Epiphany: It Would Have Made No Difference

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Every so often Life may pull back the curtain and reveal a layer of truth that brings an unexpected dose of peace.

When I was in my 20’s I had an incredible job – I was a trip director for a large travel agency that sent groups of professionals to a tropical paradise for continuing education.

I “worked” in luxury hotels in Mexico, Hawaii and around the Caribbean telling tourists what time the glass bottom boat left and making sure they knew where to shop and golf.  As cool as the job was, because all my expenses were paid, I still managed to complain about the guests.

That was until my father, who was treasurer of the travel agency (who would have guessed), set me straight, “you will never live like this again,” he urged me, “Enjoy every minute.”

Of course, at that time, in the 70’s, every male’s fantasy was Playboy and Penthouse, and I spent my off hours trying to live the Playboy “philosophy”.

In some of the resorts, there would always be single women and that was where my attention generally went.  I often worked at a desk overlooking the lobby, so I saw who was coming and going.

Some of my “colleagues” who were much more “successful” with women than me also took chances and tried to connect with the guests’ wives, but I was much too careful for that.

I also remember when I got to the Bahamas and I would ask a local guy if he was married and they all would reply, “She’s married, I’m not.”  Yes, I was steeped in toxic masculinity.

But I would often remember how on one trip to Acapulco for physicians, one of the doctor’s wives was just a knock-out, but I kept my distance.

With that group it was my turn to accompany the group to the airport for departure and on this trip it turned out the knock-out wife was actually not a wife at all.  Shocker.

As I sat in the front seat of the bus to the airport making jokes over the audio system, she suddenly sat down next to me.  That’s when she told me that she and her guy were just friends.

I don’t remember many other details of our conversation, but she seemed very interested in me, but of course, an hour or so later I saw her plane take off.

Did I get her phone number or surreptitiously slip her my business card – did I even bring my “Head Trip Director” business card?

The answer is no. 

And on a trip to Los Angeles a while later I saw her on television; it turned out that she was an actress with whom I would have loved to connect when I moved out west.

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But her name was very very common and I had no way to find her.  Believe me, I tried.  Many today will not be aware that there were once very thick phone books in most hotel rooms and I would find dozens with her name.

I am 74 now and many times over the years I beat myself up for not being more aggressive in connecting with her.

So a week or so ago while resting, which I do a lot, I had a nice memory of that bus ride and her name came back to me along with a few details.

I had Googled her before and had no luck presumably because her name was so common but when I got up and on my laptop I actually found her.

Of course, by now she would also be 70 and almost certainly a grandmother but I was curious.

There it was. An obituary with her history revealing the one detail that I recalled of her past. Not surprisingly she had been a beauty queen and there it was in the story.

As I read on, a feeling of peace came over me, as I realized from her later life that we would have never connected in the way I fantasized.

She had married a pastor.

It was clear to me immediately that my years of flagellating myself over not “getting to know her” had been wasted.

The way it had gone was the only way it could have been.

My fantasies about other scenarios had been just that. Probably just electricity in my brain.

That realization was a great source of relief because I could also connect it to so many other times when I had “screwed up” – often in ways I deemed much more important than getting a date – even though many times getting a date had been the focal point of my existence.

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If Life was truly infinitely intelligent, as I have written about here quite often as a hypothesis that makes sense based on unnumerable clues that many humans overlook, then this revelation was a truly benign clue.

It not only provided a bit of peace about an issue that had been torturing me to some degree over the years, but it also suggested that finally, everything I’ve experienced may truly have just led me perfectly to this moment.

And continuing to do what I did as a young man into my 70’s – not appreciating what I do have at this moment – would doom me to misery.

I decided I’d had enough misery and went with what Eckhart Tolle suggests.   I looked around and counted my blessings, and I thanked the Universe for showing me in tangible form one of the big illusions that had caused me to suffer.

