Towards A Science Of Life As Creative Organisms ~ Norm Hirst June 1, 2008
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Mindfulness is Contagious
Mindfulness is contagious
Pick up litter along road
Folks driving by- notice
What's that about? 
Living nearby
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A connection made
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Question of the Day
Could there be living patterns of energy? Is there a biofield in pre-space creating matter?
 
Reflections on What Is Life? Norm Hirst (2012)

 

The question should be how does matter arise from life? Life is creative, but everything in flux would simply be chaos. As a ground for building order, life takes on habit - overpowering habit. The result is matter, entities that no longer are capable of self-acting. There is more to reality than we knew. Could there be living patterns of energy? Is there a biofield in pre-space creating matter?

 

Biology of the past is more like physics. That biology has led to the study of structure where we wind up with nothing but misleading guesses as to what processes are going onNow, electronic biology has been discovered. The living energy structure in our bodies is electronic and biophoton energy flows.  

 

Szent Gyorgi said If Nature wants to do something she will find a way to do it if there is no contradiction to basic rules of Nature. She has time to do so.  (Living Nature also often works with more complex systems than the physicist uses for testing his theories.)

 

From the organizing principles of life we can learn better choices for acting, both individually and for social functioning.

 

Life is sui generis, that is, Life-itself is unique and in a class by itself. It cannot be compared to or explained by physics. Life is primordial activity, which Bohm called the implicate order.

 

By Life, here, I mean the organizing principles that are creating all forms of life.

An organism is not calculating, and second of all, it is connected to the requirements of its environment. Living organisms must live in an organism environment to function. Organisms function to conform to coherence conditions imposed by their environment while co-creating coherent acts through internal processes that individuate and add their uniqueness to the whole.

 

Thus organisms have a Janus character. Janus was a Roman God with a double-faced head, each looking in opposite directions at the same time. An organism is looking both to its own unique experiences while sensing what also can be unique contextual conditions of the moment. Thus to develop their unique contributions, organisms must harmonize this reality and that is accomplished through the use of inherent value intelligence. I have found that this requires values as guiding force, as opposed to cause and effect.   

In life, valuation processes are pervasive. We have lived with materialism too long to remember the qualities of life. It seems to me that many are trying to live as if they are machines; we are not well suited to being robots. It is the adventure of living fully that gives life meaning.  A Life VIEW gives us new assumptions about reality and that's where we re-discover love and value dynamics by which all of us find our way.

 

 

 
Brown's The Living Universe

 William Brown's fresh look at Life itself.  Here is his summation of a wonderful article linked here from his blog  

http://williambrownscienceoflife.com/?page_id=201

In Summation, life is synonymous with existence and is eternal, and the most fundamental fabric of reality is consciousness.  It is a Field of pure abstraction and intent, and through self-interaction it produces manifestations from endless potentialities.  Therefore the Universe itself is intelligent, and this reality construct is the result of intelligent design.  Every aspect is intelligently designed and contains consciousness itself.  This does not mean it is a controlling factor and that there isn’t randomness, because the spirit of free will is intrinsic.  Indeed the process of randomness is a testament to the sublime intelligence of Cosmic Consciousness.  In that a system can be allowed to evolve completely independently – and yet the state of each constituent of the system is known at all times and the behavior upon the addition of a particular influence can be precisely predicted.  However this terminology is misleading, because it indicates that the system would be outside of and apart from the Intelligence, when in fact it is an aspect itself of the Unified Consciousness – as everything is truly One

 

 
Quote of the Day
Organisms function to conform to coherence conditions imposed by their environment while co-creating coherent acts through internal processes that individuate and add their uniqueness to the whole
 
How it all works!! Life - you and me - nature

We live in a time of a-morality, greed-driven and power controlling efforts that are out-growths of deep mis-understandings driven by scientific materialism as the primary view of reality. Terrorism, war, government and business corruption, pollution, crime, poverty, hunger, gaps between poverty and rich, and inadequate health care are on the increase.  A new mind is needed and it is emerging. New knowledge is being generated that brings into question commonly held beliefs about what is reality. TAI asks difficult questions like what is life? How does it function? With 50 years of deep inquiry beginning with the laws of physics, our scholars are discovering a more primary foundation than the laws of physics. TAI scholars are pointing to a new way of knowing. Research and discoveries over the past two decades are bringing into question the dominant scientific materialism worldview. Scholars like Alfred North Whitehead and Robert Rosen were among the first to begin this questioning. Now TAI is taking the inquiry to the next level. The results are shattering and hopeful. Life's organizing primary coherence conditions reveal new possibilities for complex living problems.

 

 
Values are "coherence conditions" of life.

 Norm Hirst on Coherence Conditions of Life

  Organisms(Living Entities) Require Coherence. (I think of coherence as conditions permitting freedom to act in parallel with a multitude of acts without destructive interference.) Life is the process of forming a coherence or unity within, which is developed through a multiplicity of events within and coupled with events without. It is a series of evolving events of birth, growth, maturation, integration and fulfillment.

Values are the coherence conditions that life imposes on living processes and entities. I have come to think of values as the "coherence conditions of life." Strictly speaking I believe it is valuation processes that are important to living entities. The necessary autonomy of living entities prevents their having any informational inputs. Yet they do need to discover what works in their living context. They do that by acting, to find effective acts. Acts that produce the organism’s intentions are effective acts. (see definition of Autonomy).

Substance metaphysics (started over 2500 years ago) has forced upon on us worldviews precluding values.  With a few
exceptions, the literature on values is rather ridiculous. Values are not things.  They are conditions on living processes.

