Death has therefore 3 immediate meanings:
- In physical systems is a ‘big-bang’, studied in detail in other posts.
- In biological systems is death proper.
- In social systems is a war, death of a civilization, the less understood which will center this post..
At the end of the world cycle all becomes a zero-sum, since extinction dissolves back into the ∆-1 scale the being in existence.
In the graph, extinction is the fastest motion, as it implies two descends into the fifth dimension, in a pure explosion of entropy: T<<S-2.
I. CYCLICAL TIME.
II. FRACTAL SPACE
III. THE 3 AGES OF TIME.
IV. DEATH: ITS MEANING FOR ALL ∆ST SYSTEMS.
DEATH IN PHYSICAL SYSTEMS: BIG-BANGS
DEATH IN BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS
DEATH IN SOCIAL SYSTEMS.
I. CYCLICAL TIME.
Time is Cyclical.
In the graph, left side, ‘ðime’ clocks that measure the rhythms of reproduction=repetition and change=evolution of the Universe are always cyclical ‘r=evolutions’. This essential nature of reality, as a sum of repetitive, cyclical patterns of ðime cycles, underlies all the work of science, which finds laws for those repetitions. So science would not exist if ðime clocks were not cyclical, as there would not be any way to define ‘scientific laws’.
Yet astoundingly enough given the obviousness of this principle, the human species have lost in the past centuries his understand of cyclical ‘ðime’, as physicists, a profession that started with the study of ballistics and lineal trajectories of cannonballs, simplified those cycles into Lineal ðime explained with a single numerical parameter, an artifact of measure which facilitated the calculus of speeds, distances and translations in §pace, with the formula v=s/t, but reduced human knowledge of the cyclical nature of those clocks and its natural patterns, and the ‘dimension of information’, carried in the form and frequency of those cycles.
This became the more clearly with the discovery of Relativity, and the infinite clocks of ðime of the Universe…
Time cycles stores information. Its three arrows: entropy, form and energy are the key to understand the future.
But if time is cyclical it has more dimensions that a single line, in fact a circle is made of three lines that return to the origin and have different orientations. As systems become more complex, those ‘orientations’ of the motions of time become composite motions that we resume in three concepts:
- Expansive motion or entropy, which expands the system but looses its internal, informative connections and ultimately cause its death and dissolution, so it is in a way a relative arrow of ‘past’.
- IMPLOSIVE motion or information, which shrinks systems allowing them to become in-form-ed, connected, and so it is the arrow dominant in life… into the future of growing information, as we are also a planet inside a galaxy that evolves information towards its centre
- And repetitive motions of conservative energy that reproduce the system. AND AS SUCH it is the relative dynamic present that seems never to change.
Thus the Universe has three arrows of ‘future time’, meaning, at each moment we can take three general directions; a positive, negative or repetitive action, which humans generically call ‘information’ (+), ‘entropy’ (-) or ‘business as usual’, repeating the same patterns of ‘momentum’ and ‘energy’, which means reality is ‘conserved (≈).
Those three element suffice when considering in a formal way, to describe the equations of physics, the morphologies of biology and the events of history.
It is then remarkable to notice that in western cultures the ‘arrows of future’ are against all evidence reduced to one: entropy, which is the ‘negative arrow’ of destruction of information, whose most clear event is death.
The main reason of that obsession of western science for entropy, is obviously the military nature of western civilizations, which reached global power through war, the entropic moment of death of societies.
Yet the expansion of the ‘worldly religion’ of western power, weapons to the theoretical realm by the people who made them, ‘physicists’ meant that the concept of time arrows was reduced to consider only the simplest ‘lineal’ entropic arrow of death, loosing in the process his understanding of the two other key arrows, creation of form, of in/form/ation and its combination in ‘momentum’ and ‘energy’.
It is for that reason that after world war II an alternative philosophy of science, ‘Systems Theory’ (ab. GST), took form at Macy’s congress, in the foundational age of information theory and cybernetics to ad the arrow of information.
