The Evolution of
On the microplane, the pure energy is transformed into matter. The building blocks of matter are atoms. The energy forms and reforms into about 100 orderly types of atoms, and even more sub-atomic particles, which interact in a highly complex manner due to the void. These atoms are merely pure energy fields of varying complexity separated by oceans of nothingness. Matter becomes clumps of these energy fields, as they gravitate together while whirling through space. Everything is matter, from a quasar to a hydrogen molecule to a life-form. Apparently, this is how pure energy reacts when entering an infinite void.
On the mezzoplane, a star is a gargantuan ball of the base element, hydrogen, fusing into helium. The energy released from this fusion is a tremendous amount of heat, light, and other radiations. The night sky is filled with such stars. Our star, the Sun, is just an average sized, middle aged, orange star at the edge of our galaxy, the Milky Way. Our planet, Terra, is a semi-solid satellite of that insignificant star. There are nine such satellites, or planets, in our system. We are on the third from the Sun. Our whole system was formed after the supernova of a previous star sent out debris. The Sun and planets formed in a proto-stellar nebula cloud as gases and asteroids gravitated and collided, which generated heat and formed the amorphous globs into spheres. The sphere is so common because it is the base form of the third dimension formed by gravity.
Our planets initial atmosphere was stripped by solar winds, but a new one formed from the condensing material. It contained a large amount of water vapor, which cooled and covered most of the planets surface with water. The oceans are Terras most distinguishing feature. The continents are the less dense solid materials which have been pushed to the surface by the weight of all that water. They are broken up pieces of earth which float with the oceans on a gigantic sea of molten rock. And, beneath that molten sea lies a hyper-dense core.
On the surface, the oceans, continents, and atmosphere create a thin layer of converging liquid, solid, and gas energy which drives a highly complex system of weather, currents, and continental drifting. The atmosphere of this layer was comprised of carbon dioxide as well as ammonia and methane. In the estuaries, organic molecules, which are found even in meteors, mixed with the volatile air, well-placed minerals, water, and converging energies. They combined to form carbon-based molecules which maintain their own energy, keeping it, and using it to create more of themselves, or life.
A living cell is a complex construction of proteins, which are highly complex carbon molecules built of amino acids. As with fission, complexity equals energy, and all living things are a complex construction of stored energy. Life succeeded as anaerobic viruses and bacteria, until a strain of bacterium was able to form chlorophyll and actually tap the Sun for energy. The appearance of plants meant extinction for most of the other life-forms, as lethal oxygen entered this converging layer and pushed the existing gases out, thus wiping out the life-forms which had already evolved to the previous atmosphere. The Suns energy enhanced the primordial plant bacteria enough that they were able to dominate the planet. Along with the plants came their animal companions. Animals evolved from an opportune oxygen-needing bacteria which was able to balance the plants needs for waste disposal and recycling.
Chlorophyll-using plants and their co-evolutionary animal partners spread throughout the oceans. The plants polluted the water with oxygen, which took all of the iron out of the oceans. Life-forms were turning the converging layer into their realm. Life also polluted the atmosphere, so that inert nitrogen and flammable oxygen would allow for the eventual colonizing of the earth. Carbon dioxide has almost been eliminated, but it is still used for maintaining temperature. Life also put into place the ozone layer, which strains ultraviolet light for the earth as the oceans do for the sea life, as well as sending needed sulfur and iodine from the sea, and there are a multitude of microbiologia which keep the saline content of the water the same as it was when life first formed or the salt run off from the continents would have killed off all aerobic life millions of years ago. The biosphere would eventually metabolize that thin layer of chaos on our planets surface as if alive, becoming a Gaia entity, and it is in charge here.
