homo sapiens beta 9: circularity


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,
extra-large overalls,
a cutthroat razor,
breath freshener…



Proteus II was impressed
with his bleeding beardless other.

Cool dude, who would have guessed
what was hiding underneath?

He sighed.

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.

to continue


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

This is the first ever identification of mental processes in this way, further details here. VEE and TIM artworks are now at Artxio, a global online art market based in Sydney.


18 thoughts on “homo sapiens beta 9: circularity

    • Thank you, Margaret. The blue grass is because I have Martian brainwaves. 👽 Understanding —it’s up to you, I find there are things I think I understand, but I don’t, and also things I think I don’t understand, but I do. That is a very vague answer, I should work in politics. 🙂

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  1. I always thought the chook-egg debate involved only them and nothing of a non-chook species. I’d long put this matter to rest—I’ll have to chew on this again. Oh, and, I think I like the images of Proteus as a bearded dude. For sure I love the artwork even more.

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    • Well, if a non-chook lays a hen’s egg, then it will hatch into a chook, and so the very first egg came before the very first chook.

      Maybe some beards are okay, but Proteus’ beard had an assortment of wildlife in it, which I assume did not impress Evita. Thank you, Annie, I want to do more EEG art.

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    • Thank you, Sobhana. I am playing catch up as usual. The EEG artworks are coming along, and the related research project will start soon. It’s readily possible to identify different mental activities with scans or with a large number of electrodes, but here it is just a simple headset with only a few electrodes.

      I decided that, even with proto-humans in the Jurassic era, modest attire and personal hygiene are important. 😸

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  2. Evita now has two Proteuses at her disposal… maybe she will dispose of them with the cutthroat razor? “Bleeding beardless” sounds like a an expletive, albeit a tame version. I wonder if Archie and Evita will go off together and leave the brothers to their argument. Another clever, witty piece, Steve.

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    • Thank you, Magarisa. I like where you were going with the story. Anyway as usual I’m playing catch up, too much to do in the New Year, and I finally managed to finish it off, more or less.

      Possibly Evita was a bit rough with the razor, but I’ve always found it a positive sign when someone wants to remake your image. Not that I have ever had the Jurassic look myself. More Neolithic. 😸

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  3. fascinating art work, Steve…I always liked the word “denizens”……of course the chook and egg thing can’t be answered without a divine intervention….which is the lazy man’s answer!

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