In a blog post about CEP being considered a supporting act for BPM and other technologies, Raimer von Ammon of CITT (University of Regensburg, Germany) commented about the EU proposal for a "U-CEP" (Ubiquitous CEP) research programme. In that comment Rainer mentioned the connection between CEP (an IT paradigm around events) and Biology (covering event-driven neural and evolutionary systems - Epigenetics and Brain Research) which form part of the U-CEP EU research programme proposal. Rainer has kindly elaborated some more on this topic, which IMHO is worthy of a separate post on this blog … and I note has parallels to one of James Odell's posts on the "inside of an agent"…
Two or three recently emerging disciplines yield to a similar paradigm in order to explain how the environment (actually the universe of global event clouds) and their processing by sensors (respectively receptors and the activation of effectors) drive our daily life, but also the whole evolutionary process of life on our earth since the Big Bang.
The discipline of the New Biology or Epigentics has detected - on the basis of the nanotechnology, microbiology and cell biology - within the last years that the life of cells is determined by its physical and energetic environment and not by their genes. Genes are only the molecular "blue print", the design pattern, on which the structure or architecture of cells, tissue and organs is based. But the environment as a global cloud of signals, energies or so called events are at the end responsible for the way of life of a cell. In each single cell the mechanisms of life are triggered by the processing of the "events" of its environment and not by its genes.
Since "quantum physics" and the "Heisenberg uncertainty relation" we know today that such events are at last energy as eddies of quarks and photons, but we can define different types of events, also on the physical level. Around 3.5 billion years ago the first monads as bacilli and algae lived on the earth, 650 millions of years ago the multicellular organisms as trees and other plants were created as a more complex and more intelligent life, and since around only 100,000 years the today's human is a united cell structure of 50 trillions of single cells where each cell is doing event processing on the base of its receptors of its cell membrane. So, a human being can allegedly process 120,000 events per second unconsciously (by the right side of the brain), but logically a human can only process around (I guess) 7 or a few information units at the same time (by the left side of the brain).
Against this background CEP is based on a very similar model. EPAs (event processing agents) are actually cells where event adaptors are the receptors of a cell membrane and the event processing logic based on an EPL (event processing language) are the effectors of a cell. EPNs (event processing networks) are actually a united multicellular structure and so on.
The Epigenetics explains how the environmental signals (events) control the activity of the genes. The primacy of the DNA is no longer valid, and the new found information flow is now called the "primacy of the environment". Recent experiments of The Epigeneitcs have proved that our beliefs and thinking is energy in the sense of environmental signals. The Epigenetics found that all these kinds of environmental signals influence the regulating proteins which control the activity of the genes and that the global event cloud as environmental signals influences and changes the DNS (so called reverse transcriptase).
What is an individual?
According to the Epigenetics an individual is determined by the sum of its receptors in the cell membrane of all its 50 trillions of (specialized) cells. Each individual is unique because it is controlled or driven by the protein machines of its cells as a result of the received events (signals) of the global event cloud of the universe. The global event cloud does always exist and each event is an undestroyable energy which exists always and forever (see Unus Mundus and space-time continuum).
The Epigenetics explains an individual as an analogy of a broadcasting of television programs where the adjustment buttons are the receptors of the cell membranes which determine which program we receive in which manner. If we add or switch off receptors, we receive a different program or we see the same program differently. This can be understood as the incarnation of an individual. On the basis of such a model we can explain phenonemas like reincarnation or time travel as well.
Results of the recent Brain Research
On the basis of recent experiments of the Brain Research, researchers like Wolf Singer, Gerhard Roth et al. claim that a free will does not exist. They believe that their experiments have proven that the brain region which is responsible for a deliberate decision is only later activated when a signal or event is received while the protein machinery as the activity activator was already started "long" before. This cognition that there is no free will could be supported by the Epigenetics and the functionality of a cell membrane and its receptors and effectors/event adaptors and EPA's as the basis of the whole protein machinery and as the motor of life.
"If you think you think you only think you think" versus "Cogito ergo sum" (Descartes) …"
For the U-CEP course/textbook I'm gathering some materials since some time which I'll add to the U-CEP doc within the next days; here are some nice video lectures as a basis for U-CEP enhancements/projects, e.g. from Bruce Lipton, I like him as a great guy and great lecturer:
Great to hear that TIBCO might support such U-CEP ideas, perhaps Larry Ellison or also Bill Gates would be interested in supporting such things … as an investment in the future
- EPTS4: Research, an academic perspective
- CEP topics at Microsoft Research…
- EPTS5-4: CEP in network mgmt and CEP research