5. Attention’s Image Overlay Process, Blind Matter & Life’s Complexity

Matter = Subset of Life

Blind Matter = Retarded Attention

Attention's Image Overlay Process & the ID Synergy

ID System enables Life’s High Degree of Order

Matter = Subset of Life

Greeks: Matter = ƒ (Life). Now reversed

In ancient times, many Greek philosophers, including Aristotle, believed that Matter is a function of Life. In modern times, this position is reversed. Life is now considered to be a function of Matter.

Why? Quantifiable Matter Mathematized

Why the about face? The scientific community conquered the realm of material behavior with a deterministic mathematics. This mathematical approach could only see quantifiable features of Matter. Unable to quantify anything else, they assumed that Matter was all there is.

If Life influences Matter, then more than determinism

However, if living systems have the possibility of influencing the material world, then the interaction between Matter and Life must be more complicated than simple determinism. Abundant experiential evidence indicates this interactive potential. For instance, we intentionally flex our muscles to move our bodies to obtain both food and sexual partners in order to survive as a unit and reproduce our gene pool. We exert our will to stay focused long enough to accomplish our goals.1

In addition to Matter, Life consists of Attention

Life does have a material component that, of course, obeys all the deterministic mathematical laws. Life has another component that inanimate Matter does not have –Attention/Awareness. There is a general scientific consensus that inanimate objects, e.g. hydrogen atoms or tables, are not aware. In contrast, all cells are more or less aware of their surroundings. In fact, there is a general agreement that evolutionary processes operate in such a way as to increase Attention. As to be expected, heightened Awareness2 provides a survival advantage.

Attention’s attributes differentiate Life & Matter: Ex: Time

It is safe to conclude that Attention differentiates Life and Matter. One has it; the other doesn’t. According to our integrated ID model, Matter operates in time’s horizontal (linear) dimension, while Attention operates in time’s vertical (cyclical) dimension. Life exists at the intersection of time’s two dimensions3. Under this perspective, Life is the interaction between Matter and Attention.

Life = Matter x Attention

Matter Reacts; Life Interacts via Attention

The laws and such in each of time’s dimensions are entirely different. For instance, Matter inhabits a closed energy system, where energy is conserved; Attention belongs to an open energy system, where energy is consumed4. Plus, Matter reacts to its environment, while Life via Attention interacts with its environment.

Attention ID System; Matter Not; ID Synergy engine of open energy system

According to our latest model, Attention’s vertical/cyclical dimension is a feature of an information digestion system that is shared by all living systems. Rather than digest info, Matter only reacts. The ID Synergy is the engine of Life’s open energy system.

ID Synergy convenient markers; don’t exist; will pretend they do

The ID Synergy consists of 4 functional components: Feelings, Attention, Mind, Will (more soon). But to be honest, these elements don’t actually exist in a mortar and bricks location, or anywhere else for that matter. Rather they are convenient markers – nodes, functions and tendencies that assist in understanding the operation of the Synergy. That being said: For ease of communication, we will pretend that they really do exist.

Possibly other ways of explaining Synergy; but ID system remains the same

It is highly probable that there are other ways of explaining and interpreting the Synergy. These perspectives are dependent upon point of view or reference frame. However, regardless of the interpretation, the ID system has the same function – transforming raw data into a useful form. No matter which constructs are employed this ID process must be somehow addressed to be a satisfactory model.

Blind Matter = Retarded Attention

IOP, key feature of ID system, glue that links ID Synergy

A key feature of Life’s ID system, non-negotiable, is Attention’s Image Overlay Process (IOP). All life forms, including the ‘lowly’ bacteria employ the IOP to digest information – transform ‘raw’ data into a useable form. The IOP is the glue that links the ID Synergy’s four components.

IOP glue of ID Synergy

IOP à LA à DSD math

The Living Algorithm (LA) is the mathematical realization of Attention’s IOP. Data Stream Dynamics is the mathematical system that derives from this simple algorithm. DSD reveals the patterns and rhythms associated with a quantified Attention. The correspondence between these mathematical rhythms and Attentional behavior provide validation for our model.

Living Algorithm = Mathematical Realization of Attention’s IOP

Data Stream Dynamics (DSD) derives from LA

DSD establishes rules for quantified Attention.

