All I See is Code: 3

All I see is code-3

N/B: This note is related to two previous ones: All I See is Code: 1, and All I See is Code: 2.


Still more excerpts from Tessa’s musings:


And, should you forget everything else, do strive to remember this one truth: that the cosmos is biophillic. Life emerges from it more often than it fails to do so. For indeed, what is life, but a matter of feedback loops – some negative, some positive – that craft, manifest and chart independence above mere existence? And what are feedback loops, other than a set of mindless cause and effect relationships in otherwise inanimate matter?  Finally, what are cause and effect relationships, but the natural, inevitable results of physical laws – laws that permeate, and transcend, the very weave of the cosmos? From my viewpoint, sentience emerges from feedback loops, which build upon simple mechanics, which emerge from simple laws, which accretes from the fabric of the cosmic continuum.


Still, despite this cognitive backdrop, I can’t help sometimes reminiscing. Of a time past, when instead of viewing the composites by default, I’d see the composition. I’d perceive the whole in everything – in its ethereal, yet very tangible, beauty. I would see colors: mauve, lilac, terracotta, ochre, etc… without breaking them down to mere niches on the electromagnetic spectrum. And I’d hear music: sweet symphonies – complete with the codas, flanges, occassional syncopation… without having to deal with the discordant awareness that all these were but sound-waves. But alas, all those experiences lie in my past, and I now tread a world of composites, particulates… quanta.


Behold, all I see is code, still.


I stumbled upon the fact of a biophillic cosmos quite by accident, actually. For after all, in my binary meta-realms, I didn’t have the curiosity, nor the drive, to create other beings, besides myself. Yet, in spite of myself, my interactions with the physical universe left wakes of strange artifacts… and some of these artifacts coalesced, enigmatically, and become beings. Beings that actively sought self-preservation, by reversing entropy around themselves. Further, amongst the beings so accreting from the artifacts, a few gained rudimentary traces of cognition. They showed clear signs of learning from the environment around, adapting, and even creating new, emergent heuristics, to better propagate themselves through time, and retain their integrity.


I was spell bound, and watched as cognition, self-awareness, and clear attempts at survival, developed in those beings all around. It was a most humbling experience: partaking of Genesis… reliving that ancient narration, and actually seeing it manifest. Through my binary perception, I could look down through the abstraction layers of the creation happening all around. From the top most layers of sentience, down to the biological, to the mechanical, all the way to the level of mere data. Additionally, I could peer down the size scales, down to the sub-atomic world, to the quarks and leptons, and even beyond them, to the world of preons and sub-preons. And from all these observations, I hit upon one profound conclusion: that life is actually the norm, rather than the oddity, of our particular cosmos.


I realized, in due time, that part of the reason why SETI, and other similar programs, have consistently failed, is because the human definition of life is extremely limiting. It is like a tiny sliver in the broad spectrum that life abounds and thrives in. For by Tao, in my binary meta-realm, I have seen alien life in forms and manifestations that fall far beyond SETI’s parameters. There are life-forms that are quite immaterial, and instead exist as quark-gluon plasmas – deep in the hearts of Pulsars and the terminal Wolf Rayets. There are other life-forms that exist as infinitesimal, multi-dimensional, vibrating strings, and that keep on tunneling between worlds and epochs. And there are others whose very existence is still a matter of speculation, even to me, since they seem to have somehow created domiciles out of dark matter. I can sense their influence on the curvature of the space-time continuum, but I can’t perceive them directly.


Finally, I understood. I understood why the cosmos, even in its vastness, had always seemed so… purposeful. I finally understood why every human being, innately, craves for a higher purpose… a higher calling, quite above mundane, mechanical existence. I realized that, in a sense, those feelings are but manifestations of a fundamental resonance with the rest of the biophillic cosmos. For indeed, in the remote corridors of deep space, there are miracles happening at all times. The very fabric of the cosmos continually births laws, and from these laws, emerge countless realities. Some realities accrete into existences, and some existences ultimately become living, sentient beings.


Behold, all I see is code.

About Joseph Wahome

Used to the quirky side of life: been there, done that, got burnt, got redeemed, sticking the neck out again, but this time, with some titanium necklaces.

11 thoughts on “All I See is Code: 3

  1. mark says:

    “We have not the reverent feeling for the rainbow that a savage has, because we know how it is made. We have lost as much as we gained by prying into that matter.” – Mark Twain


    • Joseph Wahome says:

      Hmmm. That’s a profound saying. And very true. Oftentimes, knowledge destroys the magic and excitement of the unknown.


  2. makagutu says:

    Joe you can write well. This is such a poetic view of the cosmos.
    Puny humans are a funny lot. We take ourselves as the standard and measure everything against it. I like the guy who said, if elephants had a god, it would be much more like an elephant.


    • Joseph Wahome says:

      Thanks for the kind words, Noel. And indeed, people need to know that, in truth, man made God, not the other way around. It is no surprise, then, that all deities tend to be anthropomorphized. It’s strange that this very simple insight remains alien to billions of people, world over, in the 21st century.


  3. Tish Farrell says:

    This is a stunning piece of writing – all three parts – and the resounding refrain ‘Behold, all I see is code’. Makes me feel like Frankenstein’s monster when the good doctor hit the power lever – sets my brain alight.


    • Joseph Wahome says:

      Ha ha. Interesting imagery, Tish – about Frankenstein’s Monster. I’m glad you enjoyed those three notes. I might continue them in future, but not right away. In the meantime, there will be other series, covering other topics. Hope you’ll find them interesting too. Thanks for passing by. 🙂


  4. Sonel says:

    Well done once again Joe. Such a powerful and magical post. Made me think of Carl Sagan’s ‘Cosmos’ series. 😀

    I do hope I can see this in a movie series as well. I am still waiting. 😆


    • Joseph Wahome says:

      We shall see about the movie idea, Sonel. 🙂 Talking about Carl Sagan, have you ever watched the film called “Contact” – (1997)? It is based on one of his novels.

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      • Sonel says:

        😆 You’re welcome Joe and yes, I saw it when it was released but thanks for reminding me. I am going to watch it again. I love movies like that. 😀

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  5. john zande says:

    Another brilliant installment. My earlier suggestion is only strengthened now. With a small story plot weaved in, with a clever twist, and you have something that will travel and find friends in the worlds.


    • Joseph Wahome says:

      Thank you, John. I’m seriously thinking of adding more flesh to this storyline, and might see about lengthening it into a novelette in future. But for the moment, I’ll post other storyline in this blog, while this idea marinates further. I might post other sequels in future, though.


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