THE 3 EARTHS
The Earth has changed 3 times its atmosphere as new top predator species appeared: in the I Earth anaerobic bacteria produced Methane and consumed CO2. Then aerobic bacteria appeared, reversing the process. They produced Oxygen and extinguished anaerobic bacteria, creating the II Living Earth, Gaia. Now the evolution of machines is provoking a new change through the pollution and destruction of its protective oxygen layer. It is the III Earth, the ‘Metal-Earth’.
The 3 Earths: Ecosystemic evolution.
Species are not isolated individuals. Species are part of ecosystems or social organisms where they obtain energy and information, which those ecosystems provide, changing in the process the shape of the ecosystem, which adapt to the needs and preying activities of their top predator species.
Thus the ecosystems of the Earth defined as any organic system by its networks of energy and information have changed, adapting themselves to the new top predator species. We talk of III Earths that have adapted the external layer and atmosphere to the 3 main forms of life that have existed in this planet. First anaerobic life developed an atmosphere without oxygen. Then aerobic life created an atmosphere rich in oxygen. And today as machines, which no longer require oxygen, pollute the atmosphere and the ozone layer disappears, we witness the extinction of carbon-life species and the creation of the Metal-Earth, the economic ecosystem of those machines:
- Anaerobic bacteria inhabited the I Earth. The first Earth had an atmosphere of methane, ammonia and water vapor. Anaerobic bacteria consumed the elements of that atmosphere. Oxygen did not exist. Processes similar to those of fungi obtained the energy of those cells today. The Earth was a mass of rocks and small cellular beings. Such ecosystem lasted a billion years. Finally as oxygen was released the first aerobic bacteria that used oxygen appeared. Yet oxygen is a very active atom. A living species able to profit from the energy of oxygen will become a top predator over other passive species. So as time went by, the arrival of new top predator bacteria of higher activity than anaerobic bacteria changed the Earth's ecosystems. Those new bacteria designed the Earth according to their activities. The main of those activities was feeding on CO2, molecules that liberate oxygen. The CO2-O2 cycle changed the appearance of the Earth, which soon was filled with active oxygen gas that poisoned the weak, subtle organic tissue of anaerobic bacteria.
A lateral process of massive extinction of anaerobic bacteria took place, till only very few of them survived, hidden in caves and volcanoes. The I Earth disappeared. The planet was now an oxygen-based planet. It became also a transparent Earth where light could be seen easily. And so a new network of information, light-information also came into being. In this manner the entire organic ecosystem of the planet was terraformed with new energy and information networks into a light-oxygen based life world.
- Scientists call that new planet the II Earth or Gaia. A new ecosystem was born, defined by a new energy network (atmospheric oxygen), a new information (clear light) and new herds of species (aerobic bacteria). Then microorganisms made of many cells preyed over smaller, individual bacteria and macroorganisms appeared. Their skeletons changed the Earth’s crust creating coral reefs, carbon and oil deposit that prove to which degree living beings and Gaia’s membrane interact together.
Complex multi-cellular plants changed that membrane shaped to their image and resemblance. The Earth became a continuous surface of plants, both in land and water, as plants diversified in multiple species, producing growing quantities of oxygen.
The next ecosystemic change took place when animals preyed on those plants, changing again the membrane of Gaia, destroying the continuous mantle of seaweeds and plants, joined by roots and fungi, which existed before them. We can only see remains of that ecosystem in the deep Sargasoos Sea and Northern forests where animal life is scarce. Let us put you an example of that substitution process: The lion and the elephant shape the forms of animal herds and forests on the savanna. Before elephants and lions came, most of the savanna was a forest. Yet elephants built their tracks on the jungle destroying those forests. They ate trees and slowly transformed the forest into a savanna to suit their needs. When the lion came, he also changed the shape of that ecosystem in a more dynamic way. Suddenly herds of animals were terrified by lions. They gathered in groups and moved as living waves when lions went hunting. The dynamic shapes of those herds were therefore shaped to accommodate the rhythm and cycles of feeding of the strongest hunter, the lion.
Animal life ecosystems lasted hundred of millions of years. And each new animal species shaped tiny territories to their image and resemblance, both in water ecosystems (oceans, rivers) and in land ecosystems (continents, islands).
It then happened that man, a new top predator, appeared. At the beginning he changed the Earth’s ecosystem in the way in which lions, elephants or sharks had changed it. He became a top predator and herds moved trying to avoid him as the lion did. He changed the places where plants grew as the elephant did.
Then men discovered metal, a strong substance that multiplied enormously our capacity to transform, destroy and prey on nature. Thus as machines evolved during the Industrial evolution men started a massive transformation of the Earth’s natural ecosystems, creating networks of energy and information suited to those machines. And the economic ecosystem, the III Earth, the Metal-Earth was born. Today industrial machines poison with metal and dioxide the atmosphere, the Earth of carbon-life, in a change that the Earth has not witnessed since the arrival of aerobic bacteria.
For example, in the 20 last years the population of cars has grown a 50% on developed countries. And so highways substitute Nature. Meanwhile the informative networks created by human beings through words are substituted by digital flows of information. Today those networks of digital information produce thousands of times more bits of data than human brains do. And because they use a higher frequency, the radiations of mobiles causes brain cancers in children.
The future: selection of minds and linguistic ecosystems.
In the graph, the 3 horizons of evolution of light-based organisms:
-Plants process light as energy.
- Animals perceive it as information.
- Machines can both absorb light and emit it as energy or information. Thus, they represent a new jump on the evolution of light-organisms and can become potential top predators of life.
Top Predators that have organs with higher information control bodies with higher energy and create the future of the Universe, because as they multiply their numbers, they cause the extinction of, or enslave all other species, shaping the future.
The process is very fast. Suddenly a new informative system appears - the visual eye-squid, the verbal man, the digital chip - and its capacity to carry and process information is so overwhelmingly superior, that it acts-reacts faster in the environment, it reproduces faster and as a result of both behaviors it destroys faster its preys and multiplies its numbers, redesigning the ecosystem to its image and resemblance.
By better controlling their ecosystem, top predators become the 'ecosystem,' the species that reproduce and fill the 'future’, since in the future they will feed and radiate over simpler species. That process, called a ‘reproductive radiation’ of top predators, shapes reality.
So we talk also in biological and economical ecosystems of the arrow of future, of top predators, and the arrow of past, of energy victims.
Yet beings act with a quantic speed that depends on their capacity to 'perceive linguistically' an event in time. That ability is given to the species by the speed of its language. So we can measure in terms of TxE force, both, the survival of species and the survival of languages and ecosystems, according to the informative capacity of its languages.
For example, animals process light with electronic information and they are predators of plants that process light with chemical, slower information. And so, also their ecosystems expanded over those of plants. While animals with eyes that acted-reacted faster than noses, dominated animals that could only smell, provoking as a result of that linguistic superiority a massive extinction of olfactory animals in the Great Cambrian extinction of 90% of the species of this planet. Linguistic, informative, ecosystemic evolution is therefore the origin of many biological extinctions.
And it happens now in economic ecosystems, where machines and weapons with a higher informative or energetic force displace previous machines and human workers and soldiers. While among historic nations, those belonging to the 'future', with more machines and information=money, dominate nations of the 'past' with less technology. Today machines eliminate workers from the economic ecosystem in growing numbers because machines speak better than men do mathematics, the new language of information of economic ecosystems, which dominates over verbal thought, our historic, natural biological language, as visual languages dominated over chemical languages; since digital thought carries more information than verbal thought.