A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Saturday, February 16th, 2019
Chapter Two: Hypothesis
Jim understood a great deal about the phenomenon of consciousness. The Collective had been engineered on the basis of its science.
Jim’s personal history, suggested to him that he had been among the original members of the Collective, he had been one of the engineers who had built the first machines that captured the essence of the individual to house them in a perpetual state of being.
He had seen the early failures and witnessed their first successes, and he had been among the first volunteers to enter the Collective, once the technologies had been perfected.
He possessed these memories, though he was doubtful of whether they actually belonged to him, but even if they were not his own, he owned them now. He owned them completely.
He understood that consciousness is essentially an electromagnetic phenomenon. He did not understand why consciousness of the type that the Ancient People possessed, had emerged in his ancestors but nowhere else in the known galaxy, except for possibly on the planet Earth.
Jim theorized that there was as element at work in the cognitive process of human-beings, nanoparticles of magnetite, which had bonded with the human brain in a strong link, connecting each person to its magnetic field and through that field to one another, thereby creating a field of cynergy not un-like the Collective.
The type of consciousness which the Ancient People possessed was not merely a product of their genetic endowment, it was also a function of their interaction with a unique environment.
He theorized that no species could advance to the point of becoming a spacefaring civilization if their home planet did not have these properties, properties which allowed the inhabitants to connect with one another through a subconscious field.
Creativity and inventiveness happened there, through unconscious collaboration, in the nous-sphere.
Jim came to believe that the Ancient People had created the Collective at the height of their scientific achievement, on a world that had these same properties, they traveled to, built colonies and seeded life on a million other worlds that did not have such properties, while in the meantime, their cradle-star went supernova and destroy the planet of their birth.
He could not go back and study it to confirm his hypothesis.
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