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Supervenience Update on Commonalities, Coding, Administration

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Presentation to Melbourne Emergence Meetup 12 February 2019 with run of mostly shortish video clips and interspersed stills consolidated into a single external 18:44 video.

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Supervenience Update on Commonalities, Coding, Administration

  1. 1. Tony Smith Melbourne Emergence Meetup 14 February 2019 Codifying Commonalities
  2. 2. Too Funny for Words Abstractions, Category Errors, Epistemic Cuts Life on an Active Planet The Two-edged Sword Multiple Paths to Emergence Constraints and Degrees of Freedom Birds and Others Interweb to Facebook Better than Out of Control Information, Maps and Territories Urban Hydrology out of Sight Going Down with the Egg Basket Self-organising, Adaptive (was: Here Now Succession Process Traces Time Causation? or Dynamic encodings in condensed matter) Codification and Communication Exploiting a Dissipating Gradient: creaming, trickle down Dystopian Utopias and Science Fiction Towards Healthy General Knowledge The Inside View: knowing when you're dreaming Verbal Blindness Accepting Cosmological Responsibility
  3. 3. Tonight’s updates 3-2-1 1. David Graeber's book has provided a basis for an initially omitted 20th "chapter" on the mess standard assumptions about the human project are getting us into. (Inserting chapter 18: Going Down with the Egg Basket.) 2. Further developing the hierarchy of coding levels has brought focus onto ribosomes with conserved functionality from before life's last common (cellular) ancestor. 3. While Gregory Bateson rightly points out that information systems are driven by difference, a summer interrogating natural systems in neutral territory has illuminated a need to focus more on commonalities.
  4. 4. 1. Valentine’s Day opener of a pair of affectionate Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos. 2. With sea breeze opposing river flow, feather’s movements appeared intentional. 3. Wood Ducklings, one older than other five, in their standard two parent family. 4. Black Ducklings looking for single mother, mostly drowned out by Reed Warblers. 5. More conventional single parent Black Duck family. 6. Snail Art reminding their are limits to video and marking end of duckling videos. 7. Swallows in and out of nest six days before hour long recording from tripod. Welcome Swallows show how finely tuned chemistry is to enable such a lifestyle. 8. Sight to keep birds and humans on their toes. Black Ducks actively monitor them. 9. Reed Warbler adding its tweet to the chorus. 10. Wood Ducks flying (and Black Ducks swimming) to reflective estuary for evening. 11. Wood Ducks go back to grazing after stampede and mass staring.* 12. Family of Pacific Gulls and small flock of Silver Gulls at nearby Jamieson Creek. 13. Flock of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos in “self”(bird)-sown Cypress. 14. Visiting flock of 10 departing in opposite direction to more frequently visiting pair. 15. Male Gang Gang Cockatoos harvesting berries from vine near track to Jebbs Pool. 16. “Squawker” was soundtrack of summer, learning to be a Magpie from alpha male. 17. Currawongs heard always but seen rarely except up the hill, this on The Brothers. *Following discussion about ducks staring at people: “Walking back past the playground and counting ducks, as you do, several times a day, I reconfirmed a new record total of 48 Wood Ducks (plus two Black Ducks) when something focused the Wood Ducks and they stampeded, like sheep away from a passing train, in perfect synchrony towards the track, pulling up even more suddenly than they started, all in a line and staring. Only trouble was I needed to back away far enough to get them all in the iPhone's field of view, by which time they had started to drift back to grazing.” Commonalities not Differences Originally presented as 17 slides, these have been consolidated into a single video.
  5. 5. Commonalities not Differences After The War (1939-45) most who fought and most of the Baby Boomers conceived on their return rejected authoritarianism and the very idea of military solutions, but the financial “elite” did not go away and was more than willing to develop and deploy the unthinkable weaponry of Mutually Assured Destruction while promoting an ethic that placed preserving their exploitative ideology ahead of continuation of civilisation. That same faction remain wilfully ignorant of the intrinsic value of what as far as we know may be the only planet with metazoan-level life, sharable knowledge, or technological capabilities for space exploration. In the three decades since the collapse of the Soviet Union was repackaged as anointment of Global Neoliberal Capitalism as the only conceivable way to organise human affairs, several major social subsystems have found opportunities to avoid effective scrutiny or to even avoid responding to any articulated challenges: • Military Industrial Complex General Eisenhower warned about • Indiscriminate industrial killing for food and fibre profitability • School systems and media made white collar work aspirational • Nuclear families load expectations on parents and isolate kids • Legislatures, lawyers and police ensure expansion of criminality • “Elite”, bankers and economists fake growth by counting more When human atoms are knit into an organisation in which they are used, not in their full right as responsible human beings, but as cogs and levers and rods, it matters little that their raw material is flesh and blood. —Pioneer cybernetics theorist Norbert Weiner in The Human Use of Human Beings published 1950, revised 1954 Us us us us and Them them them them And after all we’re only ordinary men (…) With with with with, without And who’ll deny that’s what the fighting’s all about —Wright and Waters, Pink Floyd from the album Dark Side of the Moon 1973 The interaction between (interacting components) of mind is triggered by difference, and difference is a nonsubstantial phenomenon not located in space or time; difference is related to negentropy and entropy rather than to energy. —Pioneer systems theorist Gregory Bateson in Mind and Nature: A Necessary Unity first published 1979 The circles of privilege we enjoy, the lines in the sand we draw behind our own heels, are being challenged by a desire to embrace the other. It’s becoming more rewarding to look at commonalities.
