Thursday, December 29, 2005

Information Overload? has an article called 'Age of information overload' which writes:

"Books are being scanned to make them searchable on the Internet. Television broadcasts are being recorded and archived for online posterity. Radio shows, too, are getting their digital conversion -- to podcasts.

With a few keystrokes, we'll soon be able to tap much of the world's knowledge. And we'll do it from nearly anywhere -- already, newer iPods can carry all your music, digital photos and such TV classics as "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" along with more contemporary prime-time fare.

Will all this instantly accessible information make us much smarter, or simply more stressed? When can we break to think, absorb and ponder all this data?

"People are already struggling and feeling like they need to keep up with the variety of information sources they already have," said David Greenfield, a psychologist who wrote "Virtual Addiction." "There are upper limits to how much we can manage.""

As I previously wrote about the drive to place all human knowledge on the web (Google's aim), coupled with always-on access: how will this affect us? Will it be too much? We are known to be social creatures, yet is it our destiny to be connected to each other all the time.

What is information anyway: it is not wisdom. What good is information without the human spirit and depth of understanding to wield it?

I'll be absent for a good week at least - will be in Lisbon having a break.


Top 10 tech trends for 2006

The end of year report on speculative technologies that will rise dramatically over 2006 are discussed in an interesting article from Mercury News called: 'Top 10 tech trends for 2006'

The report discusses the increase in WiFi blanket coverage of larger and larger areas, as in cities, to be possibly replaced by WiMax which may become the technology to provide global 24/7 'always-on' coverage. If so then this will be a great step upon the breakthrough needed to provide access of information to all people.

And with the European Galileo satellite being positioned and coming online over the next decade we will see global coverage a possibility. With such detailed global mapping, this could lead to both revolutionary interactions and communications. It will also impliment technologies of greater surveillance and tracking - until nothing is outside the mesh. An attempt to map all uncertanties?

2006 will be a year of great change in terms of possibilities...lets keep a watch!

Friday, December 23, 2005

A Web of all Connections

The future is a mesh (thats not a spelling mistake - I know what a mess is!).

Many people for a long time now have been envisioning how the future evolution of humanity and technology will be a merged evolution. Perhaps not quite the same scenario of robo-wars and armageddon, yet a symbiotic meshing between the human biological organism and non-biological intelligence.

My own thoughts here refer to a stage where the Internet will become networked with the human. We already have an early stage of this - our devices and gadgetry perform this function. And the world around us is already wired with computer functioning. Most of the things we now commonly buy have computer chips either in the end product or in their manufacture. The world is already shared.

Now we need to upgrade. Everything has to become smarter. The world around us needs to come alive with intelligence: some call this ubiquitous computing; others refer to it as the mesh; some as the hypernet. Our environment will begin to speak with us, interact, and share information. It will begin to work for us in new ways. This is the new network currently under creation. This is the new Internet - version IPv6 (for Internet Protocol version 6).

There was a recent article in the Guardian newspaper called 'Bigger and better: the internet gets a sixth sense' which discusses this move, and helps to clarify its basic points. More are talking about it now - the new Web 2.0 is for the people, they say...

Yet we need this next stage: we need to become smarter; and more collectively smarter. We need to emulate Nature. She too is networked into an incredible web of active intelligence, of symbiotic patterns and relationships.

We need to share intelligence over bio and non-bio forms if we are to lift intelligence to its final conscious state.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Web Agora

I have mentioned in past posts about the work of French systems thinker and biologist Joel de Rosnay - especially in regard to his thoughts upon the 'symbiotic man' relationship between a networked humanity and technology. De Rosnay talks of new processes of coevolution that are emerging between the biological world and the mechanical, and between the biological world and the electronic.

De Rosnay sees a marriage between the technosphere and the noosphere: coevolving the biological and mechanical revolutions - thus blurring the lines of classical evolutionary theory: 'This traditional approach to the future is linear, analytical, and sequential. We should instead view communications systems globally and look for the principles of self-organization, self-selection, and emergence.'

De Rosnay has also talked of collective intelligence, of an agora, or meeting-place for a global mind (in a similar fashion to fellow french philosopher Pierre Levy). In this respect de Rosnay has established a website for citizen journalism called the Agoravox which at present only exists as a French site yet soon has a sister English site coming out. If anyone is interested in getting involved and participating with the english site, please note your details at the site here.

The future of this cyber-agora looks interesting, and I shall be keen to follow it.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Truth.....and the Nobel

The recent Nobel Prize acceptance speech given by British playwright Harold Pinter deserves to be recognised, and pointed to here.

Harold Pinter opens the Nobel Lecture with these words: "In 1958 I wrote the following:

'There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false.'

I believe that these assertions still make sense and do still apply to the exploration of reality through art. So as a writer I stand by them but as a citizen I cannot. As a citizen I must ask: What is true? What is false?

Truth in drama is forever elusive. You never quite find it but the search for it is compulsive. The search is clearly what drives the endeavour. The search is your task. More often than not you stumble upon the truth in the dark, colliding with it or just glimpsing an image or a shape which seems to correspond to the truth, often without realising that you have done so. But the real truth is that there never is any such thing as one truth to be found in dramatic art. There are many. These truths challenge each other, recoil from each other, reflect each other, ignore each other, tease each other, are blind to each other. Sometimes you feel you have the truth of a moment in your hand, then it slips through your fingers and is lost".

The video of the speech, plus the full text can be accessed here

Sunday, December 04, 2005

The future demands a new worldview

Thinker, scientist and humanist Ervin Laszlo considers the cosmos as one living system of which we are an integral part. In a recent article - only available by subscription from WIE magazine he discusses the changing state of the world. It is a very short interview. I post about half of it here:

WIE: These are problems of a magnitude and complexity that humanity has never faced before. It's intriguing that as a scientist, you're not looking toward technological solutions but, instead, toward a fundamental change in our thinking. What is this new thinking, and how can it help us?

LASZLO: It's about a new worldview with new values adapted to living, surviving, and developing on this planet. The rise of spirituality and the rise of meditation techniques and involvement with inner growth are all part of this phenomenon. And it's already occurring, but it has to be accelerated.

Now, you can get to this new worldview by rational or intellectual means. You can get to it intuitively, through art, spirituality, or religion. And you can get there through science. If you look at developments in science, you'll find that science is increasingly recognizing that everything is connected very strongly with everything else. Everything that exists is an open system. Nothing is entirely closed or independent—everything is very sensitively connected.

The implications are enormous wherever you look. So, for example, we are not just a block of cells, like a building is a block of bricks. Most fundamentally, our living tissue is not made out of hard-core elements—atoms and molecules—it is made of waves. Thus, we are living systems that are continuously receiving and transmitting information. This information transmission is faster than any conceivable biochemical mechanism, because what happens in one part of the organism simultaneously happens to the other part. It's constantly interactive on multiple dimensions. It's a remarkable thing—going way beyond any technical, biological, mechanistic, and materialistic concept of the organism.

As so much of the spiritual literature says: we are not limited to five slits in the tower—meaning that we don't just see the world through the five sense organs. To me, it's very obvious that consciousness is not a byproduct of the brain, produced by a complex set of neurons. It's something that's pervading the whole universe. It's there in the whole body, in all living systems, probably all the way down to the quantum level. We are living in a universe that itself is conscious. And so, we can open the roof to the sky. In creativity you open up—you have a possibility to open the roof to the sky. Then you're no longer alone. I had these moments as a young musician in concert—a sensation of being part of a larger universe. You have united with something larger than yourself.

I believe that these things will give us a new paradigm of a universe that is connected. We are far more interconnected to one another and to all elements than we ever thought. A friend who I admired very much, Jonas Salk, said that a new paradigm in science and in society is like a response of the immune system, because it enables you to think in ways that are more adapted to coping with new problems. So, if this paradigm would begin to penetrate into society, we would have more solidarity, more humanity, and a better relationship to nature and to each other, because we would recognize what William James said in The Varieties of Religious Experience—that we are separate on the surface but connected in the deep. Or what Buddhists know—that we are connected to the cosmos. It's also what I think Jesus meant when he said, “You have to love each other, as I love you, because you are all part of the same.” All of the great prophets have said this. But we've lost this interconnectedness in our fascination with technology, the economy, and power itself. Recognizing the subtle element connecting all of nature and its effect on our mind, our consciousness, could go a long way toward making us more human—and by the way, help us to survive the crisis that we are now facing.

