If you are fan of science fiction films and books, you may be familiar with the words in the title of this article from the film Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. In one scene, C-3P0, a robot (android), enters a vast room where he sees androids manufacturing other androids like themselves.
If you are not a fan of science fiction, you will possibly consider this to be absurd, the idea that machines could one day be capable of making copies of themselves, who in turn could continue the process ad infinitum. Such is the stuff of science fiction, anything can be possible; using tricks of the mind and tricks of the camera, we can be made to believe the impossible.
But the concept of machines making machines is very real in nature. It is one of the more fascinating aspects of Dynamic Evolution. Note the following illustration, which is presented in Volume I of the book:
Imagine for a moment a team of construction workers who work at a plant belonging to a manufacturer that produces sophisticated spacecraft… say, a Nasa / IBM / Boeing kind-of conglomerate. There are multiple departments at this plant, which manufactures all of its own components; from the nuts and bolts to the fuselage, from the micro-fibers to the seats, from the Silicon chips to the million-line-code software programs. You approach a number of employees and ask them what work they do. They show you the component that they make, and they’re obviously very skilled. You then ask them what the component does. But they have no idea what part their component plays in the finished product…
How do they know how to make the component? They follow a plan (which corresponds to a set of principles within Dynamic Evolution). A supervisor takes their finished product and assembles it, along with several hundred other components made by equally institutionalised employees, each beavering away in his own specially fitted area of the factory floor. You question the supervisor, but he still doesn’t know what part his assembled component plays in the finished product. You ask him about the components that his part consists of, but he has no idea how they work.
This occurs throughout five or six levels until a specialist team take each of the final assembled parts and complete the spacecraft construction. You ask each of them about the components the craft is composed of, but they have no idea how the individual components work, they only follow the assembly plan and instructions they have been given. And of course this spacecraft has all the sophistication that human endeavours can muster.
We are now building a picture of a basic example of Dynamic Evolution. For we have not yet advanced beyond the fundamentals; the scale of the Plexus, from its lowest level to its highest, means that it contains intrinsic connections for each of the contextual Entities. Therefore:
- What use is the plastic coating around the electrical wire unless it is graded appropriately, precision molded, and correctly fitted for insulation?
- What use is the electrical wire unless it is connected to the proper channels and interfaces?
- What use are the conduits and channels unless they lead to the power source?
- What use is the power source unless it is properly configured, active, and provided with the means to keep it topped-up with the “juice” it requires to function?
And, of course, these questions cover all of the components in this large construction project from the very tiny to the very large, involving electrical distribution, fluid transport, air channeling, communications, comfortable and ergonomic furniture, etc. The complete plexus arrangement of component dependencies is vital for the finished product, just as the intrinsic values and members of the Plexus are vital for the existence and continuity of the cubic model.
How does the above illustration shadow the reality of machines making machines in nature? What are the real “machines” that this example compares to?
How does the full argumentation provide comprehensive proof that the Darwinian explanation for the origin of life can finally be laid to rest?