Homeostasis, also spelled homoeostasis or homœostasis (from Greek: ὅμοιος, “hómoios”, “similar”, and στάσις, stásis, “standing still”), is the property of a system in which variables are regulated so that internal conditions remain stable and relatively constant. Examples of homeostasis include the regulation of temperature and the balance between acidity and alkalinity (pH). It is a process that maintains the stability of the human body’s internal environment in response to changes in external conditions.
- Evolutionary taxonomy, traditional post-Darwinian hierarchical biological classification
- Taxonomy (biology), a field of science that encompasses the description, identification, nomenclature, and classification of organisms]
Humanism is a philosophical and ethical stance that emphasizes the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively, and generally prefers critical thinking and evidence (rationalism, empiricism) over established doctrine or faith (fideism).
Humanistic Evolution Towards Homeostatic Taxonomy
I’m not sure if Mr. Garrison’s explanation for evolution was completely accurate but I think you get the point; evolution is the mechanism of change in everything from life to inanimate space debris. Lifeforms that adapt beneficial traits through natural selection succeed and ones that don’t die off.
At this point in history, we, Homo Sapiens are the most evolved, advanced beings that we know of. From the individual to multinational level, we have accomplished amazing feats. Survival of our species has always relied on cooperation and competition; a good mix of these two has been crucial for success. All organisms have their own varying levels of cooperation and competition which is reliant upon their physiological ability to interact with their environment. We as a species have reached a point in evolution where the next logical step is to unify towards common goals.
We are currently experiencing exponential growth in many fields which have drastic species changing effects. Exponential growth brings with it exponential opportunities for competition and cooperation. With such advances in technology, we are now able to communicate with everyone else on the planet. Exponential growth in our capability to interact with other groups on this planet has increased the perception of diversity and fear of competition. Fear of competition between individuals or groups has an adverse side effect, it triggers an instinctive fight or flight response. We as intelligent beings, should quit relying on instinctive behaviors and use logic and reason.
What I have observed in society is a lack of homeostasis which is absolutely disadvantageous for our planetary ecosystem in whole. We have competed long enough to achieve intelligent consciousness and a sense of community. We no longer need to apply survival of the fittest to thrive. It is now only because of our frightened leaders that we do not have planetary homeostasis.
All life must maintain homeostasis to survive, diverging too far from equilibrium can kill off an entire species or ecosystem. We are at a point in our evolution where we no longer need to fear competition for we as a species have the capability to work together towards accomplishing impossible goals.
[quote_right]We are at a point in our evolution where we no longer need to fear competition for we as a species have the capability to work together towards accomplishing impossible goals[/quote_right]
If the U.S. and Russia never had the space race but instead had a joint space venture, we might have already been interstellar space travelers.
Diversity of our population is a good thing for humanity because it has the necessary qualities to supersede the importance of competition. Remaining objective and tolerant of diversity is much more valuable to humanity than militant competition.
If we take the human body for instance, it is in a 24/7 genocidal battle struggling to maintain homeostasis. From bacteria and viruses, to nutrient deficiency and environmental toxins, we are always in perilous danger. The human body has evolved over time to become highly resilient; this is because the body, if taken care of can cooperate amongst its various functions to protect the entire host system from death. If the organs of a body fail to adapt and cooperate with each other, death is likely to occur. Different bodily functions might compete in a sense to correct a problem the bodily system is experiencing, this is cooperative competition which is good. Virus’ or parasites victimizing another organism is militant competition which is bad.
[quote_left]If we have the capability to protect life, we have the duty to do it as rulers of our planet[/quote_left]
All of our planets inhabitants are being slaughtered by adverse environmental occurrences. Asteroid impacts have almost sterilized our planet and diseases have forced species to extinction. Famine, drought, weather, and even black holes all indiscriminately want to murder every living thing on this planet. We are the only inhabitants of this planet with the capability to protect all life, but we choose not to. If we have the capability to protect life, we have the duty to do it as rulers of our planet.
I can’t, by any stretch of the imagination see how a species that commits over 1.6 million acts of fratricide a year, eradicates entire ecosystems, and has failed to use its intelligence to improve anything except its own selfish interests could be great. We are not morally worthy of holding any title claiming to be the greatest creatures for we have the knowledge and capability to stop global catastrophes but CHOOSE not to. If we truly want to earn the title of the ‘greatest creatures on this planet’ or Universe or whatever, then we need to start acting like it by protecting life and returning homeostasis to our ecosystem.
[quote_right]The first step towards planetary equilibrium is to champion and praise the fact that all living creatures in this plane of existence share a common attribute: life[/quote_right]
Greatness, by the way has little meaning in the scale of the Universe because there will always be something greater and something not. We will always find ourselves as simply average when compared to the Universe.
The first step towards planetary equilibrium is to champion and praise the fact that all living creatures in this plane of existence share a common attribute, life. Life is an incredibly special anomalistic occurrence. None of us really know where we came from or what happens when we die. I feel fortunate to have other beings to share the mysteries of the Universe with.
If we truly are the most intelligent taxonomic presence on this planet, lets prove it, lets, rule our kingdom of life with good morals and lets protect the life on this planet and work together to improve the quality of our unique existences. But that’s just what I would imagine a good species would do…