1.Biology. The growing together of related parts, tissues, or cells.
2.The amassing of physical particles.
from concrêscêns, concrêscent-, present participle of
concrêscere, to grow together.]
- concres´cent adjective
union: concrescence, coalescence, fusion, merger, mixture
I don't see it as a "versus" situation, although we tend to think dualistically in this sector of the universe. I think that's in our genes. (DNA = pairs of opposites). I'll bring in the idea of "concrescence" here. At some locales in the flux of Time, qualities or energies aggregate and form a critical mass, and something entirely new is born. This is related to the idea of "emergent properties" which Terence explains somewhere with the example of gold. You can have a certain number of gold atoms, but they won't be the element gold until there are a certain number of them. At some point they are just gold atoms, and then at a certain concentration they take on the qualities of what we call "gold" i.e. a pale yellow color and so on. So the color "gold" is an emergent property of gold atoms. I guess you could say the same about consciousness. It's an emergent property of the human nervous system. I would also add that Novelty is not merely something new or different, but also a measure of greater connectedness and complexity.
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"The tryptamine state seems to be
in one sense trans-temporal; it is an anticipation of the future. It is
as though Plato's metaphor were true--that time
IS the moving image of eternity. The tryptamine ecstasy
is a stepping out of the moving image and into eternity, the eternity of the
standing now, the NUNC STANS of Thomas Aquinas. In that state, all of
human history is seen to lead toward this culminating moment. Acceleration
is visible in all the processes
around us...What is obviously happening is that everything is being drawn together."
- Terence McKenna - _The
Archaic Revival_ p.