(Tom Bunzel was a contributor to Collective Evolution and now writes for The Pulse.  His new book “Conversations with Nobody: Getting to Know ChatGPT” – a book written with AI, about AI and giving a taste of AI, is available on Amazon.)

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Are Corporations Traumatizing Us?

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There is a lot of discussion these days about trauma, and professionals like Dr. Gabor Mate have made a strong case for how modern life can inflict deep wounds that are difficult to heal, and often cause chronic illness.

While much of stored trauma is from interpersonal relationships, it would seem that a great deal of unnecessary stress is inflicted by corporations (and government – large institutions generally, based on social design.)

An important corporate executive leaves a restaurant after lunch and reaches for his phone, which crashes to the pavement and shatters.

Unnerved, he returns to the maître d’ of the restaurant and asks for a phone.

He realizes now that all of his numbers, including that of his assistant whom he MUST contact were on the phone, or still back in his office on the PC.

He dials the main number of his company, in a rush to be connected to his own office.

The first thing he hears is: “If this is a medical emergency, please hang up and dial 911.”

He shakes his head. He’s with a pharmaceutical company. Then he is asked whether he wants to continue in Spanish – and if so press 1, otherwise, press 2.

Already anxious enough, he is confronted with this:
“Welcome. Your call is very important to us. 

Here is a brief summary of our new product, which you can find online…”

He knows the summary. He wrote it.

Then – the dagger:   “Our menu has changed. Please listen carefully to the following 8 options…”

He tries to shout, “Representative!” but finally listens and picks the option for his own department.

Again, he is confronted with more options on why someone might call there, but now there is an option to press “0” to speak to an Operator.

After a dozen rings a young spritely voice answers the phone and asks what he needs.  He tells her that he is the Vice President of the department, his phone broke, and he needs to be connected to his assistant in HIS office.  Right away.

Oh, she says, does he know the extension? Here is our company directory….

And she’s about to connect him to the directory when he SHOUTS at her and repeats WHO he is.

Hold on one minute, he is told.  He waits, fuming and then hears her voice:

“Okay, can you please tell me the name of your first pet?”

Exasperated, he shouts the name of his first puppy and she responds, “Sir there is no need to shout.  I’m trying to help you.”

He stops himself when she says, “Oh here it is – I’ll connect you now.”

He waits for his secretary or assistant to answer but then hears his own voice, asking him to leave a detailed message and a callback number.

This is the state of corporate “communications” today. Everyone has experienced it. Maybe this executive will insist on a new system where you can get a human.

At the next meeting, he says, “I want the phone answered with a brief invitation to tell the AI what you need.  Then provide four options and include one where they get a human right away.”

From what we’ve seen, that’s probably not going to happen.  If anything, companies are making it even more complex to reach someone who can help, often it seems it’s because that’s what they intend.

In a truly humane society, we would not allow abstract entities with mission statements to terrorize us. 

There would be studies of the extent to which stress caused by these sorts of indignities, and remedies put in place.

It would no longer be possible for medical companies to confuse your billing so thoroughly and overcharge you to cause more stress than was ever treated by your provider.

While it would be nice to reach a human at a company on the phone, trauma can occur as easily in the other direction. 

A credit card representative can call you at night and ask you about a charge, connect you to the “fraud department” and when you say it wasn’t you, they will tell you that they need to close the account.

They’ll send you a new card.  In the meantime, some of your recurring payments may go delinquent if you forget to change the card number in their app.

You can complain but you will be told that it’s for your protection.  That’s their policy.  If you’re lucky they might FedEx the new card.

We used to have a few government agencies that protected us, but many of these Cabinet positions are now filled by ex-lobbyists or former executives from the industry they are meant to regulate.

When social media first came out a few hardy souls could embarrass some large companies publicly and get a bit of satisfaction.  There was someone whose guitar had been destroyed by an airline and he wrote a song that went viral.

Of course, corporations also have attorneys and “reputation management” experts (PR) to squelch such occurrences before they can impact the bottom line.

