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July 15th, 2006
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1. A gradual process in which something changes into a different and usually more complex or better form.
2. a. The process of developing. b. Gradual development.
3. Biology. a. The theory that groups of organisms change with passage of time, mainly as a result of natural selection, so that descendants differ morphologically and physiologically from their ancestors. b. The historical development of a related group of organisms; phylogeny.
4. A movement that is part of a set of ordered movements.
5. Mathematics. The extraction of a root of a quantity.
[Latin êvolútio, êvolútion-, from êvolútus, past participle of êvolvere, to unroll.]
- ev´olu´tional or ev´olu´tionar´y (-she-nèr´ê) adjective
- ev´olu´tionar´ily adverb
evolution (èv´e-l¡´shen), the process in which the genetic makeup of a population changes over a long period of time by such means as mutation, the results being the emergence of distinctive characteristics and new species. This process, also known as descent with modification, constitutes organic evolution. Inorganic evolution deals with the development of the physical universe from unorganized matter. Organic evolution conceives of life as having begun as a simple, primordial protoplasmic mass from which arose, through time, all subsequent living forms. The first clearly stated theory of evolution, that proposed by Jean LAMARCK in 1801, included the inheritance of ACQUIRED CHARACTERISTICS as the operative force in evolution. Subsequently (1858), Alfred Russel WALLACE and Charles DARWIN independently set forth a scientifically credible theory of evolution based on NATURAL SELECTION, focusing on the survival and reproduction of those species best adapted to the environment. This theory had a profound effect on scientific thought and experimentation. Although it has undergone modification in light of later scientific developments, the theory of evolution still rests on essentially the same grounds emphasized by Darwin, supported now by research in GENETICS as well as by comparative anatomy, embryology, geography, paleontology, and biochemistry. It has been challenged by those believing in the creation theory of the universe.
Man has lost the basic skill of the ape, the ability
to scratch its back. Which gave it extraordinary independence, and the
liberty to associate for reasons other than the need for mutual
Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Cool Memories, ch. 5 (1987; tr. 1990).
We live between two worlds; we
soar in the atmosphere; we creep upon the soil; we have the
aspirations of creators and the propensities of quadrupeds. There can
be but one explanation of this fact. We are passing from the animal
into a higher form, and the drama of this planet is in its second act.
W. Winwood Reade (1838-75), English traveler, author. The Martyrdom of Man, ch. 3, "Materials of Human History" (1872).
The historic ascent of
humanity, taken as a whole, may be summarized as a succession of
victories of consciousness over blind forces-in nature, in society, in
Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. The History of the Russian Revolution, vol. 3, "Conclusions" (1933).
Biologically the species is the accumulation of the
experiments of all its successful individuals since the beginning.
H. G. Wells (1866-1946), British author. A Modern Utopia, ch. 3, sct. 4 (1905; repr. in The Works of H. G. Wells, vol. 9, 1925).
We are the products of
editing, rather than of authorship.
George Wald (b. 1906), U.S. biochemist. "The Origin of Optical Activity," in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, vol. 69 (1957).
The tactics of evolution are:
space migration, intelligence increase, life extension
The goal of evolution is:
(at higher levels of intensity, acceleration and aesthetic complexity)
- Timothy Leary - _Neuropolitique_ (1988)
Whitehead's phrase for evolution is "the creative advance into novelty." This dance is a never-ending dance that goes nowhere but is simply expressing itself. In the postmodern age, we can let progress go and talk about process as a creative dance. That's what evolution is about. Evolution has no point, no meaning, and no direction. It's just itself.
Darwinism stresses conflict and competition; that doesn't square with the evidence. A lot of organisms that survive are in no sense superior to those that have gone extinct. It's not a question of being "better than"; it's simply a matter of finding a place where you can be yourself. That's what evolution is about. That's why you can see it as a dance. It's not going anywhere, it's simply exploring a space of possibilities.
- Brian Goodwin
Could be said to be the ultimate software, once programmed it expands indefinitely, redeveloping its own structure and evolution, designing new systems so that it can activate new forms of existence, outgrowing its own limitations as it proliferates to new states of being. The final program could also be the development of the finest organic computer we at present know. The human brain whose limitless capacity we have never harnessed, but whose possibilities are endless. The quest for the development of evolution can move in two ways, outwards or inwards. The outward projection seems to have progressed and developed more rapidly than the inward, eventually if we are to succeed then the two must join. For eons this knowledge of arcane connections has been employed in mythology and within occult science, now we must go back to the beginning and develop the tool that gave us light. In a recent article on The Connection Machine - a new breed of parallel computers, W.D. Daniel Hillis, graduate of M.I.T. and co-director of the Thinking Machine Corporation, says "The applications worthy of a billion-processor machine are those that entail a radical change in the way we think about computation. A parallel computer with a billion processors might provide the basis for a computational utility analogous to existing electric utilities. Just as a plant generateselectricity that is transmitted to individual appliances, a huge parallel computer could provide computational power to a city's worth of robots and workstations.
