Saturday, 31 July 2010

De-Culturalism

(series of fragmented but very intense channelings 5-29 June)

Culture and DNA archetypes


Anything created by humans be it a functional object, an aesthetic object, a discipline or a mental system is a cultural artifact. All creations of humans start from the perception of sensory data as external to the individual. Where pre-cognitive sensory perception may be almost identical in most humans, what happens at the processing and conceiving stages may be extremely unique. The memories (including experience in logical thinking) accumulated over time together with the random genetic code is what causes an original reaction to the stimuli perceived. When we go down to the bare bones of the genetic code though, the same patterns emerge, not only across humans but all organisms based on this system. Taking DNA for example, a unit of code is thought to be a combination of the 3 nucleic acids, and there are 64 known units. The emergent code then, is a pattern of these basic units of information. It is not too far fetched to deduce that these 64 units are the archetypes of all DNA-based experience. These archetypes possibly lay down the foundation of the basic mathematical experience of living organisms. Each of these units could represent an essential mathematical rule upon which all life is based on. This ultra compact source of information is translated in the various stages of RNA, before unfolding into complex proteins that transfer instructions to the rest of the body.

Cultural existentialism

What lies behind elementary particles? Does the perception of self-awareness signify consciousness or is it a cultural illusion? Is it possible to escape linguistic symbolisms, and access a perception-free objective reality? Is reality possible without a perceiving or symbol-making mechanism? Are the words truth, consciousness, or any laryngeal code arbitrary cultural artifacts?

I could go on forever, but it seems I'm returning back to the conclusion I came to years ago, language (and the cultural memes it creates) is the main culprit for our existential crisis. It forces the mind into loops, it's limiting, yet so essential to our evolution. Language is laryngeal- manual, meaning that is not just a code created out of primate grunts, but also a code that stems from cultural artifacts and constructs. Although these lingual-cultural codes developed for communicative and social reasons, they came to envelop and permeate all human understanding. It is obvious that language shapes perception, and that language reveals truth. Laryngeal manual language can show truths about the culture it originates from and can make sense of the world in a practical day to day basis. It enables individuals to share (crudely) truths, ideas, emotions and concepts. It shapes the way people live in and perceive their world but also facilitates the movement of thought and creation of neurolinguistic connections. It is doubtful whether a human being can fully escape the symbol-based artifact-making realm of language.

The post-modernist condition signifies the same linguistic looping that occurs within the brain – culture is reaching its limits and is looping back on itself. If it continues like this it will reach a state of maturity and saturation, a global culture that integrates and churns up all sub-cultures into an undifferentiated pulp of the human collective. It is is the age of intertextualism and hypertextualism, of complex connections of cultural references and over-saturation of cultural artifacts. It is leading to the melding of culture into a single living post temporal entity giving the ability to view culture as a whole; understanding its history, accepting all of its components and recognising the archetypal elements that make up the cultural code. It may eventually grow out of the laryngeal-manual phase, and become a culture that recognises as its only truth the DNA within its cells and its genetic history. A collective that is conscious of the archetypes generated by DNA and which understands their evolution and source. DNA and organic compounds in general will become the new language that will define the next generation of culture- the culture of genetics. New genetic codes will be conceived, while people will communicate in strings of amino acids. Truth will become genetic, until it is replaced by the language of particles and quarks.


Post- perception

Enlightenment is really about a new state of perception. There is a limit to what we can understand and perceive, and that limit is dictated by our cultural and linguistic systems but also our current biology. Both limiting as they are, they're also our only tools of evolution, and they also appear to have the capacity for progress. Biology defines culture, but culture shapes and moulds biology. Culture is of course a layer of biology, a program created by complex biological hardware. In the case of humans the perceiving mechanisms of their biology and their evolution through time led to the creation of today's culture. It can be argued that through natural selection DNA evolved together with culture, and thus humans shaped their own DNA (see genetic-memetic co-evolution theory). Evolution theory and natural selection are very much based on chance and random events/ mutations and thus would suggest that cultural evolution is based on accident. A more deterministic argument could be that DNA already withholds all possible routes including future ones, and human software only activate particular routes depending on environmental conditions and the complex human temporal intersection. Both arguments can coexist.

In the hierarchy of existence codes, the DNA-RNA organic code is based on a molecular code, which is itself based on an atomic code and so on. This is known as the descending flow as it starts from the simplest energetic unit (in current science these are the elementary particles and the postulated preons) and becomes more complex as it 'descends' into its various manifestations. The descending flow is manifesting, creationist, natural, balancing, harmonious, divine, mathematical, archetypal, simple, clear, deterministic, passive. Unconscious, permanent, immortal, exhaling, lays down the foundations, the hardware.

