good commentary, pedro.
where do compassion and love--the archangel principle--fit into  the   
lucifer principle?  and why have groups progressed in  complexity since the end 
of the last ice age eleven thousand years ago?
to form a superorganism, a cohesive group, you need huge amounts of  
collaboration and cooperation.  love is one cohesive force, one bonding  
one form of social glue.  justice is another.  
justice resolves differences in the group without violence.  justice  is at 
work in chimpanzee societies, where new leaders are required to uphold the  
weak and the downtrodden and to settle disputes.  if a new leader doesn't  
understand this imperative and is a mere bully, the females in the group 
oust  him from power.
justice is at work in !Kung San societies, where the days are devoted to  
hunting and gathering and the nights are devoted to story telling and dispute 
but where does the increasing complexity of human societies come  from?  
humans are drawn to the sight of other humans.  when architects  in the 1960s 
tried to fashion contemplative spaces around office buildings so  the 
buildings'  inhabitants could get a touch of calm during lunch hours,  it 
work.  the buildings' workers shunned the contemplative spots and  sat on the 
buildings' outdoor steps.  why?  to watch the sight of  other people going 
by on the sidewalk.
we love the sight of others.  and the more others, the better.   from that 
impulse came cities.  from that impulse came smartphones and  facebook.
but guess what?  the more communication and the more information  exchange, 
the more collaboration.  and the richer and more long-distance  that 
collaboration becomes.  the more global.
the more we communicate, the more group iq we add to the global  brain.  
(the topic of my second book, Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass  Mind from 
the Big Bang to the 21st Century)
one more thing.  nature seems to have  an inexorable itch for  novelty.  
and we, nature's children, are novelty hunters too.  from  our itch for 
novelty comes, guess what?   innovation.
put innovation and increasing group size together and you get a long-term  
march forward, a march in which humans do the cosmos' work--helping her 
reinvent  herself.  helping her lift herself up the staircase of shock and  
creativity. the staircase of complexity. the staircase of the  supersized 
with warmth and oomph--howard
In a message dated 1/5/2016 12:23:57 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, writes:

Dear Howard and Colleagues,  

Many  thanks for your contribution! This is the third time we have a New 
Year  Lecture, and the first one devoted to humanities. Well, to the 
"inhumanities"  should I say, as what you have depicted succinctly with the 
Principle  describes the main evil that has been torturing human history. 

There are matters of  detail to comment (as previous messages have already 
pointed out), but also of  general perspective. First about the apparent 
simplicity. The LP scheme looks  simple, too simple... but at the same time it 
may be powerful, really powerful in explanatory  capabilities. I really do 
not particularly like any of the three components  involved (super-organism, 
pecking order,  meme/group-identity), and do not  trust much about their 
respective "scientificity", but their combination is chilling. It reminds some 
of the Marxian  strictures about class struggle, partially  right but 
missing and transposing essential ingredients of human life.  Presumably some 
objectivity in this case  --but also missing some counterpart, say the 
"Archangel Principle", that has  confronted and resisted the solvent forces of 
the Luciferian complex and, in the  long trend, supported the complexity 
growth of societies and  improved their structural decency. 

With only the action of LP, history would not  go beyond barbaric empires 
briefly raising from a mosaic of ever  fighting tribes... That's plausible, 
and some parties may remind Tom  Stonier in this list, late 90's I think, on 
warfare as part of the adaption  scenario of human evolution. Then, what 
could be the AP "bright forces" of  history that have counteracted LP? The 
Pantheon of politheistic cultures could give a hint... I venture to  single out 
three components of AP:  knowledge, justice, and the third... what about  

Anyhow, both the details of your LP scheme and the general canvas  of human 
history need an informational perspective, we completely agree. And  it is 
interesting that the whole trinity of LP have biological/informational  
origins; but disentangling the info physics from the info bios has not been  
done yet (and so your final comment is well  intended but  still confusing in 
my view). Let me ad, looking  both at the achievements of our times and at 
the open intractable conflicts,  that it is amazing the absence of a real 
international system of  justice... 

Discussing on  justice, on its capability to social problem solving and to 
quench the LP  permanent hunger, might not be a bad idea.

Best wishes to  all for the New Year.