- liner notes from track _Final Program_ by Clock DVA off of _Man-Amplified_ CD on Contempo (1992)
consider humans to be an unevolving species. Some time in the last
fifty thousand years, with the invention of culture, the biological
evolution of humans ceased and evolution became an epigenetic,
and philosophies began to evolve, but the human somatotype remained
the same. Hence, physically, we are very much like people of a long
time ago. But technology is the real skin of our species. Humanity,
correctly seen in the context of the last five hundred years, is an
extruder of technological material. We take in matter that has a low
degree of organization; we put it through mental filters,
and we extrude jewelry, gospels, space shuttles. This is what we do.
We are like coral animals embedded in a technological reef of extruded
psychic objects. All our tool making implies our belief in an ultimate
tool. That tool is the flying saucer, or the soul, exteriorized in
three-dimensional space. The body can become an internalized holographic
object embedded in a solid-state, hyperdimensional matrix
that is eternal, so that we each wander through a true Elysium.
- Terence McKenna - _New Maps Of Hyperspace_
collaboration: The Shamen
and Terence McKenna on the track
_Re:Evolution_ off of _Re:Evolution_ 12" off of One
Little Indian (1993) (as well as _Boss Drum_):
Liner Notes (from the enclosed fold out poster):
If the truth can be told so as to be understood, it will be believed.
Human history represents such a radical break with the natural systems of biological organization that preceded it, that it must be the response to a kind ofattractor, or dwell point that lies ahead in the temporal dimension. Persistently western religions have integrated into their theologies the notion of a kind of end of the world, and I think that a lot ofpsychedelic experimentation sort of confirms this intuition. I mean, it isn't going to happen according to any of the scenarios of orthodox religion, but the basic intuition, that the universe seeks closure in a kind of omega point of transcendance, is confirmed.
This is what shamanism is always been about, a shaman is someone who has been to the end, it's someone who knows how the world really works, and knowing how the world really works means to have risen outside, above, beyond the dimensions of ordinary space, time, and casuistry, and actually seen the wiring under the board, stepped outside the confines of learned culture and learned and embedded language, into the domain of what Wittgenstein called the unspeakable, the transcendental presense of the other, which can be abstracted, in various ways, to yield systems of knowledge which can be brought back into ordinary social space for the good of the community. So in the context of ninety percent of human culture, the shaman has been the agent of evolution, because the shaman learns the techniques to go between ordinary reality and the domain of the ideas, this higher dimensional continuum that is somehow parallel to us, available to us, and yet ordinarily occluded by cultural convention out of fear of the mystery, I believe. And what shamans are, I believe, are people who have been able to decondition themselves from the community's instinctual distrust of the mystery, and to go into it, to go into this bewildering higher dimension, and gain knowledge, recover the jewel lost at the beginning of time, to save souls, cure, commune with the ancestors and so forth and so on.
Shamanism is not a religion, it's a set of
techniques, and the principal Technique is the use of psychedelic
plants. What psychedelics do is they dissolve
boundaries, and in the presence of dissolved boundaries, one
cannot continue to close one's eyes to the ruination of the earth, the
poisoning of the seas, and the consequences of two thousand years of
unchallenged dominator culture, based on monotheism, hatred
of nature, suppression of the female, and so forth and so on. So, what
shamans have to do is act as exemplars, by making this cosmic
journey to the domain of the Gaian ideas, and then
bringing them back in the form of art to the struggle to save the world.
The planet has a kind of intelligence, that it can actually open a
channel of communication with an individual human being. The message
that nature sends is, transform your language through a synergy
between electronic culture and the psychedelic imagination,
a synergy between dance and idea, a synergy between understanding and
intuition, and dissolve the boundaries that your culture has sanctioned
between you, to become part of this Gaian supermind, I mean I think it's
fairly profound, it's fairly apocalyptic.
History is ending. I mean, we are to be the generation that witnesses the revelation of the purpose of the cosmos. History is the shock wave of the eschaton. History is the shock wave of eschatology, and what this means for those of us who will live through this transition into hyperspace, is that we will be privileged to see the greatest release of compressed change probably since the birth of the universe. The twentieth century is the shudder that announces the approaching cataracts of time over which our species and the destiny of this planet is about to be swept.
