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Learning from nature

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Learning by observing nature and then devising a similar strategy has been a way to find new technology since the very beginning of thought, I would imagine.

What I wanted to consider today was how people everywhere could view successful strategies in nature and apply them to their own methods of interaction to have a more effective and more survivable system.

I was thinking of the concept of ‘selfish gene’ and Googled it, and found this Selfish Gene, Dawkins and this is interesting as that is a real person and he has a web site Dawkins which seems very odd as it is like being able to correspond with the ideas themselves.I suppose I am obligated to read these books so that I do not repeat that which is easily known elsewhere or be able to extend the logic to a new level.

This makes me wonder, how much of the study of philosophy and society have I missed by not considering it an important and pivotal science? My approach was to have a firm and solid foundation in logic, math, physics, chemistry, biology, and systems before considering the more complex subjects of intelligent systems and ‘systems of systems’. I can’t say whether the bottom up approach or the top down approach is better, I will find out by comparing to their conclusions and creating a standard to judge the actual effectiveness of the ideas in practice.

I may be repeating things that are already considered, however I think that the idea of keeping ideas fresh and considering new knowledge that might affect a conclusion is a good idea in any case. It was my intent to consider the idea of how self assembling organisms were the winners in an evolutionary sense and that ‘selfish organisms’ tended to be driven into a niche that was persistent, but continued to take a smaller and smaller role in the universe of biological form as cooperation of cells and complexity dominated.

All people can take a clue from this parallel with nature, where a system of cooperating cells, further their own existence by acting together in one goal which profits the entire organism equally.

The dawn of the complex organism long ago in prehistory shows a good example where a society could learn. I think that the world is more like the first attempts at making life, like the first self assembling systems of mushrooms or jellyfish, this idea that an entire world of cells could become a complex system that ‘owned’ itself and prospered seems to be the best approach to life in the galaxy.

I think that this is a very valuable lesson to be learned and that it does profit the individual and all by establishing a coherent society of people that work in some harmony. It is not a ‘dream of peace’ it is a fact of nature, that if an organism does not evolve and adapt, it will die.

This was is my second attempt at exporting and I think I have improved my grasp of the medium over my first attempt.. I wonder, does a ‘trackback’ go to someone else on wordpress if I link them here, let us try 🙂 PodBlack

And this added on nano particles that are printed (new window) and edited bit or added nano particle in the same window 🙂 .

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April 26, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Forward and reverse linkage check

Check out MOTEY

I like the pop up samples on links in WordPress, don’t know if I can do that with Google. Will have to research that. Odd, spellchecker says Google is a word and WordPress is not (*chuckle*).

April 25, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Test video inclusion

April 25, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Blog export test 2

DNA
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<a href=”http://news.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/04/24/2148235&from=rss“>This genetic research at slashdot</a> is an interesting thing which showed up after I wrote this.

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In dealing with a system of information it can be viewed in various scales. Physics that leads to chemistry to neuropathology to disease to social behavior to genetic trend to culture.
This is an example of how sciences interact and where the interdisciplinary study gives a better picture of what may really be going on. I don’t consider this to be ‘real science’ in the sense of strict test and measure, but the speculation to find the areas that need to be studied to establish a good causal link.
Prion disease is a good example of a system that ranges across sciences and how multiple skills in several areas is required to understand the problem as a whole. The molecular stability and conformation of a molecule can be a ‘chaotic attractor’ in a physical system at a certain temperature and environment. This leads to a catalytic chemical state where the improperly conformed molecule ‘breeds’ itself in the population of mirror molecules. This in turn leads to neurological changes in the brain. This then presents itself as symptoms  in behavior. Ultimately this fact is a risk factor to carnivorous creatures that cannot differentiate the concept of predatory behavior within their own species. If the frequency of appearance of a ‘prion mirror catalyst’ was common, the advancement of a cannibalistic species would continually be ‘reset’ by death of a line until a separate associated effect was realized and paired. A sociological taboo can also evolve in a system which is evolving outside the constraints of DNA. So a species which developed a generational taboo is possible as one solution. I don’t claim in any case to be the absolute source of any conclusions as I simply keep models and allow the data to flow between models and if the evidence matches the prediction of the model, I assume that it may have validity. If I modify the model in a test, and then perform that same experiment in reality, and the results of that confirm a ‘prediction’ then I find the model more likable. I never assume that I have the complete perfect system as I feel that is surely impossible. I do see that there is a valuable lesson to be seen in how the smallest changes can have great consequence or more often no effect at all. (What is safe to play with and what is dangerous). In this case I would not consider altering a cultural taboo on cannibalism to see if the species as a whole would die. It seems that the entire structure of existence could be predicated upon many factors that may arise as nonsensical but may be a key to a hidden protection against the chaos of the universe. I doubt that many would be a proponent of cannibalism, however from a ‘pure scientific’ standpoint it might be argued that it was a simple ‘religious taboo’. I have had several cases where I see that religion in it’s many forms ‘could’ have some ‘genetic like’ role in the evolution of humanity in the same way as absolute cultural taboos. I think tat religion is fraught with inconsistencies and abuse, however, there may be something to be learned in the understanding of how it interacts with the social evolution of people. I fear there may be a ‘mental antibiotic’ hidden in the rather odd collection of religious and even baseless beliefs. Sometimes nature selects for the strangest reasons, but it is never kidding about death as a consequence of failure to listen to her.

