From an I to a WE culture, we will have to see far beyond our comfort zones, we will have to reach understanding outside our boundaries of individuality. The law of upward causation promotes complexity and basically states that complex organisms will develop from simpler forms. Our bodies are a complex community of 50 trillion cells. Every cell in our bodies is a self-contained identity, with an intelligence, DNA and life of its own. Take a cell out of a living organism, say some healthy bacteria from our saliva and cultivate it in a petri dish, this cell will likely be independent, survive and possibly duplicate exponentially. So we have evolved out of single cells into these incredible complex organisms capable of amazing sense-experience and performance. At some moment in the evolution of life on this planet, unicellular creatures decided to promote reciprocal behavior so they could increase their inner and outer membranes. To accomplish such emergent behavior they had to cooperate and form larger structures. This way the perception of reality was broadened. The larger surface area gave the new organisms different forms in which to detect environmental signals. This innovation allowed for a fuller experience of the world. Like the pivotal moment when eukaryotes developed elaborate, interconnected membrane-bound compartments. Through these accomplishments, measurements of reality increased, on and on. The mechanistic model of grids and square parts fails to interpret this evolutionary mystery. Understanding fractal design in natural systems, may provide us a better mathematical model on which to describe biological growth. Like tree branches and the way they unwind into repetitions of themselves. I would like to think that nature builds itself on fractal intent, creating from unicellular to multicellular organisms. Simple to complex. DNA has a fractal design. This grain has the blueprint of life, but it alone cant get the job done, it must entangle with a downward causation arrow that does not obey the laws of causality. The hand of god, maybe. For if upward causation alone explained the invisible presence of the subject in the room that pretends to be me, computers might one day be sentient beings. If I am only a bag of skin and bones, a bunch of objects put together like a machine, I could never observe or collapse the probability wave function. Objects cannot intend more objects by simple observation, and a eukaryotic cell is not an object. Cells are composed of molecules which are complex arrangements of atoms, and the fire breaks loose inside the atoms of these molecules, as the universe begins to unfold into nothingness. Turns out elementary particles exist only when being measured, otherwise they are smeared in a sea of possibilities. From this point of view we are made up of the same stuff that rocks are. If we are objects randomly being shoved around by the environment, the odds of new complex life formations is equivalent to the sudden emergence of a mint condition jumbo 747 out of a scrap metal junkyard. Only subjects can collapse probability into coherence. The subject messages the cell when and how to divide. Like all emergent behavior, something else animates spontaneous growth. We are CO-creators in the soup of space-time, more than the sum of our parts, or shall I say cell parts. Something else devoid of physicality beats the kettles in the soul of Humankind. So if 50 trillion cells can get together as this marvelous and miraculous organism we call humans beings, why cant we 6.9 billion people learn how to get along. The next unwinding of this fractal spiral would be a collective mind composed of all of us. This is the following step in our evolution, outside our current version of progress and who we think we are, living in cooperative empathy with a communal soul at the center and the economy in far orbit. We have to recognize our self serving behaviors, spending our lives in the future or in the past telling and defending stories about ourselves and passing judgement on others. This promotes separateness, words are only descriptions, a dog does not know he is a dog. We learn to repeat symbols and from then on we identify and pretend to be this or that. Personal stories set barricades and wont allow the collective experience. If we stopped defending who we think we are we might witness another miracle. Language is only true by agreement, out of faith, we have invested powers in these symbols. The worst thing that happens to you in your life is not what actually happens but what you tell yourself that happens. Agreements belong to the past, the power of change is in the now, in complete allowing. I don't want to live in any other place than the present. But the ego will not let you change your experience, it perpetuates continuity with past representations of object sense-data. It imposes these fixed engrams on the present. For you to change you need to be fully here now, aware of our collective abilities, letting go of thought, consciousness arises in this moment. Only there do You and Me become WE.
Carlos Cuellar Brown