reading issue #7 of Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology & Australian forum for acoustic ecology  - one guy has been recording sounds of beetles & found behaviours they'd missed by studying them in labs. makes me think about all the sounds that have been lost. species & places lost. but sounds too
I guess there's less protection of the sounds lost since they're not living creatures. 
do you ever wonder if they are? little living frequencies 
little vibrating atoms. the atoms in me might come back as sounds next time 
"Most of the atoms that make up the Earth & its inhabitants were present in their current form in the nebula that collapsed out of a molecular cloud to form the Solar System." that would be nice.just cos I can't hear the sounds anymore doesn't mean they really go away 
in fact what if all the people I've lost over the years are now vibrating atoms in the sounds I find most beautiful & that's the reason why 
just rearranging the patterns of the atoms 
"the mind & world themselves are nothing but patterns-patterns among patterns-patterns within patterns.."! Ben Goertzel "The Hidden Pattern" 
if the atoms have always been here, then as things change over the years, then they need to be rearranged, recombined, reused. we had to lose the dinosaurs to create humans? or to create oil (energy) for our time? I hope this doesn't mean we need to lose the Great Barrier Reef / reefs and forests to allow for more humans. we've had a matter compiler (atom compiler) for a while - with the industrial revolution, and since we've been making things. let's move into the information age - where it's moving atoms (electrons) around through the air and through wires and onto discs. what was lost so we could have these?!? and what's next to follow..
Monad (from Greek ŒºŒøŒΩŒ¨œÇ monas, "unit" from ŒºœåŒΩŒøœÇ monos, "alone"), according to the Pythagoreans, was a term for Divinity or the first being, or the totality of all beings, Monad being the source or the One meaning without division. 
The atom is a basic unit of matter that consists of a dense, central nucleus surrounded by a cloud of negatively charged electrons. The atomic nucleus contains a mix of positively charged protons and electrically neutral neutrons (except in the case of hydrogen-1, which is the only stable nuclide with no neutrons). The electrons of an atom are bound to the nucleus by the electromagnetic force. Likewise, a group of atoms can remain bound to each other, forming a molecule. An atom containing an equal number of protons and electrons is electrically neutral, otherwise it has a positive charge if there are less electrons (electron deficiency) or negative charge if there are more electrons (electron excess). A positively or negatively charged atom is known as an ion. An atom is classified according to the number of protons and neutrons in its nucleus: the number of protons determines the chemical element, and the number of neutrons determines the isotope of the element.
The name atom comes from the Greek "·ºÑœÑŒøŒºŒøœÇ"‚Äî√°tomos (from Œ±-, "un-" + œÑŒ≠ŒºŒΩœâ ‚Äì temno, "to cut"), which means uncuttable, or indivisible, something that cannot be divided further. The concept of an atom as an indivisible component of matter was first proposed by early Indian and Greek philosophers. In the 17th and 18th centuries, chemists provided a physical basis for this idea by showing that certain substances could not be further broken down by chemical methods. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, physicists discovered subatomic components and structure inside the atom, thereby demonstrating that the 'atom' was divisible. The principles of quantum mechanics were used to successfully model the atom.
The hidden pattern - a patternist philosophy of mind
-- Ben Goertzel
kindle book - in cloud reader
::: these are rough notes / thoughts late at night
http://metacog.org/main.pdf MOSES - Moshe Looks' doctoral dissertation
MOSES = Meta-Optimizing Semantic Evolutionary Search
http://www.ijcai.org - International Joint Conference on AI
http://www.jcss.gr.jp/meetings/ICCS2006/index-e.html - International Conference of the Cognitive Science
take a look at MOSES on opencog too - for machine learning
AI / consciousness links & reading :
Dynamical Psychology - An International, Interdisciplinary Journal of Complex Mental Processes
Roger Penrose's anti-AI tract The Emperor's New Mind (1988) mentioned in Chance and Consciousness paper by Ben Goertzel 1996