A philosophical work in progress:
the process of growth and manifestation.
There are many different types of energies flowing within the universe. Energies such as heat, light, gravity, water, and calories; and even emotional and/or spiritual energy is possible.
- The universe is an ecosystem.
- Evolution is perceived as the change in individuality over time.
- Individuality is a physical expression of a place/niche in an ecosystem.
- Thus, evolution is the change in the flow of energy through an ecosystem over time.
Evolution occurs with each form of energy individually. And, the evolution in each individual form of energy influences the evolution of all the other energies. The universe is completely integrated.
The change we see in individuality over time is only an expression of the change in the flow of energy over time.
It is impossible for an individual to control a flow of energy. However, it is possible for an individual to manage a flow of energy.
Everything in this universe evolves. Even the process by which everything evolves, must evolve.
The Selection Process
Selection is the physics of energy flowing through an ecosystem. Like electricity flowing through a circuit board.
There are four steps to the selection cycle; Chance, Suitability, Competition, and Choice.
And like switches in a circuit board, they occur in order; the previous one must be turned ‘on’ before the next is engaged.
- Chance is a single event occurring; everything begins with chance.
- Suitability is two our more chances occurring (and sustaining) simultaneously to create an individual/environment.
- Competition is two well suited individuals/environments fighting for the exact same resource.
- Choice is the ability to avoid competition and/or the power to create a chance.
Not all life has access to all four switches. In fact, most life can only access the first two switches: Chance and Suitability.
Competition is very specifically defined event:
- A tree growing next to a rock is not competing with the rock. It is simply growing the best it can in the environment it is in.
- Two trees growing next to one another are not competing. They each are simply growing the best they can in their specific environments.
- One tree might be better suited to the environment than the other, one tree will most likely be in a better micro-environment than the other, but one tree cannot be more competitive than the other.
- Two monkeys trying to get the exact same banana are competing.
- A home owner who had been suckered by a predatory lender because they could not read or understand the legal language of the contract did not lose a competition, they simply were poorly suited to the environment.
Humans are not the only species capable of making a choice, but humans are the only species who can be conscious of the ability.
There are instant choices and sustained choices. Most of what we might think to be an instant choice, selecting something from a menu at a restaurant, are just reactions. Reactions are not choices.
Sustained choices take a constant effort. A recovering alcoholic must sustain the choice to remain sober. For them, having a drink is a reaction and not a choice. Similarly, marriage is a sustained choice. Divorce is not the result of a couple’s choice to end their marriage, but the inevitable result of ending the sustained choice to work together; ending the sustained choice of working together occurs long before the reaction of divorce.
Temptation is a reactive pressure against a sustained choice.
Faith is maintaining a sustained choice even though we have no idea of the actual outcome.
One individual’s Choice can be another individual’s Chance.
One person’s sustained Choice could create a Suitable environment for other individual’s to flourish, like the children of a healthy marriage.
Civilization requires individuals to maintain sustained choices to direct the shared labor of problem solving.
A Prime-individual is the smallest measure of individuality where the individual is capable of evolutionary success despite the failure of others in its ecosystem.
Every Prime-individual is composed of Sub-individual Traits that evolve like individuals, but cannot exist on their own. The Sub-individual Trait can either be Dependent, like an eyeball, or Independent, like a shovel. A rock is an object, but a rock forged into an arrowhead and tied to a stick is an Independent Sub-individual Trait. An arrowhead left on the ground for thousands of years is a rock. When that arrowhead is found by an archaeologist and placed on display in a museum, it is still a rock; just a rock that was once an Independent Sub-individual Trait of an ancestor.
Super-individuals can be composed of other Super-individuals, Prime-individuals, and Independent Sub-individual Traits. A country is composed of states, counties, towns and cities, neighborhoods, families (all Super-Individuals), and people(Prime-Individuals). And, at each level, tools and technology (Independent Sub-Individual traits) have become part of the individual.
Evolution is an individual process: only individuals can evolve. And, individuals can only evolve at their level of individuality; either Sub, Prime, or Super. That is, a Prime-Individual cannot become a Super-Individual.
The Evolutionary Cycle
There are three stages in The Evolutionary Cycle; Physical Mutation, Mechanical Adaptation, and Behavioral Adaptation.