Monday, November 28, 2005

One way to increase intelligence

Conscious evolution, as I'm often discussing, can have a strong foundation in learning from the knowledge we have around us:

'The phenomenal is the bridge to the real' (Sufic saying)

The phenomenal world of the books just got larger:

"The U.S. Library of Congress is kicking off a campaign on Tuesday to work with other nation's libraries to build a World Digital Library, starting with a $3 million donation from Google Inc..

Librarian of Congress James Billington said he is looking to attract further private funding to develop bilingual projects, featuring millions of unique objects, with libraries in China, India, the Muslim world and other nations.

This builds on major existing digital documentary projects by the Library of Congress -- one preserving an online record of Americana and another documenting ties between the United States and Brazil, France, the Netherlands, Russia and Spain.

``The World Digital Library is an attempt to go beyond Europe and the Americas...into cultures where the majority of the world is,''

NY Times article here in full

Friday, November 25, 2005

Is entropy the answer?

As noted Nobel scientist Prigogine stated in his work 'End of Certainty':

"'We live in an evolutionary universe whose roots, which lie in the fundamental laws of physics, we are now able to identify through the concept of instability associated with deterministic chaos…this disorder constitutes the very foundation of the macroscopic systems to which we apply an evolutionary description associated with the second law, the law of increasing entropy"

Entropy - as in this brief yet interesting article 'Scientists explain the meaning of life (and we don't matter much)' - is given as the evolutionary drive of the universe - to dissipate energy.

What about other notions that the universe lies on a bed of quantum energy whereby all particles of matter derive their energy from, similar to an akashic record: if indeed our universe is an 'explosion' out from this sea of quantum energy, then what is the fate of our universe once this spread of energy is distributed in equilibrium?

And what if energy is concious? What about notions of a conscious universe?

Just how connected is our universe?

Perhaps it is interesting to examine David Bohm's notion of the implicate order, as well as hypotheses of the holographic principle which is now a major focus of attention in gravitational research, quantum field theory and elementary particle physics.

In line with living, complex systems, the process of entropy also combines information storage and use. What if evolutionary patterns are also driven by informational connectivity as a process of order, as well as energy dissipation?

And wouldn't a holographic universe be the ultimate storage device?

Sunday, November 20, 2005

A conversation

I wanted to post a conversation I've been having with a blogger known as 'Island' - I found his thoughts/ideas interesting - and s/he has an interesting website too.

These were the comments left on one of my earlier posts:

Island - "This is interesting because I have discovered a similar theory that's base on an entropic interpretation of the anthropic principle."

Kingsley - "Thanks 'island' - would love to hear of this theory you've discovered. Can you explain more?"

Island - "Well, to make a very long story shorter...

We're here to make particles from vacuum energy, because this is the mechanism that causes the universe to have a big bang... eventually, I don't know how much physics that you know, but...

Follow this logic:

The physics derives that puncutated equilibrium is analogous to a *near* static universe, whereas, a big bang is analogous to an evolutionary leap.

When the universe has a big bang, it "convolves" its characteristics or traits forward to a higher level of entropic efficiency, just like humans did when we lept from apes to become the fire-breathing-monsters that we are today.

That our purpose in this universe, but the principle extends to become a biocentric principle once this clear need for intelligent life is defined, so we should expect to find similar beings doing the same thing on every banded spiral galaxy that exists on the same evolutionary "plane" as us, per the requirement of the anthopic principle that we occupy a preferred place and time in the history of the universe. This includes a whole layer of galaxies that evolved at about the same time as ours.

This prediction is currently being tested by SETI... they are wasting their time looking anywhere else... and, given our evolutionary and technological commonality, we should all come into contact with each other at about the same time and this defines a form of universal consciousness, in terms of self-awareness."

Kingsley - "Island - interesting ideas...very close to what I've been looking into: reminds me of 'The Physics of Immortality' by Frank Tipler. Also, it has a similar path to cosmic complexity: the notion that progress, or evolution, requires a leap - a 'bifurcation' - onto a higher evolutionary level - do you know 'Cosmic Evolution: The Rise of Complexity in Nature' by Eric Chaisson? Also, the notion of using the energy from the quantum vaccum links in with - 'Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything' by Ervin Laszlo (which I highly recommend). Yes, I do feel that the quantum vacuum had/has a crucial role to play in forming the almost perfect universal constants that form the reasoning behind the anthropomorphic view - and 'The Anthropic Cosmological Principle' - another F. Tipler book? - which is where you are coming from I suspect. Do you know of any other sources I might follow up?"

Island - "My website is:

Most of the books that you've mentioned as well as papers on the subject are referenced there, but my discovery came from an honest physics question...

But what about the hole that the "hole" left behind???

This fixes Dirac's Large Numbers Hypothesis, thereby completing and clarifying the anthropic principle while removing its tautologous and circular nature.

*Uniform* energy dissemination is the key to the flatness problem and the anthropic principle."

Kingsley - "There's alot of good information on your site - I will read over this.

I'm interested in when you say: 'we should all come into contact with each other at about the same time and this defines a form of universal consciousness, in terms of self-awareness.'

Do you think this has similarities with what is talked about as the 'singularity'? Kurzweil discusses the universe becoming intelligent and conscious through being technologically engineered.

Thanks for your contact."

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Unknown Energy Surges

Since I have previously discussed energy experiments, both military and scientific, as pertaining to influences upon the Earth; I thought I would relate an article titled: 'Unknown Energy Surges Hits the Southern Hemisphere of Earth'


"On December 1, 2004 the largest recorded blast sent not only shockwaves through the world scientific community but also through the Northern Hemisphere resulting in one of the largest weather events in recorded human history

From the American science website,, we can read about this in an article titled, "Brightest Galactic Flash Ever Detected Hits Earth", and which says:

"A huge explosion halfway across the galaxy packed so much power it briefly altered Earth's upper atmosphere in December, astronomers said Friday. No known eruption beyond our solar system has ever appeared as bright upon arrival."

The American space organization NASA has further said that their satellites are observing 'Mysterious Earth Energy' in the upper reaches of the earth's atmosphere relating to these unknown blasts, and as reported by NASA in their press release of February 22nd titled, "NASA Satellite Observes Mysterious Earth Energy"

There is no doubt that cosmic events impact upon Earth's destiny: in this regard I would recomment a book I read last year:'Earth Under Fire: Humanity's Survival of the Apocalypse' by Paul LaViolette (newly republished last month)

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Evolutionary times

Some of the leading science philosophers and visionaries consider intelligence as being the fundamental driving force of our cosmos - in fact, as the essence of universal evolution:

Ray Kurzweil says that "intelligence would ultimately permeate the universe and would decide the destiny of the cosmos." In this scenario, intelligence would permeate the solar system as it become one giant supercomputer: ie. our non-biological intelligence would have converted the matter of the solar system into intelligent matter. Our solar intelligence would then spread through the galaxy and ultimately the universe. Once the universe 'woke up' into full conscious intelligence, it would then seek to create another universe with which to continue the evolution of super-intelligence. Thus, the universe would procreate. Some scientists postulate this as the origin of the 'multi-verse' hypothesis. And this would explain why our universe is so precisely attuned to our life - why the universal constants, the Plank constant, are so fine-tuned for life - because the universe was created in mind for the evolution from the atomic, to the biological, to the non-biological and cosmic computational intelligence.

Scientist James N. Gardner has even written a book on this called 'Biocosm: The New Scientific Theory of Evolution: Intelligent Life Is the Architect of the Universe' where he postulates that in fact we are part of a fantastic cosmic design/plan to further our intelligence towards the universal mind:

"We and other living creatures throughout the cosmos are part of a vast, still undiscovered transterrestrial community of lives and intelligences spread across billions of galaxies and countless parsecs who are collectively engaged in a portentous mission of truly cosmic importance. Under the Biocosm vision, we share a common fate with that community - to help shape the future of the universe and transform it from a collection of lifeless atoms into a vast, transcendent mind."

If this is the leading edge of science - where is it leading us to??

These are truly evolutionary times...

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Why make a Matrix?

In the previous post I discussed the emergence of the 'mesh'. This mesh can be seen as
an intelligent hypernet: a meshwork of communication that combines the technologies of the Web as well as that of mobile devices – in-forming a creative, and dynamic, interconnected, feedback responsive, complex global collective.

To take this further, it is possible to see this meshwork as crossing the boundaries between the physical world and that of the virtual. Space/place becomes a merged location, to the extent that the world becomes a place where we can simultaneously exist within our virtual, informational domains: like a living computer simulation. So this inevitably asks the question: what if we are already living in a simulation?