De: Fis [] en nombre de 
Enviado el: lunes, 04 de enero  de 2016 6:45
Asunto: [Fis]  January Lecture--Information and the Forces of History

The Force of History--Howard Bloom
In 1995, I published my first  book, The Lucifer Principle: a Scientific 
Expedition Into the Forces of  history.  It sold roughly 140,000 copies 
worldwide and is  still selling.  Some people call it their Bible.   Others say 
that it was the book that predicted 9/11.   And less than two months ago, on 
November 13, 2015, some current  readers said it was the book that explained 
ISIS’ attacks on  Paris.  Why?  What are the forces of  history?  And what 
do they have to do with information  science? 
The Lucifer Principle uses  evolutionary biology, group selection, 
neurobiology, immunology, microbiology,  computer science, animal behavior, and 
anthropology to probe mass passions,  the passions that have powered historical 
movements from the unification of  China in 221 BC and the start of the 
Roman  Empire in 201 BC  to the rise of the Empire of Islam in 634 AD and that  
empire’s modern manifestations, the Islamic Revolutionary Republic of Iran 
and  ISIS, the Islamic State, a group intent on establishing a global  
caliphate.  The Lucifer Principle concludes that the  passions that swirl, 
swizzle, and twirl history’s currents are a secular  trinity.  What are that 
’s three  components?  The superorganism, the pecking order, and  ideas. 
What’s a  superorganism?  Your body is an organism. But it’s also a  
massive social gathering.  It’s composed of a hundred  trillion cells.  Each of 
those cells is capable of living on  its own.  Yet your body survives thanks 
to the existence of  a collective identity—a you.  In 1911,_[i]_ 
0foundations%20of%20information%20science%2012-24-2015.docx)   Harvard 
biologist William Morton Wheeler noticed that ant colonies pull off  the same 
trick.  From 20,000 to 36 million ants work  together to create an emergent 
property, a collective identity, the identity  of a community, a society, a 
colony, or a supercolony.   Wheeler observed how the colony behaved as if it 
were a single  organism.  He called the result a “superorganism.”_[ii]_ 
Meanwhile in roughly 1900,  when he was still a child, Norway’s Thorleif 
Schjelderup Ebbe got into a  strange habit: counting the number of pecks the 
chickens in his family’s flock  landed on each other and who pecked whom.  By 
the time he  was ready to write his PhD dissertation in 1918, Ebbe had 
close to 20 years of  data.  And that data demonstrated something  strange.  
Chickens in a barnyard are not  egalitarian.  They have a strict hierarchy.   
At the top is a chicken who gets special privileges.    All others step aside 
when she goes to the trough.   She is the first to eat.  And she can peck 
any other  chicken in the group.  Then comes chicken number  two.  She is the 
second to eat.  And she  can peck anyone in the flock with one notable 
exception.   She cannot peck the top chicken.  Then comes chicken  number 
chicken number four, and so on.  Each one  cannot peck the chickens above 
her on the social ladder.   But each has free rein to peck the chickens 
below.   Finally, there’s the bottom chicken, a chicken everyone is free to 
but who is free to peck no one.  Ebbe called this a “peck  order,” a 
pecking order, a dominance hierarchy. 
And in 1976, Oxford  evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins coined two new 
015.docx)    He observed that biological life, all of it from bacteria to 
bathing  beauties, depends on the evolution  of what Dawkins called  “
replicators,” molecules that can make copies of themselves. Then Dawkins  
spotted a 
newer kind of replicator at work.  The first  biological replicators—
genes--did their thing in primordial  puddles.  The new replicator worked in a 
puddle of a  radically different kind—the puddle of the human mind.   Dawkins 
observed that we see replicators at work when our mind fixates  on a song we 
hate and plays it over and over again, no matter how vigorously  we wish it 
away. That song is using our mind to make more copies of itself.  But the 
most important replicators in the soup of the human  mind are not pop songs, 
they’re ideas.  Dawkins called these  mind-based replicators “memes.” 
Superorganism, the pecking  order, and ideas—memes--that’s the holy 
trinity of The Lucifer  Principle.  That’s the holy trinity that drives the 
 of history. 
Here’s how it  works.  Social groups compete.  They  battle for pecking 
order position in a hierarchy of groups.   They strive to be at the top of that 
hierarchy and to avoid the fate of  the chicken at the bottom.  What’s the 
main thing over which  groups compete?  It’s a badge of group  membership.  
A badge of what molecular biologist Luis  Villarreal and philosopher 
Guenther Witzany call “group identity.”_[iv]_ 
mation%20science%2012-24-2015.docx)    That badge?  A cluster of memes. A 
knot of  replicators that live in a sea of minds.  The Babylonians  competed 
with the Assyrians and the Medes.  They competed  using different languages. 
 They competed using different  ideas of what clothes to wear, what was 
right and wrong, and, most important,  what gods to worship._[v]_ 
oundations%20of%20information%20science%2012-24-2015.docx)    The eight 
states that made war in China in from 475 BC to 221 BC also  had competing 
languages, religions, and philosophies.  Rome  set itself against the Persian 
Empire using the same tools of group identity:  a different language, a 
different clothing style, a different way of worship,  and a different pantheon 
gods-- different ideas.  And  today militant  Islam—in the form of the 
Islamic State and  what’s left of al Qaeda--is pitting itself against the West, 
Russia, and China  using the ideas  of Islam.  Using the  words and deeds of 
Mohammed, words and deeds that are still making copies of  themselves in 
new minds 1,384 years after Mohammed’s death. 
Pecking order competitions  between groups, pecking order competitions 
based on ideas, are the meat and  potatoes of the headlines.  They are the 
forces of  history. 
Where does information come  into this?  Everywhere.  A fact that we  shall 
have to discuss.   
Why?   Because communication, sociality, and information exchange are at 
the  very heart of this cosmos.  So are competition and  hierarchy.  Not to 
mention the ancestor of  superorganism-ness, the foremother of group identity—
the cosmos’ obsession  with mobs, gangs, flocks, and massively integrated 
social entities.  Social entities that range from protons, atoms, galaxies,  
stars, planets and moons to galaxy superclusters.  What do  all of these 
things have in common?   What do they  share with megamolecules, DNA, cells, 
bacterial colonies, not to mention  ants, nations, and ISIS?  Competition, 
hierarchy, and group  identity.  Superorganism, pecking order, and ideas—the 
holy  trinity of the  Lucifer Principle.  And  guess what else they share?  


