This article was written on 27 Sep 2007, and is filled under out of time.

Das neue evolutionäre Paradigma…

Seit Längerem beschäftigt mich ein sehr interessanter Monolog aus dem Film „Waking Life“.

Leider hat sich noch niemand die Mühe gemacht, die Passage auf deutsch abzutippen.
Solange, wie ich dazu selbst noch nicht im Stande war, hier die englische Fassung:

„If we’re looking at the highlights of human development, you have to look at the evolution of the organism, and then at the development of its interaction with the environment. Evolution of the organism begins with the evolution of life, proceeds through the hominid, coming to the evolution of mankind: Neanderthal and Cro-magnon man. Now interestingly, what you’re looking at here are three strains: biological, anthropological — development of the cities — and culture, which is human expression.

Now what you’ve seen here is the evolution of populations, not so much the evolution of individuals. And in addition, if you look at the time scales that are involved here, two billion years for life, six million years for the hominid, 100,000 years for mankind as we know it, you’re beginning to see the telescopic nature of the evolutionary timeline. And then when you get to agriculture, when you get to scientific revolution and industrial revolution, you’re looking at 10,0000 years, 400 years, 150 years, and you’re seeing a further telescoping of this evolutionary time. What that means is that as we go through the new evolution, it’s going to telescope to the point we should be able to manifest it within our lifetime, within a generation.

The new evolution stems from information. And it stems from two types of information, digital and analog. The digital is artificial intelligence, the analog results from molecular biology, the cloning of the organism, and you knit the two together with neurobiology. Before, on the old evolutionary paradigm, one would die and the other would grow and dominate. But under the new paradigm, they would exist as a mutually supportive, non-competitive grouping, independent from the external.

And what’s interesting here is that evolution now becomes an individually centered process emanating from the needs and desires of the individual, and not an external process, a passive process, where the individual is just at the whim of the collective. So you produce a neo-human, okay, with a new individuality, a new consciousness. But that’s only the beginning of the evolutionary cycle, because as the next cycle proceeds, the input is now this new intelligence. As intelligence piles on intelligence, as ability piles upon ability, the speed changes. Until what? Until we reach a crescendo. In a way, it could almost be imagined as an almost instantaneous fulfillment of human and neo-human potential. It could be something totally different. It could be the amplification of the individual, the multiplication of individual existences. Parallel existences. Now with the individual no longer restricted by time and space.

And the manifestations of this neo-human type evolution, the manifestations could be dramatically counter-intuitive. That’s the interesting part. The old evolution is cold, it’s sterile, it’s efficient, and its manifestations are those of social adaptation: we’re talking about parasitism, dominance, morality, war, predation. These will be subject to de-emphasis. These will be subject to de-evolution. The new evolutionary paradigm will give us the human traits of truth, of loyalty, of justice, of freedom. These will be the manifestations of the new evolution. And that is what we would hope to see. Yes, that would be nice.“


One Comment

  1. Thadeus Protz
    28. September 2007

    evolution of mind.

    but hey, warum steht der autorname nicht mehr hinter dem artikel?

    (dieser verrückte professor)

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