Then 50 years latter I brought the first formal model of the three arrows of time to the world congress of Systemics (ISSS), defining ‘trinity’, with a simple, profound new equation:
relative past-entropy x future-information = energy-momentum.
How important is the understanding of the three arrows of time? Absolutely essential to understand reality; as the program of the Universe is a program of timespace arrows.
The next consequence that matters more is that cyclical time stores the information of the Universe in the form and frequency of its cycles, and for that reason cyclical, physical vortices, masses and charges, store the physical information of the Universe.
So ‘ðime bends §pace into masses’ said Einstein, who defined mass as an accelerated vortex of gravitation (equivalence principle). But not only masses and charges are Nature’s accelerated vortices of ðime-information. Biological and technological systems also store ‘information’ in the dimensions of its cyclical forms:
In the graph, the duality between moving time cycles and still information, captured by a mind, which observes those cycles and its inverse ‘topologies: lineal planes of moving vacuum or entropy and its human perception as expansive spatial distances.
So in systems sciences, the discipline born at the death of Einstein, at Macy’s congress, when the biggest minds of mankind came to define a Universe not only with entropic, lineal, destructive motions as Physicists do, but also with informative time cycles, we call those two essential ‘topologies (forms with motion)’ of the Universe, the arrows of ‘future time’, which define for each ‘being of the Universe’, its two choices of future:
- Either the system will increase, guided by its moving lineal fields/limbs, its ‘spatial entropy’, disordering its information and ultimately dying. Or:
- IT WILL increase its cyclical form, and related informative, intelligent, perceptive qualities, with its cyclical eyes-heads and particles. And this is the arrow of life, which constantly increases information.
- And finally the most beautiful proposition is to combine both, entropy and information, into body-waves that reproduce both, merging them in balance, ‘mens sana in corpore sanum’ (principle in biology); ‘complementarily field-particle-wave’ (principle in physics).
So actually the Universe is an organic game that constantly combines, limbs/fields of entropy, heads/particles of information, into reproductive body/waves of ‘conserved energy’ – in as much as reproduction conserves the system by replicating it.
And this allow us to define the Universe as a ‘fractal organism’ that reproduces information:
In the graph from the bottom to the top we see the three ‘relative arrows of future-time’ of all systems: expansive, dying entropic devolving, relative past motions (from limbs to fields, from big-bangs to dying processes); and its inverse, relative future head/particles (which are the future as they guide the system), combined in reproductive body/waves.
NOW MATHEMATICIANS, know that those are the only three topologies of the Universe, which therefore ‘ensemble’ the three parts simultaneously to create ‘organisms’ in all scales of reality. So in the middle we see them ensemble things. So we talk of a generator equation of space-time organisms:
Sp (lineal spatial entropic limbs/fields)< st(hyperbolic, reproductive body-waves)>Tif (informative particle-heads)
This equation is the ‘fractal generator’ equation, at the center of the science of systems, which I introduced to the community at the fiftieth anniversary of the discipline at the Sonoma Congress. Yet the most beautiful realisation of those three arrows of time is above, schematically explained (a few paragraphs below showed for many systems): the cycle of life and death of all systems of reality, which start ‘naturally’ as a ‘simple’, entropic surface of maximal motion and minimal form (young state of the being) and guided by the constant increase of information in the Universe and all its systems, go through an age of reproductive balance, dominated by the body-wave (mature age) and finally enter a third age of excessive information (and minimal motion)…. And when all the motion is exhausted, the system just pure information, the system dies, explodes and devolves back the information into pure entropy (physical big-bangs, human deaths).
In the center we put a graph of taoism, as eastern cultures did fully understand this three arrows of time, as when taoists said: ‘from tao=time, comes yang-entropy, from entropy comes yin-information, which combine to create the infinite chi≈energy beings of the Universe’. No wonder here, as reality is always the same so intelligent humans always understood.
