Emergence: Section Three, Earth; Collected Parts XV – XXI

15 Observation, 16 Existence, 17 Volcano, 18 Disaster, 19 Consciousness, 20 Collective, 21 Migration

Emergence:

Section Three, Earth

Part Fifteen, Observation

Collected Chapters

Section 03, Earth

Part 15, Observation

Chapters

01 The Paintings

02 The Music

03 The Memory of Stars

04 Mutation

05 The New Gene

06 Collective Consciousness

07 Synergy

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Observation; Part Fifteen,

Chapter One: The Paintings

Pt. 15, Ch. 01

People painted, projected images of the future cave walls; and stones, the past also, things no one living had seen.

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Observation; Part Fifteen,

Chapter Two: The Music

Pt. 15, Ch. 02

Drums, rhythm; pushed the stories of each tribe, each family deep into the memory of its members changing their DNA.

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Observation; Part Fifteen,

Chapter Three: The Memory of Stars

Pt. 15, Ch. 03

Their culture had devolved; from star to cave, yet it retained a memory of its ancestry; knowledge encoded in cells.

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Observation; Part Fifteen,

Chapter Four: Mutation

Pt. 15, Ch. 04

On their sojourn to Earth humans had mutated their DNA, allowing them to inhabit, and thrive on the wet, blue world.

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Observation; Part Fifteen,

Chapter Five: The New Gene

Pt. 15, Ch. 05

Changes beget changes. The Ancients became humanity, their genes converged with native life. They became new people.

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Observation; Part Fifteen,

Chapter Six: Collective Consciousness

Pt. 15, Pt. 06

Receptors emerged in the human brain; linking it to the Earth’s magnetic fields. In this, humanity became connected.

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Observation; Part Fifteen,

Chapter Seven: Synergy

 

Pt. 15, Ch. 07

Few humans were aware of the collective consciousness. Everyone was entangled in it, and it made many of them crazy.

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Emergence:

Section Three, Earth

Part Sixteen, Existence

Collected Chapters

Section 03, Earth

Part 16, Existence

Chapters

01 Flesh

02 Bi Pedal

03 Stereo Hearing

04 Binocular Vision

05 Hemispheric Brain

06 Thirst

07 Duality

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Existence; Part Sixteen,

Chapter One: Flesh  

Pt. 16, Ch. 01

The flesh remembers. Bodies change with every new experience; each new thread, woven proteins in the fabric of life.

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Existence; Part Sixteen,

Chapter Two: Bi Pedal

Pt. 16, Ch. 02

Stand against the pull of gravity; under the weight of atmosphere. Pivot on a central axis; dance on two feet, walk.

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Existence; Part Sixteen,

Chapter Three: Stereo Hearing

Pt. 16, Ch. 03

Communicating in sound is slow; luxuriant compared to light. Waves crashing through the body, adding depth to sight.

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Existence; Part Sixteen,

Chapter Four: Binocular Vision  

Pt. 16, Ch. 04

A band of light pierces organic lenses, from corner to corner 180 degrees; color and depth fill the field of vision.

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Existence; Part Sixteen,

Chapter Five: Hemispheric

Pt. 16, Ch. 05

A cognitive override; flooding the organ with fear, or desire; then, split down the middle; left for right, duality.

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Existence; Part Sixteen,

Chapter Six: Thirst  

Pt. 16, Pt. 06

A body needs water, oxygen in the lungs; to thirst is to know that the end is near; the end of the body’s suffering.

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Existence; Part Sixteen,

Chapter Seven: Duality

 

Pt. 16, Ch. 07

The body is a cognitive organ, with a chemical drive fed into the quantum field; a neural net rooted in the organic.

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Emergence:

Section Three, Earth

Part Seventeen, Volcano

Collected Chapters

Section 03, Earth

Part 17, Volcano

Chapters

01 The Last Event

02 74,000 Years Ago

03 The Discovery

04 The Warnings

05 Impending Doom

06 Preparations

07 Fate

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Volcano; Part Seventeen,

Chapter One: The Last Event  

Pt. 17, Ch. 01

It came without warning, shaking the world, throwing it off its axis. Ash covered the world, hiding it from the sun.

