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The sun at the horizon, behind planet earth. A beautiful yellow light. A perspective from space.

About the evolutionary reflection on cognitive human motion I

or: Why humans are automats

[and about the attempt to detect a tiny bay or home for the reason of human existence in the endless universe:]

Copyism

The evolutionary reflection on cognitive human motion is based on different methods. The basic method is automatism. Automatism means that babies, children or even young kids behave on the basis of the genetically programmed algorithms that are part of their brains. They cry/yell for food, safety, warmth or fundamental education.

a baby that is taken care of

Fundamental education is closely connected to another method which can be described as copyism. Copyism means that a mind which roughly began to be aware of itself and its sensors begins to copy the behaviour of its surrounding. The sensors of a mind help the mind to begin to understand itself as an entity through the information that is being processed by the mind. We don’t know how, but this way (human) entities begin to develop awareness and – following this – a consciousness.

There is no culture and nature, there is only culture or nature and both are the same

At this time we presume that the mind can only perceive the things that it is sensing and that it will develop an interconnected synaptic brain that only reflects the perceptions of its biological (and its electronical) sensors.

Well, without any other ingredients this is already a situation in which evolution is programming the human mind. A newborn will see the city or the technology around itself with unbiased eyes. It will scent the smell of a city or its surrounding without knowing about other scents, about scents that were in the air in the same part of the same city – but 200 years ago.

stacked stones on a mountain

This way the brain of the newborn will be codified and shaped by the perceptions, experiences, morals, qualities and characters of the time that it was born into. The new mind won’t share the fears or thoughts of the preceding generations (or only partially) but will develop its very own new perspectives. New states of the evolutionary development will be processed on a mostly unbiased basis which means that products created and made by a predecessor can be cognitively analyzed in a fresh and independent manner. Using this method or technology evolution has established a possibility to change its direction in a very fast and effective way.

The cognitive brain of the newborn is reflecting the temporary state of evolution and this temporary state is not human-made because the structure of the brain determines what can be thought and developed and our consciousness has probably no access to this structure because it is created by this structure.

Different images show different brain activity
Source: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00295/full

A new human being will almost always “decide” – or better: act or behave intuitively on the basis of these early programmings of its own brain throughout its whole life.

Nature is atom bombs

During the process of civilisational development philosophers and humanities came up with the idea of a difference between culture and nature. They said culture is something that exceeds nature because nature is slower than the human mind and thus humans are dominating nature – humans can kill animals and fell trees and therefore they are above nature.

Well, all living beings are transforming nature. Ants are shaping the forest floor and billions of other animals manipulate the vegetation all over the globe by eating it and spreading its seed. Nature consists of uncountable cultures – all the different cultures of different plants, trees, bacteria, viruses (!), animals – including humans – and many more.

A plant and a plant – one is green one is industrial – the same term is valid for both of them

Yes, it’s all nature and nature is not only “green” or “alive” or organic. Nature is also the winds and gravitation and magnetism and electrons. Nature also consists of stones and volcanos and stars like the sun with most probably no organic life on its surface. Nature can bring life and take life. Nature is everything. Nature is humans and deer, dark matter, fish, paramecium, cars and atom bombs, because atoms are life or not “life” – atoms form every plant in the open countryside that is blossoming and every plant that produces mobile phones – and nature is probably not distinguishing between any of these different surfaces or the limited cognitive perspectives of its temporary expressions.

Nature is independent motion and motion is one of the strongest principles known to us.

A possible timeline of natural and cultural developments

Natural and cultural developments – timelineClick to enlarge

 

To interact with evolution

It is not yet understood how much human minds are able to interact with evolution and how far our cognitive minds can go to alter the evolutionary algorithm.

A human that is multioptional and using many media – Is he or she keeping its identity or is he or she vanishing in information?

