Now there are two version of Proteus, the Jurassic prototype human. Proteus, the original, made of liquids, solids, and a not insignificant amount of gas, and the ionized and luminous Proteus II, created by Proteus when he said his own name. Proteus speaks with glowing lights, and conversely, the plasmoid Proteus II speaks with sounds that condense solids. Archie, the talking archaeopteryx pointed this out, but neither version of Proteus grasped its significance. Part one is here.
Don’t you see, you prehistoric buffoons?
If Proteus II recites the name “Evita,”
she’ll coalesce in flesh and fluid form.
When Evita of the earth arrived,
Proteus did not expound
his theory of countability:
he’d somewhat learned a lesson.
Instead he showed her his encyclopedia,
being wary not to speak too much.
Evita studied Proteus thoughtfully,
paying close attention to the denizens of his beard,
and afterwards prepared a shopping list
for Proteus II, who agreed to read it out.
…an all-cotton jumpsuit, medium size,
a cutthroat razor,
Proteus II was impressed
with his bleeding beardless other.
Cool dude, who would have guessed
what was hiding underneath?
You’re like a brother to me,
but there’s something I must tell you.
You’re not the archetype,
not the original, not at all.
You’re not the first of us.
In a dreamless time
before this time of dreams,
I said “dude,” and you appeared.
Proteus was unimpressed,
and the brothers took to arguing over
who was the chook and who was the egg,
with numerous examples materializing.
- the numerical lesson
- beard and encyclopedia
- chicken and egg problem: I think the egg came first, genetic variation means a non-chook laid an egg from which a chicken hatched.
horizon (part above) made with VEE (the visual evolution engine) and TIM (the illustrated mind software) from 7 minutes of my EEG.
Referring to the “land” in the section of the image shown above (left cerebral hemisphere):
- the “long grass” in the foreground on the right is low frequency activity associated with quiet meditation
- the “golden pool” corresponds to recall and mechanical activities associated with writing (I am right handed)
- the “ridge” on the left near the horizon is high-frequency creative activity associated with composing poetry