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CATEGORY: Wandering Towards a Goal Essay Contest (2016-2017) [back]
TOPIC: Wandering Toward our Goals and How We May Get There a Lot Faster than You Think by Jon Beach [refresh]
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Author Jon Beach wrote on Mar. 8, 2017 @ 16:40 GMT
Essay Abstract

Life is a process that generates information through variability and selection. Information is the essential quality that leads to consciousness and then our goals and ambitions. By examining some of the engineering problems and solutions encountered as life evolved, we can see that we are now at an epic turning point. Information storage and processing is what gives living beings their power and the creation of new external information storage systems is driving a shift in the way that all life on earth is organized. The interaction of our aims and ambitions with these evolutionary developments will lead humans to an extraordinary future.

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Jon Beach is an entrepreneur and author with an undergradute degree in biology and a self-directed masters degree in Organizational Theory from Cal State University Fullerton. He is currently working in business development in Southern California.

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Conrad Dale Johnson wrote on Mar. 8, 2017 @ 21:13 GMT
Hi Jon – a very interesting essay, with a good deal of insight into many aspects of the evolutionary process. Some things I especially like are:

> Your approach to “information” in terms of the relationships in which it operates, rather than just as data.

> Your appreciation of the role of language in the evolution of the human mind, and that the ability to gain new information about the world is of limited use, unless there are ways to pass it on to the next generation.

> Your mentioning that “our government, business, and social organizations are a form of evolving proto-life following a written or electronic genome.” I don't think that's just a metaphor!

I do have some minor complaints when you touch on things I’m particularly interested in… for example, I don’t think it was at all “a simple step to invent writing.” But when we’re trying to envision the entire history of evolution – as I also try to do in my essay on the evolution of meaningful information – we can’t avoid some pretty drastic over-simplifications.

And I surely agree with your ending – there’s no lack of imagination in this essay.

Thanks – Conrad

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Daniel de França Diniz Rocha wrote on Mar. 9, 2017 @ 00:59 GMT
Dear Jon Beach

I'd like to highlight 5 important points of your essay, which I think it is great!

-“Information” is used here as a word that describes relationships between the functioning parts of living beings and their environments.

-The essence of life is that life develops a record of the past that enables it to continue in the future. A living system uses this...

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James Lee Hoover wrote on Mar. 10, 2017 @ 19:00 GMT

Somehow it seems rather dystopian that what might be compared to “lateral gene transfers” might occur between “Our government, business, and social organizations as a form of evolving proto-life following a written or electronic genome” and us. Perhaps you are more optimistic than I when you say, “Life is undergoing a profound transformation into an enormously more powerful form. Our goals and ambitions will interact with the natural process of evolution to create a nearly unlimited future we can scarcely imagine.” By itself, this quote is hopeful and interesting though, ” Since the advent of writing humans have been able to commandeer 1 to 2 % more energy every year to further their aims and ambitions.” Maybe this is true if we live with more parts of reason than unbridled emotion: “The interaction of our aims and ambitions with these evolutionary developments will lead humans to an extraordinary future.”

Jim Hoover

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James Lee Hoover replied on Mar. 10, 2017 @ 19:01 GMT
Would like to hear your thoughts on my essay, Jon.


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James Lee Hoover replied on Apr. 4, 2017 @ 05:20 GMT

The contest is drawing to an end, and I am reviewing those I've read and am not sure that I rated. Yours I did on 3/10. Short memory.

Hope you enjoyed the interchange of ideas as much as I did and still do.

Jim Hoover

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Joe Fisher wrote on Mar. 14, 2017 @ 16:28 GMT
Dear Jon Beach,

Please excuse me for I have no intention of disparaging in any way any part of your essay.

I merely wish to point out that “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955) Physicist & Nobel Laureate.

Only nature could produce a reality so simple, a single cell amoeba could deal with it.

The real Universe must consist only of one unified visible infinite physical surface occurring in one infinite dimension, that am always illuminated by infinite non-surface light.

A more detailed explanation of natural reality can be found in my essay, SCORE ONE FOR SIMPLICITY. I do hope that you will read my essay and perhaps comment on its merit.

Joe Fisher, Realist

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Satyavarapu Naga Parameswara Gupta wrote on Mar. 16, 2017 @ 10:21 GMT
Dear Jon Beach,

Nice essay on consciousness,

Your ideas and thinking are excellent for eg…

Consciousness is a purposeful adaptation created by natural selection in the same way and under the same pressures as all the other mechanisms of life

A Good idea, I fully agree with you, probably Universe also had a consciousness …………………………… At this...

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Dizhechko Boris Semyonovich wrote on Apr. 7, 2017 @ 04:41 GMT
Dear Sirs!

Physics of Descartes, which existed prior to the physics of Newton returned as the New Cartesian Physic and promises to be a theory of everything. To tell you this good news I use spam.

New Cartesian Physic based on the identity of space and matter. It showed that the formula of mass-energy equivalence comes from the pressure of the Universe, the flow of force which on the corpuscle is equal to the product of Planck's constant to the speed of light.

New Cartesian Physic has great potential for understanding the world. To show it, I ventured to give "materialistic explanations of the paranormal and supernatural" is the title of my essay.

Visit my essay, you will find there the New Cartesian Physic and make a short entry: "I believe that space is a matter" I will answer you in return. Can put me 1.


Dizhechko Boris

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