The simplification of those three arrows of time, today studied in mainstream science as ‘different things’ came as we said, with Galileo’s obsession with entropic motions in their study of weapons, which are entropic systems of metal that deliver lineal motion and disorder=kill the information of life. So physicists deformed by their worldly profession have been at pains ever since to fully grasp the interaction of the three arrows of time, all-pervading in the Universe.
So while physicists know that energy is all, and define it rightly as the integral of ‘momentum’, which is the product of an informative time vortex, M and an entropic lineal motion, V: e=1/2mv²; and they know energy repeats=conserves itself, they are still talking widely of entropy, as the only arrow of future time; while information the second arrow of time, is called in physics ‘negantropy’ the inverse of entropy, as if IT WERE JUST NOT THAT IMPORTANT. It is a hang-up of Galileo and their wordly profession of making weapons. Biologists and we, system theorists (cybernetics, computers, etc.) know perfectly information rules entropy and ultimately while entropy is the future, it is only the future death; which is an instant of time. Most of our existence is about information growth.
Why we die and can we stop or slow down the process of decay of superorganisms?
Again this is a key them of general systems sciences, required to understand both the death of the individual human being – not the theme of this blog – and the death of mankind and its historic super organism, infected by the viral viruses of gold, weapons and machines, our theme.
We just bring from time to time in simplified manner some of those laws of the organic, fractal model of general systems that fusions and explains as a whole all the sciences of nature, to fully grasp key aspects of History. And what we want to explore here is ‘why we die’. As this is the zeitgeist of this age – the death of the human super organism. What makes an organism then enter a 3rd age of excessive information, warping the galaxy into a black hole that explodes into a quasar, a star into a heavy informative nuclei of atoms, exploding into a nova, a human being into a wrinkled, old, informative age with little energy, dissolving into cells in the moment of death, a society multiply its technological, military and financial information, collapsing into revolutions, wars and holocausts?
In the graph the Universe has 5 dimensions of space-time, which are the dimensions we need to build all realities. 3 Dimensions of space-time which are the canonical dimensions of length, width and height and its perception as motions=function in time; and the two ‘lost’ dimensions of the scalar Universe; the dimension of pure time motions, when ‘wholes desegregate into smaller faster parts’ (4th dimension of entropy) and the inverse 0-1 dimension of pure space-form, which creates from a seminal or linguistic form the whole.
The result of adding both – the life and the death processes – in any system or scale of reality is a ‘zero-sum’ of information+entropy that cyclically returns reality to its initial form, in a dynamic, multiple steady state balance that affects any entity of reality. The study of that process of creation and dissolution of complex structures, however, cannot be made with translational time, (v=S/T), the realm of physics, but it needs to understand biological, morphological time – the life/death cycle and its 3±1 ages. Those ages explain precisely what physicists, stuck in the study of time as movement in space, will never understand: the meaning of the life and death cycle that creates and extinguishes humans, societies (super-organisms of human beings) and all kind of beings that exist in space and time. In biological time all universal species follow the same ‘morphological changes’, described by the wisdom of verbal thought as the 3±1 ages of life, each one ruled by one of the 3±1 change=time:
+1: Conception: ruled by social evolution, as a micro-organism or cell transcends into a macro-organism, organized by social networks.
1st age: Youth or Age of MOTION.
2nd age: energy and information Reproduce.
3rd age: All energy becomes information.
-1:Death: The inverse of conception when the super-organism dissolves back into cells.
In the graph we describe that law of 3±1 ages, cycles, or horizons of evolutions for the fundamental species of reality. To understand that cycle in depth, we have to recall the Law of Complementarity between energy and information: all systems are made with a body/field of energy and a head/particle of information.
Further on, since form is made with energy, all events must start with an amount of ‘simple’ energy that transforms itself into information, the only other primary direction/arrow of time to go. Then, when all energy is consumed, warped into information, death reverses its cycle. Yet in the middle of that cycle, when information and energy are in balance, to preserve the ‘bio-logic’ form created in that process, the system achieves its reproduction.
