Anand CV Mallaya

The future of biological evolution

In evolution, life, science on November 20, 2011 at 11:05 pm
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Evolution of Man

The theory of biological evolution, the radical theory that changed the way humans looked at themselves and solved lot of our philosophical struggles, is one of the obvious facts of  life. Despite its ground-breaking revelations, the theory is still struggling to get itself accepted by the large public outside scientific communities and intellectuals. The reason is nothing but the fact that it challenges the basic belief systems, that are millennia old, of what we are and how we came to existence. As we, the currently alive organisms, are the latest of those ever lived on earth in its history, this is an effort to identify what is next and thereby designing the future and our role in building it.

The macro-organism, the man-machine hybrid society

We now know that all organisms evolved from simple cell like organisms millions or billions of years back, though we are in a process of understanding how the earliest of them came in to existence. From single celled organisms(Prokaryote), life evolved in to multi-celled organisms(Eukaryotes) leading to our(humans) very own form. We are nothing but millions of living cells bound together by their products (like proteins) . And we along with other social animals have developed a higher dimensional synergistic entities called societies. Social entities include ant colonies, animal herds, flocks of birds, human families, cities…

In the same line if we can extend, we can see a bigger organism forming. A macro-organism of global scale. Many call it gaia, biosphere, noosphere etc. As most organisms matures(growth process is peaked or stabilized) , it reproduces. So how is this gaia/noosphere/biosphere is reproducing? Answer may be “by planetary seeding”. The humanity, the cells of the macro-organism, bounded by the pressures of  the shrinking resources have long started looking for them outside our planet. The ever increasing interest in space missions and research is clear evidence for this. So noosphere/gaia/biosphere, although complex with in itself, will act like a eukaryote splitting in to two as we will find a habitable environment in other planets or stellar systems. Latest researches hints life could have been reached from outside our planet through meteorites or comets(panspermia theory). Rockets and spaceships are like pollen/sperm carrying seeds away from the parent.

Mars rover (image courtesy http://www.abc.net.au)

Silicon based life forms?

As evolution is through changes in all directions, another notable phenomenon is the development of brain and the ability to use tools. These features are not limited to humans. In fact numerous animals show some levels of intelligence and tool using abilities- crows, dolphins, chimpanzees, octopuses and other Cephalopods etc. One of the remarkable tool invented by human collective intelligence is the computers and the Internet. This is amazingly analogous to the neural networks of animal brains. And the fractal expansion of the simpler to complex evolving process is happening in the Internet and world wide web as well. We are probably in a process of creating a complex man-machine hybrid society that complements each others functions. The spawn of artificial intelligence is most likely will be in this hybrid society as a collective intelligence rather than the conventional notion of a single machine surpassing human intelligence. Though both are simultaneously possible.

The basic element powering the computers and other electronics is the element Silicon. As we know that Carbon is the basic element of the foundation of all living organisms on earth, the rise of Silicon and an artificial intelligence like the one humans are creating on earth in the form of Internet and world wide web is a striking shift in the evolutionary process of a Carbon based life form learning about the evolutionary process and uses the lessons and spawning a silicon based life form further in the chain. This is not exactly like the concept of Silicon Biochemisty

Reading

Evolution

Self-organisation 

Collective consciousness

Collective Intellignece

Gaia

Gaia spore

Noosphere

Articles

Is the Human Species Entering an Evolutionary Inflection Point? 

Lab yeast make evolutionary leap to multicellularity

Here is an interesting talk about the human evolution :

Shaman and the light

In Uncategorized on March 28, 2016 at 11:25 pm

Once upon a time.. There was a little paradise, on the edge of the earth. Surrounded by blue waters and green forest, full of tall trees, crystal clear streams, flowering vines and beautiful ferns. With beautiful birds, butterflies, animals and insects. And people there were innocent and happy.

One day a beautiful being came to a lonely man wandering in the forest. The being told the man that they all are in ‘darkness’ and that is pathetic and he can offer a way in to something called ‘light’. He said it is the most beautiful thing in the world. The man, hypnotized by the being’s charisma wanted to see that amazing thing he was mentioning. And the being said, it need some work. You have to do that nobody in the world has done before. You need to ‘think’. And the man didn’t know how to think and the beautiful spirit taught him exactly that.

The man started practising ‘thinking’ and started telling all the people he know to think and what the spirit told him. People wanted to try too, but most of them could’t do. So they told the man, why don’t you do it and let us know what that ‘light’ is like. The man agreed and keep thinking and thinking and thinking…

Days and nights gone by, weather keep changing, and he can see everything getting black, shady and empty. People and animal and all living things are fading and becoming shadows. He didn’t stop, he continued thinking in order to see the beautiful ‘light’. He thought the being was right. We are in ‘darkness’.

One such dark day, he felt everything was darker than ever and a light appeared in front of him. He looked at it in excitement and only to find that it is the ugliest thing he has ever seen in his entire life. While he stood there frightened, the light stared at his eyes and said to him that, ‘I was looking for you for so long, I can’t leave you now, I am going to be with you for ever’.

The man can’t believe himself. He looked around the darkness sat down exhausted.The light followed him..

The next day, others saw him in the woods, blind and deaf, shouting ‘Don’t think, don’t think‘.

A bookmarklet for Truecaller

In Uncategorized on January 21, 2016 at 11:24 pm
  • Right click on your bookmark bar and select ‘Add Page’
  • In Name box type + Truecaller
  • In URL box copy and paste the following

 javascript: (function () {function getSelectionText() {var selectedText = “”;if (window.getSelection) { selectedText = window.getSelection().toString(); } return selectedText};function OpenInNewTab(url) { var win = window.open(url, ‘_blank’); win.focus();};var doc = document;var text = getSelectionText();if(text){var href = ‘https://truecaller.com/in/’ + encodeURIComponent(text);OpenInNewTab(href);}})()

  • Select phone number text in any page
  • Click on the bookmark just created and see the magic🙂
  • The above code works for indian numbers. If you want to use any other country number, you may need to change the https://truecaller.com/in/ to something similar. Its left as homework.

Let me know if you liked it🙂