This question has been debated by futurists, philosophers, trans & post-humanists. On this site there is a link to Nick Bostrom's homepage where such essays can be found. One such essay asks 'Why Make a Matrix? And Why You Might Be In One'which discusses why, and how, our present existence may be nothing more than a technologically sophisticated computer simulation run by a superior advanced post-human civilisation.

Some thoughts are:

"If each advanced civilization created many Matrices of their own history, then most people like us, who live in a technologically more primitive age, would live inside Matrices rather than outside them. If this were the case, where would you most likely be?

In the movie, the Oracle tells us that UFOs, Ghosts, and other strange sights are the manifestations of malfunctions in the Matrix that are being covered up.

The Oracle: Look, see those birds? At some point a program was written to govern them. A program was written to watch over the trees, and the wind, the sunrise, and sunset. There are programs running all over the place. The ones doing their job, doing what they were meant to do, are invisible. You'd never even know they were here. But the other ones, well, we hear about them all the time.

Neo: I've never heard of them.
The Oracle: Of course you have. Every time you've heard someone say they saw a ghost, or an angel. Every story you've ever heard about vampires, werewolves, or aliens is the system assimilating some program that's doing something they're not supposed to be doing.

It is also conceivable that only some people are simulated in enough detail to be conscious while others may be simulated at a cruder level allowing them to appear and behave much like the real people but without having any subjective experience. The so-called “problem of other minds”—how we can know that other people are really conscious and are not just behaving as if they were—is another old chestnut of philosophy.

A Matrix may contain a civilization that matures and proceeds to build its own Matrices in the simulation. Realty could thus contain many levels, with computers being simulated inside computers which are themselves simulated, and so forth. How many layers of simulation there could be depends on the computing power available to the bottom-level Architect (who is not simulated)"

So - where does the simulation end? And what makes YOU so sure that you are not a part of the simulation? Are we truly conscious?

Sunday, November 06, 2005

All mapped - our coming Mesh

In a recent article:

Better terrain maps of Earth... and beyond

"The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) thinks that today's computer maps of the Earth are inaccurate for its needs. So it recently awarded a grant to a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) researcher to develop better computer terrain maps of the surface of Earth and even our moon or Mars. RPI will develop new methods of compressing the data gathered by radar and laser scanning. Even if there is a specific focus to improve navigation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and to position soldiers where they have the best visibility of their surroundings, other applications are envisioned, such as radio-rowers on the moon or Mars."

There has been an increased move in the need to 'map the world' from the skies to the bottom of the oceans - and the military complex is way ahead in this compared to civilian projects such as Google Earth.

In the future I feel that everything will be mapped - social ubiquitous mapping: the merging of the human with the social, environmental and technological... everywhere mapped + wired - and all of us plugged into this super mesh...

but if we're all in it - who's outside pulling the strings??

As I see it - what's behind our evolution is not biological intelligence, or non-biological intelligence: its intelligent information. And we are, in this stage of evolution, biological carriers for it. The Mesh is a realm where we can't get off it - enclosed fusion of the organic with the intelligent information.

Thats why I see the military as playing right into the hands of this development - they are in delusion, believing they can control it - or 'strategize' it. When immersed in the Mesh completely, all boundaries will blur; the objective will be simultaneously everywhere - like a quantum hologram.

And like an insect that builds its protective nest around itself whilst on the hibernate and close itself in...

Remember in this - 'the sleeper must awaken' (Dune)

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Subtle Energy Medicine

I have been made aware of the research of a Russian scientist called Dr. Yury Kronn who constructed the Subtle Energy Field Infusion Generator (SEFIG).

According to the SUBTLE ENERGY FOR HEALING site:

"The SEFIG had the unique ability to separate the "dark matter" or subtle energy from the electromagnetic energy residing in any substance. It was able to extract and "save" this subtle energy "signature" and then generate this signal and infuse it into any object. Associations with alternative medicine practitioners, medical doctors and scientists, provided ample opportunity to test the effects of this subtle energy infusion on people. "You know that traditional Chinese medicine and philosophy use the term 'Chi' for the energy which, according to them, sustains life in all living organisms," says Dr. Kronn. "Indians use the term 'Prana' for this same universal force. Actually each culture has its own term for this force. My technology is based on equipment that allows access to the world of that mysterious force we call subtle energy."

The Subtle Energy Solutions site states that:

"Scientists studying the motion of galaxy clusters in outer space have made a revolutionary discovery. They have undeniable evidence that an ancient energy form, (we call it Subtle Energy), exists in Dark Matter, or, the Subatomic World. Some scientists believe that this particular energy effects our health and the use of it in the healing professions holds enormous benefits for improving our quality of life. This energy form, known to the Ancients of the East in their use of acupuncture is now generated for the first time ever through a fascinating new technology. It will change the way we view modern medicine forever."

Interesting - worth more investigation. Thanks Boyd for the link.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

U.S. Military Wants to Own the Weather

A recent article titled 'U.S. Military Wants to Own the Weather' examaines how the US Military are openly discussing 'owning' and controlling the weather, especially after the recent pacific hurricanes. One of the main scientists behind this project is Bernard Eastlund, the same person behind the HAARP research technologies (see earlier posts).

Some of the thinking, publications, and objectives are worrying:

"it offers the ability to degrade the effectiveness of enemy forces. That could come from flooding an opponent’s encampment or airfield to generating downright downpours that disrupt enemy troop comfort levels. On the flipside, sparking a drought that cuts off fresh water can stir up morale problems for warfighting foes.

In this regard, nanotechnology could be utilized to create clouds of tiny smart particles. Atmospherically buoyant, these ultra-small computer particles could navigate themselves to block optical sensors. Alternatively, they might be used to provide an atmospheric electrical potential difference -- a way to precisely aim and time lightning strikes over the enemy’s head – thereby concoct thunderbolts on demand"

Ideas from a research paper - "Weather as a Force Multiplier: Owning the Weather in 2025" – written by a seven person team of military officers and presented in 1996 as part of a larger study dubbed Air Force 2025.

In 2025, the report summarized, U.S. aerospace forces can "own the weather" by capitalizing on emerging technologies and focusing development of those technologies to war-fighting applications.

"I estimate this new science of weather modification will take 10 to 20 years to mature to the point where it is useful for controlling the severity and impact of severe weather systems as large as hurricanes," Eastlund explained.

The last large hurricane modification experiments -- under Project Stormfury -- were carried out by the U.S. Air Force, Eastlund said. "It is likely the Department of Defense would be the lead agency in any new efforts in severe storm modification."

With weather control comes also the control of waves + frequencies that affect consciousness, cognition, and physical well-being. Are these understood, or part of the covert plans??

Friday, October 28, 2005

Our electromagnetic environment

Just to continue what has been posted previously, the scientific researcher Robert Becker, author of 'Cross Currents: Perils of Electropollution, the Promise of Electromedicine' has, like others, reinforced the notion of our present state of affairs by saying that:

"Our use of energy for power and communication has radically changed the total electromagnetic field of the Earth. Because we cannot directly perceive this with any of our senses, most of us are unaware that it has occurred. Before 1900, the Earth's electromagnetic field was composed simply of the field and its associated micropulsations, visible light, and random discharges of lightning. Today, we swim in a sea of energy that is almost totally man-made...

...the data obtained in the past few years indicate very clearly that we must now include the Earth's normal geomagnetic field as an environmental variable of great consequence when we deal with the basic functions of living things."

Why is the body so susceptible to magnetism - is their something inside us that responds to magnetic fields? More to come on this.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Wireless Power - an electrical flood?

In a Wired article titled - 'Space Geeks Seek Wireless Power' - the subject of generating power by converting it to lasers or microwaves, then beaming it to another point and reconvert it into electricity, is discussed. In this system,it could 'beam power to hard-to-reach rural areas without running expensive power lines -- or could even beam it down to Earth from power stations in space.'

This is an interesting addition to recent posts on electromagnetic + other forms of wave-radiation. The technology for beaming microwave power from solar-powered satellites is now about possible. Yet how will these additional microwave beams, to be converted into electricity, further complicate our already wave-saturated environment in terms of public health and state of mind?

Also, as the article states: "the U.S. military is developing a new class of potentially non-lethal "directed-energy weapons" that could create a Star Trek-esque world of warfare. Set the phaser to stun or kill, depending on the situation.

Defense contractor Raytheon actually delivered an energy-weapon prototype to the Pentagon earlier this year, and some believe such weapons could see combat in Iraq and Afghanistan by late 2006. Meanwhile, the idea of wireless energy transmission continues to evoke on-and-off interest from governments around the world."