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Volcano; Part Seventeen,

Chapter Two: 74,000 Years Ago

Pt. 17, Ch. 02

The human family was small; a few million spread out, starving. Jim starved with them in the famine after the blast.

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Volcano; Part Seventeen,

Chapter Three: The Discovery

Pt. 17, Ch. 03

Jim had known about it for millennia. Humans found it fifty years ago. A super-volcano pushing mountains to the sky.

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Volcano; Part Seventeen,

Chapter Four: The Warnings  

Pt. 17, Ch. 04

A deformation of the dome, earthquakes, boiling water in lakes and streams; something big growing below the surface.

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Volcano; Part Seventeen,

Chapter Five: Impending Doom

Pt. 17, Ch. 05

There were documentaries but few people were aware of the danger. Misinformation was leaked as the explosion neared.

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Volcano; Part Seventeen,

Chapter Six: Preparations  

Pt. 17, Pt. 06

Timing is everything. The volcano would catalyze the preservation of humanity; a few would live. All would be saved.

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Volcano; Part Seventeen,

Chapter Seven: Fate

 

Pt. 17, Ch. 07

There is no fate but there are certainties. The eruption of volcanoes is among them. The end of humanity hung there.

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Emergence:

Section Three, Earth

Part Eighteen, Disaster

Collected Chapters

Section 03, Earth

Part 18, Disaster

Chapters

01 Yellowstone

02 Lift

03 Rumbling

04 The Blast

05 The Axis

06 The Cloud

07 The Other Side

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Disaster; Part Eighteen,

Chapter One: Yellowstone  

Pt. 18, Ch. 01

The awesome-beauty of a landscape carved from living rock; the cauldron’s bubbling water gave the tell, catastrophe.

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Disaster; Part Eighteen,

Chapter Two: Lift

Pt. 18, Ch. 02

Humans noticed the volcano when the surrounding mountains began to lift. They did not know how vast the problem was.

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Disaster; Part Eighteen,

Chapter Three: Rumbling

Pt. 18, Ch. 03

Animals sensed it first, and fled in droves, while the seismographs rattled, but doubts had crept into the analysis.

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Disaster; Part Eighteen,

Chapter Four: The Blast  

Pt. 18, Ch. 04

Every living thing heard the explosion. Chaos followed quick upon the sound wave, with prayers rising up to meet it.

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Disaster; Part Eighteen,

Chapter Five: The Axis

Pt. 18, Ch. 05

For hundreds of thousands of years; pressure grew. When the Yellowstone Cauldera blew the Earth shifted on its axis.

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Disaster; Part Eighteen,

Chapter Six: The Cloud   

Pt. 18, Pt. 06

Ash buried North America. Fine particles, and light blocking gas rose high in the atmosphere, and covered the world.

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Disaster; Part Eighteen,

Chapter Seven: The Other Side

 

Pt. 18, Ch. 07

The eruption was a crucible. Half of the world perished within days, and most of the rest in the year that followed.

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Emergence:

Section Three, Earth

Part Nineteen, Consciousness

Collected Chapters

Section 03, Earth

Part 19, Consciousness

Chapters

01 Self

02 Other

03 Mother

04 Father

05 Siblings

06 Family

07 Other Self

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Consciousness; Part Nineteen,

Chapter One: Self  

Pt. 19, Ch. 01

A birth is a coalescence of matter organizing into form; supporting a consciousness, emerging independent and alone.

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Consciousness; Part Nineteen,

Chapter Two: Other

Pt. 19, Ch. 02

The animal brain; its glands pumping chemicals into a liquid consciousness; fearful, regarding all others as threat.

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Consciousness; Part Nineteen,

Chapter Three: Mother

Pt. 19, Ch. 03

There is a time for every mammal, in the warmth, and dark of the womb, when they are truly one with another; mother.

