Chapter 1: Life, or Lifeless?

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Chapter 1: Life, or Lifeless?

Post by Tom Supergan » Wed, Jul 04 2007 9:09 pm

[Read the Introduction first.]

Chapter 1
Life, or Lifeless?


The Observer went back to the surface fluid to observe the simpler life forms. He got closer to make accurate observations, trying to find a way to prove this matter was directed somehow by life forces. The Observer started feeling electrical sensations--pulses each time an energy particle was intercepted from the energy dissipater. This captured energy was then guided into building the structure of this individual cell.

There seemed to be something missing. The Observer couldn't detect any energy being directed towards other life forms in order to communicate and develop mutual beneficial coordination. Maybe these weren't alive, after all. Some sort of automatons set up to capture and store energy perhaps, but not really driven by life forces. He needed proof that life existed here, and one form of proof is communication from one independent life unit to another. So this wasn't looking too promising.

Just then, something dramatic began to occur. The cell structures ceased their normal operations and started becoming very ridged. The Observer panicked--he realized he was dying. He must detach from this cell and not be it while it dies--or he himself shall surely die. But wait--the cell started breaking in half--two identical copies of the original cell, determined by the splitting of the DNA strand in the nucleus down the length of it, but not severing the sequence along the way. This meant that the sequence will be precisely copied in the new halves to form an identical copies of the original sequence. Fascinating how intricate this automaton is! Whoever invented this must have been greatly honored indeed. But wait--the Observer was confused-- was he dying, or now split into two halves? He completed his detachment process and observed the two cells. They looked no different, really, from any other two cells in the area.

The Observer didn't quite know what to make of these events. Did the cell just die and two offspring were produced in the process? Or did one half of the division retain the original life force while creating a shell for a new life force to enter? He was afraid to make further observations for fear of risking death if the process were to fail somehow.

The Observer went back to the high density surface to make observations there, hopefully to find proof of communication amongst life forces to support his hypothesis that there truly existed life here. He noticed larger masses strewn about that were very solid and seemed to be absorbing energy particles from the energy dissipater similar to what the single cells in the surface fluid were doing. The Observer selected one particular object because it looked old and not about to "die" or split into equal parts. As a matter of fact, there didn't appear to be any identical objects nearby at all. All of these forms were made of similar material, but varied significantly in shape, composition and size.

The Observer cautiously became the substance of his observation. He began feeling the warmth generated from the captured energy particles. He sensed no energy directed processes anywhere within the structure, only passive dissipation of the energy converted from high energy particles to lower energy heat. Although it was warm and more active on the side capturing the direct energy particles from the energy dissipater, the rest of the substance was gaining energy from simple conduction of heat by the dense structure of this object. There didn't seem to be any coordinated distribution of the energy to further the development of this object. Well, this object shows no life force guidance whatsoever, and no DNA structures at all like in the single cells which split in two.

Detaching from this object the Observer noticed a chilling sensation. Apparently, the captured particles from the surface fluid were beginning to be dumped onto this very spot. It has a chilling effect on the objects similar to the one just observed. Apparently, the condensed fluid particles are able to absorb the heat energy from other objects quite effectively. The fluid has unique properties. It can pull itself up and wrap around other objects by forming a density near its surface, thereby shaping itself around objects and moving up cracks and other narrow channels.

Other structures seemed to take advantage of this property of the fluid for its own internal mechanisms. A growth in the ground that spread out in all directions soaked up the fluid that came into contact with it. Due to less pressure up ahead, the fluid continues up the tubes formed by some as yet unobserved mechanism.

When reaching the end of a series of various connecting tubes, the fluid is released in individual particles that are carried up through the lower density until collected again to complete the cycle. Before being released, it was observed that materials mixed in with the fluid were extracted along the way, mostly at the end of the journey where there was much energy being captured and converted by energy absorbers.

Wait! What has happened? The Observer had just recognized that he had become the fluid almost involuntarily. He rationalized that he was just caught up in his work, and wasn't fully conscious of the fact that he had become the fluid he was observing. He must get a grip. This place was so unique and new to him that he had to be careful to consciously determine what and when he would become the observed object. He knew this could be a trap for some more careless Observers, so he had to start being more disciplined about his current research and be more methodical and detached during his observations. Becoming something by choice and becoming something unconsciously are two entirely different things, the latter being uncontrollable and indeterminate.

The Observer took a step back to try to get a bigger picture of what existed in this place. He opened his senses to experience whatever phenomena he could pick up. There did seem to be widespread pulses of energy emanating from the surface, but not much from below the surface and only miniscule amounts from outside the lowest density surrounding the reflector. The Observer decided to observe the most energetic signals, those coming mostly from the central band surrounding the reflector. Surprisingly, these pulses only seemed to be generated in the fluid collectors. The chaotic pulses were very strong pulses of energy, but very confusing in their meaning. Deciphering their code was going to be a challenge. Many of the pulses seemed to originate from the fluid absorbers sunk into the ground, like the form similar in function to the one passively observed while unconsciously becoming the fluid in its cycle. However, the structure sending the signals seemed to get destructively altered during transmission of the pulse, so that doesn't make sense. Are the messages so important as to require sacrificing oneself in its transmission? Other pulses are wholly contained within the fluid collectors, so what initiates those transmissions is perplexing.

The Observer had no choice but to become one of the collectors to be able to determine the causes of the communication pulses. The structure was rather diffuse, although able to absorb as well as reflect energy from the energy dissipater. The less dense fluid tended to push the fluid absorber into higher and higher formations. The rising forces brought along with them condensed energy particles which had a particular energy polarization, or something like a magnetic polarization, but more electric-like. When enough of these were deposited in the fluid collector with enough concentration, it would discharge at random to balance the charges nearby that had opposite electric charge forces. So, maybe this wasn't life driven communication at all, but rather random equalizations of built up charges from passive processes as the result of capturing energy from the energy dissipater.

Observing random fluctuations within chaotic fluids was a rather boring and largely fruitless endeavor. The Observer wasted no time in detaching from the fluid collector within the lesser density to search out something more interesting to observe.


[To be continued...]

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