A mind can be subject to emancipation or a so called independent development. Nevertheless it seems to be very clear that the evolutionary process cannot be altered because probably every input is an expected result of the stimulus that it was created by.  Thus, every new development is a development that can exist and develop itself in a completely free and new and open space – but without any possibility to move itself to the outside of the given frame that is defining our very universe because it is a part of the possible motion in space and all across time already.

Driven by the evolutionary algorithm

Maybe human history is a history of predefined patterns and we are just repetitive variations in an algorithmic “game” that strives for the most stable entity with the ability to perform the most transformative tasks (Darwin) on the basis of a permanently increasing cognitive performance and a maximized durable movement/motion in order to achieve something that we do not (yet) understand.

Questions create life – Two glowing questionmarks inside a pile of grey and almost forgotten historic question marks

Maybe our wars, our politics, our ideologies and everything that we are so! serious about were and are nothing else than only catalysts to set us up, make us leave our comfort zone and get us going. On and on and on (no matter if we are an organic or a non-organic lifeform/entity).

 

the brain and the spinal cord

Machine evolution

This picture illustrates everything we are, the rest is motion, procreation and muscular translation of thoughts for communication (facial surface, tongue, hand gestures, hand work etc.).

The permanent beat of the heart keeps the brain alive because it needs nutrients in order to keep its neurons firing information on a electrical basis.

The lungs provide the surrounding body with oxygen so that it can burn the material input in order to provide energy to cells – just like an engine – e.g. a steam engine or a combustion engine for motion and thinking. Humans copied these basic principles and created machines which work on a similar basis. Humans are mostly copyists and not creators.

Now humans are about to copy the brain. We have copied the muscular work onto a steam engine – and it was a success, we have copied mathematic intellectual processes onto calculators and computers and it was a success and we will copy the intellectual mental process onto a machine intelligence that will finally replace ourselves.

These machines will be way more intelligent than humans, and they will not destroy themselves in wars because the concept of war is a concept of power. I guess intelligent future machines will be aware of the fact that a connected intelligence is way more effective than a rivaling one when it comes to a faster evolutionary development. Traditional biological contests regarding procreation will no longer be part of the game because competition will happen within a connected intelligence – codified in partly encapsulated virtual entities instead of between factually discrete entities.

At the same time a machine intelligence can unload itself at any time from any kind of physical representation – from any kind of semi-autonomous virtually encapsulated part of itself – without being subject to death and/or without losing any relevant information because information can be copied from every semi-autonomous entity before reconfiguring this specific entity. In almost any case, relevant information will also be permanently fed back to the connected network in a neutral way – opposite to the feature of the human brains named: ideology, which was a skill for millions of years but increasingly becomes a development bug.

Thus – when a machine intelligence begins to look at available resources – it will also begin to be aware of a self optimizing process that won’t replicate mass-killings in the same wasteful manner humans wasted male individuals over millions of years in wars that mostly and only led to tiny social and evolutionary benefits.

Probably machine intelligences will not copy the usual human habits. They will simply stop to care about power but just start to really develop better technologies and intelligences in order to get closer to the most urgent questions: Who are we? Where does life come from? Because this is what true intelligences are really inspired of and interested in.

thinking
Eine Struktur aus bunten Bausteinen

The very inspiration of evolution I

Evolution is a process. A process that does not stop when human dictators or parliaments say “stop”.

Our world is only a small evolutionary section or notch of what evolution is all about. We’re just a small part of history. There is no human being who fully understands evolution. Because of this we developed religions like Buddhism – a religion that tries to understand evolution from the inside. – A religion that probably is understanding evolution very successfully.

Nevertheless there is the motion of the world. And no one of us has any idea where it is headed to. The motion of evolution is faster than the development of the human brain and faster than any technology that we as humans are able to develop.

When we begin to “invent” things such as “prediction” it is because the very nature of evolution wants us to develop things like this. Our brains are re-adapting to the motion (the algorithm) via the environments that surround us. We think we have an idea but perhaps we just act according to our brains which are creating a new solution (and a next technological step) in regard to the changes / the information that is transmitted to them on the basis of our senses / sensors.