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Consciousness; Part Nineteen,

Chapter Four: Father  

Pt. 19, Ch. 04

Stranger, protector, arbiter; a father is the first person the child seeks to bond with, to contend with, to please.

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Consciousness; Part Nineteen,

Chapter Five: Siblings

Pt. 19, Ch. 05

The first with whom you share a common bond, and to compete; you identify with them, learn betrayal, and to forgive.

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Consciousness; Part Nineteen,

Chapter Six: Family   

Pt. 19, Pt. 06

We protect those closest to us with ferocity equal to our own drive for self protection; blood, family, it binds us.

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Consciousness; Part Nineteen,

Chapter Seven: Other Self

 

Pt. 19, Ch. 07

We become self-aware fearing any; accept kin, who shared our interests, learning to see strangers as other selves.

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Emergence:

Section Three, Earth

Part Twenty, Collective

Collected Chapters

Section 03, Earth

Part 20, Collective

Chapters

01 Family

02 Kin

03 Village

04 Tribe

05 City

06 State

07 Nation

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Collective; Part Twenty,

Chapter One: Family  

Pt. 20, Ch. 01

The care of a loving family is like the wet, clinging mesh of a spiderweb. Familial obligations are invisible bonds.

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Collective; Part Twenty,

Chapter Two: Kin

Pt. 20, Ch. 02

Family becomes a clan. Loyalties are set in the body, by chemicals, enzymes, and proteins; bonds we do not question.

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Collective; Part Twenty,

Chapter Three: Village

Pt. 20, Ch. 03

Hierarchies emerge in village life; at the well, the markets, places of worship, judgment. The center is everything.

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Collective; Part Twenty,

Chapter Four: Tribe  

Pt. 20, Ch. 04

There was safety and competition, there were shared customs, stories, and rituals in the tribe. There was otherness.

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Collective; Part Twenty,

Chapter Five: City

Pt. 20, Ch. 05

People flowed into the urban centers to trade, and work. Families dispersed, becoming less important than neighbors.

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Collective; Part Twenty,

Chapter Six: State   

Pt. 20, Pt. 06

Cities gathered villages to themselves, as families did kin, in ancient bonds of vassalage; bond of the imagination.

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Collective; Part Twenty,

Chapter Seven: Nation

 

Pt. 20, Ch. 07

Common language, and custom; bound States into Nations; for security, for prosperity, and allegiances shift outward.

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Emergence:

Section Three, Earth

Part Twenty-one, Migration

Collected Chapters

Section 03, Earth

Part 21, Migration

Chapters

01 Forest

02 Plains

03 Hills

04 Mountains

05 Rivers

06 Coast

07 Ocean

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Migration; Part Twenty-one,

Chapter One: Forest  

Pt. 21, Ch. 01

A clearing in the trees, close to a clear stream, the fire burning; smoking fish, bird, rabbit. The primordial life.

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Migration; Part Twenty-one,

Chapter Two: Plains

Pt. 21, Ch. 02

Look across the plain; over the tall grasses, the open sky, deep-blue, and oppressing. Dangers lurking in the field.

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Migration; Part Twenty-one,

Chapter Three: Hills

Pt. 21, Ch. 03

From caves in the forest by clear springs, across the open plain; we built homes on hills, drawn close to the stars.

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Migration; Part Twenty-one,

Chapter Four: Mountains  

Pt. 21, Ch. 04

We led the herd to the mountain, and up the lofty peak; looking for passes, we found ourselves, we found the sacred.

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Migration; Part Twenty-one,

Chapter Five: Rivers

Pt. 21, Ch. 05

We followed the rivers to the source; the clear springs from which the water flowed, and founded our villages there.

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Migration; Part Twenty-one,

Chapter Six: Coast   

Pt. 21, Pt. 06

The first roads were shorelines. We roamed the inland lakes, and seas; those flat coastal plains, trekking our path.

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Migration; Part Twenty-one,

Chapter Seven: Ocean

 

Pt. 21, Ch. 07

On thin strips of wood, canoes; we hurled ourselves into the waves, like the ancients did as they crossed the stars.

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