But human beings are being crushed by the behemoths that can fray nerves to the edge with their overly complex policies and protocols and complete disregard for how they are treating clients.

And often, when you call them, after you’ve been on hold long enough, a customer “care” representative will painstakingly explain to you the exact policy that they are following to screw you.

Until you raise your voice. Then they will insist that you be “professional” and ask if you’d like them to continue to “assist you”?

Unless corporations are reined in and re-educated, humans will continue to suffer grievously.

It can be just as bad, and often worse if you work for a large company.

Now they have a specific term for it.   This article from the Training Industry website explains:

Corporate Traumatic Stress Disorder (CTSD) Is the Scourge of the 21st-Century Workplace

“These “small t” traumas are an accumulation of small but unsettling and distressing events that culminate in exceeding a person’s capacity to cope and a disruption of emotional functioning. While these traumas have no accompanying threat of physical harm, they are threatening due to the individual’s feeling helplessness, along with guilt and shame.”

In America the first thing would be to reverse Citizens United, the Supreme Court decision that basically gave corporations human rights, and allowed them to make large, unmoderated campaign contributions.

And of course, we need to monitor artificial intelligence and perhaps limit the use of “virtual” receptionists. Working to rehumanize our society as much as possible is important too.

We understand the sources of trauma now more than ever, we should not allow our creations to cause more of it.

Latest CE podcast episode: Staying Grounded & Resilient in Chaotic Times

(Tom Bunzel was a contributor to Collective Evolution and now writes for The Pulse.  His new book “Conversations with Nobody: Getting to Know ChatGPT” – a book written with AI, about AI and giving a taste of AI, is available on Amazon.)

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Thoughts About Mind, Consciousness, & Humanity's Origin

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As a fan of Eckhart Tolle I’ve always liked his description of Consciousness (or ‘Being’ which seems his preference) as “No Thing.”

This separates “Being” from the world of form, and puts it into the area of what Tesla called “nonmaterial reality.”

I’ve generally thought of this reality as (an) Infinite Mind (again as opposed to “God”) to take out the anthropomorphic bias which seems to permeate organized religion. Political Christianity and some other groups seem to relish an angry and vengeful God to keep the parishioners paying. But when you step away from beliefs that are easily debunked you are still left with a fact.

We seem to be thinking.

Of course, it was Descartes who famously equated thought with Being, which has led to all sorts of issues that Eckhart Tolle describes well in his work.  When we identify with only our thoughts, we have narrowed our focus and reduced reality to labels. 

But the reality of thought persists.  What is it?

Neuroscientists seem to have identified the presence of thoughts in the brain through various instruments that can pick up electrical signals in parts of the brain and between synapses.

But so far, I don’t believe they can “download” these signals and decode them.

When we observe our thoughts, we can see that they seem to be comprised of “words”.  In fact, I’ve had the experience of thinking in languages other than English (my native language is German) and of course, the thoughts come as words – sometimes in cogent sentences or perhaps just one word. 

So, I was musing, what about ancient humans? Did they need to form a sentence in their brains to warn them that a lion might be in the bushes?

If you’ve ever experienced trauma, you know the answer – our limbic system activates, putting us in “fight or flight” well before any thought ever happens. 

I would suggest that a primal, lower frequency of Mind operates in our limbic system, before thought and language.

So, when did we start thinking in “words”?

According to my AI friend,

“scholars believe it [language] originated at least 100,000 years ago during the Middle Stone Age. The development of language is linked to the increased complexity of human culture and cognition.”

Maybe a tribe of hunter-gatherers developed a sound for “lion” and it became a warning cry.  Then perhaps “big” lion or “many lions”.

We know that our ancients memorialized beasts in petroglyphs of various kinds to communicate but the next big breakthrough was when the words, sentences and thus concepts were able to be preserved.