  6. 6. Here Now Succession Process Traces Time Causation? had to become Dynamic encodings in condensed matter (maintaining interesting isolates through cosmological timescales) now simplified to Self-organising, Adaptive ultimately covering all of the above Track-edge vegetation Cumberland River
  7. 7. Self-organising, Adaptive Ribosomes
  8. 8. Last October under “maintaining interesting isolates through cosmological timescales” I made introductory points about Ribosomes as the base level Ribosomes are fundamental to life as we know it Molecular assemblage translating RNA to protein Ribosomal RNA molecules + ribosomal proteins Functionality highly conserved across all life forms DNA added longer term replicable code stability Nucleus role eukaryotic ribosomes divergence Coupled with ATP intracellular energy transport R/DNA as genetic code requires dynamic context Viruses depend on appropriating cellular dynamics Enzymes are short proteins which act as catalysts Self-organising, Adaptive (was: Here Now Succession Process Traces Time Causation? or Dynamic encodings in condensed matter) Billions of years Ribosomes (R/DNA coding for proteins) Metabolic autopoesis Stromatolites Hundreds of millions Neuronal networks Mycorrhizal networks (Forest knowledge sharing) Ecosystems Some millions Tens of thousands Millenia Decades Song birds et al Human language Procedural instruction Story telling Written language Computer programming
  9. 9. 3D-printed model of a ribosome (photo credit: Steve Jurvetson via Flickr) Found in Dylani Lewis’s blog post https://dyanilewis.com/2014/09/16/ribosomes-unlocking- the-secrets-to-your-cellular-protein-factories/ about an interview she recorded with Nobel laureate Ada Yonath for University of Melbourne’s Up Close https://upclose.unimelb.edu.au/episode/315-ribosomes- unlocking-secrets-your-cellular-protein-factories The ribosome as a missing link in the evolution of life Meredith Root-Bernstein & Robert Root-Bernstein Journal of Theoretical Biology 367 (2015) 130–158 “Highlights” • Hypothesise that ribosome was self-replicating intermediate between compositional or RNA- world and cellular life. • rRNA contains genetic information encoding self-replication machinery: all 20 tRNAs and active sites of key ribosomal proteins. • Statistical analyses demonstrate rRNA-encodings are very unlikely to have occurred by chance. • Contradicts view of rRNA as purely structural suggesting instead that rRNA, mRNA and tRNA had common ribosomal ancestor. • Suggest that DNA and cells evolved to protect and optimise pre-existing ribosome functions. Paper available via: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/ S0022519314006778 Bill does “not think that the ribosome ever evolved from an entity that stood alone in its own right. “Much more likely that it evolved in a complex melange of macromolecules where some components had some capacity for approximate autocatalysis (…), and that was also collectively autocatalytic”
  10. 10. Going Down with the Egg Basket
  11. 11. Going Down with the Egg Basket
  12. 12. This* is what I had in mind when I first began using the phrase “structural violence”—structures that could only be created and maintained by the threat of violence, even if in their ordinary, day-to-day workings, no actual physical violence need take place. If one reflects on the matter, the same can be said of most phenomena that are ordinarily referred to as “structural violence” in the literature—racism, sexism, class privilege—even if their actual mode of operation is infinitely more complex. Here I was probably inspired most by my readings in feminist literature, which often does speak of structural violence in this way. —David Graeber, The Utopia of Rules *refers to his immediately preceding apocryphal story of a warrior tribe subjugating peaceful farmers. Graeber is a cultural anthropologist, anarchist activist, veteran of Occupy Wall Street, and award-winning author. The book stitches together prior essays with a strong introduction and raises the lack of distinction between “play” and “rules” in most languages and a human need for certainty and uncertainty. Going Down with the Egg Basket should put a Complex Systems theory wrapper around Graeber’s wealth of data, with emphasis on the emergence of entities which get established within gradients of words and money, gathering influence and resources for their own unexamined purposes.
  13. 13. Miscellany The Great Silence tries the standard Analytic Philosophy tactic of appearing exhaustive but still manages to totally miss the combinatorial argument’s escape from the Copernican veto by giving every macro scale entity a distinctive history. Book uses Karen & Poul Anderson’s notion of “sophont”. Presenting update of Urban Hydrology Out of Sight to Spotswood-South Kingsville Residents Association next week. Have booked trip to Mud Island Saturday, 2nd March, the first that has come up in two years, which should provide stimulus for Nepean Bay Bar.
  14. 14. Suggestions! Questions?

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