Matter 100% opacity: No temporal sense et al

Matter might also participate in an image overlay process. But the opacity between the overlays is 100% - no record/sense of the past. No temporal sense. No meaning. No sensing. No experience. No holistic system. Everything is immediate for molecules (Newton’s laws of motion).

Attention < 100% opacity: translucency between images confers temporal sense

Miraculously, along with Attention came a reduction in opacity – a translucency between overlays. With this reduction came an awareness of time passing – an experience of the past, no matter how slight. Plus the time between successive images provided an opportunity to adjust to circumstances – monitor and adjust.

Mathematics reflection: Matter D = 1, Attention D > 1

The mathematics of DSD reflects this difference in opacity between Matter and Attention. For Matter, D = 1. For Attention, D >1. D, the Decay Factor, is the ‘constant’ in the basic algorithm by which Life digests data streams, i.e. the Living Algorithm.

Lacking translucency, Matter = Retarded Attention

Under this framework, we are back to the ancient Greek conceptualization of the difference between animate and inanimate. Lacking translucency between images, Matter is simply a retarded form of Attention. Residing in the blindness of complete opacity, Matter has no sense of time. Without this temporal sense, molecules are stuck in the flat horizontal time dimension of Calculus.

Fearful scientific community worships certainty of Matter’s flat temporal plane

Unsurprisingly, the scientific community seems to worship the absolute deductive certainty of the flat material plane. Rather than finding the right tool for the job, they instead try to club flowers with their tried and true, dependable hammer. Are they afraid of uncertainty? Or social censure? Rather than critical, we should be compassionate of these fearful souls – Insecure before the Void.

the exquisite beauty of living ambiguity

Don’t they appreciate the exquisite beauty of living ambiguity? Where foreground and background flip back and forth; where the good guy is actually the bad guy and vice versa. Maybe they prefer black and white to shades of grey – or even Living Color.

Attention's Image Overlay Process & the ID Synergy

IOP requires an operator – someone to drive the car

Attention's Image Overlay Process is not independent. The IOP is a tool that requires an operator. By itself, this abstract algorithmic process is like a car without a driver – a material Universe without someone to recognize its marvelous patterns – Existence without Conscious Awareness to experience her wondrous miracles.

ID Synergy operates the IOP – driver of car

The Synergy drives the ID system. Without the Synergy, Life is merely a disorganized collection of randomly interacting molecules with no place to go – nobody to see – nothing to do – just reacting mindlessly, timelessly in a continuous, deterministic fashion ad infinitum. How ultimately boring!

ID Synergy -> life force & ability to interact w/info

This is where the ID Synergy’s 4 components enter the picture. Each of the components is necessary for the operation of Attention’s IOP process. For instance, Feelings provide the life force that energizes the ID system (simply speaking the urge and energy to survive and replicate). Attention provides sensory input, Mind analyzes and makes choices, Will executes the choices.  In brief, the ID Synergy enables Life’s monitor and adjust process – our interactive relationship with information .

4 Synergy Components + functional definitions

1) Feelings/Life Force provides the motivation to go somewhere – the urges, homeostasis and reproduction, balancing a busy life with creativity;

2) Attention/Awareness senses the environment – sees the road – via the IOP.

3) Mind/Executive analyzes the incoming data streams provided by Attention. He then makes informed choices as to how to best satisfy Feeling’s innate urges, e.g. which is the best route to take.

4) Intention/Will executes Mind’s decisions.

Mind helpless without Intention

Without Intention, Mind is helpless – like a paralyzed human in the driver’s seat – knowing where he wants to go, but no way to start and steer the car. Intention is the ability to deliberately flex muscles, both physical and mental, with a distinct purpose - to satisfy Feelings’ desires.

Combo: Mind decides, Feelings appetites, Attention senses via IOP analyzed DSD

Tying it all together: Mind makes decisions that are driven by Feeling’s appetites, based upon Attention’s sensory input, analytics provided by DSD/LA courtesy of Life’s IOP.

Synergy takes a bow for contributions

There you have it – the ID Synergy’s four components. Take a bow guys. Couldn’t have done it without you. Your contribution to our grand production can’t be overestimated.

Synergy gives thanks to stable molecules et al

Thanks, Ed. But we are nothing without our enormous supporting cast and crew of molecules, electrons, and photons. Hats off to y’all for playing your parts so well, in fact perfectly. We count on your absolute predictability. Thanks again for your stability in this chaotic world.

