The Goddess of Emergence
Progenia, the goddess of Emergence in the Ourstory cosmology, is responsible for the creation of new life forms and ideas and the evolution of existing ones. As the embodiment of fertility and emergence, she plays a vital role in the universe by enriching it with diversity and innovation, enabling the flourishing of life and thought. Her character and significance can be understood through various interconnected concepts. In Chinese philosophy, particularly Taoism, Yin represents the passive, receptive, and nurturing aspect of existence. Progenia embodies the essence of Yin by nurturing the growth and evolution of life and ideas. While her counterpart, Entropos, symbolizes the Yang or the active, chaotic aspect of the universe, Progenia's role is to preserve and develop the cosmos' diversity and complexity.
Evolution, both genetic and memetic, is a key aspect of Progenia's domain. Genetic evolution refers to the gradual change in the genetic makeup of populations over time, leading to the emergence of new species and the adaptation of existing ones to their environment. Memetic evolution concerns the transmission and development of cultural ideas, beliefs, and practices. Progenia's influence can be seen in the constant transformation of the natural world and the ever-evolving tapestry of human culture.
In Christianity, God is often depicted as the creator of the universe and all its life forms. This concept of divine creation resonates with Progenia's role in giving rise to new life and ideas. The Ourstory text also makes an irreverent reference to humans mistaking her for Lucifer, in relation to this "dominion over the 'lowly' created worlds".
Vishnu, a central deity in Hinduism, is known as the preserver who maintains cosmic order and ensures the universe's continuity. Progenia shares similarities with Vishnu, as her role in the emergence of new life forms and ideas contributes to the sustenance and balance of the cosmos. By nurturing growth and evolution, Progenia helps to uphold the delicate equilibrium that defines existence. The Hindu concept of Maya, which refers to the illusionary power that shapes the phenomenal world, also finds resonance in Progenia's domain. As the goddess of Emergence, Progenia brings forth new life and ideas that contribute to the intricate web of appearances that make up the world. Through her creative power, Progenia helps to weave the tapestry of reality, shaping the ever-changing landscape of existence.
In the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer, the universe is understood as both The World as Will, an underlying blind and irrational force, and The World as Representation, the manifold of appearances and experiences that constitute human reality. Progenia's role in the emergence of life and ideas aligns with the concept of The World as Representation, as she contributes to the rich array of phenomena that make up the experiential world.
Shub-Niggurath, a deity from the fictional Cthulhu Mythos created by H.P. Lovecraft, is often depicted as a monstrous fertility goddess. While Progenia and Shub-Niggurath differ in their specific characteristics and origins, both deities share a connection to fertility and the emergence of new life forms. As a symbol of creation and growth, Progenia can be seen as a more benevolent and nurturing counterpart to the terrifying Shub-Niggurath. Physical information, as a scientific concept, pertains to the encoding, storage, and transmission of information in the physical world. Progenia's influence over the emergence and evolution of life and ideas can be seen as an expression of this concept. Through her creative power, Progenia helps to shape the flow of information within the cosmos, guiding the development of life and culture in accordance with the laws of nature. Poetic Naturalism, a philosophical perspective championed by physicist Sean Carroll, emphasizes the importance of understanding the natural world through multiple, complementary descriptions. This approach encourages the exploration of different levels of explanation, acknowledging that complex phenomena can be understood from various perspectives without reducing them to a single, simplistic narrative. Progenia's role in the emergence of life and ideas aligns with the spirit of Poetic Naturalism, as she embodies the intricate interplay of forces that shape the universe.
Progenia's relationship with the superpower of "Speaking for God" or Just Saying is exemplified by the concept of Radical Honesty. As the goddess of Emergence, Progenia encourages the growth of new ideas and the evolution of existing ones through open and honest dialogue. Her connection to Just Saying promotes the sharing of truth and wisdom, fostering a world where individuals can express their thoughts and beliefs without fear or hesitation.
For further reading on the concepts associated with Progenia, the following books from the fools reading list are recommended: "The Big Picture" by Sean Carroll, which delves into Poetic Naturalism; "Guns, Germs, and Steel" by Jared Diamond, which explores the factors that shaped human societies; and "Enlightenment Now" by Steven Pinker, which examines the progress of humanity through the lens of reason, science, and humanism.
The character of Progenia, the goddess of Emergence in the Ourstory cosmology, can be understood through the interconnected web of concepts such as Yin, evolution, God's creation in Christianity, Vishnu, Maya, The World as Representation, Shub-Niggurath, physical information, and Poetic Naturalism. By examining the correlations and resonances between these diverse ideas, we gain a deeper appreciation for Progenia's role in the birth and development of life and thought. As a symbol of creation, growth, and innovation, Progenia represents the ever-evolving tapestry of existence, nurturing the cosmos with her boundless creative power.