Bio + Philosophy: Human Physiology Is Technology & Voluntary Evolution

https://www.thoughtco.com/dna-and-evolution-1224567

The new modern idea of voluntary evolution is available by making deliberate choices.

Yet for all my enthusiasm about this new frontier, one area I’m at odds with is the literal fusion of electronics with the human body.

I mean, we’re already fusing with our daily interaction and tech habits — Think on the molecular and quantum levels.

Recently I attended a materials/bioengineering lecture, and I was hearing about basically Roto-Rootering fiberoptic cable into human nerves. Meanwhile, nerves and their bundles are the inspiration for fiberoptic cable. Another part of that presentation showed a silicon chip uselessly inert in a fold of the brain. And I have to admit to you I found this to be completely absurd.

Yes — Many of us want to optimize ourselves and keep evolving. But is it really the answer, creating sci-fi caricature. I’m speaking generally — not in reference to people who have lost limbs.

After all, the human body is intrinsically built to perform and evolve — without being mutilated.

Advanced technologies are based on the intricate workings of biology and nature.

But if some want to literally outfit themselves like a Borg electronic machine, to each their own. At the very least though don’t involve the animals, and don’t make that standard. Personally, I think we can do better.

And I too feel the need for speed. Thing is, it’s happening. It’s all happening — Without the need for me to literally shove my phone into my skull.

New thinking and Synergistic Technologies that encourage open-ended living will dispel this sense of urgency.

Let’s not be blind to the beauty and ignorant of the amazingness we are Endowed with naturally. Stem cells, for example, that live in fat can be stimulated by sound to regenerate limbs.

Seek the self. The self is also All embodied, so why on earth discard it? And why in the universe insist on creating some kind of “hell” out of the vastly beautiful.

Electronics are incredible tools and we learn about our function through them — A classic combination of the best of logic and emotion.

Huge improvements can be made mentally and metaphysically by learning and growing self-awareness. It seems we are in a period of exponential growth.

Yet, many seem to have forgotten their bodies. The intelligence of the body has evolved from what we measure as billions of years and that should be in no way underestimated, but instead overestimated! The brain for example is rigged for expansion, and cells learn.

As I heard in that particular lecture, the fusion of hard and soft tech in the experiment did not work. It involved animal testing, which is wholly disgusting and unnecessary. That’s a clue right there: The experiment was poorly designed and misguided.

The future now of biotechnology is non-invasive body respectful methods using sound and light, using quantum technologies and understanding, the power of mind and self direction to create voluntary evolution.

Eco + Tech: Flash Biodegradability Pt. 1 — Concept Adaptation & Development

Inspiration

The concept of Flash Biodegradability is directly inspired by the above achievement of James Tour and team at Rice University, making “flash graphene” out of trash, a carbon byproduct.

Flash Biodegradability would ideally leave no tangible byproduct, such as trace elements or light — or create a useful byproduct such as water. Its successful realization and implementation would be revolutionary.

What would it take to turn the commonly used plastic Polyethylene Terephthalate or PET into either if those? Everything is connected, yet there are degrees of separation. So, how many degrees of Kelvin Bacon is plastic away from pure light?

https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/chemistry/polyethylene-terephthalate

Rice University successfully produced graphene from plastic waste with high pressure and a high temperature of 3,000 kelvin. The question is – how much hotter would the process need to get to go from solid to gas or plasma? That’s called “sublimation.” And plasma is a state of matter which is electrically conductive.

Turning trash into electrically conductive plasma implies a waste treatment facility that also doubles as a power plant. Well, there seems to no end to the waste we can produce, so why not convert that to unlimited energy. That’s the best kind of alchemy — turning a problem into a solution.

As you can see above, the polymer PET is fundamentally Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen. The “ACDC” flash process used by Rice lab “first exposes plastic waste to around eight seconds of high-intensity alternating current, followed by the DC jolt.” This is also referred to as “direct current joule heating” and — this is notable — “that the ratio can be controlled by adjusting the duration of the flash.” (1)

The factors or settings for sublimation are: Time, Temperature & Pressure. A setting to consider here specifically in the Time category according to Rice is Rhythm or pulsations. And then another setting to consider is Angle because there are different angular configurations of molecules.

In achieving Flash Biodegradability, the task is the non-toxic denaturing of polymers.

Very Generally speaking, one could using high power light to produce light. This veers into the increasingly hot field of Optics.

CD burning for example is achieved with a blue laser. And High power Blue lasers demonstrably burn plastic fast. The challenge would be in that case preventing fires. A device would have to have appropriate settings and housing to be safe.

Now, on to another method and the possible creation of water. That could be achieved by extreme cooling, which causes plastic to become brittle and bonds to break, and then heating. In order to make water, perhaps one could rhythmically alternate between the two.

Coming up next: Designing a portable Flash Biodegradability device.

1. https://news.rice.edu/news/2020/flash-graphene-rocks-strategy-plastic-waste

RE-POST: Achieving higher performance with potassium ion battery by Tsinghua University Press

Image from research article below

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-higher-potassium-ion-battery.amp

Remember the banana art ?

Hearing a lot about lithium still, but what about the potassium ion battery?
— research by Tsinghua University, among others like Korea University

“…life on the planet is somehow based on biological potassium-ion batteries. K+ is the key charge carrier in plants. Circulation of K+ ions facilitates the energy storage in plants by forming decentralized potassium batteries.”—Wiki

In Humans: “Potassium plays an important role in cell membrane physiology, especially in maintaining resting membrane potential and in generating action potentials in the nervous system and heart.” —Science Direct

Adulting 202: The Most Important Quality In A Mentor

https://www.vectorstock.com/royalty-free-vector/you-can-do-anything-inspiring-creative-motivation-vector-12314139

The most important quality in a mentor, leader or coach is supportive belief. That person is able to tell you that whatever it is you seek to do, you can do it.