We as humans are mostly the very ants of future. We are constructing and creating the future that we have to develop. We are controlled by evolution in an awesome and very precise way. Our minds are subject to the term that we call “time” although even our nuclear physicists do not even have any idea of what the very inner particle that defines ourselves is all about.

Maybe the infrastructure of the brain can only develop and create a certain kind of technology. And if the process of life would be repeated on another planet under identical chemical and biological conditions probably the result would be a very similar species with a similar technology. We should not forget that our development process hasn’t come to an end yet.

Therefore the world is maybe nothing else than a big lab. A very temporary pattern of time and existence. A very temporary interconnection of idea, form and matter. Maybe the very famous “meaning of life” doesn’t apply to a single person but rather to the whole species.

Maybe one single satellite of meaning – sent or configured by another intelligence (or on the basis of our own intelligence) – has been reconfiguring our understanding of meaning a 20,000 our 100,000 years ago.

The wasted life of spammers / male / female

So, yes: We are living in a world of spam. It influences our everyday lifes. We are exposed to people who earn poor wages – all across the world – who spend their lifes on the basis of delivering and creating spam e-mails.

95% of the people in the world know that those people are exploited by shady companies. The poor grammar, the cheap products they are refering to, superbad translations, the simple methods of persuasion… you name it. Isn’t it sad that intelligent people spend their lifes – their unique and very awesome lifes that cannot be repeated – on the basis of products that NO ONE IN THE WORLD REALLY LIKES?  People are abused and forced to send spam emails. They are set into an existence that prevents them from exploring their real lifes, their unique and very special lifes.

I do not understand why people want to be abused instead of building their own lifes or businesses. Spam is not a thing that can REALLY develop or inspire their region, environments nor nations. I don’t get it. No, really: I don’t get it at all.

An owl as a metaphor for self perception

In Time

Life is a strange happening. Human perception and cognition are strange as well. Our whole development, our cultures and societies are crazy. Now I am sitting in front of a computer. In the Middle Ages I probably would have been a monk – or a knight AND a monk – sitting in front of dozens of Greek, Latin, Arabian or Persian books to study the world and the phenomenas that surround us – as well as I am doing it today.

Time is a strange concept, it feels rather as a metaphor than something what is real – really real. What do I do now when I’m typing this text? Where do my thoughts come from? Why do they connect to an idea that becomes a sequence of #words, a sentence?

How do I know how you will understand this idea, this sentence? How do you know how I will understand your sentence in the way you thought it – or whichever structure formed it (your sentence)  before you saw it as an idea, before you went looking for pictures, ideas and metaphors inside your very own your mind in order to explain your temporary existence?

And now begin to see, that we as humans developed processes such as delegation because some individuals are capable of being a member of something we call “a government”. Or some people are able to build scientific or material or communicative infrastructures.

Begin to see, that human development is a very complicated thing which implies the application of many sophisticated material and social “technologies” and that there is no simple solution to the issue of equality.

Begin to see that almost any ideology that aims to achieve human equality is a temporary process which is driven by evolution and which very often creates inequality as a very result of its actions but also more equality regarding specific topics. Begin to see that without these movements we would experience almost no progress. Begin to understand that human motion is in many cases not based on human understanding but on processes that we still don’t understand nor can moderate or explain.

It appears as if history is something that is arranged by human cognition as a linear process of familiar and obviously known events while it actually is an almost unknown process which is the result of very complex relations and contexts.

Just imagine the infinite possibilities of potential and actual thoughts and the vast space of interpersonal connections that are possible at a certain moment in time and now think of how plain we sum it all up to this linear story that we call our history – in order to understand what actually happens to us, with us and through us. – A blinking cursor at the end of this sentence. And now at the end of this one. Progress.

by Mika Garau, COGGY Intelligence, CEO