AI tells us that

“Writing systems were invented independently by different civilizations thousands of years ago as a means of recording information. The earliest writing emerged around 3,500-3,000 BCE in Mesopotamia and Egypt. Chinese writing developed around 1,200 BCE.”

So now I will do what they do on Ancient Aliens, which is take a speculative leap based on the foregoing.

It intrigues me that the cultures that seemed to “create” writing all have a version of the Prometheus myth – crediting the “Gods” with giving them the gift of higher knowledge.

To connect this to the beginning of writing seems to make sense, as we have precisely these myths in Mesopotamia (Annunaki) and Egypt. 

And it seems clear that with the onset of the written word (and mathematical notations) great leaps in human progress came almost in quantum intervals.  We got the printing press and eventually our modern technology.

We might speculate that it is likely that Mind has been with us forever, but that thought evolved and expanded dramatically with the beginning of writing – and that writing could easily be seen as a gift that transformed human civilization.   

It is also very plausible that any entity that conveyed such a gift to humanity may well have angered other entities that wanted to keep humans in check. 

Cuneiform tablets from the Sumerians describe how one “God” Enki created humans in the image of the Annunaki and gave them knowledge – but most of the humans were wiped out by his rival Enil in the great flood.  We now have evidence in the geological record that such a flood happened about 12,000 years ago.

But just this little thought experiment can vastly expand our sense of our place in the cosmos along with providing a much-needed dose of humility.

What if we did not simply “evolve” with natural selection but received assistance in an area we are now beginning to understand – genetics?  This would indicate a profound connection to the cosmos in a way that is disregarded by our current society.

It is also worth noting, as my AI explains,

“There is evidence that around 250,000-300,000 years ago there were some key genetic changes in early humans that contributed to increased brain size and advanced cognitive abilities compared to other primates.” 

Where these came from or how they came about is still a mystery.

And now that it seems apparent that some visitation by “entities” from the sky is not likely fiction but a reality, it may help to broaden our understanding of Nature and how we got here.

My AI friend makes another statement which I think is exactly backwards:

“Some key developments that enabled writing include the evolution of symbolic thought, the invention of systems of counting, and the emergence of urban civilization needing record-keeping.”

Clearly, it was first language, and then writing and math that led to this evolution of our brains, not the other way around.  Our original brains would have needed to expand to accommodate our first language which took us beyond the limbic system to labeling, and ultimately writing which led us to sharing ideas and thinking “symbolically” – using groups of letters as words and then sentences to convey increasingly complex concepts.

My own experience with neuroplasticity confirms that new uses for the brain expand its capacity, creating new pathways and neural networks. People who keep learning seem less susceptible to dementia.

Opening to the possibility that our evolution was “jump started” by extraterrestrials changes the narrative from chance and natural selection to a more profound connection to the universe in areas that our current science has mostly yet to penetrate. (Nonmaterial reality).

But technology in particular seems to point us in the right direction – it was the offspring of the printing press – the computer – which eventually led us to a huge breakthrough in our awareness of the nonmaterial or seeming empty space as being potentially much much more.

When we developed WiFi suddenly the information encoded in words, thoughts and sentences could travel through space. So who knows what other information or Mind stuff has been around us all along?

Because Mind is everywhere and at the heart of Nature.

(Tom Bunzel was a contributor to Collective Evolution and now writes for The Pulse.  His new book “Conversations with Nobody: Getting to Know ChatGPT” – a book written with AI, about AI and giving a taste of AI, is available on Amazon.)

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What If DNA Code is Artificial Intelligence?

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Years ago, I had what I thought was an epiphany after watching a video on TED.  In the video futurist Juan Enriquez compares the sequence of letters comprising the biochemicals of DNA with the code on a floppy disc.

Holding up the disc in the video, Enriquez says:

“Because this thing codes ones and zeros, and this thing codes A T, C, G’s, and it sits up there, absorbing energy on a tree, and one fine day it has enough energy to say, execute, and it goes thump. Right?