Would this lead to terrestrial networks of power-beaming stations that could fuel electric cars and other vehicles? One such plan would involve building 20,000 to 30,000 reception stations on Earth to accept the power beams and convert them into electricity that could be distributed to the population. How would so many receiver stations affect human biological functioning, cognition, and evolution?

The future is both fascinating and scary.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

The entangled universe & the resurrected human

I wish to return to a topic mentioned previously here: biological coherence, and cell fields.

Mae Wan Ho, author of the recent 'The Rainbow and the Worm: The Physics of Organisms', talks of the liquid crystal nature of the human organism and its DNA. She says that:

"...the activities of the organism are fully coordinated in a continuum from the macroscopic to the molecular. The organism is coherent beyond our wildest dreams. Every part is in communication with every other part through a dynamic, tunable, responsive, liquid crystalline medium that pervades the whole body, from organs and tissues to the interior of every cell...

...the visible body just happens to be where the wave function of the organism is most dense. Invisible quantum waves are spreading out from each of us and permeating into all other organisms. At the same time, each of us has the waves of every other organism entangled within our own make-up...We are participants in the creation drama that is constantly unfolding. We are constantly co-creating and re-creating ourselves and other organisms in the universe, shaping our common futures, making our dreams come true, and realizing our potentials and ideals.'

In this wonderful sense, we are also the 'chaotic or divine attractor' of universal forces. Our negativity or positivity influences how we 'participate' in our 'entangled universe' since it has now been scientifically proven that we share - or mesh - all of our biological energy fields.

We should remember that all fields operate at all levels - 'As Above, So Below' - and that we have a responsibility at our level since 'the higher incorporates the lower into its service, changing the nature of the lower into that of the higher, until that which was lowest is lifted to the highest, wherein we have risen and gone beyond all limitations and constraint: the resurrected human.'(J.C.Pearce)

Complementary reading

At present my reading list, below, seems to all be centred around topics as discussed here. I recommend the following:

o The Future Evolution of Man
o Cross Currents: Perils of Electropollution, the Promise of Electromedicine
o Brave New World
o The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

Monday, October 24, 2005

Increasing fluctuations?

Some interesting news documents have come to light that examine the use of vibrational frequencies during warfare:

In 1991 during the 1st Gulf War Invasion, Britain's ITV News services ran a story titled 'A Psy-Ops Bonanza on the Desert', followed by 'High Tech Psychological Warfare Arrives in the Middle East'...

...according to Lt. Col. David Dean's US report 'Low-Intensity Conflict and Modern Technology'(Maxwell AFB, AL, Washington, DC, Air University Press, Center for Aerospace Doctrine, Research, and Education, 1986. 381p.): 'the potential applications of artificial electromagnetic fields are wide ranging and can be used in many military or quasi-military operations'.

Further, in 1997 the then US Secretary of Defense William S Cohen, at a keystone address at the 'Conference on Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and US Strategy' (April 28th), stated that: 'Others are engaging even in an eco-type terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves'. - Does this then imply that some foul-play is at hand during recent geological catastrophic upheavals?

And how will all this affect human brains since it has now been discovered, by scientists at Caltech, that there are 'tiny magnetic particles in the brains of humans, similar to those that have been found in other animals' (cited in LA Times - 'Caltech Scientists Find Particles in Human Brains' - May 12th, 1992). Humans are thus proven to be very susceptible to electromagnetic radiation and pulses.

And how will the increased use of consumer technology affect this?

For now, I can only stress the need for each individual to 'ground themself' in their daily lives. Our own internal 'magnetism' and coherent resonance must be bolstered daily through being mindful, and less emotionally unstable in the face of 'environmental fluctuations' (however, and in whatever form, these may arrive).

The future seems full of potential, as well as being filled with much instability and pending chaos.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Vibrational healing

Again I'm interested in the use of vibrations and electromagnetic pulses (EMP) - both in physical + mental manipulation and coercion, as well as in healing medicine and positive uses. It amazes me that the now recognised fact - verified in both biology and biophysics - that human DNA is liquid crystal and emits biophotons, and that human cells use a form of biophoton emmission for what is now referred to as 'quantum coherence' in order for all cells to have access to bio-information, is not more known about in the general public domain.

Thus, vibrational techniques that access these areas of photon vibrations are particularly influential. So, some recent books that have caught my eye:

- Vibrational Medicine: The Number 1 Handbook of Subtle Energy Therapies

- Cross Currents: Perils of Electropollution, the Promise of Electromedicin

- Esoteric Anatomy: The Body as Consciousness

- Psionic Medicine: The Study and Treatment of the Causative Factors in Illness

If anyone can enlighten me on this subject, please do!

Monday, October 10, 2005

Electromagnetic fields

According to the book 'The Body Electric' by Robert O. Becker, Gary Selden, "the human species has changed its electromagnetic background more than any other aspect of its environment...the density of radio waves around us now is 100 million or 200 million times the natural level reaching us from the sun."

And this has not gone amiss in military applications. A 1997 article in the British Medical Journal (Vol. 315, July 12th, 1997) titled "Non-lethal weapons: precipitating a new arms race" stated that "The ultimate expression of this dilemma is the potential development of race specific weapons based on knowledge of genetic engineering and human genome diversity."

Yet can the human DNA be affected by Electromagnetism (EM)?

An academic article in Bioelectromagnetics 18:111-115 (1997) titled 'Do Electromagnetic fields Interact Directly with DNA?' stated that:

"studies on DNA have shown that large electron flows are possible within the stacked base pairs of the double helix. Therefore, gene activation by magnetic fields could be due to direct interaction with moving electrons within DNA. Electric fields as well as magnetic fields stimulate transcription, and both fields could interact with DNA directly."

Are we being bombarded by our own technological advancement, surrounded by fields of EM in exponential increase as our communications develop?

Can this be misused? In the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (July/August 1998) in an article title 'All in the (Russian) Mind?' it told of how psychotronic weapons had been developed and tested in Russia. And we know that the US DARPA has been investigating similar projects since the end of WW2.

My question, not to err on the side of conspiracy theories, is to examine whether such EM increases will have a mutational effect upon our own DNA, and affect our physical and spiritual vibrations, and interfere with the natural bio-photon emmissions of our evolving DNA...?

Saturday, October 08, 2005

The HAARP installation in Alaska

Picture taken on Dec.11th 2003: it is claimed this is a product of weather pattern manipulation: cloudbusting?

HAARP - dangerous resonance?

The HAARP Program is, according to the official military website:

"HAARP is a scientific endeavor aimed at studying the properties and behavior of the ionosphere, with particular emphasis on being able to understand and use it to enhance communications and surveillance systems for both civilian and defense purposes.

The HAARP program is committed to developing a world class ionospheric research facility consisting of:

* The ionospheric research instrument (IRI), a high power transmitter facility operating in the HF frequency range. The IRI will be used to temporarily excite a limited area of the ionosphere for scientific study.
* A sophisticated suite of Scientific (or "diagnostic") instruments that will be used to observe the physical processes that occur in the excited region."

According to the patent, this research has the potential to:

" is possible not only to interfere with third party communications but to take advantage of one or more such beams to carry out a communications network even though the rest of the world's communications are disrupted. Put another way, what is used to disrupt another's communications can be employed by one knowledgeable of this invention as a communication network at the same time."

"... large regions of the atmosphere could be lifted to an unexpectedly high altitude so that missiles encounter unexpected and unplanned drag forces with resultant destruction."

"Weather modification is possible by, for example, altering upper atmosphere wind patterns by constructing one or more plumes of atmospheric particles which will act as a lens or focusing device.

"... molecular modifications of the atmosphere can take place so that positive environmental effects can be achieved.

Yet not only can weather patterns be can human behavioural patterns!

This links in with what ex-US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski said more than 25 years ago while a professor at Columbia University:

"Political strategists are tempted to exploit research on the brain and human behavior. Geophysicist Gordon J.F. MacDonald, a specialist in problems of warfare, says accurately-timed, artificially-excited electronic strokes could lead to a pattern of oscillations that produce relatively high power levels over certain regions of the earth ... in this way one could develop a system that would seriously impair the brain performance of very large populations in selected regions over an extended period"

" ... no matter how deeply disturbing the thought of using the environment to manipulate behavior for national advantages, to some, the technology permitting such use will very probably develop within the next few decades."