If the truth can be told so as to be understood, it will be believed.
The emphasis in house music and rave culture on physiologically compatible rhythms and this sort of thing is really the rediscovery of the art of natural magic with sound, that sound, properly understood, especially percussive sound, can actually change neurological states, and large groups of people getting together in the presence of this kind of music are creating a telepathic community of bonding that hopefully will be strong enough that it can carry the vision out into the mainstream of society. I think that the youth culture that is emerging in the nineties is an end of the millenium culture that is actually summing up Western civilization and pointing us in an entirely different direction, that we're going to arrive in the third millenium, in the middle of an archaic revival, which will mean a revival of these physiologically empowering rhythm signatures, a new art, a new social vision, a new relationship to nature, to feminism, to ego. All of these things are taking hold, and not a moment too soon.
604 release _Re: Evolution_ compilation CDx2 on Flying Rhino (1999)
1.02'12" Boom Devil - _Lonesome_ MP3
2.02'52" Boom Devil - _Morph 001_ MP3
3.10'15" Blue Planet Corporation - _Micromega (Jarrod & Gilbeys Corixa Dub)_ MP3 (192k)
4.07'50" Blue Planet Corporation - _Cyclothymic_ MP3
5.07'22" Atmos - _Klein Aber Doctor (Cass v The Parasomniacs Remix)_ MP3
6.10'31" Slide - _Confusional State (Danny Howells Squelch Mix)_ MP3 (160k)
7.07'59" Cass Vs The Parasomniacs - _Mephistos Child_
8.06'09" Stoop & Fidget - _Loop & Digit_ MP3
9.06'34" Slinky Wizard - _License To Slink_ MP3
10.07'07" Bumbling Loons - _Rumbling Toon (Evolution Mix)_ MP3 (192k)
11.07'15" Blue Planet Corporation - _Micromega (Slipstream Original Mix)_ MP3 (160k)
604 track _Atomic Powwow_ MP3 by Space Tribe off of _Sonic Mandala_ on Spirit Zone (1996)
In a way, the theory of evolution, which was born in the 1850s, was the beginning of the turning of the tide because even though the first 100 years of evolutionary theory was fantastically concerned to eliminate teleology, eliminate purpose, nevertheless nobody ever understood that except the hardcore evolutionists. To everyone else, evolution meant ascent to higher form. I once heard someone say "if it doesn't have to do with genes, it ain't evolution." Well, that's a tremendously limited view of what evolution is. The inorganic world is evolving, the organic world is evolving and there the currency is genes but also the social and intellectual world of human beings is evolving and there the currency is not genes butmemes so that idea carries with it the implication of ascent to higher form and correctly broadened and understood becomes permission to optimism and to the kind of hope that these folks were trying to articulate.
McKenna lecture on Alchemy
"Evolution did not come to a reverent halt with homosapiens. An evolutionary step that involves biologic alteration is irreversible. And it better be good, better than drugs or religion." - William Burroughs
One idea with which Lee Smolin is associated is "natural selection" of universes. He's saying that in some sense the universes that allow complexity and evolution reproduce themselves more efficiently than other universes. The ensemble itself is thus evolving in some complicated way. When stars die, they sometimes form black holes. Smolin speculates — as others, like Alan Guth, have also done — that inside a black hole it's possible for a small region to, as it were, sprout into a new universe. We don't see it, but it inflates into some new dimension. Smolin takes that idea on board, but then introduces another conjecture, which is that the laws of nature in the new universe are related to those in the previous universe. This differs from Andrei Linde's idea of a random ensemble, because Smolin supposes that the new universe retains physical laws not too different from its parent universe. What that would mean is that universes big and complex enough to allow stars to form, evolve, and die, and which can therefore produce lots of black holes, would have more progeny, because each black hole can then lead to a new universe; whereas a universe that didn't allow stars and black holes to form would have no progeny. Therefore Smolin claims that the ensemble of universes may evolve not randomly but by some Darwinian selection, in favor of the potentially complex universes.
Think of the tremendous labor of all living forms to have finally arrived at you, the ultimate child of the planet. They did their work; now you do yours! Plunge into the work of living as surprise become aware of itself. You are the essence of surprise, the heart and core of play. Show yourself as truly as you can, and you will in that moment shine with the freedom and frolic and fecundity of creative play.
- _The Universe Is A Green Dragon_ by