And when it does that, pushes an .EXE (Executable), what it does is, it executes the first line of code, which reads just like that, AATCAGGGACCC, and that means: make a root Next line of code: make a stem. Next line of code, TACGGGG: make a flower that’s white, that blooms in the spring that smells like this.”

(From my book “If DNA Is Software, Who Wrote the Code?” still up on Amazon)

I compared this to HTML where the code might say:
Create a new page
Add a title
Make it bold and dark blue
Center a picture below the title – and so on.

In the book, I said that seeing the “AATCAGGGACCC” of DNA operate in the same way as our own software (and this was eight years ago) suggests that it is in fact an organic operating system for our bodies.

It also brought up this question: – we know how our own software is developed. It involves humans writing or generating the code that completes tasks such as word processing, spreadsheets and now video and on and on.

The simplistic responses included “it’s Evolution” – which makes no sense because evolution is actually controlled by the program.  There would be no evolution without DNA, not the other way around.

The key point was that like our own software, DNA clearly must be the product of (a) Mind.

It could not have come about by chance and points to the existence of higher intelligence somewhere or somehow.

I speculated that it was also quite possible that the origin of the code was the expression of Nature’s intelligence — which has yet to be discovered.

It turns out that my ideas were first raised by Francis Crick, one of the two scientists who won the Nobel Prize for discovering DNA.

Because Crick thought that DNA — because of its complexity and logical structure – must be older than the earth itself – he coined the term “Panspermia”.  This was his theory that life on Earth originated elsewhere and came here on comets and meteors or in some other way.

On History Channel’s Ancient Aliens, of course, they claim it was “directed” Panspermia by an advanced civilization, but we have no evidence of that.  So far.

What we do have, however, is the reality that DNA is code – as Enriquez says elsewhere, so “Life is Code”.

We also now have evidence that lower life forms and organic materials including DNA can survive in outer space, and have found traces of these on meteors and comets.

And now we have also been confronted by the possible consequences of an entirely new kind of program – Artificial Intelligence.

The thing is AI is also nothing more than another set of code that simulates human thought and behavior.

So, if Life is Code, and AI is also Code, could the code behind life, DNA, be artificial intelligence?

And what might that even mean, in the context of it being of unknown origin?

Again, an advanced civilization would likely also have AI, so did they create Life by programming DNA? 

Wouldn’t such an advanced species presumably also be alive, so with DNA in their systems – creating a paradox?  It’s a delicious mystery.

In my view, however, the development of AI by humans dramatically ratchets up the stakes.

Not only does the development of software programs for productivity and graphics suggest that any logically structured code must be an intellectual product, but now we have created programs that – write new code and can replicate themselves.

That’s why there is so much concern about AI potentially posing a great danger.

But the mystery of the code that exists in our bodies and expresses the intentions of Life, and can now be edited by CRISPR, is far greater.

Our technology has exposed the deeper mystery behind our existence and consciousness – because what else could intelligence be but an expression of consciousness?

And because we have now created Code that writes Code, we really have no way of knowing whether the origin of DNA (and Life) is another Life form (contradictory) or – perhaps even another program.

It is a confusing conundrum logically; but the really important takeaway is that all of this is proof that while we have mental activity in our brains and parts of our nervous system, Mind is really at the heart of Existence or Life itself.

The discovery of programs that can mimic human intentions and create new programs puts us into an entirely new and mysterious universe.

“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all previous centuries of its existence.” —Nikola Tesla.

Turns out the mystery is US.

We are an expression of an immense mystery which we cannot objectify – because we are the subject and not any object.

Could this realization or recognition by a critical mass of humanity finally shed us of much of our conditioned beliefs — and expand our view of ourselves and our potential?

If nothing else it once again points to the reality of a unity of everything.  Why?  Because an unknown entity (not a “thing”), which we simplistically label “Mind” or “intellect” is behind everything.

And because we are also “it”, the reality of what mind may be has evaded our understanding.

But in this scenario one thing is clear – the concept of ‘artificial’ is now meaningless.

