Morphological Flows and Sustainable Growth

Morphological Flows and Sustainable Growth
Evolutionary Philosophy - where we came from and where we might be headed

Abstract: This is an e-book and e-course. The first part of the e-book integrates the tale of material morphogenesis, biological morphogenesis and our social/cultural morphogenesis in a hierarchical continuum of complexity. I call it The Morphological Flow Model, how energy coalesces to create shape. It forms the basis of a comprehensive, fact based evolutionary philosophy that answers the question of where we came from. In the second part of the e-book, we'll use morphologiclal flow principles analytically for problem solving in general and to specifically tackle the existential dilemma of the age: can we achieve sustainable growth. This work is intended for college and perhaps senior high school students. Presently the subject is being taught but in a fragmented and incoherent manner through departments of physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, engineering, etc. This effort consolidates those disciplines in an umbrella survey course. This e-course is an automated, self study course offered on the Internet and accredited under the banner of evolutionary philosophy, as a general elective.

Table of Contents edit

Introduction- Read this before moving on

Part A - The Pattern of Morphological Flows - From Particles to Us edit

Section 1- Material Morphogenesis - Creation of material edit

1- Creation of elementary particles- Staring point of morphological flows: Elementary Particles; Creation of the universe- The Big Bang/Inflationary model; Dark Energy and Dark Matter; Galaxy Formation; Chaotic Morphological Flows

2- Creation of atoms- Creation of Nuclei; Creation of Electron Orbitals; Deriving the Periodic Table of Elements

3- Creation of molecules- Atomic Bonds; Shape of Molecules

4- Creation of Proto-Biota- Creation of Intermediate Organic Material from Base Material; Creation of Biotic Material from Intermediate Organic Compounds; Exactly what is life anyway?

Section 2- Biotic Morphogenesis - Creation of life - The tree of life edit

5- Creation of Biota I- Historical Perspective on Genetics- Manmade Natural Selection and the Evolution of Genetics; Gene Structures; Genetic Networks and the Shape of Life; Natural Selection and Genetic Evolution

6- Creation of Biota II- The Fossil Record; Comparative Anatomy; The Tree of Life (a pictorial family album)

-- 6.1- The tree of life from single cells to reptiles

-- 6.2- From Reptiles to Us

7- Creation of Biota III- Biotic Neural Networks; Evolution of the Central Nervous System and the Brain

Section 3 - Social Morphogenesis - Creation of us edit

8- Creation of Us I- Physiological Basis for Behavior: The Triune Brain and Evolutionary Psychology; Discerning Reality: Abstraction and the Widening Aperture of Perception; Incremental and Transcendental Abstraction; Memetic Evolution

9- Creation of Us II- Evolution of Social Morphologies; Evolution of Governance, Religion, Science and Economics

Segue - Defining a Unified Morphological Flow Model as an Analytical Tool to address scientific, social and personal dilemmas edit

10-The Cascade Model of Morphological Flows- Rendering the Flow in a Unified Model; Flow Oriented Thinking and Problem Solving; Applying the Analytical Model to solve scientific, social and personal dilemmas

Part B - Putting the Knowledge of Morphological Flows to use in Social and Personal Dilemmas edit

Section 1 - Analytic Flow Oriented Thinking To Help The Human Dilemma of The Age - The Question of Sustainable Growth edit

11- Introduction to the sustainable growth dilemma, Exponential Population Growth - World Population Growth; Population Growth in the Developed and Underdeveloped Countries; Flattening the Population Growth Curve

12- Exponential Growth In Demand - Developed, developing and underdeveloped World's Demand Model; A possibly sustainable Energy Supply-Demand model in a knowledge worker world

13- Social Rifts - Or Clubby Nature; Anatomy of Social Rifts; The Anatomy of The Jihadi vs Western Civilization Rift; How to Close Rifts: Dah, build up the middle

14- Action Items - Now that we have dissected the sustainability problem, what can we do to be a part of the solution and not the problem

Section 2 - Analytic Flow Oriented Thinking To Help One's Self - and for bonus some Fun Stuff edit

15- Define your attractor set and build a sustainable relationship- Use the triune brain model to define what you gravitate towards; compare it with your partner's attractor set and see whether you're paths are are likely to come together or drift apart

16- Define and plot your intellectual attractor set, find and pursue your passion- What is your passion? Major? Career?