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Reflections on EI

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Aristotle

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_causeA

“The unmoved movers are, themselves, immaterial substance,”

“This immaterial form of activity must be intellectual in nature and it cannot be contingent upon sensory perception if it is to remain uniform; therefore eternal substance must think only of thinking itself and exist outside the starry sphere, where even the notion of place is undefined for Aristotle.”

This is Embedded Intelligence, Aristotle style.

EI and Information

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information

“Information is that which informs, i.e. that from which data can be derived. Information is conveyed either as the content of a message or through the direct or indirect observation of something. That which is perceived can be construed as a message in its own right, and in that sense, information is always conveyed as the content of a message.”

Rob Blair

“Phase 1 “EI”: Embedded Information – non-living “bits” of the universe which itself evolved from an energy plasma, to sub atomic particles to elementary matter to stars, planets, etc.  Astrophysicists like David Weintraub and theorists like Alan Guth have worked much of this out (see Guth’s book: The Inflationary Universe). This leads to Phase 2.

Phase 2 “EI”: Embedded Intelligence – living things that by definition evolved an awareness of self over geologic time enough to react in a manner to metabolize and adapt to its surroundings, reproduce, contain an assembly code (DNA, RNA) that is maintained and passed along via reproduction (add additional attributes). Living things have the ability to “learn, understand and deal with new situations” to survive. This leads to Phase 3.

Phase 3 “EI”: Embedded Integration – the human species now appears to be entering into a new age where electronic sensing and communication is linking a majority of the population and its environment into a singular-acting “organism” (see July 2014 Scientific American cover article “Living in the connected World: How global sensor networks are extending the human nervous system” and Peter Russell’s Global Brain).”

Fred Washburn

“All living things have a built-in embedded intelligent system to survive. Whether it be the amoeba knowing when to divide, the bird how to fly, or humans knowing how to learn and apply what they have learned, all have an embedded intelligence system.”

Joseph Campbell

In the book titled The Inner Reaches of Outer Space by Joseph Campbell writes on pages 13 and 14:

“Bioenergies that are the essence of life itself, and which, when unbridled, become terrific, horrifying, and destructive.

The first, most elementary and horrifying of all, is the innocent voraciousness of life which feeds on lives and provides the first interest of the infant feeding on its mother.”

“The second primal compulsion, linked almost in identity with the first (as recognized in the Abyssinian Paean), is the sexual, generative urge, which during the years of passage out of infancy comes to knowledge with such urgency that in its seasons it overleaps the claims even of the first.”

“A third motivation, which on the world stage of world history has been the unique generator of the action – since the period, at least, of Sargon I of Akkad, in southern Mesopotamia, c. 2300 BC – is the apparently irresistible impulse to plunder. …. an impulse launched from the eyes, not to consume, but to possess.”

We humans have developed and evolved our embedded intelligence system to such a degree that we are constantly exploring what we know to be our body, mind, soul, and the world or universe we live in. Now we are beginning to understand what we know about the universe, both sub-atomically and beyond the bounds of this planet, searching for the embedded intelligence of everything.

Sometimes our beliefs are held onto long after we know better, thus disabling or confusing our embedded intelligence. We celebrate and enjoy our beliefs, what we know, and understand providing for application of that which we understand, engineering a better world we live in.

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