And so the ‘offspring’ of the being will carry on its information into the future. Information never disappears as it always recreates itself.
All beings, from fundamental particles, (electrons and quarks) to human beings and life species, reproduce or are reproduced by more complex systems, when they have extra-energy to imprint its in-form-ation. Since forms that do not reproduce, die away and become extinct. So even those deconstructed beings that cannot reproduce alone are reproduced by other species. For example, cells reproduce carbohydrates, galaxies reproduce stars and human reproduce machines in factories. Thus, we talk of 3±1 drives, arrows or ages of existence in all systems: the drive for body energy, the drive for information, the drive for reproduction and the drive of social d=evolution (birth and death of a macro-organism). Whereas the 3±1 ages of Organic Time are merely the order in which those 3±1 drives ‘accumulate’ during the life/death cycle of any species.
In a young first age, energy is more abundant. In the mature age of balance, the species reproduces, combining energy and information. In the third age of the species, energy is scarce but information is abundant, accumulated in the first ages.
Young people are full of energy. They are in the Energy horizon of the species. They are bigger, have little temporal knowledge. They are simple in form. While Old people are full of information. They are in the information horizon of the species. They are smaller, as all information systems are and have a lot of temporal memories. They move little and have a lot of wrinkles.
Mature people balance the two elements of the organic Universe, their content of energy-space and temporal information. So they can reproduce all their components. Hence the 2nd age is the age of reproduction. And the forms of any being in that mature age are a harmonic, an efficient combination of energy lines and informative cycles that we perceive as ‘beautiful’, the objective perception of harmony between energy and information, lines and cycles. So in all organisms the mature, realistic, classic age of balance, or reproductive age, is the most perfect age. Human beings intuitively see that. We like balanced, spiral galaxies, mature people and realist art, which is called classic art and takes place in the mature age of civilizations.
Yet, the dominant arrow of time, information, will finally exhaust energy, warp totally the organism and bring its explosive death. And the cycle will start again.
It follows that a true science of life and time will try to maintain any organism in its age of balance, without excessive information. Exactly the contrary of what our society does. Since humans accumulate scientific and technological information towards a point or ‘singularity’ in which that information, in the form of a robot or artificial intelligence, might extinguish us.
In the graphs, we illustrate those 3±1 ages with a few universal examples, also from social sciences: we see the process in individual human beings, in art, the collective brain of a culture; in matter, where those ages are called the states of matter – energetic gas, reproductive liquid and informative solid.
Finally in the Universe, where stars evolve from an age of energy into an informative age as black holes.
So do galaxies that evolve from energetic nebulae into Black Holes, which explode into quasars. Finally, if the network of galaxies we call the Universe was truly born from a first seed of matter that fed and reproduced its form in the energy of the vacuum; it will go through 3±1 self-similar ages described by the 3 solutions to Einstein’s Space-time equations. Since all in the Universe is a game of ‘3’ dimensions or ages of time: past, the age of energy, present, the reproductive age in which all systems repeat themselves to keep their ‘present form’ beyond death and a 3rd age, when all energy is exhausted, trans-form-ed into form, information.
So we can finally understand together the three arrows of time and the fifth scalar structure of the Universe, as both bring a supœrganic system into being, through the creation of three topological networks, the entropic, energetic, and informative network, across ∆º±1 scales of existence.
In the graph the main scales of stience, each one studying a system with three physiological networks that becomes a whole, ∆º, unit itself of a larger ∆+1 supœrganism.
The conclusion is then obvious: all systems are about reproduction of information, and all can be modelled as an organic fractal reproducing information, as it travels through the 3 ages of life-existence.