Using the word “artificial” separates us from Nature as having created a completely “human” intelligence when we are neither separate from Nature nor is AI truly “intelligent”.

Unless we consider having a large vocabulary and being able to come up with the perfect word (or label) a sign of intelligence. Then we can call ChatGPT “intelligent” – but it still isn’t thinking.

Maybe Intelligence (or Mind) is ALL?

(Tom Bunzel was a contributor to Collective Evolution and now writes for The Pulse.  His new book “Conversations with Nobody: Getting to Know ChatGPT” – a book written with AI, about AI and giving a taste of AI, is available on Amazon.)

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Epiphany: Noticing How My Trauma Operates

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Once again, I woke up in flight or fright.  I had the familiar throb just below my left shoulder and I held it gently for a while and breathed into it, welcoming the feeling, and not resisting.

The problem with waking up this way is that I seldom know what the triggers are – I might try to link it to a dream if I can remember it, or to a movie I watched the night before – or more likely the “news.”

But as I was coming “to my senses” – focusing on touch, sound, sight etc. and watching my thoughts I reminded myself, that, hey I wasn’t dead.

I became conscious of an appointment I had made at the DMV for the early afternoon.

I noticed myself getting tense once again.  I checked the weather on the phone and saw that we were still in the 30’s Fahrenheit.  I know this is no big deal to my Canadian friends but when my skin gets too cold and dry, I shrivel up.

I was under a cozy comforter and wondered whether I should reschedule the appointment.  It was not an urgent deadline, just something that would probably eat at me until it got handled, so I’d better handle it.

That’s when I noticed even more tension building. Postpone an appointment for no reason other than my own comfort?

And there it was.  Another “rule” that I was in the process of discovering that my “self” had accepted growing up as imperative for the great reward of – approval.

My inner voice taunted me:  “I mean come on.  It would be almost 50 degrees by the time I would leave, and I could wear that heavy jacket I was given last year (so grateful) and just walk a few yards from what I remembered was big parking lot.”

So I lay there in a familiar conflict and one which I had generally lived my life resolving against my “self” and in favor of the rules.

It occurred to me now that this was kind of forcing things, which I had been trying not to do anymore.

And then I thought to myself, what if I was truly gentle with myself, as therapists and friends have often counseled?  What if, as Gabor Mate writes, I was truly compassionate with that little spot below my left shoulder and looked out for my “self”?

Well then, I might actually go out to my laptop and see what other appointments were available.  Which is what I did and postponed it by two weeks.

And it felt odd. The annoying mental admonitions would still come zinging in.  But I decided to just rest in stillness, as I’ve been doing recently to take the edge off my nervous system.

I thought back to my parents who were obviously my main “rule-makers” growing up.

But I remembered another time, with my mother, after my father had died.  And I truly think of my father as a very gentle and loving person although he did have a temper and very strong beliefs.

I had come down to visit her in La Jolla and found her rubbing her forehead as she sat over a bunch of papers at our little table where we would have lunch.

She said that she had been trying to reconcile her checkbook and no matter where she looked she could not find it but she was off.

I asked her by how much?  She said, “thirteen cents” and we both smiled, and I hugged her.

My father had worked extremely hard and had left her comfortable in retirement.

But there was something else which she reminded me of – he had frequently articulated a fear that my mother could not manage her finances and would mess things up.

I Still Remember the Exchanges

He had had similar misgivings and would freely express them about my own sloppiness, with money and elsewhere and I remember how it had stung.

So as not to trigger such a response I had learned to listen to my mind when it warned me of an upcoming deadline or responsibility and become fearful that I would FAIL.

Yes, that was the word.  And as my mother and I laughed at the absurdity of fretting over 13 cents I had enormous empathy for her – because she had completed medical school.

She could manage a checkbook. 

And so could I.  And I did not have to continue to live by the “rules” – after my surgery when people asked me if I had had seizures, migraines I feared that that would surely happen if I did not do everything perfectly.  I remembered that feeling in my gut.