Simple life on this planet evolves by random events, jumping from one Physical Mutation to the next. An example of such simple life is bacteria. This initial stage of evolution is highly inaccurate and requires an immeasurable amount of failure before there is a single success.
More complex life has two stages of the evolutionary cycle; Physical Mutation and Mechanical Adaptation. An example of an individual in this category is the Fiddler Crab. A random event causes a Physical Mutation, that is then measured in terms of mechanical functionality. This is different from a bacteria that jumps from Physical Mutation to Physical Mutation in that the bacteria can only survive and reproduce, while the Fiddler Crab may experience a mutation that is not used mechanically until the environment shifts, or the crab incidentally makes use of the change. A primate first using the thumb that it had for generations is another example – having the thumb is the Physical Mutation, using it to grasp is the Mechanical Adaptation.
Humans enjoy all three stages of the evolutionary cycle; Physical Mutation, Mechanical Adaptation, and Behavioral Adaptation. A convenient example is a person buying a computer (Physical Mutation), then they must learn how to use it (Mechanical Adaptation), and then they fit the computer into their daily lives (Behavioral Adaptation). And how they adapt the computer into their lives will affect the next computer they buy. If the person never takes the time to learn how to use the computer, they most likely will never buy a second one. And, if two people bought the exact same first computer, and one played video games while the other wrote novels, their second computers would be completely different from one another.
Each increasing step up in The Evolutionary Cycle causes an acceleration in the process of evolution. This acceleration has caused gaps in the fossil record.
The 5 Options
In the interest of survival, all life must pursue balance within its environment. When the balance becomes skewed there are five options available:
- Do Nothing: Doing Nothing is when an individual accepts the judgment of Chance or someone else’s will (which, from their perspective, is also Chance).
- Migrate (Flight): Migration is when an individual relocates to an environment that it can find balance with.
- Compete (Fight): To Fight is to accept the judgment of competition with other individuals in the environment. [During a Fight, the Fight becomes its own environment, within which all options can be used to achieve victory… a micro environment, if you will.]
- Adapt: Adaptation is changing our individuality to better fit a changing environment.
- Create: Creation is changing our environment to better suit our individuality.
If an individual does not find balance within its environment it will die.
The 6 Selection Methods
There are two selection perspectives of evolution; a Yin and a Yang if you will. The masculine perspective(Yin) is Survival, and the feminine perspective(Yang) is Reproduction. (Masculine and feminine are not used here in relation to gender.)
There are three selection methods for the masculine perspective, and three selection methods the feminine. The masculine selection methods all enhance a species ability to survive, while the feminine selection methods enhances a species ability to reproduce.
The three Survival (Masculine) Selection Methods are Congregate, Industrial, and Political, and the three Reproductive (Feminine) Selection Methods are Reactive, Social, and Progressive.
- Congregate Survival is the simple fact that there is strength in numbers. Fish are more likely to survive when in a school than while swimming alone.
- Reactive Reproduction is when two individuals are required for reproduction (which requires them to live together in a congregation first) and physical attributes are the means of invoking a sexual reaction. For example, color of feathers or pheromones.
- Industrial Survival is when the school of fish begins to work together to ensure survival. An example of a species that has perfected the Industrial Survival Method is honey bees.
- Social Reproduction is when two individuals are required to reproduce, but an individual can override the reaction. Each individual is able to use their own criteria to select a mate. For example, a woman might choose a man with a certain career.
- Political Survival is when an Industrial Congregation starts limiting membership in their community according to shared Industrial goals. Eventually, the outcasts will create a new criteria for Congregating.
- Progressive Reproduction is when an individual chooses a mate from a group of suitable mates based on a new criteria. For example, if a woman choose to mate with a teacher and finds herself in a room full of handsome and polite teachers, then she might choose the one she feels most emotionally connected to.
The cycle begins again as the outcasts and progressives from one or more Congregations begin to migrate and Congregate. (Think of homosexuals moving to the same cities and neighborhoods within those cities. Also, those of similar religious or political beliefs.)
Bees have an industrial structure, but no social structure. (Their genes and physiology define the role they play in the hive.)