Vibrational manipulation, whether for medicine, the weather, or social engineering is, I feel, already here and has been for some time.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Harmonic Translation

Following on from what has been posted about frequencies, DNA, and water, I find research into the area of vibrational medicine to be fascinating. In this article - 'Harmonic Translation: The Practical Application of Electronic Medicine', it states that:

"The term harmonic translation refers to the literal translation of biological information into harmonic shifts of sound. Biological information becomes coded into the shift from one musical note to another. The information is not contained in the notes themselves but in the relationship of one note to the next.

To understand what harmonic translation is and how it works as a healing technology, we must first understand the basic concepts this technology is based upon. First off is the idea of information as medicine or often simply called electronic medicine. Most of us are used to thinking of medicine as a substance. This could be an herb, a mineral a chemical or some biological material. Some of us are also use to thinking of energies as medicine as well. These energies could be in the form of light, sound, radio waves and so on. When it comes to information, we are accustomed to thinking about it as being carried by a medium. Information written on a piece of paper or information carried on a radio signal. Only in the last few decades, with the advent of personal computers, have most of us been able for the first time to think of information as a thing all by itself. We hear constantly about information technology, we are told that we live in the information age, and now we come to information as medicine, a logical extension in these times of rapid innovation."

The article goes on to discuss how water, as liquid crystal, becomes the information carrier in the body, and is thus affected by external stimuli (as Emoto's work found).

Also, it may be worthwhile to look at work on Psionic Medicine.

In all, there is much to discover about how our bodies, minds, and emotions, are influenced by vibrations. This will lead me next to discuss the HAARP project.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Can information last forever?

In a recent article titled The Digital Dark Age, the quicker we are to record and store our lives in digital form, the bleaker the future of information looks, it states.

The article asks: 'how can masses of machine-generated, machine-read material be stored in a form that is safe, secure from degradation and - potentially most calamitous in the long term - accessible to subsequent generations?

They fear that rather than ushering mankind into a techno-utopia of paperless offices and clean, eco-friendly, endlessly flexible, virtual communication, it threatens to cast future generations into what Connell describes as a "digital dark age".'

Information, to my understanding, is the key. It is what drives all systems, both living and non-living. And inability to access this information can only lead to entropy - decay. Just as in the physical Dark Ages of the past where knowledge was stored in monasteries and sacred places, latent, and biding its time waiting for the right cultural conditions for its release - so too we may, according to this hypothesis, lie stagnant unable to access our own past knowledge.

Information then must always facilitate access - it should be open and free. Where is the place/space for this? A wireless world of distributed information that is open to all forms of evolving technologies. To be cut off from information may devolve us.

Open source - the spring of life.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

More talk on the 'Singularity'

The latest Ray Kurzweil book arrived today: 'The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology'. This is a subject that instead of going away as some 'fad' topics do, but seems to be exponentially increasing in both usage and recognition: both amongst lay persons, academia, as well as the techno-futurologists. The blurb to the book states:

'The great inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil is one of the best-known and most controversial advocates for the role of machines in the future of humanity. In his latest book, he envisions an event—the "singularity"—in which technological change becomes so rapid and so profound that our bodies and brains will merge with our machines.

The Singularity Is Near portrays what life will be like after this event— a human- machine civilization where our experiences shift from real reality to virtual reality and where our intelligence becomes nonbiological and trillions of times more powerful. In practical terms, this means that human aging and pollution will be reversed; world hunger will be solved; our bodies and environment transformed by nanotechnology to overcome the limitations of biology, including death; and virtually any physical product can be created from information alone. The Singularity Is Near also considers the social and philosophical ramifications of these changes, and is certain to be one of the most widely discussed and provocative books of 2005.'

I feel this book will be an important addition to the techno-determinists, as well as the optimistic futurists. I myself am drawn some way into this camp, yet as previously posted I feel it omits the part that conscious evolution needs to play in this path towards collective evolution. However, since I haven't yet read the book I am unable to make comment (and at 600 pages I'll be some time reading it!).

Yet the signs are increasing: and the questions too...How to merge our techno-sociocultural evolution with a conscious one. Will it be a co-merger, or a sacrifice of one to allow the other?

Still too many questions to allow complacency.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

DNA is influneced by words and frequencies

In earlier posts I spoke about how DNA can be influenced through one's own consciousness, and such practices as meditation, prayer, mantras, zikrs, for example, can - and do - have an effect upon one's biological functioning through the nervous system coming from the DNA. In fact, Timothy Leary's work - such as 'Info-psychology' - discusses meta-programming the 'human bio-computer' by accessing the DNA through various ways. Also, this theme has been touched upon by Shamanic work, too numerous to list here. Now - we are, finally, gaining scientific validation.

A few months previously I posted about Masaru Emoto's 'Hidden Messages in Water' where his microscopic photographs of water crystals showed how they are affected by words and environment. It is now being researched how words and environment have a similar, direct, effect upon our DNA.

Researchers Grazyna Fosar and Franz Bludorf have written a book on this research (unfortunately only available in German). However, there are many sites where some of this material is summarised: such as Spirituality and Science, and DNA Molecule. I post an extract:

"DNA Can Be Influenced And Reprogrammed By Words And Frequencies Russian DNA Discoveries.

The human DNA is a biological Internet and superior in many aspects to the artificial one. The latest Russian scientific research directly or indirectly explains phenomena such as clairvoyance, intuition, spontaneous and remote acts of healing, self healing, affirmation techniques, unusual light/auras around people (namely spiritual masters), the mind’s influence on weather patterns and much more.

In addition, there is evidence for a whole new type of medicine in which DNA can be influenced and reprogrammed by words and frequencies WITHOUT cutting out and replacing single genes.

The Russian biophysicist and molecular biologist Pjotr Garjajev and his colleagues also explored the vibrational behavior of the DNA. [For the sake of brevity I will give only a summary here. For further exploration please refer to the appendix at the end of this article.]

The bottom line was:
"Living chromosomes function just like solitonic/holographic computers using the endogenous DNA laser radiation."

This means that they managed, for example, to modulate certain frequency patterns onto a laser ray and with it influenced the DNA frequency and thus the genetic information itself. Since the basic structure of DNA-alkaline pairs and of language (as explained earlier) are of the same structure, no DNA decoding is necessary. One can simply use words and sentences of the human language!

This, too, was experimentally proven! Living DNA substance (in living tissue, not in vitro) will always react to language-modulated laser rays and even to radio waves, if the proper frequencies are being used."

Fascinating research - and compels us to have a positive attitude, and right-speaking, for this all influences are own genetic make-up.

The next area to research is how DNA acts as a receiver/transmitter of the wave-frequencies that constitute this 'world around us'.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

The Need for Transcendence in the Postmodern World

Vaclav Havel, iconic ex-president of the Czech Republic, gave a speech at the Independence Hall, Philadelphia, July 4, 1994, titled 'The Need for Transcendence in the Postmodern World'. As always, Havel is a thoughtful, spiritual, and lucid thinker/speaker. I quote, at length, from this speech as it contains so much right thinking, in my opinion:

"...we are not at all just an accidental anomaly, the microscopic caprice of a tine particle whirling in the endless depth of the universe. Instead, we are mysteriously connected to the entire universe, we are mirrored in it, just as the entire evolution of the universe is mirrored in us.

Until recently, it might have seemed that we were an unhappy bit of mildew on a heavenly body whirling in space among many that have no mildew on them at all. this was something that classical science could explain. Yet, the moment it begins to appear that we are deeply connected to the entire universe, science reaches the outer limits of its powers. Because it is founded on the search for universal laws, it cannot deal with singularity, that is, with uniqueness. The universe is a unique event and a unique story, and so far we are the unique point of that story. But unique events and stories are the domain of poetry, not science...

...the awareness of our being anchored in the earth and the universe, the awareness that we are not here alone nor for ourselves alone, but that we are an integral part of higher, mysterious entities against whom it is not advisable to blaspheme. This forgotten awareness is encoded in all religions. All cultures anticipate it in various forms. It is one of the things that form the basis of man's understanding of himself, of his place in the world, and ultimately of the world as such...

...Yes, the only real hope of people today is probably a renewal of our certainty that we are rooted in the earth and, at the same time, in the cosmos. This awareness endows us with the capacity for self-transcendence. Politicians at international forums may reiterate a thousand times that the basis of the new world order must be universal respects for human rights, but it will mean nothing as long as this imperative does not derive from the respect of the miracle of Being, the miracle of the universe, the miracle of nature, the miracle of our own existence. Only someone who submits to the authority of the universal order and of creation, who values the right to be a part of it and a participant in it, can genuinely value himself and his neighbors, and thus honor their rights as well.

