two-party system (evolution vs. intelligent design) is an obsolete
hypothesis synthesizes the thesis-antithesis of evolution and intelligent
design into an expanded model of biology's natural history.
is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having
been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into
one, and that . . . from so simple a beginning endless forms most
beautiful and most wonderful have been and are being evolved."
Darwin, The Descent of Man
as I do that man in the distant future will be a far more perfect
creature than he now is, it is an intolerable thought that he and
all other sentient beings are doomed to complete annihilation after
such long-continued slow progress."
— Charles Darwin,
new science of complexity, or complex systems theory, retrieves
the discarded doctrine of vitalism. It assigns to nature a capacity
to self organize—to
construct complex structures and processes spontaneously.
and entropy—anabolic and catabolic processes—feed
each other through circuits collectively
called metabolism. Nature's
metabolism encompasses the organic and the inorganic in a
continuum of anabolic and catabolic exchanges.
Technology decommissions the specialized adaptations of the adult body. The neoteny that results illustrates gene-culture coevolution. In outer space that process will deliver a posthuman form anticipated by the religious figure of the cherubic angel, or putto, the celestial infant.
Brain circuits juvenilized by weightlessness will mediate a concomitantly juvenilized subjectivity. The psychedelic, or entheogenic, experience provides a preview of the de-differentiated consciousness likely to characterize the juvenilized minds of extraterrestrials.
Sociobiology explains social organization in naturalistic terms, but it remains taboo to apply it to humans, because that would imply
that human society is stratified genetically. Conspiracy theories step in to concur that the ruling class indeed is an inbreeding elite. Anyone uncomfortable with the notion is free to dismiss it as
"conspiracy theory." Nonetheless, genetic stratification sets the stage for speciation.
shall attempt to show that what observers in the Progressive Era called
'the Invisible Government' has now become quite visible; and that
what is usually taken to be the central content of politics, the
pressure, and the campaigns, and the congressional maneuvering, has,
in considerable part, now been relegated to the middle levels of
Wright Mills, The Power Elite
spare humankind the hell of a technocratic,fundamentalist hive,
humanism needs to mount a postmodern revolution—a revolution
that rejects the alienation of a plotless history. The star larvae
hypothesis lays the foundation for such an essential revolution.
he spake, and once more into the cup in which
he had previously mingled the soul of the universe he poured
the remains of the elements, and mingled them
in much the same manner [. . . .] And having made it he divided
the whole mixture into souls equal in number to the stars, and
assigned each soul to a star; and having there placed them as in
a chariot, he showed them the nature of the universe, and declared
to them the laws of destiny, according to which their first birth
would be one and the same for all,-no one should suffer a
disadvantage at his hands; they were to be
sown in the instruments of time severally adapted to them, and
to come forth the most religious of animals [. . . .] He
who lived well during his appointed time was
to return and dwell in his native star, and there he would have
a blessed and congenial existence."
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