Humans are the only creature on planet Earth to have an industrial structure AND a social structure.
(And this is the most basic difference in people’s political perspective.)
Since humans are pack animals, the best, and most comprehensive, way to measure an individual’s maturity is by how old they feel in the presence of their parents.
An immature person cannot control their behavior. Under normal circumstances, the greatest reactive pressure is put on people by their parents. Thus, a mature person can interact, socially and professionally, with their parents and in the presence of their parents, without losing control of their behavior, personality, or character.
The pursuit of peace is folly,
for it invites our slavery.
The pursuit of war is insane,
for It invites our destruction.
The pursuit of balance is divine.
When we pursue balance
we can know happiness in times of peace
and we can enjoy certainty in times of war.
Happiness and certainty are all that we can ask for.
Heretofore, Evolutionary Success has been considered the ability to have grand children. This is a far too basic goal based on an overly simplistic perspective of the evolutionary process – one that focuses entirely on genetics.
We have since learned that a single generation can create a toxic soup that stays around for generations, and that evolution involves both behavior and genetic traits working together in complex ways.
Thus, Evolutionary Success is the ability to have, and/or enable others to have, great, great, great, grandchildren.
The Evolution of Our Perception of Human Nature
It is always better to measure people by their behavior than by their words. This also stands true with institutions.
Religions were developed during hard times of famine to help people get through and survive, then during peaceful times politicians and sophists used, exaggerated, abused and distorted the religions for their own benefit. Thus, any religion that has survived through several cycles of Feast and Famine appears to be about as authentic as a three dollar bill. The true value of a religion is hidden deep bellow all the rhetoric, in the behaviors that they instilled in their followers that helped them survive tough times.
In the interest of survival, all individuals must find balance with their environment (including the other individuals in their environment). To do this they have five options:
- Do nothing – Buddhism is a passive religion that places most important work on introspection and eliminating our tendency to cause problems for ourselves by elevating above the human perspective. What we do out of boredom or blind reaction is the cause of 99% of our problems. Most often, when we have nothing to do, the best thing to do is nothing at all.
- Migrate (flight) – Judaism is a religion that has rituals designed to keep a community together and safe during the confusion and dangers of migration. Judaism has way too many rituals that are so blatantly obvious to me that they are focused on keeping a community tight and functioning through any chaos. However, and unfortunately, we have learned during and since the Holocaust that Judaism isn’t very good at reacting to conflict when it is thrust upon it and does not cope very well with the traumatic aftereffects of conflict.
- Compete (fight) – Islam is a religion that has rituals designed to keep a community together and safe when conflict is forced upon it. In our times it is hard to see, but try to consider the rituals of Islam as a way to relieve the stress and trauma of war; praying five times a day to help calm nerves, and requiring women to keep covered to protect them from the men who must become savage in order to survive in the war. I think this would be easier understood if compared to the problems we see today with Post traumatic Stress Disorder and how soldiers gets worse with the more free and idle time they have to let their minds wander, and how their wives become afraid of them.
- Adapt – Christianity is a religion that has rituals designed to help people adapt to new environments. As sure as the Catholic Church is based in Rome, the principles of Christianity – forgive those who trespass against you, tolerate differences, love thy brother, and turn the other cheek – are exactly what is required for a person to adapt to a new environment. The problem with Christianity however, is that unchecked adaptation leads to cancer.
- Create – Science is not yet a religion, but I have no doubt that it will become one… and that it needs to become one. To control our ability to create so that we do not kill ourselves from our own creativity.
Patriarchy: 1 – Social organization marked by the supremacy of the father in the clan or family, the legal dependence of wives and children, and the reckoning descent and inheritance in the male line. 2 – A society organized according to the principles of patriarchy.¹
Matriarchy: 1 – A system of social organization in which descent and inheritance are traced through the female line. 2 – A family, group, or state governed by a matriarch.¹ (Although, I am of the mind that the word Matriarchy should be defined exactly the same as Patriarchy, except with the genders reversed.)
Demogarchy²: 1 – A system of social organization in which descent and inheritance are traced by which child is chosen to be best suited to fill the role of family leader, regardless of gender or place in birth order.
¹ From my thirty-six year old Webster’s Dictionary.
² A word I made up.