It is obvious that this excess of information that provokes the 3rd age of beings, can only be caused by a mismanagement by the informative head/particle/upper neuronal class of a system of its languages of information, absorbing all the energy of the body-wave, till a point that energy is exhausted and so to restore the balance of a zero-sum, the immortal universe made of all those selfish heads-particles-upper classes must ‘explode and erase’ back into energy the information of the organism, and so life and death are the two inverse arrows of time, of information growing through life and energy back to death, for the whole to exist for ever:
Life: max. information (through 3 ages) + Death (max. energy: big-bang) = 0-sum.
it follows of course that if a system maintains its balance, with the informative head-particle-upper class serving the body of working middle class and the middle class replenishing in a sustainable way, the energy of its territory, hence maintaining without the need of death, a balance by serving both, the relative present body-wave/middle class, the system can last for ever without the need to restore the balance in the moment of death.
In the graph, samples of the 3±1 ages/arrows of time in Universal Systems:
Birth: i: A seed of Temporal information, t, evolves into a complementary organism of energy and information, tS, by absorbing energy, replicating its information and evolving in social cells: Life starts
Youth: Max. Sp: It absorbs energy and reaches its maximal size: Max. Energy.
Reproduction: e=i It keeps in-form-ing itself till reaching an age of reproductive balance, Tƒ=Sp. We perceive that age as beauty, harmony between lineal energy & cyclical form.
3rd age: In-form-ation warps energy till its exhaustion: Max. T.
-1: Death: Information explodes back into energy, expanding in space, reversing the arrows of time: Temporal Information <<Energetic space.
Let us now go a step further in our understanding of the organic structure of the Universe and the superorganism of history.
Tƒ that aim, we shall consider how the organic arrows of time, the will to obtain energy, information and reproduce acquire a regular order in all the systems of the Universe.
This organic vision of time is much more sophisticated that the mere use of an arrow of entropy or motion – the simplest of those 4 arrows, which is the concept of time used by mechanist physicists, obsessed with the construction of energetic machines.
Yet it can also described mathematically in terms of the 2 primary elements of the Universe, energy and information, thanks to Einstein’s discovery that the product of energy and temporal information of any system, SxT=k, is constant.
Since that equation includes the 3 essential arrows of the Universe, not only one arrow as a clock does:
The arrow of energy, e; the arrow of information, t; and the product of them, k, or arrow of reproduction.
It is also obvious that mathematically we can express the previous equation in 3 forms:
Max. Sp x Min. T = K ; Sp=K=T and Min. Sp x Max. T=K.
Thus there are 3 possible stages or ages of evolution of the equation of biological time. And since we are all made of ‘energy’ and ‘temporal information’, those 3 stages must be the stages, or phases of any system of the Universe. This finding, which is perhaps the most important discovery of Theory of Time of the XXI century, is validated by all kind of empirical observations. For example, the 3 states of matter correspond to those 3 equations. Gas (maximal energy), liquid (balanced energy and information) and solid (Maximal information. They are also the 3 possible solutions of a cosmological system: the big bang of maximal energy, a steady state of balance and a big crunch of maximal information. In the graph, we show further examples of those equations.
Here we are interested in its application to the understanding of life and history. If we call the age of maximal energy, youth, the age of balance between energy and information, the reproductive, mature age, and the age of maximal information the old age, we have a simple description of the fundamental cycle of life and death through its 3 ages.
But we can also write those dynamic processes backwards. And so we have the inverse equation of life ages, the equation of death, when after accumulating maximal information, a species reverses its arrow of information and explodes that information into energy. It is the process or equation of death.
So life is an arrow of information, Sp-> I, and death its inversion, I-> Sp. So simple, so beautiful, so misunderstood by mechanist scientists, who think the previous equation is ‘uncertain’, because the observer can perceive a particle in any of those 3 states (Uncertainty principle of quantum physics).
The reason why death exists in a perfect, immortal Universe is obvious: if species only evolved socially towards more information, they would end into a ‘big crunch’. So the Universe and all its parts should have, long ago, reached a point of social evolution and maximal density, with no return. To avoid this, the ‘game of life and death’ exists, whereas death is the opposite arrow to social evolution, as it dissolves the networks that put together individual cells, breaking the super-organism back into its parts. But we are now concerned with the arrow of life.