An even better coach guides as to how. They won’t waste time telling you why you can’t do something.

The former is maturity and independence; the latter is an ego blockage and possibly dependence.

An ideal mentor has ventured into some deep self analysis, and believes in the innate human capacity for achievement and growth — without engaging in petty hyper-competitiveness or bias.

Self awareness and analysis lead to the removal or circumvention of bias.

By no means does a great leader or mentor have to be perfect — they must be SELF AWARE. I still put supportive belief though as the most important characteristic because this implies the maturity of some self awareness.

Also, in order to be truly supportive, one has to be secure in oneself, not easily threatened. And this implies having a certain amount of faith, whether it be in oneself or the grand design, and a measure of temperance.

So by extension, a great leader, mentor or coach at the ground level believes in themselves as an inherently worthy human being. And from there, can confer that upon others.

The ideal leader is immune to artificial concerns such as “job security” and celebrates talent.

When one realizes how rich (genetically, epigenetically, intellectually) we all are at this point, one can confidently say to oneself and others: I believe in you. You can do anything. In a way when you say that, you mean humanity. By extension you say I believe in your freedom and inherent right to have desires and direct and enjoy your life.

A leader wants to help you, not hinder you. They are not envious; they have no reason to be because they recognize the value of their own individual perspective and life, thus the individuality of others.

Can you be a leader?

Tech + Materials: The Buzz On Graphene

https://socratic.org/questions/what-are-diamond-and-graphite-in-relation-to-carbon

Graphene is inorganic/human-assembled crystalline carbon, laid out flat in 2D sheet, with a hexagonal lattice configuration.

This is copying nature: Bees use hexagonal packing for their honeycombs to maximize space.

https://material-properties.org/carbon-periodic-table-atomic-number-mass-radius-density/

Carbon has many forms and uses since it’s one fundamental constituent of our material reality. Like other elements, it’s a type of atom, with a specific particle configuration of electrons orbiting a nucleus of protons and neutrons.

Carbon commonly materializes in metamorphic rock as coal, graphite or diamond. And carbon compounds, such as CO2, are numerous.

One process to arrange carbon as Graphene in mass industrial quantity is “chemical vapor deposition.”(1) Apparently, there are other methods as well — see above video. Among other characteristics a 1 atom thick sheet of graphene is flexible and lightweight, highly conductive and resilient.

Targeted uses include, energy harvesting and storage ie batteries and solar cells, and generally ultra high performing electronics, and ultra-filtration — see the excellent graphic explanation below.

https://www.nanowerk.com/infographics/graphene-infographic-large.jpg

Nanomaterials, microfabricated on the nanometer scale, pose issues for sustainability like other materials. There is also an effort to construct biodegradable nanomaterials, which is necessary for any biomedical applications for non-toxic “biocompatibility” with the human body.

The bigger picture for any material is circularity — whether can it be put to good use and re-used without creating a lot of waste. After all, waste management and modifying systems to reduce it are important and pressing global issue.

It seems entirely possible to make a circular graphene carbon-capture process.

As an investment, Graphene seems promising as an ultra high performing material that can also be tuned for biodegradability. One can also pay attention to source materials and production methods.

1. https://news.mit.edu/2018/manufacturing-graphene-rolls-ultrathin-membranes-0418

Self Care 202: Lifestyle Optimization For Performance

https://www.informationweek.com/cloud/build-your-cloud-strategy—-the-right-way

Removing or altering non-productive stressors can improve quality of life and propel one towards goals. So can adding optimizers or optimization factors. The larger situation could even be visualized as above like a strategy cloud of contributing factors.

Here’s an artificial stressor that could be removed: Too much social media scrolling or other passive media. The modification here is to moderate exposure so one doesn’t wind up viewing life too much through the lens of say instagram! There are many artificial narratives and caricatures presented in mass media that may create (artificial) anxiety.

An example of an optimization factor to add would be reading about something one’s interested in or taking a walk. The overall lifestyle optimization in this case is a sense of well-being, which would contribute to a number of causes.

Some lifestyle factors are easy to adjust; some are not. It depends on both the conditions and one’s motivation to make a change.

Moving is usually considered a difficult task, but what if one is very excited to do so. That makes it easier. Going to bed earlier is by comparison much more straightforward to execute, but if the night owl habit is ingrained and enjoyed, that can be difficult to change.

It’s all about context and perspective on the advantage of changing something, and what the performance advantage will be.

Say someone drinks alcohol regularly, yet they also want to be in excellent health with a long career and life. Alcohol consumption puts people at performance disadvantage — that’s another article — so that is a limiting factor.

So how can a difficult performance optimization be achieved? By strategizing the change, using incentives, and viewing or visualizing the big picture context. “I feel better when I…”

For those unsure what could be optimized or changed, try looking at what negatively non-productively stresses and then either alter it or remove it from the picture. Again, this isn’t always easy to do. Try looking at what is working as well!

The issue could be time management and prioritizing, it could be as deep as altering the way one thinks to produce a different emotional responses; it could be removing, adding or changing relationships.

It could be as simple as making a list! Or as complex as rocking ones own world by changing careers or other firmly established habits. The latter — those are the hardest.

Why do it? Growth. And the achievement of whatever desired objective.

When identifying what can be optimized and how, consider the goal and what is the most efficient and dare I say enjoyable route.

How can one create this work flow? Sometimes by going with the flow and using what’s working, rather than struggling against what isn’t. Often performance optimization can be achieved by merely tweaking the existing strategy.

Performance goals, the way I see it, are not something to beat oneself over the head with. They’re a reason to keep striving and living. That’s a great longevity strategy. And strategy and experimentation can be fun.