It logically follows that, in today's multicultural world, the truly reliable path to coexistence, to peaceful coexistence and creative cooperation, must start from what is at the root of all cultures and what lies infinitely deeper in human hearts and minds than political opinion, convictions, antipathies, or sympathies - it must be rooted in self-transcendence:

* Transcendence as a hand reached out to those close to us, to foreigners, to the human community, to all living creatures, to nature, to the universe.
* Transcendence as a deeply and joyously experienced need to be in harmony even with what we ourselves are not, what we do not understand, what seems distant from us in time and space, but with which we are nevertheless mysteriously linked because, together with us, all this constitutes a single world.
* Transcendence as the only real alternative to extinction. "

Amen (that's from me!)

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

'We' make a brain - 'It' flies a plane

Listen to this: A University of Florida scientist has grown a living "brain" that can fly a simulated plane, giving scientists a novel way to observe how brain cells function as a network.

This research - detailed in an article called 'Brain' In A Dish Acts As Autopilot, Living Computer' describes how 25,000 neurons from a rat's brain were cultured in a dish.

The article states that:

"To control the simulated aircraft, the neurons first receive information from the computer about flight conditions: whether the plane is flying straight and level or is tilted to the left or to the right. The neurons then analyze the data and respond by sending signals to the plane's controls. Those signals alter the flight path and new information is sent to the neurons, creating a feedback system."

"Initially when we hook up this brain to a flight simulator, it doesn't know how to control the aircraft," DeMarse said. "So you hook it up and the aircraft simply drifts randomly. And as the data comes in, it slowly modifies the (neural) network so over time, the network gradually learns to fly the aircraft."

This is an attempt to see how the brain can work in conjunction with, and as, a computer. This may be one of the most important steps towards a DNA computer. Once biological DNA can be harnessed and interfaced with computer processing, we are leaping into a wholly unexplored region of human evolution. Humanity will never be the same species again.

Yet there is much that mainstream scientists do not understand about our DNA.

Eg. - What is the function for our 95% 'junk' DNA?
- What is the purpose of DNA being liquid crystal?
- What is the function of the DNA's emitted biophotons and its electromagnetic
- How is it that many visionaries have talked about entering and meta-programming
their own DNA?

So much to know - be careful when messing with our DNA!

New Web - New Us

Much is being said about how the Web & Net is being used and transformed. Business Week have a good overview article called 'It's A Whole New Web' which looks at how the once more consumer-driven Web is changing into a more 2-way creative Web.

This is true - take blogging for example: we can all become self-publishers. We take, edit, adapt, information. We receive, store, utilise, and pass on information and energy. According to biology, these are the core characteristics and features of living systems. Does this mean we are behaving as a vast single living system?

Why not? Yet we are not yet co-ordinated enough to call ourselves a whole. Our electrical signals are connecting, but not yet our nervous systems. Our body's DNA is resonating with its own biophotons, not with others.

We need to strive to become more creative, less automated, and follow the path that opens up for us rather than the one provided by the system.

Remember the slogan: 'You're laughing at me because I'm different. Yet I'm laughing at you because you're all the same'

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Intelligence in the Internet age

An article called 'Intelligence in the Internet age', and published in the New York Times today (19/09/05), asks the question: Do innovations and new technologies make us more intelligent?

The article revolves around the question of whether technology decreases our memory capacity as we rely on computers and technology to become our external brains. One answer to that is given as:

'It's true we don't remember anything anymore, but we don't need to...We might one day sit around and reminisce about having to remember phone numbers, but it's not a bad thing. It frees us up to think about other things. The brain has a limited capacity, if you give it high-level tools, it will work on high-level problems'.

This is a debate that goes as far back as Plato's 'Republic' in which Thales discusses whether the art of writing will cause people to stop using their memories/minds. Yet with increased access to information, is there another function behind this directionality. I feel there is. And it's down to field theory.

The species-mind is inherently connected, although on a sub-atomic wave level and not in a physical sense. We often have ideas that are simultaneously shared with our friends or associates. Minds in close contact/proximity entangle together and share thought-forms. The species-mind is moving toward being awakened - our collective conscience - yet we require triggers, stimuli, in order to activate latent neuro-biological processes. If increased access to information is available, and ubiquitous connectivity allows not only a rapid sharing of information, but a simultaneous timeframe for emotional and cognitive responses, we have the potential to 'lock-on' to a shared mind that is able to resonate at a greater frequency if there are similar resonances around the globe. We can all trigger each other - like neurons in a global brain.

"The key thing about all the world's big problems is that they have to be dealt with collectively...If we don't get collectively smarter, we're doomed." (Doug Engelbart)

Have you noticed recently how many more people/friends around you are understanding similar ideas and feeling about the state we are in?

Thursday, September 15, 2005

The Simulation Story

A 6-hour commentary hosted by integral philosopher and mystic Ken Wilber, along with religious scholar Cornel West, accompanies the release of 'The Ultimate Matrix Collection' - reviewed on WIE. An extract relates how:

“Light and energy represent spirit in this trilogy,” Wilber points out at the end of the first film. Piercing through the Wachowskis' layers of arcane symbolism, he adds: “The machines themselves appear to be beings of light—they're not just evil or bad as you might think at first.” He explains that the Wachowski brothers have established a recurring pattern of “body, mind, and spirit” throughout the trilogy: everything in blue hues (screen tint, background colors, clothing) represents Zion, the last human refuge, which equals the level of “body”; everything tinted green represents the Matrix or “the world of the mind”; and everything that appears as golden light—i.e., the external machine world through Neo's psychic eyes—corresponds to spirit. Wilber then summarizes the trilogy's plot in one sentence: “There's an inherent instability in all three of these worlds—the world of the machines, the world of Zion, and the world of the Matrix—until they're integrated.” And that integration occurs when the fully evolved Neo merges, Christlike, with the central computer of the machine world at the end of the third movie, an event that Wilber concludes is the culmination of Neo's own enlightenment and the spiritual salvation of all three mutually interdependent realms.

Another independent voice on this subject is Ramsey Dukes who wrote about this originally in a book released in 1988 called: 'Words Made Flesh: Virtual Reality, Humanity and the Cosmos'

Still the question revolves around not only simulation and intelligence, but also consciousness and wisdom. Can technologically enhanced transcendence catalyse emergent cosmic consciousness. In such a scenerio, molecular and matter engineering with be voided by the encapsulation of light and energy... I wonder...

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Evolution as simulation

Transhumanist philosopher Nick Bostrom, and head of the new Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford has written some insightful articles on whether we are living in a computer simulation. The abstract for his central argument is based on the following propositions:

(1) the human species is very likely to go extinct before reaching a “posthuman” stage;

(2) any posthuman civilization is extremely unlikely to run a significant number of simulations of their evolutionary history (or variations thereof);

(3) we are almost certainly living in a computer simulation. It follows that the belief that there is a significant chance that we will one day become posthumans who run ancestor-simulations is false, unless we are currently living in a simulation. A number of other consequences of this result are also discussed.

This simulation-argument concerns whether the future of our species evolution is to become 'like gods' in order to run our own simulations and hence join the cyclic-cosmic-circuit. This, for me, has serious implications upon the function of our DNA, since biology has already found that DNA emits biophotons to act as a form of holographic resonance (see the work of biophysicist Mae Wan-Ho at the Open University); and would also point to some interesting comparisons to the visions experienced under shamanistic conditions (see 'The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge' by Jeremy Narby).

What would this mean for humanity and 'what it means to be human' if this was the case. Could we handle the implications?

Friday, September 09, 2005

The Evolving Brain

In an article today published in the New York Times titled 'Brain May Still Be Evolving, Studies Hint' it suggested that the genes which influence brain evolution are still active:

"Two genes involved in determining the size of the human brain have undergone substantial evolution in the last 60,000 years, researchers say, leading to the surprising suggestion that the brain is still undergoing rapid evolution.

The discovery adds weight to the view that human evolution is still a work in progress, since previous instances of recent genetic change have come to light in genes that defend against disease and confer the ability to digest milk in adulthood.

It had been widely assumed until recently that human evolution more or less stopped 50,000 years ago."

Finally, they recognise that our species-evolution hasn't finished yet!

