organ-like roles within a greater collective.

Efficiency: the heart beats by itself so that an absent-minded thinker does not regularly fail to maintain circulation. Inefficiency: the protectively independent nature of the cardiovascular system, which would be deadly if mated directly to a human consciousness of current Terran capability, is unable to identify or solve its own problems, nor to be improved beyond prefigured boundaries. Translated to a mass society, we see the occurrence of similar problems within all proto-mass organisms: engineers are too daft to understand how end-users employ the product; capital lawmakers cannot conceive of the reality of street violence and job-seeking; immune systems cannot evaluate their own performance and determine whether their attacks or their idleness are grossly misguided; marketing can't explain the full extent of its departmental strategies to accounting, since every unit involved secretly serves a master more important than the corporation's long-term survival. (A not insignificant percentage of this type of behavior in humans is caused by proactive evil or negligent evil, rather than a true lack of capability to do things well, but the effect of such resulting incompetencies on evolutionary process is roughly the same.)

All the problems of bureaucracy and democracy are the problems of the humans who developed them. There is an even more compelling relationship between lightform shell and collective matrix (between "species" and "society") than between, say, "demographics" and "destiny." The coagulation of aging human structures into larger, ever-improved versions of themselves, will prove destructive, rather than regenerative. Some evolutionary processes, whether here or elsewhere, will develop more effective conduits for EM/EC energy, producing intuitive, integral relationships between EM/EC live fields and (comparatively) still matter, leading to a nebulaic phase of light expression. If mass consciousness(es) survive(s), they will try to duplicate this effect through machine-assisted telekineticisms of various kinds, but however refined these processes, they will be, fundamentally, little different than a caveman swinging a stick, a nerd using a gaming controller, or a quadriplegic controlling a drone via brain attachments. These processes will always be distinguishable in effectiveness and quality from higher stages of systemic understanding inherited by lifeforms whose existence is wholly derived from, and in meaningful kinship with, the processes which integrate the light-matter connection. Tool-using is, like one of its subdivisions "body-using," useful, and not referenced here for derogatory purposes, but the comparison is apt because the relationship between a "human consciousness" and that consciousness' appurtenant "arm" is significantly more profound than that existing between an expert pilot and his machine.

More importantly, the relationship between "mind" and "arm" occurs automatically, employing an efficiently low quantity of outside resources. Posit a future where aging metaconsciousnesses, like the proverbial jealous dinosaur, attempt to cyberneticize telekinetically integrated warrior units from the point of artificial conception: the energy costs per unit will be hyper-exponentially higher than that of wistfully mating clouds of instinctively associated matter. Consider a resource competition between real lizards and bacterial collectives which use alchemical mixtures of rubber and plastic to design imitation lizards. For the real lizards, the cost of one new warrior is mating and tending the egg/offspring. Call it Quantity X of time and Quantity Y of repurposed insect protein, based on their rapport with their own DNA, desires, and environment, as evolved. For the artificial lizards developed by the bacterial collective, though, the cost of one new warrior is the cost of design and development of materials, maintaining material supply lines, producing the lizard, then powering the lizard. Quantity 10X of time and Quantity 10Y of repurposed insect protein. Then comes the greater difficulty: the artificial script governing the lizard mech's design and behavior is not self-correcting via environmental response, but limited by the boundaries of the god-playing bacteria who designed it. New behaviors can be learned only when the bacterial collective vicariously experiences and then perceives the need for new behaviors, discusses it all, then implements the potential for them. If the lizard-mech is designed to self-learn, its design is not correlated to an infinity of light energy, but to the imaginative capabilities of learning process as envisioned by the bacterial collective. Similarly to how the gene-customization and mutation elimination engaged in by hypothetical future bourgeois parents would produce children only as smart and dynamic and good-looking as their parents could imagine a purchase to be, the artificial lizards would be not only drastically more expensive, but drastically stuck as themselves.

Ergo the lack of danger in discussing evolution openly: even a metaconsciousness which attempts to duplicate the superficiality it spies happening in its evolutionary superiors will fail. Much like a person going into debt to create a luxury lifestyle faster than would be done organically, the very behaviors that give mass society its appeal--improved collective coordination; reduced internal dissonance; interchangeable passion--are, despite their staggering power, indicia of doom.