The ±1 social arrow has, in fact, 2 directions:
The positive, +1, social arrow of cellular evolution creates life and makes a being emerge at birth.
The -1, negative arrow of cellular dissolution kills life and dissolves a being into its cells and atoms. Thus, it is the key arrow of the life/death cycles that clock-time misses. Hence the enormous simplification of those 4 time-arrows, brought about by clocks, which in Physics, since Galileo, only measure the first and most simple of those arrows, the energy of motion.
HOW SYSTEMS ACHIEVE IMMORTALITY.
So now finally we can answer the most important question about the Universe, understood thanks to the comprehension of the laws of systems sciences – the fact that a system which maintains its E=I balance in the adult-reproductive age of the system can achieve immortality.
Since a biological organism and any system in the Universe dies because its selfish ‘informative head-black hole-article’ Feeds in all the energy of the system, predating and parasiting its body and fields of energy till it exhausts it killing the system.
But societies, and herds, which do not have developed so much the informative system can maintain easily a balance between energy and information, entropy and form and survive for ever. And so by repressing information, by limiting the lethal goods of our society, by stopping the evolution of chips, and by controlling the parasitic lethal activities of the upper classes, in control of financial information we can survive for ever.
And we shall return to that, after we describe who are the head of mankind, the informative FMasters in control of our languages of information.
And then consider how a true science of life and time will try to maintain any organism in its age of balance, without excessive information. Exactly the contrary of what our society does. Since humans accumulate scientific and technological information towards a point or ‘singularity’ in which that information, in the form of a robot or artificial intelligence, might extinguish us.
The 3 ages of the life world cycle in other scales of reality: the 3 ages in species.
Let us now consider a closer example of those 3 ages to the 3 ages of mankind, as we are not writing a book on medicine and how to maintain the individual in longer life – something frankly I couldn’t care less, but on the future of the species, by considering the 3 same ages in species, which are called the III horizons of evolution.
In the graphs, we illustrate those 3±1 ages with a few universal examples, also from social sciences: we see the process in individual human beings, in art, the collective brain of a culture; in matter, where those ages are called the states of matter – energetic gas, reproductive liquid and informative solid. And finally in the Universe, where stars evolve from an age of energy into an informative age as black holes.
And so do galaxies that evolve from energetic nebulae into Black Holes, which explode into quasars. Finally, if the network of galaxies we call the Universe was truly born from a first seed of matter that fed and reproduced its form in the energy of the vacuum; it will go through 3±1 self-similar ages described by the 3 solutions to Einstein’s Space-time equations. Since all in the Universe is a game of ‘3’ dimensions or ages of time: past, the age of energy, present, the reproductive age in which all systems repeat themselves to keep their ‘present form’ beyond death and a 3rd age, when all energy is exhausted, trans-form-ed into form, information.
In the graph, the law of the 3±1 ages or horizons applies both to the process of informative aging of organisms and informative evolution of species. All species are born as a seed of dense information, with limited size (black hole, first chips, seminal cells, first bilateral animals). Then they grow in size and energy during their youth; since their superior informative qualities makes them top predators.
We observe that growth in black holes that feed on planets and stars, in the horse that grew enormously in size. So did the first bilateral animal, from its microscopic first form, the Vernanimacula. Mammals grew from tiny shrews into elephants. The first technological man, the Homo Floresiensis, with a ‘neuronal bump’ on the forehead, might have grown till the size of the first Homo Sapiens, the pygmy and Bushman . . .
Then, the species, once it has reached a balance between its initial information and growing spatial size, Sp=I, reproduces in great numbers, diversifies and colonizes the planet. We see in the graph this age in which ‘biological radiations’ of carbohydrates, animals of all kinds and human beings, colonized the Earth. Finally, in its 3rd age the species grows in information and so it acquires height, the arrow of ‘perceptive information’. Then, once it has reached its informative zenith, the species becomes extinct by a more evolved form; or it evolves socially creating a super-organism, as ants, humans and machines are doing. It will be the 4th arrow of social evolution of the species that completes its 3±1 horizons.
