Friday, November 16, 2007

BioNatural and HomoNatural

As established previously, forms taken to be for the most part external to humans, or independent of us, operate by what we have decided to call natural laws. Basic interactive processes dependant on the internal component structures of the involved interactant parties and the overall structural rules governing the environment as a whole (a product of either larger interactive processes or component systemic structures or the synergistic or sum result of the component interactions within some field). Interestingly, within these natural systems design experiments still seem to occur, as part of the process of interaction between components of the systems themselves (organisms within environments, or even minerals in their chemical (in)organic environments).

I am more interested here in pursuing more pedestrian forms, their meetings and interaction with ideas (those immaterial forms) and their evolution as expressed in human life and especially in the arts.

Human-created forms are, of course, still governed by the same "natural laws" and interactive properties as everything else in nature. We still belong to an environment, everything we do is 'natural'. In fact, I can think of nothing unnatural (except maybe a thought, an immaterial form, that isn't really part of the universe. Still, some would say that the electro-chemical reaction that occurs simultaneously with my 'thought' is material so therefore thoughts are material, thus part of the universe, and therefore 'all natural.') That being said, our created forms must also answer to rules of interaction beyond that of many other forms found in nature. While still being beholden to their own internal structures and properties of interaction they are also subject to social needs and processes. Some extremely have extremely long lifespans thusly, while others, such as those forms governed by fashion needs, have relatively short ones.

In between the processes and laws of both natural and social orders, in the middle of the zone between immaterial and material manifestation, and with our brains, tongues, and opposable thumbs, we as humans create experimental forms in response to a need. Some needs are life-threatening, others are simply problems posed for amusement or research, yet through both processes experimental forms are the result.

Research, in particular, is something I am interested in. Human beings ask questions, express curiosity as a basic trait. This is the root of human inventiveness, and that is where these essays will continue: how the idea forms being discussed relates to the present human situation.

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