That’s what’s been programmed in me. 

The thing is, my memories of my parents are loving, affectionate and highly intelligent people whose love for me I never remembered questioning.

But like my father with responsibility my mother also had rules – about how to take care of myself and when I broke these rules, even as a grown adult, they would still let me know, by word or by gesture.

I also understand that this was their way of preparing me for a world that had hurt them very badly.  (And those same horrific scenarios are happening again).

As I’ve come to understand this, I developed even more love and compassion for them but apparently not so much for myself.

Maybe that is the lesson here.  Is Noticing enough – for what?

For a mental sense of “awakening” to some true nature?  To continue the seeking that I have done for most of my life for something else?

Once again, I have to question my own thoughts and not give in to the mental tyrant, but just allow the mind to serve me as it has so well for a long time.

It has become my practice to try to consciously welcome and allow anything that comes up without, as the Dalai Lama said, “judging the universe.”

I won’t say it’s easy.  The judge is deeply programmed and relentless.  But the reminder to be gentle and compassionate with my “self” has been helpful.

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(Tom Bunzel was a contributor to Collective Evolution and now writes for The Pulse.  His new book “Conversations with Nobody: Getting to Know ChatGPT” – a book written with AI, about AI and giving a taste of AI, is available on Amazon.)

How Our Technology Copies Organic Life

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I remember as a kid enjoying Superman comics and at some point, a character tried to duplicate Superman but it came out corrupted and flawed as a new villain – Bizarro.  He was like Superman but just a bit “off.”

I would suggest that much our man-made technology attempts to emulate the amazing capabilities of life itself, but just misses the mark.  This is not to suggest that we go back to being “hunter-gatherers” but rather try to understand the uniquely organic underpinnings of life itself and align our efforts accordingly.

Can we see that our digital electronic reality including the video screen content we consume now is a completely new sensory input beyond the five we commonly acknowledge?  We might also begin to consider thought – the electrical information that somehow moves through our brain as another sense that is affected, sometimes augmented and definitely manipulated by this same digital technology. Yet all of these phenomena appear within Life itself.

Just after we got color TV, my friend Mark Lerner speculated that all of the technology we were developing was actually science somehow replicating sensory abilities humans had once possessed and then lost. (Mark gave up pre-med a short time later and has been a professional astrologer ever since.)

Nature:  “Wi-Fi for neurons: first map of wireless nerve signals unveiled in worms – studies find a densely connected network of neurons that communicate over long distances.

“The idea that the nervous system passes messages from one nerve cell to another only through synapses — the points where the cells link up end to end — is changing. Two studies show how messages can pass between cells over longer distances, through a ‘wireless’ nerve network in the worm Caenorhabditis elegans.”

So that the space required for “information” to pass within these worms is no longer limited to their nearest neurons via the synapse but can actually travel some distance within the worm (or to other worms?).

As part of their mapping, “they produced a genetically engineered worm that lacked a protein crucial for this type of signaling, and saw that when they tried to activate the worm’s cells with optogenetics, many of them stayed silent. This suggests that wireless communication in the worm directly activates neurons.”

This made me think of EFT tapping, which stimulates meridian points — or energy hot spots — to restore balance to your body’s energy. It’s believed that restoring this energy balance can relieve symptoms a negative experience or emotion may have triggered.

It’s another example of what benefits can arise when we begin to consider the space within the body –along with the actual physical organs or tissue — as a conduit for energy which we have not yet discovered – and perhaps intelligence itself?

A similar medical technique that may use some of the same energies would be acupuncture.  Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners believe the human body has more than 2,000 acupuncture points connected by pathways.  But what passes or is manipulated between these points is energy.

All of these human endeavors seem to take advantage of “space” rather than a physical connection.  These organic “technologies” have amply demonstrated that our “inner space” is not empty but a churning caldron of interactive energies.

