Developed by Tony Bondhus on July 4, 1991
This theory far extends our knowledge of the Gaia Hypothesis (named for Gaia, Greek Goddess of Earth) as well as our knowledge of Evolution. It cuts to the very foundation of our understanding, and brings us enormous possibilities for a future that is beyond our wildest dreams.
This theory explains what God is. Some ask the question, why would God allow us to know what God is. The reason is that this little piece of information leads us down a path of logic, which will bring world peace. This little piece of information will allow us to perfect our society, thereby creating world peace as well as many other wonderful things.
We've gotten close before, with the Gaia Hypothesis, but just missed it. The Gaia Hypothesis showed the entire Earth as one large living organism, but failed to show it as an intelligent organism. Highlife Theory shows it as an extremely intelligent organism.
For those who are unfamiliar with the Gaia Hypothesis (named for Gaia, Greek Goddess of Earth) it was introduced in Russia first, about a hundred years ago, then again about 50 years later in English speaking countries. Each time spawning new religions, which were fairly large considering they were spawned by scientific theories. If you are unfamiliar with the Gaia Hypothesis (named for Greek Goddess of Earth), don't worry, there is a short introduction to Gaia in this, just read on.
I remember watching "Batteries not Included" several years ago. The movie, a Christmas present from Steven Spielberg, was about two little saucer shaped flying robot like life forms. They were about six inches in diameter and looked like cute little toys. They were electromechanical like a robot, but they were alive. In one fascinating scene the camera looked inside one of them and showed hundreds of microscopic robots each performing the delicate tasks of life.
This intrigued me because if you look at a higher life form like people for example, you'll find that we too are made up of billions of lower life forms. Each individual cell is capable of surviving and reproducing on its own with the proper environment. Each cell is identical in program yet an individual differing in every way from its neighboring cells. In much the same way, people are almost identical in design and programming of the mind and body. Yet all are individuals, forming their own opinions and doing their own thing.
This is a basic principle of life. Lower life forms coming together in a group for survival reasons and forming a higher life form. This interaction is in fact the very essence of life.
Notice how the people of the earth as well as the plants and animals tend to group together in the same way. Each individual is living, reproducing, then dying so that others may live. Each is performing a necessary function just like the cells of our bodies.Intro to Gaia (Greek Goddess of Earth)
James Lovelock wrote a book called Gaia named after the Greek Goddess of Earth, that examines the possibility of life itself being in control of its own environment. I read the book after watching an interview. It was a truly fascinating interview.
In the interview, James Lovelock sited as an inspiration for Gaia, that NASA asked him to figure out what to look for as signs of life on another planet. NASA wanted a way of determining if there truly is life on other planets by examining them with long range telescopes. What James Lovelock discovered was that NASA should look for a planet where the atmosphere and climate conditions don't make sense. The idea being that if the atmosphere and climate conditions don't make sense, the reason may be that they are being altered or controlled by life on the planet.
Funny, how our search for life on other planets, has helped lead us to the discovery of life on Earth.
In his book, Gaia, James Lovelock shows how life controls its own environment. By controlling the level of CO2 in the atmosphere for example the temperature of the earth is carefully maintained. As the temperature increases, plants grow faster using up the excess CO2 causing the temperature to decrease. As the temperature of earth decreases, animals eat up many of the plants, and the temperature rises again.
Normally, we can explain the atmosphere and climate conditions on a planet as a matter of chemistry. On Earth however, this is not the case. The Earth has for millions of years maintained temperatures that will support life. Millions of years worth of barrages of meteors, bursts of volcanic activity, and changes in solar radiation, have had very little success in changing the temperature of Earth.
With life the soil becomes progressively more fertile, holds water better, gets aerated, etc. Without life it eventually turns to sand. Almost all aspects of our environment are carefully controlled either locally or on the whole planet.
In the interview, James mentioned that many scientists and other people misunderstood his Gaia hypothesis, thinking that he was saying that life itself had a deliberate and intentional control of the environment. He was merely saying that life had an impact on the environment, not necessarily an intentional impact, just an impact.
This misunderstanding of Gaia was actually closer to reality than James had gotten, but even with this misunderstanding, people were not putting all the pieces together. Life itself is in fact in deliberate and intentional control of the environment. Highlife Theory explains the mechanism.
Highlife Theory describes a new type of lifeform. One which is in deliberate and intentional control of the whole Earth's environment. One that is self aware.
I don't use the term "self aware" lightly. This is where Highlife Theory differs from other theories of the past. Previous theories showed that the earth, or rather, all life on the earth, is one gigantic living organism, as does Highlife Theory. The previous theories, however, seem to indicate the the this gigantic living organism, is of very low intelligence, approximately equivalent to a single cell microorganism. This is contrary to Highlife Theory.
Highlife Theory shows that this one gigantic living organism is by far the most intelligent living thing on earth. Far more intelligent than us humans. You'll understand this better later.
Sometimes people get confused when we speak of the earth being a living thing, thinking that we speak of the rock itself. We speak not of the rock, but rather the network of life on earth. We speak of the network of life as one gigantic living organism.