x)   Jürgen Tautz, The Buzz about Bees: Biology of a Superorganism, Berlin: 
 Springer, 2008, p. 3,.
William Morton Wheeler, The Termitodoxa, Or Biology And Society, The  
Scientific Monthly, February, 1920.
ocx)   Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene, Oxford: Oxford University Press,  
cx)   Luis P. Villarreal,  Origin of Group Identity: Viruses,  Addiction 
and Cooperation,  New York: Springer,  2009.
x)   For more on the battle of the gods in Mesopotamia, see Howard Bloom, 
The God  Problem: How a Godless Cosmos Creates, Buffalo, NY: Prometheus 
Books,  2016.

Howard  Bloom
Author of: The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition Into the  Forces 
of History ("mesmerizing"-The Washington Post),
Global  Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind From The Big Bang to the 21st 
Century  ("reassuring and sobering"-The New Yorker),
The Genius of the  Beast: A Radical Re-Vision of Capitalism ("A 
tremendously enjoyable book."  James Fallows, National Correspondent, The 
The God  Problem: How A Godless Cosmos Creates ("Bloom's argument will rock 
your  world." Barbara Ehrenreich),
How I Accidentally Started the Sixties  ("Wow! Whew! Wild!
Wonderful!" Timothy Leary), and
The Mohammed  Code ("A terrifying book…the best book I've read on Islam." 
David  Swindle, PJ Media).
Former Core Faculty  Member, The Graduate Institute; Former Visiting 
Scholar-Graduate Psychology  Department, New York University.
Founder: International Paleopsychology  Project; Founder, Space Development 
Steering Committee; Founder: The Group  Selection Squad; Founding Board 
Member: Epic of Evolution Society; Founding  Board Member, The Darwin Project; 
Founder: The Big Bang Tango Media Lab;  member: New York Academy of 
Sciences, American Association for the Advancement  of Science, American 
Psychological Society, Academy of Political Science,  Human Behavior and 
Society, International Society for Human  Ethology, Scientific Advisory Board 
Member, Lifeboat Foundation; Editorial  Board Member, Journal of Space 
Philosophy; Board member and member of Board of  Governors, National Space 

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