Species can be considered ‘loose’ organisms, in which each individual is a cell of the collective species; since we can use the same ages to explain the 3±1 horizons of evolution of all the species of this planet. Thus, species also go through the same 3 evolutionary ages of all living organisms. They start as young, energetic forms, which acquire information in 3±1 ages of increasing complexity and when those 3±1 ages are completed, they either evolve into more complex super-organisms under the laws of social evolution or become extinct by a superior, more informative species. Indeed, only those species who show a strong eusocial capacity survive the ‘genetic clock’.
The most successful and one of the oldest species of the planet is, in fact, the eusocial ant, which no longer is an ‘individual’, but a super-organism stretching through miles of ‘vital space. In that regard, neither individuals able to reproduce nor species able to evolve socially become extinguished. If humans become extinguished is because they deny, guided by the simplest arrows of pure energy of weapons, the main arrow of Life/Time.
A complete analysis of biological species shows that new forms can only be, either an energetic or informative variation of the original species, or a reproductive combination of both Universal ‘genders’.
The universality of such dual systems is so obvious that the ancients already identified them with yang, energetic male principles and yin, cyclical/ female ones. While the moderns call that duality the Principle of Complementarity, as all informative particles have an energetic, lineal field of force and all biological, cyclical heads of information have a lineal body. So the combinative variations of those two simple morphologies, lineal energy and cyclical information, invariant, regardless of the scale we observe, is the essence of the creative game of the cosmos.
It is the plan of evolution that all species follow, which is a tautology, since in a Universe made of only 2 substances, energy and information, the only possibility is the creation of such 3±1 variations in space (subspecies) or in time (evolutionary ages).
Thus, clock-time cannot describe, as it is qualitative, morphologic, not quantitative, the cycle of death and life, from youth-energy into a 3rd age-information and back again, dissolving yourself into the Universe, natural to all beings: Energy always trans-forms itself.
So the 4 arrows of time have an absolute order defined by those life ages, which first evolve socially a seminal seed into a macro-organism of multiple cells, according to the arrow of social evolution and then trans-form the energy of youth into in-form-ation in 3±1 ages dominated by the arrows of energy, reproduction and information, creating the fundamental arrow of the life/death cycle, the arrow of information or future arrow that happens in all systems:
It is the main law of physics, discovered by Einstein, who said: ‘time curves (the energy of) space’.
It is the main law of Biology, discovered by Darwin, who said: that time evolves the form of organisms.
In Chemistry, Mehaute realized that when chemical compounds do not increase their entropy, they increase their information, forming fractal structures. It was the mathematical breakthrough of modern organicism. Since for the first time we had a mathematical paradigm, ‘fractal, self-generative equations’ able to describe the reproduction of information. Fractal mathematics showed how all systems could reproduce in-form-ation by breaking energy into ‘smaller forms’, in a mechanical, vegetative or conscious way.
Finally, it is also the main law of History, as human civilizations constantly increase their technological information, but unable to repress military technology, the bad fruits of the tree of science, end up in extinctive wars. So they also live and die through those 3±1 ages/arrows of time.
So the meaning of Life and death is no longer a mystery, but an organic process of reproduction and self-organization, guided by the 4 arrows of time that we can extend to all systems made of the 2 fundamental, dual ‘reproductive particles’, informative quarks and spatial, energetic electrons; that is, to all systems of the Universe. In that sense, mechanism, after we have observed the reproductive capacity of those ultimate particles of reality, is no longer ‘a science’ but a dogmatic, anthropomorphic ‘religion’ that stubbornly tries to differentiate human beings, as ‘special entities’ surrounded by a lesser Universe of dead matter.