In the seas, life took a turn for the complex, as single cell animal life gathered together to form a supra-conscious body-colony of cells united to utilize more energy. Each cell in the colony sacrificed its independence to gain a survival advantage. The cells gathered together to form into organs which work at separate jobs to keep the whole colony of cells well fed and alive long enough to reproduce. Many sensory, food trapping, and movement devices, as well as other adaptations were experimented with. The design to build any particular life-form is written in its highly complex, double helix DNA molecule, or its genes. Mutations do occur and there is change, because life-forms need to be able to adapt to the continually changing conditions on the planets surface. There is also a tendency to develop more and more complex life-forms, thus utilizing more and more energy.
These supra-conscious body-colonies went through the myriad of forms of requisite variety initially, but then settled down to only a few animal forms. Humans evolved from the Vertebrates which survived through adaptation and chance. The supra-conscious of the body-colony is a rudimentary intelligence, but Vertebrates have an advantage, since their nervous system connects their senses to a central brain, which is an organ to house the supra-conscious. The brain processes the large amount of information being collected by the senses and reacts to it. They soon became the dominant animal life-forms. Plants were not too far behind animals in forming complex body-colonies.
Eventually, life had spread throughout the coastal oceans. The earth was next as insects were following the plants on to the land and into the air in an age of abundance which created Terras great coal fields. From the ocean, the armored fish came after the abundant insects in the rivers. These fish evolved from early Vertebrates. Their armor was eventually shed and bones formed on the inside to store calcium in the fresh water. These bony fish then exploded back into the sea, which they still dominate, as well as exploding on to the land after the insects, where their land-based relatives also still dominate. The semi-aquatic amphibians had their age of dominance, then the pure-terrestrial reptiles came. Two varieties of reptile, true reptiles and mammal-like reptiles, competed for dominance next. The mammal-like reptiles were ahead until a comet or asteroid hit the planet and changed everything.
The cataclysm split up the super-continent of Pangea which had just come together. This drifting apart of the continents would eventually form the Atlantic Ocean. True Reptiles and conifer plants soon spread across the entire earths surface. Conifer trees and the legendary dinosaurs made the biosphere pulse with life, as the vast forests fed grazing herds of massive brontosaurs, which were fed on by the great carnosaurs, who were so fierce that they even terrorized the oceans and the skies. But flowering trees, insects, and true mammals were starting to change everything. Ironically, another comet or asteroid hit the planet and wiped out all of the dinosaurs, who were already weakened by the rejection of the conifers, which had become inedible evergreens, and by the appearance of grasses, which are difficult to digest. Mammals competed with the birds for dominance, but mammals were more successful at grass digestion.
Through the line of the insectivore tree shrews came the family of primates, which branched out into lemurs, tarsiers, monkeys, apes, and hominids. All rely heavily on stereoscopic vision and grasping thumbs, which give the more intelligent apes the ability to use primitive tools. Free the hands, as the upright hominids did, and the tool using ability can be better exploited.
The hominids evolved on the Savanna as a result of the formation of the Rift Valley in eastern Africa. The new mountains created new weather and the pigmy chimpanzees jungle safety was replaced by violent grassland. Their choice was to survive on the plains or die. They may have first gone through an intermediary semi-aquatic stage living in the rivers and losing their fur before pushing into the grasslands. Life on the Savanna is radically different from the safe confines of the jungle. They would have to exploit their strengths. The earliest hominids used simple tools and their large brain for better implementation of those tools. They also had to develop a taste for meat, which is the currency of life on the Savanna. At first, they became scavengers of carcasses. Later, these carnivorous apes began to hunt in bands. Eventually, they would challenge the dominant lions and hyenas.
The hominids brain size grew as their tool using ability, hunting strategies, and communication skills grew. The brain houses the supra-consciousness of the body-colony, and the growth of the brain as a weapon of survival is new to life on Terra. Humans believe they are the only self-aware species, but all living things are self-aware. Their large brains give humans only a more complex self-awareness. Apes, dolphins, elephants, and whales share this complex consciousness, but only humans are able to use their hyper-complex brains to affect their environment, thanks to their tool crafting ability, which is what really separate humans from other animals.