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Step Inside the Digital Universe

In a recent interview, Tom Huston talked to entrepreneur Joe Firmage about his 'cosmic' plan for the future of the internet. Here is a paragraph from the brief conversation - from the WIE site:

"It is the year 2019. Logging on to the internet through your nanotech implants, you lean back in your chair and close your eyes. Smiling, as always, at the sensation of weightlessness produced by the tiny robots attached to every nerve ending in your body, you find yourself floating in space at your favorite starting point, fifteen million light-years beyond the Milky Way galaxy. This is far enough outside the “local group” of galaxies to enable you to see them in all their awesome splendor—the massive twin spirals of Andromeda and the Milky Way, the smaller spiral of Triangulum, and over twenty-five other clusters of billions of suns scattered before you, brilliantly glowing against the infinite black void. Although most people choose to start their web browsing from a location a lot closer to home, for some reason you've always preferred taking the more scenic route . . .

Back in 2005, such a scenario may be difficult to take seriously, but it's almost equally hard to believe that the world wide web has only been in existence for little over a decade."

It will be amazing, how the exponential rate of change in technological evolution will take us into realms that are beyond our present ken of understanding - what some commentators refer to as the Singularity. What is the crucial area for me is how this technological advancement will converge with the intelligence increase and expansion of human consciousness that is in parallel transformation.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Life Ahead

Thinker Ray Kurzweil, whom I have discussed several times, has an impressive lecture - PowerPoint - How We Can Manage Our Way Through the Intertwined Promise and Peril of Accelerating Change - which was a keynote address at the Program for 1st Annual Workshop on Geoethical Nanotechnology.

Kurzweil's dense 88-slide lecture discusses, amongst other things, the future trajectory of human-machine convergence. For 2010 he predicts the following:

- Images written directly to our retinas
- Ubiquitous high bandwidth connection to the Internet at all times
- Electronics so tiny it’s embedded in the environment, our clothing, our eyeglasses
- Full immersion visual-auditory virtual reality
- Augmented real reality
- Interaction with virtual personalities as a primary interface
- Effective language technologies

Again, a shift that indicates a global super-organism that is continously connected to a hypergrid, or terramesh network of increasing intelligence.

Metaman - beyond Man?

Having made previous posts on the notion of the Global Brain, I thought it a useful addition to make mention of another book in this area: called Metaman by Gregory Stock - UCLA academic (and, interestingly, an advocate of the transhuman society of Extropians). Metaman's thesis is that
"human society is becoming an immense living being - a global super-organism in which humans, knitted together by modern technology and communication, are playing a role akin to the individual cells in an animal's body. It presents a case that this biological interpretation of human society, which has frequently been used in the past as a metaphor, is now actually becoming a reality. This book calls this super-organism "Metaman", meaning "beyond and transcending humans". The name both acknowledges humanity's key role in the entity's formation and stresses that, though human centred, it is more than humanity alone."

Incidentally, Stock's other books include Redesigning Humans: Our Inevitable Genetic Future .

Friday, September 02, 2005

Lights at night on Earth as seen from the night sky. This image could also be cells grouping together in the body, under a microscope. And this is the point: as individuals we have our capacities and our faults, and it is hard to view ourselves as a macro-species entity: as a collective superorganism. Yet connected we are - and becoming increasingly so. When the Earth arrives at a particular level of human connectivity, when our lives, infrastructures, institutions (including economic) are networked into a macro, interconnected living structure (or being) - what is the next step?

Is evolution taking us on a journey towards a higher species form, as did bacterical evolution billions of years previously?

Thursday, September 01, 2005

This year's Accelerating Change 2005 conference (AC2005), Sept. 16-18 at Stanford, promises to be "outstanding," organizer John Smart tells Accelerating Intelligence news, with 51 top speakers and emcees.

The conference focuses on "artificial intelligence and intelligence amplification transforming technology, empowering humanity." Consistent with that theme, Ray Kurzweil will keynote the event and will distribute pre-publication signed copies of his The Singularity is Near to the first 250 attendees, and keynoter Vernor Vinge will describe strategies for avoiding a disruptive "hard takeoff" Singularity.

Among the many other interesting speakers: Robert Hecht-Nielsen on how the brain actually computes, Ron Kaplan and Jan Pederson debating strategies for making a conversational user interface (CUI) by 2015, Daniel Amen with SPECT scans showing the physical damage to your brain from alcohol and drug abuse, Dileep George of Numenta and Bruno Olshausen of Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience on the new biologically inspired AI models that Jeff Hawkins described in On Intelligence, Tom Malone of MIT Sloan School of management on how the new network decentralization has permanently changed the business landscape, Steve Jurvetson on open collaborative exchange, and Harold Morowitz on using DNA-guided protein synthesis as a self-organized computing system built on fats, proteins and nucleic acids.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

An interesting broadcast site called New Dimensions has some worthwhile free audio discussions.

However, without a subscription the new broadcast is only available for free for the 1st week.

At present a recommended broadcast available until Sep. 4th is: 'The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles'.

'The Biology of Belief is a groundbreaking work in the field of New Biology. Author Dr. Bruce Lipton is a former medical school professor and research scientist. His experiments, and that of other leading-edge scientists, have examined in great detail the processes by which cells receive information. The implications of this research radically change our understanding of life. It shows that genes and DNA do not control our biology; that instead DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our positive and negative thoughts. Dr. Lipton's profoundly hopeful synthesis of the latest and best research in cell biology and quantum physics is being hailed as a major breakthrough showing that our bodies can be changed as we retrain our thinking.'

In this approach there is strong scientific evidence that DNA can be caused to mutate from external factors within a person's own lifetime - including the power of thought, thus underlying the power of positive intentions.

Dr. Bruce Lipton's book is also called 'The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles'

This also reminds me of another book which I ordered recently, called 'The Biology of Transcendence: A Bluprint of the Human Spirit' by Joseph Chilton Pearce
In some of my earlier posts I made reference to several new books coming onto the market that deal with human evolution in terms of biotechnology and bio-enhancement. In an interview done at - which I highly recommend as a website - Jamais Cascio interviews 3 writers in this area at the same time.

The article, called 'Human Changing' begins by stating:

The question of how society changes when we can enhance aspects of human capabilities is something we touch on regularly at WorldChanging. It's at least as important a question as how society adapts to climate change or embraces new tools for networking and communication; some of us would argue it may be even more important. As a topic of discussion, it has often been relegated to fringe culture and science fictional musing, but a series of books over the last year have brought the idea ever closer to the mainstream -- and the most recent may be set to make the question of how humankind evolves a front page issue.

Monday, August 29, 2005

The philosophers Andrew Cohen and Ken Wilbur have a conversation/dialogue discussing the nature of the perennial human fascination with the notion of immortality.

Their dialogue is posted on the 'What is Enlightenment' website under the title:

The Guru & the Pandit
I have made several previous references to a thinker called Duane Elgin. Elgin first burst into the public eye in 1981 with his now-classic book Voluntary Simplicity, a book that helped to identify a new movement toward more simple and balanced ways of living. At the time he was working as a senior social scientist for the Stanford Research Institute, which gave him an unusual opportunity to observe and document emerging trends in society, and he used that work as the basis both for Voluntary Simplicity and for his 1991 book Awakening Earth: Exploring the Evolution of Human Culture and Consciousness.

Duane Elgin is being interviewed in a talk titled 'Breaking Point' where he responds to this question:
"Many of today's leading thinkers, futurists, scientists, and visionaries are warning us that the next twenty to thirty years will be a testing time for the human species, a time of evolutionary crisis that will entail great, and potentially even catastrophic, change. Could you please describe what you feel are the key factors precipitating this crisis? What will we be facing in the coming years?"

Saturday, August 27, 2005

'Gold does not need the philosopher's stone
but copper does.
Improve yourself.
Let die what is alive: that is your body.
Revive what is dead: that is your heart.
Hide what is present: that is the world down here.
Let come what is absent: that is the future.
Annihilate what exists: that is passion.
Produce what does not exist: that is intention.'

These words speak for what may come - the future. Intention are the thoughts that underlie our ever increasing networked life. Its blood is our memes - negative thoughts as viruses.

In a fluid existence that is now our connected global life the key impulse should be: cooperation. Our wired network is a first step in our nervous system.

I highly recommend Ervin Laszlo's work - especially his most recent book titled 'Science & the Akashic Field'

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Philosopher, inventor, futurist, writer (etc) Ray Kurzweil has some remarkable ideas concerning our evolutionary progress. Such books as 'In the Age of Spiritual Machines' and 'The Singularity is Near' deal with the issues regarding our next evolutionary step as a symbiosis with non-biological intelligence. Kurzweil is not a simple AI advocate: instead he offers views upon the role of technology within a spiritual framework. For him, the role/function of evolution is 'intelligence increase' - and this occurs through greater complexity which will eventually include the systemic binding of biological and non-biological 'organisms'.