Throughout our discussion of metaconscious development, this one has taken care to emphasize the immediate and near future potency of mass society, and to contrast this superiority with the comparative brokenness of standalone human routines. We acknowledge these situations not in order to disparage the processes by which one reaches any given developmental point, but to discourage a stifling complacency, and a fear, borne of ensconcement in these comparatively ratty things.

Don't feel bad. Relax! You have your whole death ahead of you.

7 comments:

  1. Parasitism quarrels usually devolve to degrees of symbiosis. The true parasite works a negative on the organism to which it attaches. The plant realm has as many living examples as the animal realm, where parasitism is concerned.

    In all such questions, ecosystem-wise, the real concern is whether the entity acting parasitically helps the system, or harms it.

    This isn't taught in K-12 anywhere I know of. It's possible, I suppose, to get a BS in a life science and not know this feature of parasitism, especially if a student seeks the reward of what was accurately memorized for a test, and accruing percentages nearing the 1.00 mark. It may just slip right through the eidetic sieve on such people. Wouldn't surprise me to learn, for example, that The Science Guy knows nothing on this front. Nor that Mr Physicist of the Era, old Mr Tyson -- would he understand this construct adequately?

    Understanding it honestly may cause one to stand outside American Culture. And then how could one get a job writing PR for Monsanto or Glaxo/SmithKline? Or hawking Rx to practicing MDs and clinics?

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  2. immune systems cannot evaluate their own performance and determine whether their attacks or their idleness are grossly misguided;

    That one might struggle for a ready example.

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    1. Metaphorically, draw a comparison between a person's immune system and a nation's security services. The inability/unwillingness to address actual threats, coupled with the self-harming vigilance shown toward things which are not threats, are common to both apparatus. Consider (1) the failure of the immune system to escort tumors in pieces to the bowels, or (2) lupus.

      In these or similar cases, the issue is not whether or not the police/military have greater resources, including armament, than the white collar criminals, but whether or not the police are aware of, or allowed to execute, said criminals; or, alternatively, whether their greater efforts are focused on harming healthy, productive members of the body politic.

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  3. A nation's security services do not function in any way analogous to human lymphatics.

    Rather, they function as a Naked Emperor Robe of Finery.

    In cases such as lupus, there is a failure underlying the "I don't recognize my compatriots, and attack them as enemies," and that failure is mechanical, rather than an ideologically oriented sham.

    WBCs have no consciousness and are more like a digital gate in a circuit; humans working as "security services" have a real ability to choose among many paths of action/inaction.

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    1. However, the distinction I just made would likely be completely irrelevant to a person suffering from lupus or leukemia -- especially those blood dyscrasias arising from, for example, long-term exposure to chloramphenicol or carbon tetrachloride.

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  4. As to carcino-world, I think you'll find a failure in the cell growth regulation. Cells usually are differential toward like cells, and when enough like cells exist, new cell division (or manufacture, if you like) ceases unless/until there's an injury to the tissue, then cell production begins to "flesh out," as it were, the insulted area. Cancer cells lack this discernment, and that lack is mechanical, not ideologically rooted.

    I understand the metaphor, but I don't think many readers will know the intricacies well enough to get it sorted. Too many distractions along the way, especially for the scientifically ignorant -- who make up 99.5% of Americans and likely similar % of those who live elsewhere on Earth.

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      This one mostly agrees with you, except as to the different degrees of scale and the resulting philosophy with which we're approaching ideology versus immutable physical behavior. From certain perspectives, the security services' treachery is as mechanical and lacking in possibility for discernment as that of wayward masses of intrahuman cells; from others, the cells make a choice as deserving of scorn as the misbehavior of any other construct. Ergo one's assumed distance from any negative result affects whether or not one is willing/able to perceive/assign any level of agency/judgment.

      Of course, that distinction is in many ways irrelevant as to practical evaluations here, given our technological and/or philosophical depth. Imagining that our sense of awareness is as impressive as we tend to think of it as being, it is difficult for us to assign what we would consider "responsibility" to things less complex than us. Similarly, it is difficult for us to consider our own behavior a mechanical expression of more complex fractals, rather than a grand spiritual manifestation of self-generating willpower.

      (Given where we are, it's still perfectly appropriate to dismiss the relevant metaphors. Fractals are explanatory enough without any hint of morality. This one just can't help throwing in the morals--they tend to facilitate the process for those disinclined to other interests.)

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