Are you fascinated by how you can translate thoughts to vibrations in your vocal cords that in turn produces pressure variations in the air? Variations that are isotropic and spread in three dimensions while losing intensity proportional to one over time squared. If someone is close enough to you the information, in the form of moving molecule density patterns, can be unconsciously transformed into charge anomalies in that person’s nervous system. When the electrical impulses reach the brain, the information can be converted in the meaning. Meaning in this sense is just a person’s additional nerve cell connections produced to alter the understanding of other packages of information processed by the brain. A different understanding of the world will make you react differently on it. A puddle of water will also react on the world depending on the information given to it. So, how are we different from a puddle of water you may ask? You can certainly say that a puddle is an entity, and it can lose some of its molecules and perhaps gain others, just like an animal. But, its reactions are not at all in line with self-conservation which in my view is what separates living from none living things.
I believe life is an accident; it doesn’t need to exist, but when it comes to existence it will by definition stay that way. Life in my opinion is an entity that stores information about it-self and will interact with the environment in order to conserve that information. Since everything decomposes, the information will soon be lost if the entity doesn’t have the ability to copy it-self and store the information about it in the new copy. For sure, it is possible for an entity to contain the information about it and only replace its parts, but soon or later an accident will wipe out the whole entity. The later is a behavior that doesn’t conserve the information about it-self very well and should maybe not be considered as life. Life probably arose when an entity and its information, which we can call an organism, was conserved to such extent so that the copy also had the ability to copy it-self. As the organisms copied them self, information was inevitably distorted in some copies. Did the change of blueprint make a new form of life or a none-living entity? Well, it did both for sure, but only the living things prevailed. The natural continuation on this is that the organism evolved towards entities that had better chances of passing on its information.
After some time, the organisms became expert at passing on information, but the resources for making copies of them-self where almost used up and had to be shared among all the new individuals. If an offspring got a blueprint that made it a little more likely to drift away from the crowded areas it would definitely be more likely to survive. You can think of countless other properties that will give a branch of life an advantage in terms of finding resources necessary for reproduction. If one branch of life differs from another to a certain degree we say that they represent two different species. An organism could either evolve to make use of new types of resources or acquire the ability to move and detect resources elsewhere. Maybe this was how plants and animals got separated in the tree of life. In the later, motion and fast reaction to the world played an important role which lead to the evolution of sensory organs. The sensory organs must be able to take in information and use that information to move in some way. At first, simple chemical relations between input and output was made. But in order to have complex reactions, which optimized the search for resources, life eventually evolved a process center. We call this a brain and it gives an organism the ability to store earlier sensory information and use it later in connection to current input to form an output best suited for finding resources. Life doesn’t have to evolve to form larger brains but it did in some branches of life, so it must have been to some advantage. We are in the branch that took the brain
Our body process sensory information and influence our behavior more than we understand; this is probably because understanding hasn’t been around long enough. Some argue that only humans understand which would make this phenomenon a few million years old. Life has existed a thousand times longer on earth, so it’s not strange that we haven’t figured out how we work yet. Nevertheless, it is astonishing that we understand so much that we do. I think most understanding is based on knowledge, and since knowledge from earlier generations is passed on to their offspring, the amount of understanding accumulates over time. Our understanding evolves and is almost like life-form using the human brain as its vessel and the more you understand the more you want to tell, so it is a good survivor. Different branches of understanding or beliefs compete against each other and evolve on their own until one branch gains enough confidence to form a paradigm. In turn it knocks out most of the other belief systems and continues to evolve now in the minds of many more and at a higher rate. Could this be a hidden form of life that when fed with truths takes good care of us and when given lies ruins us.