How do we see the moment at the start of blooming?
oil on paper, marker, graphite (details), 2020
18 x 24 inches
If we follow the mentioned suppositions, how do we speculate various outcomes. The SARS-CoV-2 rapidly spread throughout the world–probably due to our global economic system, particularly the high number of international travelers–with the ability to transmit without external signs of illness, such as fever, coughing, etc. This asymptomatic transmission facilitated community infections. However, the reporting of those tested regarding positives and number of deaths remains very suspect. There is increasing economic pressure to stop the quarantines. False expectations are being propagated: a vaccine will be available in a year to 18 months; antiviral pharmaceuticals are being formulated; the infection rates will settle into a seasonal pattern like the flu virus; and high mortality rates for some populations will not alter the status quo of business as usual. Instead of these battle cries to defeat the virus, my approach is to view the pandemic as part of our ecology and the wonder of life which is memory.
MEMORY OF SHAPE
MEMORY OF SPACE
MEMORY OF TIME
MEMORY OF PLACE
MEMORY OF EMOTION
MEMORY OF SENSATION
(distortions of memories, loss of memories)
memory in quasispecies-virus
memory in immunity of host
memory in computer storage/artificial intelligence
memory in topology/morphology
memory in interpersonal relationships
memory in identity of oneself
Memory is the breakthrough for evolutionary directions. Memory, in my brief lifetime, has been the most significant development in terms of technological changes to society. We have developed a new awareness that technological memory is not just a storage device, a machine. Today we recognize that memory flows between machines. It is not dependent upon an individual controlling a button, or keys, or codes of operation. Now memory is being generated and transmitted–shared memory, not a static set in time but rather dynamic and changing. This ability to share and change is becoming more expansive and powerful as quantum computers open the frontiers of artificial intelligence.
One interesting feature of memory is “of shape”. Our curiosity of shape is very ancient, and our experience of shape are cultural universals–meaning all humans embrace their connection to shape. Art expressions are the earliest ways we have connected to one another. Visual acts and performances (dance, theater, music) and all these expressions blended together were not restricted by categorization of boundaries. Thus, for most of the human experience, art expressions were dynamic and multidimensional, and very much communal, including the participation of all in various roles of giving and receiving the art experience. These experiences became our first memories of shape (among other types of memory).
Our intellectual and philosophical inquiry into an understanding of shape probably dates, in western civilization perspectives, to Gottfried Leibniz in the Seventeenth Century, who explored ideas underlying “topology” to geometric states. In the Nineteenth Century the term “topology” was introduced by Johann Benedict Listing, but it wasn’t until the Twentieth Century that the idea of topological shape and space was developed. An interesting relationship to note is that of John McCarthy who coined the term “artificial intelligence” at the 1956
conference at Dartmouth College, who was a student of Solomon Lefschetz at Princeton, a leading mathematician of algebraic topology. Lefschetz focused on a set of points and “neighborhood” spaces–looking for homeomorphic (same shapes) relationships, that is understanding the properties of a geometric object that are preserved under continuous deformations, such as stretching, crumpling, bending, but not tearing or gluing. For example, a cube and a square are homeomorphic.
Homeomorphic resonance is the memory of shape.
In quantum intelligence (computer/AI) it is this property of homology that allows quibits to keep and store memory as the shape of quibits change in homeomorphic ways. A frequent illustration of homology is the shape of a donnut changing into the shape of a coffee mug, and visa-versa. Indeed this concept stretches and compresses our imagination beyond normal perceptions! So how is the shared memory of shape related to our discussion of SARS-CoV-2. An important property of virus is quasispecies memory (“The Quasispecies Concept” by E. Domino and Celia Perales in Virology, W.S. 11 May 2019, Plog 54 and “Viral Quasipecies” by R. Andino in Virology, May 2015, ncbi,nim,nih,gov). This is not DNA (genetic) coded memory, but is a type of molecular memory dependent on the recent activity of the virus–meaning virus as the plural mass noun–regarding its replication and mutations, and most importantly how virus interact with the host’s immunity memory. In this sense, the virus quaisispecies memory and the host immunity memory together form a shared memory of shape on the molecular level. This dynamic process of share memory of shape vitalizes glycan activation, regulation and direction in immune responses (“Site-Specific Glycan Analysis of the SARS-CoV-2 Spike” by Yasunori Watanabe, Joel P. Allen and Daniel Wrapp, et.al., Science 04 May 2020 (eabb9983,Do1.10.1126/science abb9983). The glycans create shapes of branching structures that assemble without a known template, that is, they form shapes by molecular memory. Glycans have more potential configurations than DNA or proteins. For example, three glycan blocks can be configured into shapes of more than a thousand structures compared to three amino acids forming six unique peptide shapes.
This aspect of glycan shape memory and its relation to host immunity memory is a major feature in the SARS-CoV-2 configuration of “Spike”–glycan and proteins, which open portals into host cells–or not–depending on how memory is shared between virus and host. It would be interesting to discern the characteristics of homeomorphic shapes in the virus glycan-peptide configurations. This approach might be of therapeutic value especially since a homological approach to the memory of shape might keep up the pace in a global environment of rapid mutations in not only RNA and DNA codes, but the molecular memories of shape.