April 24, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Blog export test :)

DNA
<hr/>
<a href=”http://news.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/04/24/2148235&from=rss”>This genetic research at slashdot</a> is an interesting thing which showed up after I wrote this.
<a onblur=”try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}” href=”http://infinitefuture.blogspot.com/search?q=dna”><img style=”cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;” src=”http://bp0.blogger.com/_PS-g2GyUj9Q/R_gh8UNVhXI/AAAAAAAAAMs/qTfVB6dTsy4/s400/dna.jpeg&#8221; border=”0″ alt=””id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5185932291017639282″ /></a>
<hr>
In dealing with a system of information it can be viewed in various scales. Physics that leads to chemistry to neuropathology to disease to social behavior to genetic trend to culture.
This is an example of how sciences interact and where the interdisciplinary study gives a better picture of what may really be going on. I don’t consider this to be ‘real science’ in the sense of strict test and measure, but the speculation to find the areas that need to be studied to establish a good causal link.
Prion disease is a good example of a system that ranges across sciences and how multiple skills in several areas is required to understand the problem as a whole. The molecular stability and conformation of a molecule can be a ‘chaotic attractor’ in a physical system at a certain temperature and environment. This leads to a catalytic chemical state where the improperly conformed molecule ‘breeds’ itself in the population of mirror molecules. This in turn leads to neurological changes in the brain. This then presents itself as symptoms in behavior. Ultimately this fact is a risk factor to carnivorous creatures that cannot differentiate the concept of predatory behavior within their own species. If the frequency of appearance of a ‘prion mirror catalyst’ was common, the advancement of a cannibalistic species would continually be ‘reset’ by death of a line until a separate associated effect was realized and paired. A sociological taboo can also evolve in a system which is evolving outside the constraints of DNA. So a species which developed a generational taboo is possible as one solution. I don’t claim in any case to be the absolute source of any conclusions as I simply keep models and allow the data to flow between models and if the evidence matches the prediction of the model, I assume that it may have validity. If I modify the model in a test, and then perform that same experiment in reality, and the results of that confirm a ‘prediction’ then I find the model more likable. I never assume that I have the complete perfect system as I feel that is surely impossible. I do see that there is a valuable lesson to be seen in how the smallest changes can have great consequence or more often no effect at all. (What is safe to play with and what is dangerous). In this case I would not consider altering a cultural taboo on cannibalism to see if the species as a whole would die. It seems that the entire structure of existence could be predicated upon many factors that may arise as nonsensical but may be a key to a hidden protection against the chaos of the universe. I doubt that many would be a proponent of cannibalism, however from a ‘pure scientific’ standpoint it might be argued that it was a simple ‘religious taboo’. I have had several cases where I see that religion in it’s many forms ‘could’ have some ‘genetic like’ role in the evolution of humanity in the same way as absolute cultural taboos. I think tat religion is fraught with inconsistencies and abuse, however, there may be something to be learned in the understanding of how it interacts with the social evolution of people. I fear there may be a ‘mental antibiotic’ hidden in the rather odd collection of religious and even baseless beliefs. Sometimes nature selects for the strangest reasons, but it is never kidding about death as a consequence of failure to listen to her.

April 24, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

My first day on wordpress

WordPress.com provides the space for this blog.

April 24, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 6 Comments