Genesis of Biological Systems

The Creation Story Revisited:

Day 1

In the beginning the earth coalesced in the stark darkness of the absence of life, a state which is still witnessed on the uninhabitable bodies in our solar system. In this darkness the spark of life twinkled in and out until igniting into the fire of living organisms. The inherent precept of the intelligence1 of life was that it figured out how to persist through time, and to multiply. For billions of years Life flourished, covering both the surface of Earth, and the region from miles beneath to miles above it’s surface. A foundational quality of whatever forms Life embodied was that wherever they took hold, they stayed, as we see in the plants around us, and life explored and enveloped the earth using winds and ocean currents. Life on the first day can consequently be thought of as inhabiting a point in space while persisting through time. The overwhelming majority of the mass of organisms on Earth (bacteria, fungi, plants etc.) are still living this first day.


Day 2

As Life flourished some of it’s forms hit the wall where demand for nourishment exceeded the supply of nutrients. The mandate of Life’s twin drives to persist and multiply pushed Life to experiment and discover a dimension in a realm other than time. Intentional movement enabled organisms to begin to explore the spatial dimensions, conferring a profound advantage over their stationary neighbors. Initially this movement was extension and contraction, as is seen in the most primitive animals, which is movement along a line. The second day has lasted half a billion years as these animals  evolved from simple extension through homologous movement as seen in Jellies into mastery of complex vertebrate neurology and physiology (Fish, Amphibians and Reptiles are prime examples), although this development has continued to be fundamentally constrained in the realm of linear movement towards or away from an object of interest.


Day 3

Eventually animals that had evolved in the line dimension had become so successful that the challenge for other species to compete through a new iteration of this physiology was insurmountable. However, movement to the sides was underutilized, and species that took advantage of lateral movement and awareness gained some advantage evading predation and as predators. These species (mammals are prime examples) developed capabilities in an additional physical dimension, enabling them to function effectively across the plane covering the earth’s surface. A key feature of this development was the emergence of the ability to hunt and protect themselves in teams. The third day really took off when a large rock crashed with Earth 66 million years ago, severely disrupting the long established species hierarchy. This event led to an explosion of mammalian diversity as once given an opening, the less complex animal forms were disadvantaged and thereby relegated to niche roles. Some of these mammals returned to the oceans, where their unique mammalian traits enabled them to hunt as if they were shooting fish in a barrel.


Day 4

The nutrient supply vs. demand problem continued to put pressure on animals to discover new options for survival, pushing them to conquer the last physical dimension. Animals inhabiting the canopy of trees used the realm of volume which overlays earth’s surface. Our primate ancestors developed unique physical and neurological abilities to make use of this realm, able to think three dimensionally and use their front feet as hands to grasp and pull against gravity, as opposed to push into the ground to support their weight. Trees became the only safe refuge from mammals that had conquered the plane beneath them. The afternoon of the 4th day (about 4 millions years ago) was notable for the emergence of our genus, which by refining bipedal gait, freed up the forelegs for tool use. Combined with a significant enlargement of their brains, they were able to put their tools to work manipulating their surroundings, and winning more fights than they lost with the apex predators who had ruled the ground beneath them.


Day 5

The dawn of Day 5 begins with the dominance of our species. This is such a significant event that it has been given a name – the Anthropocene. About 10,000 years ago our forefathers broke with their hunter gatherer ancestors and ate the forbidden fruit of agriculture and city dwelling. It (controversially) is thought that evolution stopped at this point, as our most successful traits were/are selected artificially as opposed to the natural selection mechanism that had ruled for more than the last 3 billion years in the Garden of Eden.  Self Awareness shifted from awareness of self reflected in the mirror of the organic flow of the Earth system, which has a timeless, ever present quality, to awareness of self reflected in the mirror of other individuals and structures of our group artifact, in which time has a linear quality. Having run out of spatial dimensions to evolve into, our species fabricated their own, which overlays spacetime and is here called the Etheric realm. The Etheric extends our nervous system by covering Earth with communication technologies,  manipulates the genome of Life and extends our senses into the deep subatomic, as well as near the deepest regions of the universe. The hazard of the Etheric lies in its self validating quality – because we exist within it, it appears as the totality of reality, enabling roadblocks like nuclear proliferation, land degradation and climate change. However, when the Etheric is expressed within a more universal, inclusive contextual framework it’s potential to express Life’s innate intelligence can be actualized.


Day 6

"Earthrise" - NASA 1968 Click on image for a full size rendering

“Earthrise” – NASA 1968
Click on image for a full size rendering

The predawn hours of the sixth day express man’s attempts to answer the question of what lies outside the mirror of his Etheric artifact. The early conceptualizations of a flat earth with overseeing god(s) gave way to a heliocentric view of heavens surrounding a centrally positioned earth. About 500 years ago we gradually came to understand the actual framework of our solar system, and within the last 100 years our solar system’s relationship to our galaxy and to the universe. For me the dawn of the 6th day occurred when the Apollo missions brought back this image of our planet taken from Moon orbit. When I view this image it becomes quite apparent that much more than individual races, species or clades, we are inextricably intertwined as attributes of a single living organism. The distinction between any living being and inanimate matter is infinitely greater than the vast array of distinctions identifying unique life forms. This model is usually discussed in the context of the Gaia Hypothesis. Recent discoveries of life supporting planets in other solar systems and water on Mars reinforces the perspective that the most accurate model for understanding our place in the cosmic scheme (and context for the Etheric) is as an element of a unified organism called Earth. By acclimating to and embodying this perspective our perceptions synchronize with a more accurate understanding of ourselves, our role in relation to the Earth, and the earth’s relationship to the universe. This “Planetary Mind” is described here as the Astral realm. The Astral both intelligently guides and informs our Etheric intentions, and may additionally enable the possibility of connecting and even bonding with other planetary organisms inhabiting our galaxy and beyond.


Day 7

Awakening into the Astral enables the potential for evolution into additional, as yet unrealized (at least by me) evolutionary possibilities. I can however speculate that supra-Astral realms would be unlikely to have much direct linkage to the spacetime dimensions, and by extension physical form. I also sense that moving into these higher dimensional realms might clarify the origin of the intelligence1 that ignited the spark of Life on Earth.

  1. It is not yet scientifically possible to make an inference as to the origin of this “intelligence”. It could just as easily be divine as it could mechanical, or both. The perspective on the origin of life as presented here diffuses the creationism debate, and is the way that many scientists have reconciled their religious and empirical understanding. The possibility of Divine Intervention is just as likely as it is not, empowering the option to select a belief  within which one is most comfortable. The more closely the origin of this “intelligence” is examined, the more the distinction between natural order and divine origin blurs, as Baruch Spinoza noted 400 years ago.