Lynn Margulis - Her Contribution to Life-itself Science
Sit back and listen to this most amazing presentation by Florence Bradford on Lynn Margulis's contribution to Life-itself Science - Evolutionary Biology in a nutshell.
Open Space Technology Founder Harrison Owen tells us how it is, life, self-organizing processes
(vidéo en anglais)
Requirement for New Thinking about Life
ultimate test of any set of new primitive ideas is not whether or not they make
sense in themselves initially, but rather whether or not the world makes more
sense when seen from the new viewpoint made possible by taking them as a whole.
Foundations for a Science of Value
A most basic step is
to recognize the environment we need to understand. We were comfortable in the
world of materialism. We now know the limits of materialism. We need to
distinguish systems created by causal relations, machines, versus systems
created by value relations, organisms. That is the essential defining
characteristic separating our knowledge of machines from organisms. The basic
problem is that causal laws are applied in attempts to control the living. Norm Hirst See
I do not think
quantum theory per se will lead us through the mechanistic deadlock… to further
understanding. Instead, we need a thoroughly organicist way of thinking that
transcends both conventional thermodynamics and quantum theory. I have focused
on the notion of quantum coherence and the attendant nonlocal
intercommunication as the expression of the radical wholeness of the organism,
where global and local are mutually entangled, and every part is as much in
control as it is sensitive and responsive.
Mae Wan Ho, leading biophyicist
Growing a New Mind in the Ways of Life-itself -A Living World Vision
The Autognomics Institute,its founding members and Skye Hirst and the late Norm Hirst began this concerted organization in 1992 with a Scholars conference. With emergent knowledge rapidly outpacing the world's abilities to determine the long term impacts from developments and interpretations of new knowledge, TAI is stepping up it's intentions to expand awareness towards deeper understanding of life-itself and value intelligence. Skye Hirst, as TAI President, along with a growing TAI community, are emphasizing the urgency for greater attention to this emergent knowledge of living processes - to understand more fully the ways of life-itself through Open Space conversations, Inquiry Circles applied to "at the edge of change" events happening, invitation for papers, and forum discourse as well as personal and executive coaching for a LIVING WORLD VISION.
We invite you to explore our work found on these pages. and bring your experienced knowing, those areas of inquiry that seem to have no current resolve.We have much to offer at this time of change, so join us, and let's turn this world towards LIVING again. Go to the edge with us and help grow a new mind, one that goes beyond mechanism. We just might discover why loving is more powerful than force.
The Autognomics Institute is a Research and Education Open-Community of scholars, artists, & front-liner practitioners up against long standing issues and challenges that demand a new mind and evolution beyond mechanistic materialism. Through developing a new philosophy (a new kind of language) from our collective experience, identifying emerging living metaphysics that new knowledge is revealing, we move towards the discovery of a new science for life and living processes. We believe this is the evolutionary process and that our living survival demands that we do indeed MOVE ON, create with new awareness of consciousness.
- The theoretical models and practical tools that are
currently applied to both research and practical problem-solving are
deeply rooted in the scientific materialism of the past three centuries..Revealing Elemental Errors and an INComplete World-View
materialism absolutely prevents us from discovering or understanding
the true nature of life itself.
- As long as we approach our world problems
with models and tools based on a world view that is completely at odds
with the organizing principles of Life Itself we are going to create
unsustainable solutions that have unanticipated detrimental consequences.
TAI brings together inquiry of bio-physics,
metaphysics, and new phenomenology to understand that the
principles of life are not computational, nor mechanistic. Instead life organizes itself and evolves with profound coherence and wisdom.
- The ways of life-itself are trying to teach us something. Let's pay attention and learn.
(This work is in no way religious or supported by religious groups.)
Editor's Overview of Hirst Paper: What Is Life?
Norm Hirst's paper What Is Life? published in Cosmos and History - The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy. Editor, Aaron Gare's summary commentary on the paper:
The fourth paper, ‘Towards a Science of Life As Creative Organisms’ by
Norm Hirst, is the point of departure for the following paper by Floyd Merrell: Life before matter, possible signification before tangible signs: Toward a Mediating View
Hirst’s paper, which is partly autobiographical, describes an
intellectual adventure to find a place in a scientific world for values
and meaning. What this adventure revealed was that mainstream science,
mathematics, logic and philosophy mutually support each other to
promote a comprehensive materialist world-view that has no place for
meaning for creativity. In this journey Hirst discovered the work of
Rosen, and concluded, as Rosen had, that a new metaphysics is required.
In this paper he uses Peirce’s notion of ‘abduction’ to justify the
speculative presentation of an alternative, process organismic
world-view, a form of process metaphysics. While strongly influenced by
Alfred North Whitehead and scientists influenced by him (especially the
biophysicist Mae-Wan Ho), it is an original synthesis. This synthesis
is then contrasted with ‘materialism’. This highlights the way diverse
ideas cohere to display the real alternatives, revealing thereby that
what are often regarded as obvious, theoretically neutral ideas
actually provide the foundations for a particular perspective of the
world. Against the background of the account of materialism, Hirst
argues that advances in biology herald the move towards a process
organismic world-view. However, this is being blocked not only by
mathematical ideas, but more fundamentally by mainstream ideas in
logic. In identifying blockages to this revolution in thought Hirst is
particularly concerned with the influence of extensional logic, which,
like the mathematical formalism attacked by Rosen, effectively
eliminates meaning and creativity. What is called for, he argues, is a
new logic adequate to the creativity of life.
The Peircian semiotician floyd merrell has recognized in Rosen’s and
Hirst’s critique of mainsteam thought justification for his own
philosophy as a solution to problems they have revealed. In a massive
trilogy (Signs Becoming Signs, Semiosis in the Postmodern Age, and
Signs Grow), Merrell developed a coherent Peircian cosmology advancing
Peirce’s most radical ideas on the semiotic nature of all reality,
fusing the customary distinctions between life and non-life, mind and
matter, self and other, appearance and ‘reality’. In his contribution
Merrell further explicates Peirce’s philosophy, revealing how radical
his ideas really were, and in doing so, offers the basis for the
development of the kind of logic Hirst argued is required to understand
In Search of Cosmic Universal Creative Living Processes of "Becoming"
In Search of Organizing Laws of Creative Life Processes we are discovering awesome Freedom...and value intelligence
It must be stressed that life,
being creative organisms, is basically free. However, when and where it gets
bogged down and develops habitual patterns, it is not free; and only then when
freedom is lost, can it be understood by logical concepts, theoretical physics,
mathematics, and the hard sciences. But the ultimate goal of life is to
increase value. What values and how they’ll be manifested is a free expression
of organisms. Purposes (final cause) do not lend themselves to prediction by
the hard sciences. Being creative organism, life comes with value intelligence:
its creativity has direction and purpose that becomes its own free gift to the
A New Consciousness of Life as Organism: A Living Vision
Changing the worldview and conversation of what is life?
As Norm and I focus on how the Consciousness is shifting daily, we
recognize the need for having Conversations That Matter that can help
in understanding the changing worldview of what is life – a living
vision of ourselves as living organisms, functioning with awareness of
epi-organizing laws, connected to other living organisms, all made from
the same bio-energy matrix of life-itself. It seems particularly
relevant to the conversations about health and health care that are so
loud with politicized rhetoric, and which leave out what really