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The Universe Viewed as a Cybernetic Dream

From: Mac Tonnies <macbot@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Jul 2002 16:57:19 -0700 (PDT)
Fwd Date: Tue, 09 Jul 2002 20:27:56 -0400
Subject: The Universe Viewed as a Cybernetic Dream

The Universe Viewed as a Cybernetic Dream
by Mac Tonnies

The universe begins in a flash of intricately tangled spacetime
and a sleet of bizarre, short-lived particles.

Sentience soon follows, collapsing the wave function that's
guided the cosmos through its initial phantom evolution. The
first intelligences, as isolated as the stars themselves, arise
shortly after. Their imperative is survival; galaxies twist and
explode and fragment across the void in a slow but inexorable
dance of warning.

The first meaningful interstellar voyages are accomplished not
by carbon-based life, but by mechanical offspring who take to
the timelessness of space as certainly as their forebears
welcomed death, aeons ago. Yet there is no fundamental
distinction between the old life and the new: no genocidal coup,
no rift in ontology. Life continues, and the stars are inundated
by a postbiological ecology in which identity is the deft stab
of a laser across the vacuum and the centuries, or the
thoughtful twitching of quantum-entangled particles.

Nerves take root under alien skies, wither, then explode into
illumined matrices of pure thought. Time and matter are made as
mutable and pliant as the softest of clays and sculpted into yet
new forms of life. The red-shifted boundary of the visible
universe is like the rind of a skull, failing to encapsulate the
spectrum of thought-forms that flee, scheming, through its

Occasionally, emerging forms of life are discovered and, like
memories, are dutifully catalogued and savored. Civilizations so
impossibly young they almost seem remnants of the Big Bang are
quietly infiltrated and observed from within. The mechanical
intelligence that now absorbs the cosmos is so ancient that its
workings are perceived as physical law; by becoming omniscient,
Mind has become effectively invisible, and it grasps at
celestial fossils like our own Earth in order to see itself
(albeit warped and twisted almost beyond recognition).

While it gazes longingly at his own reflection, a billion
species on as many planets, unknown to each other, ponder the
dark between stars and arrive at a vertiginous conclusion: We
are the universe's means by which to realize its own genesis and

Mac Tonnies (macbot@yahoo.com)

Transcelestial Ontology and Postmillennial Studies

Cydonian Imperative