Tag Archives: Panpsychism

The Gyromodel, and a letter to Dr Andrulis

 Hi Dr Andrulis

 I am trying to understand your paper (http://www.mdpi.com/2075-1729/2/1/1/pdf), and I am running into difficulty.
First, I like the idea of gyre. It is a lot like the holon idea introduced by Arthur Koestler. I like the idea of oscillation around a singularity, as the gyre reaches to high and low energy states. I understand the second law of thermodynamics to be two-sided, meaning that the equivocation of “reprensentation” and “recognition” is the only way to foolishly return to something one-sided; that is, yes the 2nd law hides a metphysical singularity. 
But I don`t understand Figures 1 and 2. In fact, its is unclear how the philosophy of the gyremodel relates to the biochemistry (which I am not an expert). Moreover, one may describe the philosophy more generally before trying to integrate the model back into the biochemistry. One is led to a possible conclusion that your paper is another spoof that follows the style of Alan Sokal. But I want to show your theory more grace than that, if only because Lovelock`s Giai theory is probably correct, as well as a neo-vitalism, and panpsychism, all of which may be agreeable with the gyremodel.
I have my own Trinitarian vitalism, or theory, that I would like to reconnect to a chemical hierarchy and pattern of emergence, even by starting with the elementary particles. Mapping out this emergence in detail would convince a lot of non-believers. I thought just maybe that you have done this?
See some of my papers:
Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely, Stephen P. Smith, author of Trinity: the scientific basis of vitalism and transcendentalism

Gyromodel: a neo-vitalism, almost Trinitarian



Article reads: The basic idea of Dr. Andrulis’ framework is that all physical reality can be modeled by a single geometric entity with life-like characteristics: the gyre. The so-called “gyromodel” depicts objects-particles, atoms, chemicals, molecules, and cells-as quantized packets of energy and matter that cycle between excited and ground states around a singularity, the gyromodel’s center.

The singularity represents a space-holder for a middle-term, according to Trinitarian thinking!

Review of Chalmers’s new book



Review says: From the outset, there has been another strange consequence of Chalmers’s extension of the “easy” problems of consciousness to encompass activity that would seem to be inseparable from experience: the idea that consciousness extends in some sense to the entire universe, or that all matter is conscious. Known as panpsychism, it was this idea that earned Chalmers the scorn of John Searle.

Turing machines and living systems


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Article reads: One difference between rule driven Turing-complete machines and empirically observed biological systems could be that the adaptive agents in biological systems have certain “unity of consciousness” that enables them to solve the frame/affordances problem and assign adaptive and creative decision rules to changing decision problems (Chalmers, 1997; Kauffman, 2010).

The Gaia hypothesis



Article reads: British scientist James Lovelock, after being inspired by images taken from space in the 1960s, proposed his “living” Earth or Gaia hypothesis (named after the Greek goddess of the Earth), which describes the planet’s ecosystems as behaving much like a super-organism in which all the geologic, hydrologic, and biologic cycles self-regulate the conditions on the planet.

Genetic determinism crumbles

Another story about the recent Science paper:


Story reads: “Our study shows that it’s not all in the genes,” said Joseph Ecker, a professor in Salk’s Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory, who led the research team. “We found that these plants have an epigenetic code that’s more flexible and influential than we imagined. There is clearly a component of heritability that we don’t fully understand. It’s possible that we humans have a similarly active epigenetic mechanism that controls our biological characteristics and gets passed down to our children. “

This story has vitalism written all over it. Think of One reality with two windows: the individualist side presented as pressure-points called genes; the collectivist side presented as pressure-points that imply an epigenetic code for turning genes on and off. Therefore, the vital is like a rock climber, clinging to pressure-points and finding support to climb higher with its evolution. The two-sided reality can only take us as far as Kant`s third antinomy, and beyond is the wellspring of Trinitarian vitalism, mysticism, and God.

Vitalistic manipulation impacts sexual selection



Article reads: The gaudy plumage and acrobatic displays of birds of paradise are a striking example of sexual selection, Charles Darwin’s second great theory of evolution. But new research shows that this powerful process may collapse when mothers can decide whether to have a son or a daughter.

Origin of biological information



Article reads: What does intelligent design (ID) say about the origin of biological information? Simply put, ID claims that we can find in nature the type of information that, in our experience, comes from intelligence.

Blind catfish



Article reads: Despite living for millions of years underground, completely isolated from the day-night cycle, blind cavefish are still able to ‘know’ what time it is, using an internal circadian clock.

Consciousness the basis of structure


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Article reads: Therefore the assumption that structure is the basis of consciousness is not always true. It can be the other way round. When it is understood that the state of consciousness can lead to changes in structure, it opens a new way of understanding the basis of disease and health.