·       I think of coherence as conditions permitting freedom to act in parallel with a multitude of acts without destructive interference.  For example, driving on a designated side of the road.  That gives maximum significant freedom to drive anywhere without crashing into someone else. Living entities are autonomous; they are intended to individuate; to develop their unique potential to become a unique actor while staying within the coherence laws of their identity. I think of coherence as conditions permitting freedom to act in parallel with a multitude of acts without destructive interference..  A good simple example is driving on a designated side of the road. It makes coherent traffic flow, gives us greater freedom to drive to a destination and really doesn’t need enforcement.

·       Reviewing the characteristics of life gives the concept  “harmonize” a specific emphasis.

·       Life is the process of forming a coherence or unity within, which is developed through a multiplicity of events within and coupled with events without. It is a series of evolving events of birth, growth, maturation, integration and fulfillment.

·       Living processes are carried out by living entities capable of acting.  Actions are based on perceived facts of experience when an event is starting.  Those facts set the stage for what is possible. Value processes select the most effective acts. The living entity acts and the stage is now changed to include a mixture of old and new perceived facts ready for the next event.

·       Harmonization is the process by which we creatively find a way to resolve differences between conflicting coherence conditions to find a new coherence unity.   Understanding the role of values and valuation is essential to carry out this process.

·       Talking about values with our current linguistic habits turn values into ideals to live by.  For example, always tell the truth.  However, there are times when truth is essential and there are times when truth is better not said. What life requires of us are the value process skills to know when truth is required and when it is not.

·       If you think values are ideals, then you make harmonization impossible because your values are right and theirs are wrong and there is no room for harmonization. Rather, ideals are abstractions. Abstractions do not hold the entire reality in which they are thought to function. Thus they cannot be achieved, and even if they could be, given the dynamics of life, there is no absolute right and wrong set of ideals that apply to everyone all the time.

 

I suggest that in Hartman’s hierarchy systemic valuation and extrinsic valuation are in consciousness.  Intrinsic valuation is in awareness. Intrinsic valuation is the highest because it provides the ground for the others to develop.

 

Living Process Coherence Events called valuation

To talk about values I want to look at the events in a living process, i.e., those events when you choose a set of acts for the next step in your evolving process.

 
A logic derived from whole-ness

Every living entity, each cell, molecule, you and me, society, Gaia and the universe, functions as artists in creating its own life; jazz artists! There are no written parts to be played.  Every living entity is connected to the wholeness, oneness, of life.  Through such connection there is great awareness possible within from which to determine action, more than can be experienced through traditional senses.

In contrast psychologist Eleanor Rosch, who in 1996 characterized the current state of human knowledge and what I would call the world of technology, or machine world, as follows:

"In the analytic picture offered by the cognitive sciences, the world consists of separate objects and states of affairs, the human mind is a determinate machine which, in order to know, isolates and identifies those objects and events, finds the simplest possible predictive contingencies between them, stores the results through time in memory, relates the items in memory to each other such that they form a coherent but indirect representation of the world and oneself, and retrieves those representations in order to fulfill the only originating value, which is to survive and reproduce in an evolutionarily successful manner”.

In keeping with current discoveries, she now speaks of primary knowing.

..."primary knowing" arises by means of "interconnected wholes, rather than isolated contingent parts and by means of time-less, direct, presentation" rather than through stored "re-presentation."  "Such knowing is open rather than determinate, and a sense of unconditional value, rather than conditional usefulness, is an inherent part of the act of knowing itself," said Rosch. Acting from such awareness is "spontaneous, rather than the result of decision making”, and it is "compassionate…since it is based on wholes larger than the self."

 

Recent Papers


Value-Intelligence In All Creative Organisms ~ Skye Hirst with Assistance from Norm Hirst. August 2010

Robert Hartman discovered a value intelligence inherent in all life as early as the 1950's but he was ahead of his time.  Now learn how this value lens is formed within and how we can access it using the HVP.

Using the Hartman Value Profile as used in coaching by Hirst she discovers the absolutely unique inner landscape within that each individual has developed, we discover the world of values and value dynamics/intelligence from which we human beings and perhaps all organisms find effective action for life and living.
 
Published in The Robert S. Hartman Institute Annual Journal CLICK HERE

What People Are Saying

 What I Learned from Norm and Sky Hirst And How It Changed My Life
by Rodney Plimpton

Before I met Norm and Skye I had a pretty good handle on how Life worked, or so I thought.  I had a PhD in Social Psychology from Stanford, had studied Human Potential for Five years with Jean Houston, knew all about stimulus-response and something about cybernetics.  I didn’t consciously realize how much my model of life was based on a popular concoction Darwinism, materialism, elitism, and computer science.
Read more...

Medicine in a New Key

Conventional medicine is dying ultimately because it is based on an obsolete dominant mechanistic model that does not recognize the coherence of the organism

Dr. Mae-Wan Ho explores how a science of the organism could underpin a new organic medicine that would best serve the nation.

Visit www.i-sis.org.uk to learn more.

New organic Way for Medicine

The philosophy of Hans Jonas inform this paper by Schwartz and Wiggins to surmount the mind-body dualism plaguing Western thought. They show us the ways of organism; the difference between inorganic and organic reality and how each being must begin from its own direct experience of life in self and in others; and then how the two meet in the living being.  Since life is ultimately one reality, their theory presents the polarities that must be reintegrated by psyche with soma such that no component of the whole is short-changed, neither the objective nor the subjective.  Here they define the polarities within living beings and the requirements of organisms to live and thrive.

CLICK HERE

Inspiration

"The creation of significant form is the basis of knowledge, possibly for all living species; it holds the key to aesthetic experience in science and art, and depends on the inextricable entanglement of all beings in nature." ~ Dr. Mae-Wan Ho

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