In an interview placed on the WIE website called 'The Enlightened Universe' Kurzweil speaks of the dark matter of the universe as being dumb matter: that is, matter awaiting to be awoken with intelligence. This he envisions as a product of nano-engineering, or molecular reconstruction. If nano-machines become 'smart-machines', which both self-organise and are aware, they can likewise spread their molecular intelligence to other realms of atomic/molecular 'space' (ie. dark matter) and infuse this dead/dumb matter with their molecular intelligence so as to embedd all atomic structure with self-aware intelligence in a step to form an intelligent universe a-flood with information: a universe that is in-formation.

I find this concept fascinating, as it merges the spiritual with the technological- even if I do not fully grasp the fundamentals of Kurzweil's theory. If you have access (or want to apply for the one-month free trial) I recommend checking out the audio talks on the 'What is Enlightenment' site - this site also contains some great talks by a favourite of mine: Ervin Laszlo (perhaps more on him later).

Monday, August 22, 2005

Snippet from a US newspaper:

"THE GOD VS. Darwin debate went to the White House last week when President Bush weighed in, stating in a roundtable interview with reporters that ''intelligent design" should be taught along with evolution in public schools. It's a move that has undoubtedly pleased the president's conservative religious base."

Actually, despite this suggestion of creationism, it does serve another function: it points to the notion that regardless of our faith convictions, the notion of an 'intelligent design' in the universe is being approached as a serious study. With the advent of quantum mechanics and the concept that the observer/participant alters material phenomena, there is a growing tendency to see the universe as conscious participation - in other words, as 'intelligent'.

DNA systemic functioning has been called 'cognitive' by some researchers, following on from the Maturana & Varela notion of autopoeisis.

For our evolutionary movement, it is important to perceive that our cosmos is not dead, but imbued with intelligence - our mistake so far is to deem all intelligence as being modelled on the human - a great anthropomorphic mistake.
Remote-controlled humans?

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone researchers have developed a device based on galvanic vestibular stimulation (a weak DC current is delivered to the mastoid behind your ear) that allows the wearer to be steered by remote control.

According to the full article: "NTT researchers also point, rather improbably, to GVS's potential for collision avoidance. A demonstration video shows a young man walking down the street nearly run over by a passing motorcycle, steered to safety at the last minute by a guardian angel wielding a remote control. But wouldn’t that require that people wear electric nodes behind their ears 24 hours a day?

Well, yes. And according to Maeda, the long-term effects of GVS are unknown. But he plans to continue investigating ways to bring the phenomenon to the public."

I find such research a little unconvincing. It is usual that such developments are paraded under the guise of medical benefit: yet the appropriation of such technologies are always open to wider use. For impaired persons this is indeed inspiring news. For me, I say we are already asleep and our need is to find a way to spiritually and creatively wake up rather than basking in dreams of being remoted.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Maverick author and editor at Wired, Kevin Kelly, has written an interesting and insightful article on the birth-pangs and future plans of the Internet called 'We are the Web'. Some of the things he says are:

"The scope of the Web today is hard to fathom. The total number of Web pages, including those that are dynamically created upon request and document files available through links, exceeds 600 billion. That's 100 pages per person alive.

How could we create so much, so fast, so well? In fewer than 4,000 days, we have encoded half a trillion versions of our collective story and put them in front of 1 billion people, or one-sixth of the world's population. That remarkable achievement was not in anyone's 10-year plan...all its services, all peripheral chips and affiliated devices from scanners to satellites, and the billions of human minds entangled in this global network. This gargantuan Machine already exists in a primitive form. In the coming decade, it will evolve into an integral extension not only of our senses and bodies but our minds.

Today, the Machine acts like a very large computer with top-level functions that operate at approximately the clock speed of an early PC. It processes 1 million emails each second, which essentially means network email runs at 1 megahertz. Same with Web searches. Instant messaging runs at 100 kilohertz, SMS at 1 kilohertz. The Machine's total external RAM is about 200 terabytes. In any one second, 10 terabits can be coursing through its backbone, and each year it generates nearly 20 exabytes of data. Its distributed "chip" spans 1 billion active PCs, which is approximately the number of transistors in one PC.

This planet-sized computer is comparable in complexity to a human brain. Both the brain and the Web have hundreds of billions of neurons (or Web pages). Each biological neuron sprouts synaptic links to thousands of other neurons, while each Web page branches into dozens of hyperlinks. That adds up to a trillion "synapses" between the static pages on the Web. The human brain has about 100 times that number - but brains are not doubling in size every few years. The Machine is.

There is only one time in the history of each planet when its inhabitants first wire up its innumerable parts to make one large Machine. Later that Machine may run faster, but there is only one time when it is born.

You and I are alive at this moment.

We should marvel, but people alive at such times usually don't. Every few centuries, the steady march of change meets a discontinuity, and history hinges on that moment. We look back on those pivotal eras and wonder what it would have been like to be alive then. Confucius, Zoroaster, Buddha, and the latter Jewish patriarchs lived in the same historical era, an inflection point known as the axial age of religion. Few world religions were born after this time. Similarly, the great personalities converging upon the American Revolution and the geniuses who commingled during the invention of modern science in the 17th century mark additional axial phases in the short history of our civilization.

- the only thing we can say is: Our Machine is born. It's on."

YES - WE ARE ON. Now, how do we keep our soul mind firing?
Author John Battelle has written a book called "The Search" which contains some interesting speculations about directions and mediums that search can evolve into. He writes that

"In the near future, search will metastasize from its origins on the PC-centric Web and be let loose on all manner of devices. This has already begun with mobile phones and PDAs; expect it to continue, viruslike, until search is built into every digital device touching our lives. The telephone, the automobile, the television, the stereo, the lowliest object with a chip and the ability to connect—all will incorporate network-aware search.

This is no fantasy; this is simple logic. As more and more of our lives become connected, digitized, and computed, we will need navigation and context interfaces to cope."

In a sense I find these thoughts relevant: in a world of greater external information, with increasing data storage and retrieval necessary, we will also increase our dependency upon external tools and devices to aid our navigation. We are becoming awash with information, not all of it good or useful.

Yet what is missing here is the 'inner search'. These realms are far more extensive and require greater skills and discipline of navigation. Outer space, I state, is a manifestation of consciousness which is itself the very essence of the inner space. Perhaps a greater ability of inner navigation will help us to steer our way through the physical networks, traffic, and congestions?

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

A subject which I have not commented upon for some time, yet which is still close to my thinking, and I feel is linked to the subject of our species development is that of memes:

"What if ideas were viruses?

Consider the T-phage virus. A T-phage cannot replicate itself; it reproduces by hijacking the DNA of a bacterium, forcing its host to make millions of copies of the phage. Similarly, an idea can parasitically infect your mind and alter your behavior, causing you to want to tell your friends about the idea, thus exposing them to the idea-virus. Any idea which does this is called a "meme" (pronounced `meem').

Unlike a virus, which is encoded in DNA molecules, a meme is nothing more than a pattern of information, one that happens to have evolved a form which induces people to repeat that pattern. Typical memes include individual slogans, ideas, catch-phrases, melodies, icons, inventions, and fashions. It may sound a bit sinister, this idea that people are hosts for mind-altering strings of symbols, but in fact this is what human culture is all about." from Global Brain Group

Yet language is a virus - or rather, thoughts are. Just as RNA protein molecules act as transmitters of information between DNA, that carry information to instruct the DNA to develop and act/function; so does language in the human sphere act as the transmitter of our thoughts between human molecules within the global cell. If a bacterial virus is passed along, such as cancer, it causes the cell to decay, and this infected cell is liable to spread the disease.

Similarly, if a segment of the human population gets a virus-idea (such as 'kill all those people who do not believe as we do'), then this idea spreads through language and culture to infect and destroy. We, like cancerous cells, are wiped out.

Biology passes on genes; human culture passes on memes. During our childhood we are fed certain 'truths/rules/laws' etc that we learn to condition ourselves and abide by - our cultural 'genetics'. So too will our generation pass on our cultural/developmental genes (memes) to our offspring. The condition of our memes - our thinking and mindset - will determine the fitness for evolution of those that are fed with our ideological memes.

Thus, it is imperative, crucial that we establish a healthy and positive, forward thinking set of cultural genes (memes) to duplicate and pass on to our evolving species. Not to do so can have catastrophic results for the future. Let us not turn our language into a destructive virus - let it be a healthy organism.