Homo erectus was extremely successful. They lasted for 1.5 million years and spread throughout the Eastern Hemisphere. They even harnessed fire. Two varieties of linguistic hominids came from erectus, the visual neanderthals and the vocal sapiens. The vocal sapiens proved more successful and quickly spread over the entire earth. Homo sapiens, or humans, are large brained, omnivorous, tool using, speaking hominids, who live in bands like other primates.
Eventually, humans started to use their minds to control their prey instead of chasing them around. They domesticated herd animals. This adaptation probably appeared first in barren regions, where protecting the cooperative herd animals and helping them find food is easier than hunting them in such a place. Humans have domesticated many animals from the initial dogs, goats and sheep to cattle, horses, camels and poultry to elephants, llamas, pigs and cats.
Because of the changing weather of the Ice Age cycles, desertification began in Africa and Asia, and humans were pushed to the always plentiful river valleys. They were already experimenting with domesticating grasses like wheat and barley, when they started to grow the grass in cooperative farms on the bountiful river plains. Grass is condensed bio-energy and the ability to utilize this energy imparts great power. Cattle need four stomachs to digest the tough grasses, but humans learned how to harness the seeds, and there was enough food to support a large urban population and civilization was born.
There were four initial civilizations: Sumer, Egypt, India, and China. Greece, which controlled trade on the calm Mediterranean Sea, would be added later, but it was originally a satellite state of both Egypt and Sumer. Other civilizations would come, but they would be unable to keep up with these first five. All five co-evolved together, but most of the friction was around the proximity of Egypt and Sumer. Human history follows a path of competition and warfare. It seems to be dominated by the latest killing technique. First came bronze weapons, then came the chariot, iron and steel weapons, the phalanx, ships, cavalry, guns, the citizen soldiers, airplanes, and most recently, the nuclear bomb. Humans can be a barbaric species with a great potential for violence. While this violence was valuable for their survival on the Savanna, it has become detrimental.
The final conquerors were the modern European nation-states, who used science and technology to conquer the world, bringing it together for the first time. Since the Europeans did not utterly destroy the cultures they were conquering, which was new, all of the various cultures, which were at their own stage of development, were brought together into a global empire. With the mixing of the various cultures and the findings of Modern Science, humanity has been left in the postmodern era with no identity, but globalization, scientism, constructivism, and Gaia recognition will lead to a conscious, world-wide reality reconstruction. Until then, they have suspended their reality and submerged into an orgy of greed and gluttony which could jeopardize their existence. The severity of their comeuppance is entirely dependent on them.
The human species will learn to take care of themselves and their planet as they mature, and there will be many more stages of development for the human species. Their technology will only get better, and they will further explore the universe. Brain capacity will increase as body size decreases due to a peaceful diet. They also have much to learn in the realm of Gnosis, as some day human descendants may indeed become luminous beings, transcending their material body.
The planet will live on through much more history. Life will change many times over the next billion years Terra will be able to sustain life. Humans may even take life off this planet and terraform lifeless planets as they colonize the galaxy. These new planets will be designed for variety and left to their own unique evolution. Also, humans may eventually make contact with other space travelers.
The planet will eventually be destroyed when the Sun dies in five billion years. The Sun will grow as it dies, causing the two closest planets to disappear. Terra will become a burnt cinder. The solar system will die when the Sun explodes (or novas) and sprays gases and rock, which will become another nebula cloud. That nebula could eventually reform into another solar system.
Finally, the galactic matter may just go cold and dark, but flying through the void a scattered black death would not be efficient. Supposedly, all galactic matter will eventually be sucked into the massive black holes which exist at the center of each galaxy. A black hole is formed when a star is so large that its gravity and density make the matter collapse into itself and go at a right angle out of our dimension. It then starts to suck everything into it, even light. These galactic black holes will eventually collect all of the pure energy. They will then start to gravitate towards one another, collide, explode, and start the whole process over again in an ever-oscillating universe. Of course, this may be only one of a myriad of universes which burst into the infinite void like fireworks in the night sky.
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