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Introduction
& Prolog
Part 1.
Metabolic Metaphysics
Part 2.
Star Larvae
Part 3.
Space Brains
Addenda
Epilog

The Star Larvae Hypothesis

Nature's Plan for Humankind:
Beyond Darwin and Intelligent Design


The Hypothesis:

  1. Stars constitute a genus of organism.
  2. The stellar life cycle includes a larval phase.
  3. Biological life constitutes the larval phase of the stellar life cycle.


Elaboration
The hypothesis presents
a teleological model of nature, in which

 

human evolution and intelligent designIntroduction: Beyond Darwin and Intelligent Design

The two-party system (evolution vs. intelligent design) is an obsolete paradigm. Our hypothesis synthesizes the thesis-antithesis of evolution and intelligent design into an expanded model of biology's natural history.

"There 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."
Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man

"Believing 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, autobiography


Prolog: The Nature of Meaning and the Meaning of Nature
If nature is divine artifice, as religious faith supposes, then nature is of a kind with technology.

Nature is somebody's science project.


 
 

astrotheology in alchemy PART 1: Metabolic Metaphysics

"As cosmological theories advance, they will draw more concepts from biology."
Sir Martin Rees, "Rees's Law"

Complexity Theory and the Retrieval of Vitalism
The 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.
Entropy: Nature's Preferred Direction?
The old science of thermodynamics assigns to nature a capacity to self disorganize—to deconstruct complex structures and processes spontaneously.
Metabolism and the Complexity-Entropy Circuit
Complexity 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.
Organism and Environment
Sub-processes within nature's metabolism can seem themselves to be discrete metabolisms. But these sub-processes, organisms, cannot operate autonomously, separately from an environment.
Symbiosis
Organisms become harder to define when they extend their metabolisms through, and become dependent on, one another.
Technology, or Niche Construction
Organisms become even harder to define when they extend their metabolisms through, and become dependent on, their own artifacts.
Coincidence and Creativity in Nature: Liberal Applications of Niche Construction
Natural selection and genetic drift don't shape organisms to fit ecological niches. Organisms construct the niches they want.


astrotheology and HinduismPART 2: Star Larvae

"Good are the lights our God has created,
fashioning them with insight and wisdom."
Traditional Jewish prayer, El Adon

Teleology, the Forms of Function
Science and religion are at odds over whether nature and history participate in a programwhether any particular direction inheres in these processes.
Ontophylogeny, or Evelopment
Evolution’s Extended Synthesis dethrones natural selection as the primary shaper of phenotypes.
Anthropic Coincidence
The laws of nature in this universe are attuned precisely to the needs of biological organisms.
Cosmological Natural Selection
The laws of nature appear to be tuned to provide the universe with reproductive organs—black holes.
The Stellar Organism
Their stable disequilibria, catalytic metabolisms, periodic physiological cycles, and homeostatic feedback controls qualify stars as living organisms.
Astrolatry, Astrotheology and Astral Religion
The universality and persistence of astral themes in religious art and lore testify to humankind’s stellar calling.
Silicates and Biogenesis
Biological life is cosmic, not terrestrial, in origin and scope.
Panspermia: Seeds Everywhere
Biological life impregnates planets, where it gestates, until it returns to space symbiotic with its technologies.
The Proton Crisis and the Heat Death of the Universe
Biological life extends the life of the universe by recycling black holes into new protons (through a technology sufficiently advanced as to be indistinguishable from magic).
Quantum Gravity and the Physics of Consciousness
Researchers continue to map correlations between neurological and mental events. But subjectivity per se seems to originate at a different interface—between quantum and gravitational events.

astrotheology and christianityPART 3: Space Brains

"Zero-G, and I feel fine."
John Glenn, aboard Friendship 7, 1962

Space Migration: Ascent to Heaven
Mother Earth has come to term. It's time to leave home.
Neuroplasticity and the Enrichments of Weightlessness
Bones and muscles—adaptations to gravity—atrophy in space, but brains are poised to bulk up.
Neuroplasticity and Neurological Neoteny
Weightless enrichment juvenilizes brains, extending the neotenous trend in human evolution.
Sleep, Lifestyle of the Rich and Weightless
Juvenilized brains exuberate and snooze. But snoozing threatens the enrichments that exuberance produces.
Lucid Dreams, the Great Awakening
Dreaming compensates for sleep's brain-impoverishing paralysis. Dreaming with intent extends conscious will into the unconscious.
Omnipresent Virtualities
Virtual reality releases solitary dreamers into the collective dream.
Quantum Theology
Resolving the proton crisis through oneiric intent—the universe heals itself through its own subjectivity.

neotenous angelPART 4: Addendum: Cyberfetus Rising

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.

"I do not like broccoli. And I haven't liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I'm president of the United States, and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli."
President George H. W. Bush, to reporters, spring 1990


TimothyPART 5: Addendum: Exo-Psychology Revisited

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.

"If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is: Infinite."
William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

 


Conspiracy_New World OrderPART 6: Addendum: The Sociobiology of the New World Order (and the Conspiracy of Sociobiology)

Sociobiology explains social organization in naturalistic terms, But it remains taboo to apply it to humans, because it implies 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.

"I 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 power."
C. Wright Mills, The Power Elite

 


Epilog: The Meaning of Purpose
To 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.

 

astrotheology and catholicism astrotheology and pop culture
"Thus 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."

— Plato
The Timaeus

 
 

 
 
 

The Star Larvae Hypothesis:

Stars constitute a genus of organism. The stellar life cycle includes a larval phase. Biological life constitutes the larval phase of the stellar life cycle.

Elaboration: The hypothesis presents a teleological model of nature, in which    

 

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