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The Great God Pan, Intelligent Designer? Part-2: But, how can Evolving Ecosystems be Conscious?

A short selection from Essay Seven in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice.  Personally, I (as a thinking mind) prefer the reflecting pool simile given in Two Buddhas, Part-5 over the other more discrete conceptions of consciousness listed there; for if similes, metaphors, and analogies are also incomplete, they are honestly so. Certainly this one …

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Two Buddhas, Part-5: Your mind is not other than a fallen leaf, or a footprint

A short selection from Essay Six in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice. (So let’s step beyond our inner nerd now, and follow our Buddhas.) “What is the Way?” Ordinary mind is the Way. “Should I turn toward it or not?” If you turn toward it you turn away from it. “How can I know the …

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Two Buddhas, Part-4: “The Big Picture”

Now let us suppose that … a being, who can see the individual molecules, opens and closes the hole, so as to allow only the swifter molecules to pass from A to B, and only the slower molecules to pass from B to A. He will thus, without expenditure of work, raise the temperature of …

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Two Buddhas, Part-3: The Narrow Way

A short selection from Essay Four from Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice, the physical prequel for what might appear to non-practitioners as my metaphysical ramblings on Humans and Nature (the Two Buddhas). Our Platonic heritage prompts us to view means and medians as the hard ‘realities,’ and the variation that permits their calculation as …

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Two Buddhas, Part-2: Evo-eco, and Human, “Hosts”

A short selection from Essay Three in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice. However a phenotype develops, however genetic algorithms conspire with environment to produce, maintain, and alter an organism over its lifetime, or perhaps even pass on some of these epigenetic alterations in the womb, such short term adjustments, like learning itself, are incommensurable …

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The Great God Pan, Intelligent Designer? Part-1

A short selection from Essay Two in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice. Organisms consist of germ cells that transmit heritable information and somatic cells that carry out ordinary functions. Germ cells are not altered by environment, learning, or the morphological changes of a lifetime. This information is lost after each generation. —Weismann’s germ plasm …

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Two Buddhas, Part-1

The first section of Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice begins. PART I —Trouble with GAIA Gaia … 1 (also Gaea …) Gk Myth the Earth personified as a goddess, daughter of Chaos. She was born the mother and wife of Uranus (Heaven); their offspring included the Titans and the Cyclops. 2 the earth viewed as a …

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Can HUMANITY ever KNOW ITSELF without first knowing the GREAT GOD PAN? Part-2

Another short selection from the Introduction to Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice. 95 I’m nobody! Who are you? Are you nobody too? Then there’s a pair of us—don’t tell! They’d banish us, you know. How dreary to be a somebody! How public, like a frog, To tell your name the livelong day To an …

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Can HUMANITY ever KNOW ITSELF without first knowing the GREAT GOD PAN? Part-1

A short selection from the Introduction to Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice. In essence, the pivotal ‘two trees’ theme is this: A celebration of Nature, and Man, as two sovereign and mutually revealing (phylogenic and techno-genic) ‘evolutions’. . . . I don’t promise, of course, that the book is an easy read if you …

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