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Human Metaconsciousness*


If metaconsciousness is a spontaneous product of the behavior of any dynamic complex system, this raises an interesting question about the human condition on planet Earth.

The human population on Earth consists of several billion individual "cells," each of which is imbued with what we evaluate as a relatively high degree of consciousness, intelligence, and creativity. The metaconsciousness myth predicts that such a population should spontaniously exhibit, or over time develop, an extraordinarily high metaconsciousness that is entirely transcendent of that of its constituent "cells." The combined human population on Earth, in other words, "should" be transcendentally conscious, intelligent, and creative. Are we? I'll let you be the judge of that, and just mutter as a brief aside that it looks to me that, although individual humans are often extraordinarily bright, taken as a whole, the human race seems to be supremely comatose, stupid, dull, and regimented. If this is so, why? How can this be – if indeed metaconsciousness is "in fact" a spontaneous artifact of complex dynamically interactive systems (or vice-versa)? Is the human race not complex enough, or numerous enough to manifest a high-order metaconsciousness?

Yes, in my estimation, the human race is both complex enough and numerous enough to manifest an extraordinarily high-order metaconsciousness. The reason we don't is that we are quite frankly not at our best. We are "infected" by a potentially lethal parasitic disease which has the very specific pathological effect of inhibiting in manifold ways the synergistic "synaptic connections" among "cells" upon which the emergence of high-order metaconsciousness depends. This infectious disease is the social system that has gained dominance over human affairs on this planet, which we call "civilization."

By its fundamental nature, civilization employs pre-emptive force to achieve its ends, which are ultimately decided by the "pharoahs," not by the "toiling masses" that make up "99%" of its populations. Pre-emptive force does not expand and proliferate channels for creative expression; it does the exact opposite: it shuts down and eliminates otherwise existing choices. In sum, and in the broadest sense, pre-emptive force stifles consciousness, intelligence, and creativity.

In order for high-order metaconsciousness to evolve in a complex system, the distributed agents, or "cells" that comprise the system must be at liberty to make choices within the parameters of their individual natures. Metaconscious complex systems, such as flocks of birds, schools of fish, organic brains, massively parallel computers, do not behave as they do in response to hierarchical control mechanisms. That approach was attempted in the AI experiments described in Consciousness, Intelligence, and Creativity, and found not to work. The "secret of success" of metaconscious complex systems is that each "cell" or agent in the system, to the extent made possible by its "design parameters," is entirely self-motivated to make the responses and adaptations to circumstances it uniquely encounters, in ways it uniquely decides.

A school of fish, for example, does not exist because someone or something from "on high" commands, "Thou shalt go to school!" Each individual fish is there because it has decided that there are greater advantages to be had by "schooling" than by swimming alone; and by following the simple rules of the school, rather than by behaving chaotically and distrupting the formation. It "obeys the rule," in other words, to Swim close, but not "too close," to your neighbors, because doing so gains for the individual fish the considerable advantages of many complexes of sense organs; such that if any one fish encounters predator or prey, all are at once alerted to take instantanious appropriate action.

This is how metaconscious complex systems of all kinds operate – including human tribes, past and present, that have not been pre-empted and stifled by civilization. And this is why human Leaver tribes have always lived "in the hands of the gods," which is to say, in our developing terminology, in harmony with the metaconsciousness of "All That Is."

The metaconsciousness myth provides an orderly vision of an incomprehensibly complex self-similar "fractal form" consisting of cascades of metaconscious "components" which combine for their own individual reasons into higher-order metaconscious elements, ...and so on (presumably, speculatively) "forever," with no "bottom" or "top" to the entire integrated system of "All That Is." One way this has been given expression in the past is, As above, so below; as below, so above.


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* Source: The Gods & the Law of Life.


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