Brief overview: ID Synergy operations: Current & Later Terms

This brief overview provides an introduction to the workings of the Synergy. In the following chapters, we will discuss these terms and others (all familiar from everyday parlance) in more detail. 1) Feelings, 2) Attention, 3) Intention, 4) Mind, 5) Image Overlay Process, 6) Images, 7) Mental Energy, 8) Moments/Instants, and 9) Experience.

ID System enables Life’s High Degree of Order

There are many reasons that Life’s ID system is essential for survival. The ID system also enables Matter to achieve the higher degree of order necessary for living. Let us be specific.

ID System employs Attention’s mental energy & IOP to generate Living DSs

Via Life’s ID system, Attention provides mental energy to DS generated by cellular IMPs. This ID system via the Image Overlay Process (IOP) then transforms the Inanimate DSs of the IMPs into a form that is more useful to the cell – Living DSs along with their derivatives.

Composite DS to form Models to enhance environmental interactions.

The interactions between DSs and their derivatives generate ever more complex Composite DSs. Cells employ these Composite DSs to form models. The models enable the cell (and all other living systems) to deal more effectively with environmental information.

Cells àTissues à Organs à Systems à Organism

Single cells join together to form tissues, then organs, systems and finally organisms. This hierarchy is present in many, if not most, multi-cellular life forms.

Cells -> Tissues -> Organs -> Systems -> Organism

Life’s High Degree of Order: Increasing Composite DS complexity with each layer in Hierarchy:

At each new level in this complex living hierarchy, new composite DSs along with their models are formed by combining models et al from the lower levels. By employing the ID system in this way, living systems achieve a high degree of order.

Life’s organized Hierarchy High degree of order compared to Matter

Life’s complex organization of hierarchical systems far surpasses (by orders of magnitude) the lower degree of order found in inanimate matter. Matter’s four fundamental forces merely react to information, as Matter has no need to survive as an autonomous unit. Matter’s immediate and automatic reaction does not require a temporal sense.

Life (Degree of Order) >>>> Matter (Degree of Order)

ID system provides temporal sense required for holistic complexity

Life’s ID system provides the temporal sense necessary to form a holistic system such as a cell and ourselves. As well as providing a holistic perspective, our ID system supplies the means to interact with info. Lacking an ID system, Matter cannot possibly self-organize to the same level of complexity.

ID system enables high degree of order

Our ID system which includes Attention enables inanimate Matter to achieve the high degree of order that living systems require. Yet another reason that our ID system (Attention) is so important.

Footnotes

1Swerve’ is the name that Lucretius, an ancient Roman poet of the atomist Epicurean tradition, gave to this miracle. Lest you doubt his materialist credentials due to his antique epoch: Some, nay many, suggest that it was his re-discovered poem that inspired the search for atoms, which eventually gave rise to atomic theory. Not such a bad accomplishment for a single poem.

As an aside: the prime reason it survived was because Lucretius’ poem was so exquisite. Nobody could bear to throw it away or burn it. Rather centuries of Christian monks copied and recopied his original manuscript. The text was only re-discovered during the Renaissance by an antiquities hunter. Inspired by its content, courageous individuals passed it around.

This 1500-year-old preservation project is astounding for another reason (at the level of divine coincidence – meant to be – had to be Heaven’s Will). Our Christian fathers burned or destroyed all other Epicurean books, writings and even references. Playing with random impossibilities, the Universal Wisdom/Providence made a move. Heaven wasn’t going to allow this way of thinking to be killed off by the small-minded.

What was so offensive about this philosophy? According to what has survived the Fire to Time, this philosophy (originated by Epicurus) expresses a very modern and scientific attitude towards living. As might be imagined, this common-sense philosophy took a major stand against superstitious dogma. Unfortunately, the Church held many of these beliefs tightly to its breast. To protect these ideas, hence itself, the early Christian fathers condemned it to death – no torture, just execution.

2 In this article, nay opus, the two terms ‘Attention’ and ‘Awareness’ are employed as interchangeable synonyms. As such, utilizing one to define the other is akin to circular reasoning that goes around in circles without providing any new information.

3 A subsequent article ‘51.2 Time’s 2nd Dimension’ begins the integration of this difficult topic into our ID model.