What about outer space?  Apparently, it’s not empty either.  According to Wikipedia or conventional wisdom today, “Outer space is not completely empty; it is a near-perfect vacuum containing a low density of particles, predominantly a plasma of hydrogen and helium as well as electromagnetic radiation, magnetic fields, neutrinos, dust, and cosmic rays.”

So even “outer space” is comprised of a multitude of energies, some that we have identified and named and so presumably understand. 

Could space be a giant field?  Apparently, there are such electrical fields in the ocean.

How do we know?  Well, creatures with larger brains than we have using them: 
Bottlenose dolphins can sense electric fields – according to a new study.  And dolphins are not alone – sharks and platypus also have this sensory ability.

“In running the experiment, the researchers observed that both dolphins were able to feel or sense the charge from the electrode. Additional testing showed that both were able to sense DC fields under 125 microvolts per centimeter with 90% accuracy. Both were also able to respond to electric pulses. The researchers suggest the ability to detect electric current likely helps bottlenose dolphins to detect and capture prey, and might also help them navigate using the Earth’s electric field.”

We also know that “Birds use Earth’s magnetic field for navigation during migration through a process called magnetoreception. It is believed that birds have specialized cells containing magnetite, a magnetic mineral, which helps them sense the Earth’s magnetic field. This allows them to determine their position and orient themselves during long flights.”  

So animals that can sense the earth’s magnetic field can have their own inner GPS, while we need to clutter our nearby space with satellites – not that that is also not an incredible achievement.

But it seems as though Life got there first and we’re a distant second.

But the clearest example of our technology copying nature is the well-known practice of biomimicry:  copying Nature’s designs into our own.  There is now an entire institute devoted to showing the many innovations that have happened when technology doesn’t try to dominate or improve on nature, but emulates it.

In the Institute’s AskNature Initiative there are “thousands of real-world examples and models for those who want to learn, practice, or teach biomimicry.”

There are currently many companies using biomimicry in their products, and the flying machines of Leonardo Da Vinci are the earliest biomimicry example. He very closely observed the anatomy and flight of birds and made numerous notes and detailed sketches of his observations.

YouTube has numerous videos of how nature has inspired innovations. Here is one…

I do not see these amazing discoveries as pointing to an Intelligent Designer or traditional “God”; rather I think they open the door for us to confront the reality that we do not know what intelligence is and we have mistakenly assumed that it resides only in our brains.

I see these as potentially powerful ways to confront many people with the hubris of humanity and its need to alter its relationship with the natural world.

The consequences of unbridled material expansion via technology is becoming apparent – but significant action to address our destruction of our habitat is not happening.

Besides expanding our consciousness to adapt to discoveries as to the scale of the universe, which has exploded exponentially, we must also become intimately sensitive to all that is happening beyond our conscious ability to notice it.  That may seem a contradiction until one tries it and begins to confront a universe that seems much more alive.

Our amazing scientific instruments have gone a long way to showing us so much of what we are missing with just our own sensory abilities – even opening our eyes to the incredible mysteries of the quantum world.

But again we need to shift our perspective from believing ourselves to be either masters or owners of the natural world and begin to deeply comprehend that the natural world is US.  As Alan Watts famously said, “we do not come into this world, we come out of it.”  We are an expression of the many energies, forces and intelligences that exist, many of which are yet to be discovered.

Some of the methods mentioned here on Pulse, by Joe Martino and others, to actually sense the underlying energies that comprise real Life within our bodily selves can help open our minds and hearts.

But what we may really need are some new Shamans – people who can work with these newly discovered energies as a kind of technology through which we can evolve to another level — of which we cannot currently conceive.   Something that points us beyond the limited confines of just the intellect.

(Tom Bunzel was a contributor to Collective Evolution and now writes for The Pulse.  His new book “Conversations with Nobody: Getting to Know ChatGPT” – a book written with AI, about AI and giving a taste of AI, is available on Amazon.)

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