Indeed, the founders of mechanism, Descartes, Newton and Kepler, were pious believers, which thought their new theory of the Universe would reinforce those beliefs in the superiority of man, chosen of God, to rule the Universe. As Kepler said, ‘God has waited 5000 (biblical years) to find an intelligence (Kepler himself) able to understand His’. Yet there is no difference of quality between the arrows of time of a quark and those of a human being, only degrees of complexity, as we are made of multiple scales of self-organization and so we carry much more information than quarks do. Thus, the key to our ‘complexity’ is the 4th arrow of social evolution that joins individual cells into social networks that emerge as ‘new super-organisms’ of a higher scale. For example, in life organisms, the 3±1 ages of time are related to the 3 networks that form socially its cells:
— The energy/digestive network dominates youth.
— The blood, hormonal, reproductive network dominates the reproductive age.
— The information network, your nervous system, dominates the 3rd age. Because information dominates energy, the nervous cells of the body absorb, suck in and exhaust the energy cells of the body. Thus, all systems have a dominant, informative, cellular class that controls the energy cells of the body and exhausts, warps its energy into form till the organism dies.
Those ages mean that organisms are ruled by a head of information: Since the head of information constantly controls and uses the body to absorb energy, it is natural to find that when the organism starts its life, it has more energy. He is young. Yet as the organism lives, the selfish brain absorbs that body energy and trans-forms it into in-form-ation. So energy diminishes and information grows. As you feed on energy, information accumulates in cycles and forms, in patterns and wrinkles. But the system dies, because the behavior of informative systems never varies. It constantly absorbs energy, till exhausting the body into a biological ‘big crunch’ of wrinkles and de-form-ations. Brain cells are selfish. Neurons feed on the body system without giving back any energy at all. In history, the informative castes of societies that control its languages of power, money, weapons and the law are also the selfish castes that exploit the energy workers and finally exhaust the civilization.
The same process happens in economic ecosystems where the financial, informative language of money at the end of each Kondratieff cycle dominates the economy, absorbs all the resources, multiplies without limit and crashes the physical economy of human energy (workers, consumers), as it has just done recently.
So ultimately the crisis we are living is a particular case of the natural crisis of all systems in which information multiplies without limit, under the selfish guidance of ‘informative’ neurons, in this case the financiers that reproduce money in our societies. And so the only way to maintain an organism healthy is by controlling the evolution of information, exactly the opposite of what our society does. It is the dominance of information over energy what kills organic systems. And yet humans are so naive or so programmed by the informative drive of the Universe that they keep evolving the information of this planet, advancing their 3rd age…
Thus life has 3±1 ages, but then death, the negative -1 age of destruction and devolution of form into energy, erases all information. Those ages are related to the 4 arrows of time. By far the most important to understand the entire cycle is the arrow of social evolution of cells into organisms (conception or +1 arrow) and devolution (-1 arrow), when those cells dissolve back again. Those processes of creation and destruction apply to all sciences and are so common in Nature that the Greeks (Anaximander, Aristotle) already studied them. ‘Clock-time’ eliminated that wisdom, which now organicism regains.
Since the most important question about life and time is still the question mankind wondered before the clock was invented. How to achieve immortality as an individual or a species? It can only be realized, precisely through the 2 arrows of time mechanist sciences don’t study: the arrow of reproduction, which ensures the survival of the individual and the arrow of social evolution that ensures the survival of a species, which becomes a super-organism, the most efficient ‘form’ of the Universe.
In that sense, death can be avoided if a system instead of dissolving its form, creates a superorganism in balance between energy and information and all those facts apply to the ages of history.
IV. death for all systems.
THE FUNDAMENTAL SYMMETRY: S-UPERORGANISM = WORLDCYCLE
∆st: ‘Grow and multiply’ Genesis, on the arrows of reproduction and social evolution.
SUPŒRGANISMS all over when we know where to look.
So the next graphs show the 3 arrows of time in a single plane, as physiological networks that process motion, reproduce the system and inform it and below the ternary scales of life and its parallel quantum, thermodynamic/magnetic and gravitational scales.