The ascending flow starts at the threshold between the DNA-RNA code and the cellular code, that is followed by the synaptic code and so on. It is the software stage, constructivist, building using existing material, recreating, analysing, observing, discovering, interacting, networking, imagining, sourcing, brewing, making instead of creating, reiterating, questioning, evolving, becoming more complicated and chaotic, obscuring, abstracting, coding, categorising, naming, Intellectualising, copying, reflecting, reproducing, renewing, finite, limited, temporary, subconscious, thinking, rationalizing. The playing out, the game board, the processing of data.

Each of these codes is based on the code that precedes them, and are therefore affected by each other hierarchically. The 'destiny' of each code is the driving force of the destiny of the code that it makes. Each code becomes the 'hardware' of the next, and the 'software' of the previous.


De-culturalism



After the over saturation of culture and the big mess of information and memification, comes the need to cleanse from cultural constructs and memes and return back to the basics. While most cultural artifacts can be disposed of, language and science will need to be designed from the ground up stripped from any cultural references. Again, an arbitrary code can be used based on DNA sequences and archetypes. Cultural memetic studies should look at the connections between cultural emergent memes and DNA archetypes. Memes are not negative used in the correct way.

De-culturalism involves the conscious distinction between pure culturally inflicted thought patterns (including personal habitual patterns) and genetic patterns. It involves the gradual deconstruction of cultural, moral, intellectual, and finally neural codes. It's the decoding, understanding and appreciation of each successive code, and the immersion into the next. Conscious backtracking and pattern reading. The codes to be decoded are successively: cultural, moral, intellectual, instinctual, neural, cellular, genetic, molecular, atomic and particular.

It's the era of decoders, programmers, artificial life scientists, genetic engineers, neurolinguistics, genetic linguistics, neural interfaces and networks, objective truth, self and world discovery, deconstructing and reconstructing the truth, temporal awareness and physics, revelation of and return to the source, personality clusters, molecular engineering and nanotechnology. A culture obsessed with code, decoding, eliminating, simplifying, connecting the dots, unveiling, return to the roots, being fully conscious, universal Darwinism, history of the universe, understanding of purpose, quantum manipulation.




The diagram shows the various connections and interactions of emergent codes. Existence is separated into three stages, the hardware stage, the software stage and the reversal stage. These can be seen as part of a circle or perhaps a more fitting symbol would be the ouroboros, but to emphasise the descent-ascent-reveral and facilitate the comprehension of interacting codes it is presented as an inverted triangle. Each stage manifests itself into 7 successive codes that are part of a continuous spectrum (separated for intellectualising purposes). The dotted radial lines between each code show the interconnections between the various stages, so that each code from the first stage corresponds with its opposite code in the software stage, while both stages correspond with the third stage in the reverse. Each large dot represents a key stage in the evolution, a leap between one stage to another but also a threshold or buffer between the stages. The middle of the triangle aptly named nirvana, is a point that can be reached from any point in the hierarchy (although especially from the 3 key points) and represents the peaceful source of everything, the centre that stirs the cycle but always remains outside it.

The first stage shows the flow of energy to matter, from nothingness to something. As energy starts to solidify, it first appears as dual wave-particles, which then coagulate and evolve into more and more complex and stable structures of matter. This interaction of matter creates the known and unknown universe (what is sometimes described as the Big Bang.) At the second threshold life is created, first as self-replicating pieces of matter and over the threshold as the first unicellular organisms. (A virus is an example of a dual matter-living entity on the threshold of life).

The cells kick start a new kind of evolution as they compete with each other to sustain their existence and begin their own game of bio-survival. They ingest raw matter or each other, and gradually develop sophisticated replicating mechanisms. The organisms enter the perceptual stage once they develop sensory systems that can reinterpret matter interactions in order to make better sense of their surroundings and better compete in the game of evolution. (Pre-nervous system organisms react to chemical stimuli through strictly chemical interactions that do not involve any translation of data and so cannot be classified as perceptions.) The sensory systems evolve into complex nervous systems that soon give rise to behavioural patterns such as instincts and emotions.

Humans appear somewhere between the emotional and rational codes, and start to create their own codes through memification that finally leads to moral and cultural codes. Now somewhere between the cultural and global codes, we start to look back at what we created and what we have been given and start to realise our impact on the whole planet but also our own collective. At the third threshold, we become fully conscious beings and start to integrate all human experience and understand our position in the hierarchy of codes. Through deculturalisation and decoding we start to discover truths as we use our nervous systems to reprogram ourselves. We discover the DNA archetypes that make us up, and the personality clusters that we are part of. We finally reach a post-personal stage where we understand the intrinsic architecture of existence and evolve gradually out of a bodily existence into wave-based existence. Once the transition is complete truth and objective reality can be experienced in all their glory free from sensory restraints before returning back into the unconscious to start another cycle.

The small diagram on the left shows an alternative where the third stage is actually the ascent while the second stage is shown as linear or parallel, signifying its virtual nature. The diagram on the right shows the second stage as merely a dot in the grand scheme of things, the point of return of the exhalation and inhalation process.

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